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Diversity in the Stacks: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Posted on by David Azzolina
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A selection of materials from the Penn Libraries about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Le Monde, fulltext for historic French newspaper

Posted on by Lauris Olson
"No news from the garrison of Dien-Bien-Phu", Le Monde page image : 10 May 1954, page 1 above the fold

Le Monde, first published after the Liberation of Paris in World War II, is now available to Penn readers in page images with searchable fulltext from its first issue, dated 19 December 1944, through 2000. Le Monde is a newspaper of record for French and world affairs, distinguished by its analysis of events and its editorial content.

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A Librarian Research Round-Up

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Deb Stewart stands in the Penn Museum Library

We profile a few of our accomplished librarian-scholars about their recent academic work.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Literature from Soviet Russia's Borders

Posted on by Rebecca Stuhr
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What influence has Russian literature had on the countries and cultures on its periphery?

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Exploring the History of the Liberal Arts with SIMS Fellow Christine Bachman

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While serving as the 2019-2020 Graduate Fellow at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Christine Bachman explored the early medieval manuscript called LJS 101.

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Policy Commons – international think tank publications fulltext

Posted on by Lauris Olson
Policy Commons logo

The Penn Libraries have become a founding member of Policy Commons, a new one-stop community platform for research from the world's leading policy experts, nonpartisan think tanks, IGOs and NGOs. 

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Penn Libraries Receives Gift for DEIA Lecture Series

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The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce a gift of $100,000 from William C. Park (‘89) and Jung Choi to fund a five-year lecture series dedicated to exploring topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

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Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff Can Now Access The New York Times Online

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University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, and staff now have access to The New York Times, courtesy of the Penn Libraries.

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Featured Books: Pride Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Books stacked in front of a red background. Titles are: Under the Udala Tree; Blood, Bread, and Poetry; George; The Handmaiden; Kissing the Witch

To help celebrate Pride Month, Penn’s LGBT Center have put together a selection of books and films that explore the LGBTQ experience from a wide variety of perspectives.

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Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in the Americas

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Portrait of Indigenous Americans

The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts was a Church of England missionary organization active in the British Atlantic world from the 18th through the early 20th centuries.

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September 2019

Penn Libraries enter a ‘new era of innovation’

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September 2019

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
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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

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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
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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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