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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

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Left: close-up look at a hand-written historical document; Right: screen capture of website code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
Demography cover image

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

Posted on by Charles Cobine
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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January 2020

Preserving Family Histories with digital technology in West Philadelphia

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Diversity in the Stacks: Ethnohistory of Latin America

Posted on January 2020 by Joseph Holub
Book cover featuring photo of Latin American women in brightly colored dresses

In 1994, Penn joined 30 other North American libraries to found the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP). Participant institutions committed to devoting increased resources to particular countries or themes in order to better represent the “diversity of Latin American cultural and scholarly­ production.” 

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Diversity in the Stacks: Ethnohistory of Latin America

Posted on January 2020 by Joseph Holub
Book cover featuring photo of Latin American women in brightly colored dresses

In 1994, Penn joined 30 other North American libraries to found the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP). Participant institutions committed to devoting increased resources to particular countries or themes in order to better represent the “diversity of Latin American cultural and scholarly­ production.” 

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Whitman at 200: Wrapping It Up

Posted on January 2020
Whitman at 200 logo

We're thrilled to share this video recap of our yearlong celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday. By the numbers, Whitman at 200 featured: 30,000 views of the official website; 15,000 bookmarks — 15,000 newspapers — 10,000 postcards — 4,000 buttons — 2,000 stickers — and 500 posters; over 95,000 attendees at more than 100 exhibits and events

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Research Tea: Amy Hillier on Transgender Youth

Headshot of Dr. Amy Hillier

Next Tuesday, February 4, Amy Hillier will present at Penn Libraries’ first Research Tea of the spring semester. Hillier — an Associate Professor in both the School of Social Policy & Practice and in the Weitzman School of Design’s Department of City and Regional Planning — will give a talk titled “Incorporating Youth and Trans Voices in Academic Research.”

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Featured Books: The Roaring Twenties | Featuring LIBRA: The Harlem Renaissance

Painted portrait of Countee Cullen Tulane courtesy of University: Amistad Research Center

The current Featured Books display celebrates the centennial of the Roaring Twenties by showcasing titles outside of the “typical” thematic parameters of the era. “In planning this display, we realized that our sense of the 1920s was somewhat narrow,” says Eileen Kelly, Head of Collection Management

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Celebrating the Rediscovery of a Historic Recording

Posted on January 2020
Sergei Rachmaninoff and Eugene Ormandy

On Friday, January 31, the Penn Libraries and The Philadelphia Orchestra will come together for a special presentation exploring the only known recording of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff playing his last major orchestral work, Symphonic Dances.

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Supporting Guatemalan Healthcare through Improved Access to Clinical Literature

Photograph of de la Cruz Gutierrez

Shortly after Fulbright Scholar Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez joined the University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Library in 2014, he became involved with the Perelman School of Medicine’s long-standing partnership with a group of Guatemalan universities and Maya communities. “I had a particular interest in the region because I’m from Latin America,” explains de la Cruz Gutierrez

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Diversity in the Stacks: Oral History Narratives

Posted on January 2020 by Nick Okrent
Photograph of actor Laurence Fishburne

Oral histories provide direct access to the lived experiences of individuals through their verbal accounts of events and relationships that shaped their lives.  These narratives preserve those memories so that later generations can learn through the individuals' unedited personal accounts. 

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Diversity in the Stacks: Oral History Narratives

Posted on January 2020 by Nick Okrent
Photograph of actor Laurence Fishburne

Oral histories provide direct access to the lived experiences of individuals through their verbal accounts of events and relationships that shaped their lives.  These narratives preserve those memories so that later generations can learn through the individuals' unedited personal accounts. 

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