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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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Title of page The Great Gatsby

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: 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

Posted on by Lauris Olson
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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Two new ebook collections : British Archaeological Reports and Archaeopress

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British Archaeological Reports (BAR) and Archaeopress are two Oxford-based publishers that have built their reputation on publishing relatively quick, inexpensive, yet scholarly monographs, conference proceedings, reports, and - in Archaeopress's case - journals on archaeology and archaeological sciences worldwide.
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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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