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Diversity in the Stacks: Literature from Soviet Russia's Borders

Posted on by Rebecca Stuhr
A person with red hair walks away from a camera next to a book shelf

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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Page of an illuminated manuscript with an elaborate 'P' on the left-hand page

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
Policy Commons logo

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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Van Pelt Library on a sunny summer day

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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Individual holding mobile phone on Penn's campus with NYTimes app visible on screen

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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The Penn Libraries Acquires 15th Century Printing of the Sūtra of Perfection of Wisdom

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Accordion-folded book, unfolded, block printed in Chinese

One of the newest additions to our collections also happens to be the oldest printed book in the Penn Libraries.

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African colonial and missionary records, plus South African Apartheid-era sources

Posted on by Lauris Olson
Uganda administrative report image

The Penn Libraries have acquired several digitized primary-source collections on British colonial Africa, Apartheid-era South Africa, and British missionary activities in African countries. These collections have been digitized from original sources by British Online Archives.

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Immigrant Experiences in Children’s Literature

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
A grid of children's book covers of the following books: 'Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy,' 'Little Changlas,' 'Cora Cooks Pancit,' 'Clap When You Land,' 'Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao,' 'Everybody Looking'

The Penn Libraries is expanding its collection of children’s and young adult literature with the goal of privileging underrepresented voices, cultures, and perspectives.

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Literature from Soviet Russia's Borders

Posted on by Rebecca Stuhr
A person with red hair walks away from a camera next to a book shelf

What influence has Russian literature had on the countries and cultures on its periphery?

...Continue reading

Exploring the History of the Liberal Arts with SIMS Fellow Christine Bachman

Posted on
Page of an illuminated manuscript with an elaborate 'P' on the left-hand page

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.

...Continue reading

Policy Commons – international think tank publications fulltext

Posted on by Lauris Olson
Policy Commons logo

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. 

...Continue reading

Penn Libraries Receives Gift for DEIA Lecture Series

Posted on
Van Pelt Library on a sunny summer day

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.

...Continue reading

Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff Can Now Access The New York Times Online

Posted on
Individual holding mobile phone on Penn's campus with NYTimes app visible on screen

University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, and staff now have access to The New York Times, courtesy of the Penn Libraries.

...Continue reading

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.

...Continue reading

Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in the Americas

Posted on
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.

...Continue reading

The Penn Libraries Acquires 15th Century Printing of the Sūtra of Perfection of Wisdom

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Accordion-folded book, unfolded, block printed in Chinese

One of the newest additions to our collections also happens to be the oldest printed book in the Penn Libraries.

...Continue reading

African colonial and missionary records, plus South African Apartheid-era sources

Posted on by Lauris Olson
Uganda administrative report image

The Penn Libraries have acquired several digitized primary-source collections on British colonial Africa, Apartheid-era South Africa, and British missionary activities in African countries. These collections have been digitized from original sources by British Online Archives.

...Continue reading
Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Immigrant Experiences in Children’s Literature

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
A grid of children's book covers of the following books: 'Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy,' 'Little Changlas,' 'Cora Cooks Pancit,' 'Clap When You Land,' 'Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao,' 'Everybody Looking'

The Penn Libraries is expanding its collection of children’s and young adult literature with the goal of privileging underrepresented voices, cultures, and perspectives.

...Continue reading

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

Source: Penn Today
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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'

Source: The Pennsylvania Gazette
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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
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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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.

...Continue reading

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.

...Continue reading

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.

...Continue reading

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. 

...Continue reading

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. 

...Continue reading

HathiTrust Provides Emergency Temporary Access to Copyrighted Books

Posted on April 2020
HathiTrust Logo outline of elephant head

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
Sexual Assault Awareness Month logo hands holding light blue ribbon

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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