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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

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
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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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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

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
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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
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
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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

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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