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Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
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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

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Left: close-up look at a hand-written historical document; Right: screen capture of website code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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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From Traditional to Alternative – Religious Movements Unique to America

Posted on by David Azzolina
University of the Universe

The core of the newly purchased Religions of America database is the J. Gordon Melton collection, now housed at UCSB.  Melton, a major scholar in American religious culture, collected material on religion that most libraries would usually ignore. Ephemera concerned new religious movements that were often difficult to locate with the usual channels that libraries would have access to.

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Featured Books: Women's History Month

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, our librarians put together a selection of books, films, and audio recordings available through the Penn Libraries.

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April 2020

Considering ethics during a time of crisis

Source: Chemical & Engineering News
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Book Hunter

Source: The Pennsylvania Gazette
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Rapid response to COVID-19 puts the power of innovation to the test

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The Rise of the D.I.Y. Haggadah

Source: The New York Times
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'Re-Covering the Ney'

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April 2020

Ebony, Esquire and U.S. Mass Media Magazines

Posted on April 2020 by Nick Okrent
Ebony Magazine Covers

During much of the 20th century there was no greater bearer of mass market culture in the United States than the popular magazine, which was designed for a general audience across geographical regions and was not limited by the form or function of newspapers, books, or specialty publications.  These magazines are essential resources for studying social, cultural and political trends and thoughts. 

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Brigitte Weinsteiger Appointed Associate Vice Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communications at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Posted on April 2020
Brigitte Weinsteiger

In this role, Weinsteiger directs the strategy, advancement and growth of the Penn Libraries’ preeminent collections while promoting academic engagement both on campus and with the Greater Philadelphia community.

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voxgov: 50 Million U.S. Federal Government News Items

Posted on April 2020 by Lauris Olson
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voxgov ingests social media and official government releases published on thousands of U.S. federal government websites and from government Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube accounts from all branches of government from the year 2000 to just a few minutes ago.

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voxgov: 50 Million U.S. Federal Government News Items

Posted on April 2020 by Lauris Olson
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voxgov ingests social media and official government releases published on thousands of U.S. federal government websites and from government Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube accounts from all branches of government from the year 2000 to just a few minutes ago.

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voxgov: 50 Million U.S. Federal Government News Items

Posted on April 2020 by Lauris Olson
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voxgov ingests social media and official government releases published on thousands of U.S. federal government websites and from government Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube accounts from all branches of government from the year 2000 to just a few minutes ago.

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voxgov: 50 Million U.S. Federal Government News Items

Posted on April 2020 by Lauris Olson
voxgov logo

voxgov ingests social media and official government releases published on thousands of U.S. federal government websites and from government Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube accounts from all branches of government from the year 2000 to just a few minutes ago.

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Cooking Under Quarantine

Posted on April 2020
Photo of three almond puddings on plate

What can we learn from the writers of centuries-old recipes, who were no strangers to crisis and scarcity? It's a question that Marissa Nicosia is well-suited to answer. Nicosia curates Cooking in the Archives, a public food history project that translates centuries-old recipes into standard measurements, recognizable ingredients, and processes replicable by contemporary cooks.

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Librarians at Large: 3D-Printing Personal Protective Equipment from Home

Photo of Varvara modeling plastic face shield with 3D printed headband

Varvara Kountouzi never imagined she’d be running a 3D printing operation out of her spare bedroom. As Head of Digital Media & Virtual Services team at Penn’s Biomedical Library, Kountouzi has years of experience working with 3D printers — on campus. Though she’s dedicated to her work, there was never cause for Kountouzi to consider establishing her own high-tech cottage industry. 

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Librarians at Large: 3D-Printing Personal Protective Equipment from Home

Photo of Varvara modeling plastic face shield with 3D printed headband

Varvara Kountouzi never imagined she’d be running a 3D printing operation out of her spare bedroom. As Head of Digital Media & Virtual Services team at Penn’s Biomedical Library, Kountouzi has years of experience working with 3D printers — on campus. Though she’s dedicated to her work, there was never cause for Kountouzi to consider establishing her own high-tech cottage industry. 

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Diversity in the Stacks: Dalit Literature

Posted on April 2020 by Jef Pierce
Dalit Lit Conference logo of hand raised with pen

Rigid hierarchies of caste in South Asia have sanctioned the subjugation and exploitation of so-called “untouchable” communities for centuries. Now frequently referred to by the term Dalit (a word derived from the Sanskrit dalita, meaning “scattered” or “broken”), these oppressed peoples are fighting for greater recognition and equality. 

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Diversity in the Stacks: Dalit Literature

Posted on April 2020 by Jef Pierce
Dalit Lit Conference logo of hand raised with pen

Rigid hierarchies of caste in South Asia have sanctioned the subjugation and exploitation of so-called “untouchable” communities for centuries. Now frequently referred to by the term Dalit (a word derived from the Sanskrit dalita, meaning “scattered” or “broken”), these oppressed peoples are fighting for greater recognition and equality. 

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HathiTrust Provides Emergency Temporary Access to Copyrighted Books

Posted on April 2020
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The Penn community now has temporary access to a collection of e-books that mirrors the more than 1.2 million HathiTrust volumes in the Penn Libraries print collections. This includes digitized versions of 40% of the Penn Libraries physical materials presently inaccessible to students and faculty. 

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Online Resources

Posted on April 2020 by Amanpreet (Aman) Kaur
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual public health campaign. As the Community Health & Engineering Librarian, I worked with Yen Ho, an intern at the Biomedical Library, to put together the linked guide for online resources on sexual assault, rape, and sexual violence.

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Featured (e)Books: National Poetry Month 2020

Slices of wood marked with Joy Harjo poem hanging from tree

“Poetry offers an escape, a distraction, a confidant to whom we can relate in this moment of crisis,” says Library Assistant Megan Brown Olsen. “For example, ‘First Days Back at Work,’ from Elise Patridge’s Chameleon Hours, speaks to the current sense of what may be our near future.” Such nimble kneaders, my fingers / used to be. / Will the loaf still rise? // I strain / like an old tug / hauling copses of logs.

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