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Penn Libraries marks Open Access Week with new guide for scholars

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In recognition of International Open Access Week, the Penn Libraries has released a new guide for scholars who may want to learn more about open-access options to improve the discoverability and visibility of their work. 

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Cross-Campus Picks: Milford Graves — A Mind-Body Deal

Posted on by Gretchen Stiteler
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At the end of September, the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) reopened its doors to the public for an exhibition on the work of Milford Graves, presented by Ars Nova Workshop. Graves is perhaps best known as a progressive jazz drummer, though categorizing him as a percussionist would be akin to labeling Benjamin Franklin a postmaster. 

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Just Launched: The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive

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The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive documents youth and student engagement in climate change and environmental issues from around the globe beginning in 2019. It contains websites and online documents created by individuals, groups, organizations, and coalitions of student and youth-led environmental activism

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Just Launched: The Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive

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Developed by librarians at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and the University of Chicago — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive exists to preserve material related to the 2020 presidential election campaign in Belarus and the events that followed

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Diversity in the Stacks: Pakistani Vernacular Languages

Posted on by Elliot Montpellier, PhD Candidate, Department of South Asia Studies and Department of Anthropology
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Since the early 1800s, Penn Libraries has collected materials from across South Asia. To date, this collection includes materials in more than 20 of the 74 languages spoken in Pakistan. The strength of this collection is both in its eclecticism and expansiveness, with more than 19,000 items in Urdu alone

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Fall Semester with the Penn Libraries

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The Libraries’ dedicated staff, diverse collections, and specialized services are at the ready to help every member of the Penn community make the most of this unprecedented new school year.

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Just Launched: The Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive

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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive. Developed by Ann Whiteside and Sara Rogers (Harvard University), Patricia Guardiola (University of Pennsylvania), and Kathy Winsor Bohlman and Jessica Quagliaroli (Yale University)

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Nineteenth Century Literary Society: The John Murray Publishing Archive

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
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The John Murray Publishing Company, founded in London in 1768 by its Scottish-born namesake, published some of the century’s most renowned titles. With John Murray II (1778-1843) and his son John Murray III (1808-1892) at the helm, the Company rose to prominence

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New Agreement Offers K-12 Schools in the School District of Philadelphia Free Access to Dozens of Digital Primary Source Collections

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As part of a new agreement championed by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia teachers across all age ranges and subject areas will be able to integrate primary sources into their students’ course of study.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Ethnicity in the Ancient World

Posted on by Rebecca Stuhr and Cheyenne Riehl
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There are multiple ways to investigate the concept of “ethnicity” in the ancient world. The first is to examine how (or whether) ancient cultures thought about ethnicity or race. Scholars generally concur that Greek and Roman cultures did not think in terms of race and ethnicity

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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
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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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