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Diversity in the Stacks: North African Books in French

Posted on by Edith Mulhern
Four books sitting on a white table, all of them with titles in French

To this day, the French language plays an important role in North African countries like Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia—but that role is complex and contested.

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Exploring the meanings of "home": Children’s lit recommendations from the Penn Libraries Community Engagement team

Posted on by Rosalie Jacobson
A group of students and staff standing together and smiling at the camera

To celebrate the end of the semester, we invited the students from the Community Engagement team to tell us about children's books that feel like “home” to them.

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Penn Libraries Announces Warhol@Penn Again Series

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Warhol @ Penn Again Exhibitions and Symposium

The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce Warhol@Penn Again, a series of exhibitions and programs celebrating the career of the King of Pop Art Andy Warhol during the period 1965-1968.

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May Featured Books and DVDs: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
A selection of featured books lay on a backpack in the grass.

The Penn Libraries’ recommendations for books and DVDs to celebrate AAPI heritage reflect the diversity of populations comprised in this group.  

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“Translating Warhol,” a Symposium

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Warhol @ Penn Again  Exhibitions and Symposium

The international symposium, to be held June 23-24, is supported by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Folk and Tribal Arts in South Asia

Posted on by Jef Pierce
Colorful painting showing a figure in an elaborate costume in the foreground and blue, orange, and yellow stripes in the background

In the last year, the Penn Libraries has purchase of several hundred volumes related to South Asian painting, textiles, music, and dance.

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Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff Can Now Access Selections from the Criterion Collection through Kanopy

Posted on by Monica Fonorow
A laptop computer with the landing page of Kanopy's Criterion selections on the screen

University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, and staff can now stream more than 500 iconic films in the Criterion Collection through the Kanopy video platform.

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Penn Libraries Joins Elsevier Open Access Pilot

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A tall, long aisle between two bookshelves reaching into the distance

As part of this three-year pilot, authors who have published with many Elsevier journals and who were affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania at the time of publication will retroactively have their articles made open access.

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April Featured Books and DVDs: National Poetry Month

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
A selection of featured DVDs shows the films Cyrano de Bergerac, Sylvia, Neruda, The Treasure, Howl, Paterson, Roxanne, and Slam.

Not sure where to begin in your exploration of poetry? Try easing in with a book of lyrics from a beloved musician, a nonfiction book about a poet, or a poetic film. 

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VR for social work & counseling - Mindscape Commons, plus new social work, counseling, & therapy videostreams

Posted on by Lauris Olson
MindScape Commons search results by VR device (screenshot)

Mindscape Commons provides immersive, interactive, and virtual reality experiences, serious games and apps for teaching and research in counseling, social work, psychology, health sciences, and related programs. The ~300 titles in Mindscape Commons are viewable on most devices, with enhanced immersion available for Google-cardboard smartphones, Oculus headsets, and other VR devices.

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September 2019

Penn Libraries enter a ‘new era of innovation’

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Criminal Justice Abstracts upgrades with fulltext

Posted on September 2019 by Lauris Olson

Criminal Justice Abstracts is the leading database for finding journal articles in criminology and related fields. The Penn Libraries have upgraded our subscription to include full text for several hundred academic journals, trade publications, magazines, and conference papers and proceedings.

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FERN's Ag Insider : food policy news service

Posted on September 2019 by Lauris Olson

FERN's Ag Insider logoFERN's Ag Insider news service provides daily reporting and analysis on US federal and state food and agriculture policy.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Afrofuturism

Posted on September 2019 by Nick Okrent
Stack of books

Today we launch a series of blog posts to celebrate the Penn Libraries’ Diversity in the Stacks initiative.  Diversity in the Stacks aims to build library collections that represent and reflect the University’s diverse population.  Our inaugural post highlights holdings related to Afrofuturism.

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Kicking Off the Year of Data at New Student Orientation

Messier 104. Credits: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team

The Class of 2023 filled the rows of Irvine Auditorium. Onstage, the projector screen displayed a wispy black halo encircling a core of brilliant lilac light. It was the iconic photo of Messier 104 — better known as the Sombrero Galaxy — taken by the Hubble Telescope. And, as the Libraries’ Will Noel explained, the photo was essentially fake.

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Archives Direct: Sources from The National Archives, UK

Posted on September 2019 by Nick Okrent
Black and white photo of men with camels

Archives Direct is a suite of collections sourced from The National Archives, Kew, the official archive of the United Kingdom.

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Musical Instruments on Loan

intruments

Penn’s Albrecht Music Library houses a growing collection of loanable electronic musical instruments. The holdings include high-end synthesizers (a Novation Circuit), mixers (an Allen & Heath Zedi10FX), and a laptop preloaded with recording software — though the most mesmerizing apparatus currently on offer is arguably the Moog Etherwave Plus theremin.

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Featured Books Display: Philadelphia

Signage for the book display

The latest Featured Books Display in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center spotlights the City of Brotherly Love. “We have new students who’ve never been to Philadelphia and returning students who haven’t ventured off campus,” explains Eileen Kelly, Head of Collection Management. “The holdings we’ve selected are meant to encourage exploration and appreciation.”

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Colonial America: Growth, Trade and Development

Posted on September 2019 by Nick Okrent
Colonial era bill of lading

Colonial America consists of all 1,450 volumes of the CO 5 series of Colonial Office files held at The National Archives in London, plus all extracted documents associated with them. This unique collection of largely manuscript material from the archives of the British government is an invaluable one for students and researchers of all aspects of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American history and the early-modern Atlantic world.

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Research Tea: Manuel S. González Canché

Photo of Manuel S. González Canché

For the Libraries’ next Research Tea, Manuel S. González Canché will speak about his recent work on geographical bias in standardized testing. An associate professor in the Higher Education division of Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE), González Canché’s scholarship focuses on the interplay between environmental circumstances and educational/occupational outcomes.

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Just Launched: Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive

Posted on September 2019 by Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation
Geological map excerpt

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive. The Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive aims to preserve web-based geoscience field trip guidebooks, which document local geologic information and are often ephemeral.

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17th and 18th Century Manuscript Verse

Posted on September 2019
Old printed poem

The Brotherton Collection of 17th and 18th century English literature includes over 180 manuscripts that contain nearly 7000 poems and verses. These manuscripts were gathered together to form a discrete collection of verse.

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Research Tea: Konrad Kording

Konrad Korting

Dr. Konrad Kording – a dually-appointed PIK professor of neuroscience and bioengineering – will be the first speaker in the Penn Libraries’ Fall 2019 Research Tea series. Dr. Kording will consider various problems in science research, including image fraud, epistemological failures, tools failures, and replicability. 

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400 years of democracy and slavery in Virginia: Virginia Company Archives

Posted on September 2019 by Nick Okrent
Colonial era map of Virginia

The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the British Colonies.  The “General Assembly,” composed of men from each of Virginia’s eleven major settlements, met for the first time at Jamestown from July 30-August 4, 1619.  1619 was also the year in which the first enslaved Africans arrived at Virginia.  The beginnings of democracy and slavery in the British Colonies as well as can be studied through the Ferrar and related papers of the Virginia Company Ar

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Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History, narratives from the Schlesinger Library

Posted on September 2019 by Nick Okrent
Black and white photograph of Sphinx and Pyramids

This resource brings together hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. Students and researchers will find sources covering a variety of topics including; architecture; art; the British Empire; climate; customs; exploration; family life; housing; industry; language; monuments; mountains; natural history; politics and diplomacy; race; religion; science; shopping; war.

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