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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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December 2019

$12M Gift Transforms Penn Libraries’ Judaica Holdings

Source: Jewish Exponent
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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
Photo of Oxford University Press

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
ICMA Datasets icon

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
CAB 4/1413/2. Cabinet meeting invitation

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
Big Ben inner clock face

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

Triptych of East Asian comic book covers

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
Lithograph of bakers preparing matzoh

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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