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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: Old and Rare Sanskrit Series

Posted on by Jef Pierce
Three books with orange and grey covers with titles written in Sanskrit

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
Illustration from a medieval manuscript showing a figure looking down out of the top of a tower on small buildings below, surrounded by stylized trees and fields

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
A person walks by the mural

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
Students milling around outside the Van Pelt Library

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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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
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

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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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