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University of Pennsylvania Libraries Receives Major Gift of Works by Renowned Photographer Arthur Tress

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Left: Arthur Tress self-portrait; Right: Arthur Tress, "Secret Conversation, New York" (1980)

This anonymous gift combines with the Libraries’ holdings to form the largest collection of Tress photographic prints in the United States.

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Featured Books: National Poetry Month

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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

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Left: close-up look at a hand-written historical document; Right: screen capture of website code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
"SBJ Atlas" written in red on a blue background with a stylized graphic representing the god Atlas holding a globe

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

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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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Liza Vick standing with her arms crossed in front of a bookshelf

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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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

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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

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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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