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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

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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A man stands with his arms crossed in a hallway, with glass cases on either side of him with documents in them.

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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Series of columns with letters from the Cherokee alphabet. At the top of the image is the title "Cherokee Alphabet" in English.

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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The Angolite (example cover for American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020)

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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February 2020

Exhibition showcases the brilliance of Black women writers

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Archive of pioneering author and artist comes to Penn Libraries

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In museums: Suffrage, scandal, sloths, and rebellion

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February 2020

Andrew Hart to Join the Penn Libraries as MacDonald Director of Preservation

Posted on February 2020
Andrew Hart

In his new role, Hart will manage the Preservation, Conservation, and Physical Processing units of the Penn Libraries, including oversight of both print and digital preservation, the 3,200-square-foot Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory, and physical processing, repair, and binding.

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Penn Libraries Releases Strategic Priorities for Feedback

Posted on February 2020
Moelis Family Grand Reading Room.

The Penn Libraries provides services and collections to further the University of Pennsylvania’s research, teaching, and learning mission and to address the essential challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing world. Our 2020-2025 strategic plan aligns our work with the Penn Compact 2020 pillars of inclusion, innovation, and impact and the University’s goal of advancing knowledge for good.

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Featured Books: Black History Month

Posted on February 2020
Math Physics Astronomy Featured Books

Visitors to the Penn Libraries can commemorate Black History Month through a number of curated book displays — including the first of its kind at the Math/Physics/Astronomy Library. The inaugural Math/Physics/Astronomy Library Featured Book Exhibit features selected works in the Penn Libraries' collection authored by African American mathematicians, physicists, and astronomers. 

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Probing the “Time Capsule” of the Cairo Geniza at Adath Israel Synagogue

Posted on February 2020
Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library

In mid-January, Emily Esten visited the Adath Israel synagogue in nearby Merion Station to deliver two presentations on the Cairo Geniza, one tailored to adult synagogue members and the other to children. “The Cairo Geniza is unique among digital humanities projects,” says Esten, who is the Penn Libraries’ Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator. 

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Probing the “Time Capsule” of the Cairo Geniza at Adath Israel Synagogue

Posted on February 2020
Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library

In mid-January, Emily Esten visited the Adath Israel synagogue in nearby Merion Station to deliver two presentations on the Cairo Geniza, one tailored to adult synagogue members and the other to children. “The Cairo Geniza is unique among digital humanities projects,” says Esten, who is the Penn Libraries’ Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator. 

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Patricia Guardiola Named Director of the Fisher Fine Arts Library

Posted on February 2020
Patricia Guardiola inside the Fisher Fine Arts Library

The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce that Patricia Guardiola has been named the new Director of the Fisher Fine Arts Library. Guardiola joined the Penn Libraries in 2015 as Assistant Director of the Fisher library. Before coming to Penn, she was a Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship and then Reference and Instruction Librarian in the Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University.

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'Making the Renaissance Manuscript: Discoveries from Philadelphia Libraries' Opens February 10

Posted on February 2020
"Master B.F.,” Decorated letter P from the Santi Angelo e Niccolò at Villanova Sillaro choirbooks (Lombardy, ca. 1500) Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E M 76:52

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to present Making the Renaissance Manuscript: Discoveries from Philadelphia Libraries, on display in the Goldstein Family Gallery on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center from February 10 to May 19, 2020.

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A Rare Discovery: Celebrating Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Posted on February 2020
Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Matías Tarnopolsky

A wholly unexpected musical discovery was at the center of a collaboration between the Penn Libraries and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as the two institutions partnered to celebrate the only known recording of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff playing his last major orchestral work, Symphonic Dances.

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A Rare Discovery: Celebrating Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Posted on February 2020
Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Matías Tarnopolsky

A wholly unexpected musical discovery was at the center of a collaboration between the Penn Libraries and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as the two institutions partnered to celebrate the only known recording of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff playing his last major orchestral work, Symphonic Dances.

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Behind the Scenes: Curators Reflect on 'Making the Renaissance Manuscript' and 'Medieval Life'

Posted on February 2020
Item from Making the Renaissance Manuscript exhibit

Drawing from the collections of the Penn Libraries and other area institutions, two exhibits in spring 2020 use lesser-known treasures to capture and convey elements of Renaissance culture and Medieval life.

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