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Ready, Set, Go!: the Penn Libraries Prepares for a New Semester

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How are our librarians focusing their energies as the new semester begins?

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Librarian and Poet Sharon Black Looks Back on her Career at Penn

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We recently spoke with Black about librarianship, poetic practice, her career at Penn, and her plans for retirement.

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Celebrate Public Domain Day with the Penn Libraries

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On January 1, The Great Gatsby became one of the thousands of works published in 1925 to enter the public domain. Starting this year, anyone is free to acquire, share, adapt, remix, and otherwise consume these creative works.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Cookbooks from the Middle East and Beyond

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Two bowls of food: the one on the right is a bubbling curry-like dish topped with brightly-colored tomato and parsley; the one on the left is a creamy white soup topped with chickpeas, pomegranate, and pine nuts

Sample the cookbooks featuring food of the Middle East that you can find at the Penn Libraries.

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On the Eve of His Retirement, Librarian Richard Griscom Reflects on His Career at Penn

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Richard Griscom says the most rewarding thing about working at Penn Libraries has remained the same, regardless of his role: “It’s the imaginative, creative people who work well together and support each other who kept me at Penn for sixteen years.”

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Consumer Pyramids dx - microdata from India's largest household survey

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Consumer Pyramids Household Survey, produced by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), is the world's largest household panel survey, a continuous survey of more than 174,000 households in India. CPHS revisits its entire sample in three four-month waves each year, permitting longitudinal analysis starting in January 2014.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Voices

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A selection of materials in Indigenous languages from the Penn Libraries, produced from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

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Everyday Life in Victorian England

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Three databases recently purchased by the Libraries provide access to scans of rare material that throw light on everyday life in Victorian England.

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Just Launched: South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive

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Amplifying the voices of those fighting against long histories of patriarchal dominance, the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive documents and preserves the work of activists, grassroots organizations, and social justice movements committed to promoting the visibility and experiences of LGBTQAI+ people and women in South Asia and its diasporas. 

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American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020 : Voices From The Inside

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Presenting newspapers written and published by incarcerated people from within federal and state prisons nationwide, American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020 : Voices From The Inside aims to offer a quarter-million page-images with searchable fulltext from more than 300 prison newspaper titles when completed. The first installment of six prison newspapers is now available for reading by Penn students, faculty, and staff on the JSTOR platform.

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December 2019

$12M Gift Transforms Penn Libraries’ Judaica Holdings

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Renowned African American author and artist is honored with a new archive at Penn

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Penn Libraries receives $12M gift for Jewish American studies

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Gifts to Penn Libraries enrich Judaic scholarship and digital humanities

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December 2019

16,764 Oxford University Press Ebooks (and Counting)

Posted on December 2019 by Lauris Olson
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Penn readers may now view and download 16,764 scholarly Oxford University Press ebooks available in the Oxford Scholarship Online ebooks collection. Oxford Scholarship Online brings together Oxford University Press-imprint titles in 20 subject areas, published from 1963 through today. OSO's strengths are in philosophy, religion, history political science, law, and literature

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US Municipal Governments Survey Datasets: Smart Cities, Sustainability, Immigrant Communities, and More

Posted on December 2019 by Lauris Olson
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The Penn Libraries have expanded our collection of ICMA research survey datasets, adding 18 new surveys to our existing holdings. The International City/County Management Association conducts national surveys of all U.S. counties and ~8,000 U.S. municipalities with populations of 2,500 or greater on topics of interest to local governments.

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Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration (Northern Ireland), 1921-1972

Posted on December 2019 by Lauris Olson
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The Penn Libraries have acquired the digitized archival collection, Northern Ireland : A divided community, 1921-1972. The collection presents the Cabinet Conclusion files of the Northern Ireland Government, the devolved executive for British administration in Northern Ireland following the partition of Ireland in 1920.

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Penn Libraries Partners with Casalini Libri, @Cult to Develop Linked-Data Discovery Interface

Posted on December 2019
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For researchers, navigating the breadth and depth of resources contained in library catalogs demands both time and patience. To address the fact that discovery information resources are becoming increasingly complex, the Penn Libraries is working on a radical project to connect information more seamlessly through a linked-data discovery interface.

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Sensing Climate with Librarian Margaret Janz

Bethany Wiggin and Margaret Janz holding signs at climate lecture

“I’ve always been a nature nerd,” says Margaret Janz, who was trained as a science librarian and currently serves as the Scholarly Communications and Data Curation Librarian at Penn. When the College of Arts and Sciences organized the 1.5* Minute Climate Lecture Series this past September, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) Director Bethany Wiggin invited Janz to co-present

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Book Art: Zoe Leonard Sculpture on Display at Penn's ICA

Zoe Leonard's sculpture, a stack of 27 books

The University of Pennsylvania-affiliated Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) has no permanent collection. Instead, the ICA features rolling exhibitions of innovative artists both established and emergent. It was famously the first museum to present a solo Andy Warhol show and has hosted works by a miscellany of high-profile artists

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Sex & Sexuality: Material from the Kinsey Institute Library

Posted on December 2019 by Nick Okrent
Good Time: A Revue of the World of Pleasure

Sex & Sexuality is a collection of primary source materials which explore changing attitudes towards human sexuality, gender identities and sexual behaviors throughout the twentieth century. This unique collaboration with the Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections presents correspondence, research papers and records spanning the tenures of the first three Institute directors; Dr Alfred C. Kinsey (1947-1956), Dr Paul H. Gebhard (1956-1982) and Dr June Reinisch (1982-1993).

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Reading Period/Exam Access in Effect at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center & Fisher Fine Arts Library

Posted on December 2019
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The reading period/exam access policy for the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center and the Fisher Fine Arts Library will be in effect from December 10 – 19, 2019. Access to VPDLC and FFAL during this period is limited to to individuals who hold one of the following credentials: 

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Student Spotlight: Jiaqi Song

Jiaqi Song in Henry Charles Lea Library

Jiaqi Song was born on one continent (Asia, in Beijing), grew up on another (Europe, in Rome), and now attends college on a third (North America, in Philadelphia). Fittingly enough, he’s a second-year student in Wharton’s Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. 

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Diversity in the Stacks: East Asia Comics Collection

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Language learners make up a large proportion of Penn Libraries patrons who might be interested in our foreign-language collections. However, academic monographs and document collections from the 19th century may strike many as too intimidating for reading practice. 

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Gifts from Arnold and Deanne Kaplan, Totaling $12 Million, Enrich Judaic Scholarship and Digital Humanities at the Penn Libraries

Posted on December 2019
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The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has received a series of gifts from Arnold and Deanne Kaplan, including the world’s first endowed position in Judaica digital humanities, totaling $12 million. The Kaplans’ contributions also comprise an in-kind gift of collections of Americana and Early American Judaica, research fellowships, and an endowment for continuing acquisitions.

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