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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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April 2020

Considering ethics during a time of crisis

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Book Hunter

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

Posted on April 2020 by Gretchen Stiteler
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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

Posted on April 2020 by Gretchen Stiteler
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
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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

Posted on April 2020 by Gretchen Stiteler
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“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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