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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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May 2020

Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted on May 2020 by Rebecca A. Stuhr
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Penn Libraries celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an online pop-up exhibit. Current and former Penn students have recommended and described their favorite pieces of Asian Pacific American literature. Asian and Pacific Islander authors are diverse in origin and background and include writers whose ancestries reach back to East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted on May 2020 by Rebecca A. Stuhr
Origami tiger

Penn Libraries celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an online pop-up exhibit. Current and former Penn students have recommended and described their favorite pieces of Asian Pacific American literature. Asian and Pacific Islander authors are diverse in origin and background and include writers whose ancestries reach back to East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

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Cataloging for Our Community

Posted on May 2020 by Gretchen Stiteler
Student worker Oluwapelumi Ogundipe catalogs books at the Henry C. Lea Elementary School (prior to stay-at-home order). Photo by Biruktawit Tibebe.

Gina Pambianchi’s work for the Penn Libraries typically entails a considerable amount of social proximity. As Penn’s Community Outreach Librarian, a normal work-week finds her in schools across the city, collaborating closely with teachers, student workers, and volunteers. 

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Cataloging for Our Community

Posted on May 2020 by Gretchen Stiteler
Student worker Oluwapelumi Ogundipe catalogs books at the Henry C. Lea Elementary School (prior to stay-at-home order). Photo by Biruktawit Tibebe.

Gina Pambianchi’s work for the Penn Libraries typically entails a considerable amount of social proximity. As Penn’s Community Outreach Librarian, a normal work-week finds her in schools across the city, collaborating closely with teachers, student workers, and volunteers. 

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Just Launched: U.S. Women’s and Girls’ Magazines Web Archive

Posted on May 2020 by Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation
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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the U.S. Women’s and Girls’ Magazines Web Archive. Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive consists of websites of women’s media that previously existed as print magazines

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Mapping (Medieval) Manuscript Migrations

Posted on May 2020
Manuscript Migrations to Philadelphia plotted with lines

MMM — an awardee of the Trans-Atlantic Platform’s Digging into Data Challenge — is a collaboration between Penn Libraries’ Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, the e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford, the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT) in Paris, and the Semantic Computing Research Group at Aalto University in Helsinki.

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Mapping (Medieval) Manuscript Migrations

Posted on May 2020
Manuscript Migrations to Philadelphia plotted with lines

MMM — an awardee of the Trans-Atlantic Platform’s Digging into Data Challenge — is a collaboration between Penn Libraries’ Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, the e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford, the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT) in Paris, and the Semantic Computing Research Group at Aalto University in Helsinki.

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Foundation Maps

Posted on May 2020 by Anne Larrivee
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Trying to track down funding data from around the world? Penn Libraries now offers access to Foundation Maps by Candid, a key database for anyone exploring philanthropic trends and data. Foundation Maps provides useful visualizations such as map views, charts, and constellation views that show connections between funders, recipients, and grants.

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Featured (e)Books: Libations

Posted on May 2020 by Gretchen Stiteler
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When Penn Libraries’ Stacks staff put together a Featured Books Display last May in celebration of food and cooking, they encountered an abundance of books dedicated exclusively to beverages — far too many to fold into the food exhibit. Consider this month’s salute to potations a long-awaited sequel.

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Mapping COVID-19 Sentiments

Posted on May 2020 by Gretchen Stiteler
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“The Libraries is the only place on campus where anyone from any department or center can get help with GIS and mapping,” says Girmaye Misgna, Penn’s Mapping & Geospatial Data Librarian. The Data & GIS team’s typical duties include consultation on theses, capstones, and papers for faculty and students

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Mapping COVID-19 Sentiments

Posted on May 2020 by Gretchen Stiteler
Map of U.S. with social media icons transposed

“The Libraries is the only place on campus where anyone from any department or center can get help with GIS and mapping,” says Girmaye Misgna, Penn’s Mapping & Geospatial Data Librarian. The Data & GIS team’s typical duties include consultation on theses, capstones, and papers for faculty and students

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Yoga in Yuma, Pizza in Peoria — What's It Cost? Use the C2ER Cost of Living Index Calculator

Posted on May 2020 by Lauris Olson
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The C2ER Regional Economic Data Toolkit includes the Cost of Living Index Calculator and three databases on U.S. state business and economic development programs. C2ER's COLI has been the most consistent source of city-to-city cost comparisons quarterly for decades. 

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Yoga in Yuma, Pizza in Peoria — What's It Cost? Use the C2ER Cost of Living Index Calculator

Posted on May 2020 by Lauris Olson
C2ER logo

The C2ER Regional Economic Data Toolkit includes the Cost of Living Index Calculator and three databases on U.S. state business and economic development programs. C2ER's COLI has been the most consistent source of city-to-city cost comparisons quarterly for decades. 

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Performing Arts

Posted on May 2020 by Chelsea Rizzolo, Music Library Intern
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From the Annenberg Center to the Albrecht Music Library, performing arts play a leading role in research and pedagogy  at the University of Pennsylvania. “Performance is core, of course, to the Music, English, and Theater Arts Departments,” explains Nick Okrent, Coordinator and Librarian for Humanities Collections. “But performing arts are also important for fields like education, anthropology, law, and design.” 

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Performing Arts

Posted on May 2020 by Chelsea Rizzolo, Music Library Intern
Four dancers holding hands

From the Annenberg Center to the Albrecht Music Library, performing arts play a leading role in research and pedagogy  at the University of Pennsylvania. “Performance is core, of course, to the Music, English, and Theater Arts Departments,” explains Nick Okrent, Coordinator and Librarian for Humanities Collections. “But performing arts are also important for fields like education, anthropology, law, and design.” 

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