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Featured Books: National Poetry Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A wall in which "Poetry" has been written in colorful lettering

Want to discover a new poet for National Poetry Month? Our librarians have put together a list of recommendations that are sure to help.

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Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
Cover of a comic book with the title in red and gold lettering; illustration depicts a woman with flowing silver hair with her arms raised

Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels grants Penn students, staff, and faculty access to over 100,000 pages of important, rare, and hard-to-find comics and primary source materials about comics.

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"Just Make the Data Available": Exploring Manuscripts with OPenn

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Left: close-up look at a hand-written historical document; Right: screen capture of website code

Launched in 2015, OPenn holds over 10,000 digitized manuscripts from over fifty institutions, all freely available to download, use, and share.

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Demography journal now open access - with Penn Libraries support

Posted on by Lauris Olson
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The Penn Libraries support open access publishing through funding for the ejournal Demography.

The Population Association of America has moved its journal Demography to platinum open access. The journal's changeover coincides with its shift to Duke University Press from Springer Publishing.

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Making Lemonade out of Mrs. Lemmon: An Interview with Caroline Schimmel

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A row of books on a bookshelf

Penn alum Caroline Schimmel was one of the the first rare book collectors to recognize the importance of collecting books by women talking about women.

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Mega Fans and Mega Brands: Tracking Teams, Sponsorships, and Audiences with Sports Atlas

Posted on by Mia Wells
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Sports Atlas is a new database that collects information about professional sports leagues, their member teams, venues, and sponsorships.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Bollywood and Hindi-language Cinema

Posted on by Charles Cobine
Illustration from a movie poster showing a woman with flowing dark hair looking over her shoulder

Learn about some of the films and popular Hindi film directors that you will find in the Penn Libraries collection.

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An Interview with Liza Vick, President of the Music Library Association

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Starting this month, Penn music library head Liza Vick takes the reins as president of the Music Library Association.

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Just Launched: Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive

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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive.

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From Traditional to Alternative – Religious Movements Unique to America

Posted on by David Azzolina
University of the Universe

The core of the newly purchased Religions of America database is the J. Gordon Melton collection, now housed at UCSB.  Melton, a major scholar in American religious culture, collected material on religion that most libraries would usually ignore. Ephemera concerned new religious movements that were often difficult to locate with the usual channels that libraries would have access to.

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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

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“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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