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The Penn Libraries Acquires the Personal Papers of Historian and Activist Elizabeth Fee

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Elizabeth Fee, who died in 2018, is probably most known for her work documenting and analyzing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Old and Rare Sanskrit Series

Posted on by Jef Pierce
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The Penn Libraries collections include 19th and 20th century Sanskrit series that made old, rare, and foundational Sanskrit texts available to a wide-ranging audience.

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Penn Libraries Opens Newly-Renovated Biotech Commons

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The Penn Libraries has transformed its former Biomedical Library into a dynamic space with a new name: the Biotech Commons.

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The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image Celebrates 25 Years

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Thanks to a generous gift from Lawrence J. Schoenberg, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and private donations, SCETI has spent the past 25 years digitizing collections and making them available online.

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Conserving Claudy Jongstra's "Fields of Transformation"

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Claudy Jongstra's mural does more than evoke the natural world: it is intimately and continuously affected by it.

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Featured Books: Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A stack of books with the following titles visible: Insumisas; Dulcinea in the Factory; Sorting Out the Mixed Economy; Race Migrations; A Nation of Women; Latin America Since the Left Turn

Put together by Penn’s Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies, this month’s Featured Books list includes a variety of nonfiction titles related to Latin American history, culture, and activism.

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Penn Libraries Welcomes New Curator for Civic Engagement Samantha Hill

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Hill is an award-winning trans-disciplinary artist whose practice draws upon archives and oral histories collected by individuals and communities.

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The Divine Comedy’s ‘universal message’

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Get the latest bestsellers from the Penn Libraries

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Find popular books on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

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Celebrating New Students, New Services, and a New School Year at the Penn Libraries

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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This fall, the Libraries is rolling out new services and resources that will help connect library users with the materials and expertise they need.

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May 2019

Walt Whitman put on trial for his 200th birthday

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Walt Whitman bicentennial celebration kicks into high gear for his birthday

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May 2019

Penn Museum Library Shares Rare Books in Monthly Pop-Up Exhibits

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When Deb Brown Stewart became Head of the Penn Museum Library in December of 2016, she discovered a trove of rare books among the Museum Library’s 145,000 on-site volumes. Stewart also found that many faculty were unaware the Museum Library possessed rare books beyond the famed Daniel Garrison Brinton Collection.

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Black Thought and Culture

Posted on May 2019 by Nick Okrent
Cover page from "Black Music" by Imamu Amiri Baraka

Collection of non-fiction writings by American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, and others—covering 250 years of history. In addition to works by major figures such as W.E.B. Dubois, Malcolm X and Ida B.

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Marion Leary: VR Visionary on Libraries and Innovation

Marion Leary with student in VR headset

“I’m a huge fan of the Penn Libraries!” says Marion Leary, RN, MSN, MPH, FAHA. The Penn School of Nursing’s very first Director of Innovation, Leary conducts advanced research in resuscitation science that frequently entails collaboration across disciplines — including strategic partnerships with libraries and librarians. “Innovation requires everybody’s knowledge and experience,” she explains.

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Now Available: Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive

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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation has launched the Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive. The archive — which is now freely available for public use — preserves at-risk web content determined to be of lasting scholarly interest and includes websites published by a diversity of Slavic sources such as NGOs, artists, activists, intellectuals, and political parties.

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Featured Books Display: Food & Cooking

Bookshelf

“First we eat, then we do everything else,” renowned foodie MFK Fisher once wrote. In celebration of the cultural significance of food, May’s Featured Books Display in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center will spotlight titles related to “Food & Cooking.” The exhibit features both cookbooks as well as a broad selection of food-related holdings, with sub-topics ranging from cinema to Judaism to railroads to Shakespeare. 

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Whitman at 200’s Look-alike Contest Draws Multitudes to Philadelphia Brewing Company

Walt Whitman lookalike

The Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center is hosting a year-long series of events celebrating the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman collectively titled “Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy.” The series organizers consider Whitman’s 200th birthday an opportunity for Americans to reflect on the relation of Whitman’s work to the politics of his day — and of ours.

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CNN and BBC Streaming Video

Posted on May 2019 by Nick Okrent
Michelle Obama

Two new collections have been added to our Academic Video Onlinedatabase.  The CNN video collection includes feature programming on business, technology, environmental studies, health, women’s studies, and human rights.  Launching with 450 videos, this collection will continue to grow. Highlighted content includes:

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