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Penn Libraries marks Open Access Week with new guide for scholars

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In recognition of International Open Access Week, the Penn Libraries has released a new guide for scholars who may want to learn more about open-access options to improve the discoverability and visibility of their work. 

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Cross-Campus Picks: Milford Graves — A Mind-Body Deal

Posted on by Gretchen Stiteler
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At the end of September, the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) reopened its doors to the public for an exhibition on the work of Milford Graves, presented by Ars Nova Workshop. Graves is perhaps best known as a progressive jazz drummer, though categorizing him as a percussionist would be akin to labeling Benjamin Franklin a postmaster. 

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Just Launched: The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive

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The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive documents youth and student engagement in climate change and environmental issues from around the globe beginning in 2019. It contains websites and online documents created by individuals, groups, organizations, and coalitions of student and youth-led environmental activism

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Just Launched: The Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive

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Developed by librarians at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and the University of Chicago — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive exists to preserve material related to the 2020 presidential election campaign in Belarus and the events that followed

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Diversity in the Stacks: Pakistani Vernacular Languages

Posted on by Elliot Montpellier, PhD Candidate, Department of South Asia Studies and Department of Anthropology
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Since the early 1800s, Penn Libraries has collected materials from across South Asia. To date, this collection includes materials in more than 20 of the 74 languages spoken in Pakistan. The strength of this collection is both in its eclecticism and expansiveness, with more than 19,000 items in Urdu alone

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Fall Semester with the Penn Libraries

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The Libraries’ dedicated staff, diverse collections, and specialized services are at the ready to help every member of the Penn community make the most of this unprecedented new school year.

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Just Launched: The Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive

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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive. Developed by Ann Whiteside and Sara Rogers (Harvard University), Patricia Guardiola (University of Pennsylvania), and Kathy Winsor Bohlman and Jessica Quagliaroli (Yale University)

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Nineteenth Century Literary Society: The John Murray Publishing Archive

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
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The John Murray Publishing Company, founded in London in 1768 by its Scottish-born namesake, published some of the century’s most renowned titles. With John Murray II (1778-1843) and his son John Murray III (1808-1892) at the helm, the Company rose to prominence

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New Agreement Offers K-12 Schools in the School District of Philadelphia Free Access to Dozens of Digital Primary Source Collections

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As part of a new agreement championed by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia teachers across all age ranges and subject areas will be able to integrate primary sources into their students’ course of study.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Ethnicity in the Ancient World

Posted on by Rebecca Stuhr and Cheyenne Riehl
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There are multiple ways to investigate the concept of “ethnicity” in the ancient world. The first is to examine how (or whether) ancient cultures thought about ethnicity or race. Scholars generally concur that Greek and Roman cultures did not think in terms of race and ethnicity

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August 2019

Marian Anderson: The Most Modest Trailblazer

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In praise of pretty books

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August 2019

Slavery, Abolition and Social Change, 1490-2007

Posted on August 2019 by Nick Okrent
Berea College, founded in 1855 as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South.

This database assembles many substantial clusters of material offering in-depth case studies in America, the Caribbean, Brazil and Cuba along with important material examining European, Islamic and African involvement in the slave trade.  The range of material is vast and serves as a complement to the U.S.- and English-focused Slavery and Anti-Slavery database.  It can also be searched with comple

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Frontier life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters

Posted on August 2019 by Nick Okrent
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This digital collection of primary source documents helps us to understand existence on the edges of the anglophone world from 1650-1920. Discover the various European and colonial frontier regions of North America, Africa and Australasia through documents that reveal the lives of settlers and indigenous peoples in these areas.

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London Lowlife: Street culture, social reform and the Victorian underworld

Posted on August 2019
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Full-text searchable database containing color images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 19th and early 20th century London; designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research students and beyond. Will be of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including literature, cultural studies, urban studies, and social history.

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Medical Services and Warfare, 1850-1927

Posted on August 2019 by Nick Okrent
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This database tells the story of medical advances during warfare from the mid-nineteenth century to the outbreak of the influenza epidemic in 1918 and the discovery of penicillin in 1927. The wealth of documents cover multiple conflicts as well as interwar developments from a range of perspectives.

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Q&A with Professor Jessa Lingel

Posted on August 2019 by Gretchen Stiteler
Jessa Lingel

Jessa Lingel is an assistant professor at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication. Lingel’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of digital culture with social change: broadly speaking, she studies how communities — especially marginalized communities — employ technology to reinforce their values, objectives, and identities.

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