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Featured Books and Films: Staff Picks

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
The book Winterlust is displayed on a shelf next to other titles.

The Penn Libraries’ Featured Books covered a variety of topics and themes this year, and many of the book lists were curated by experts in the subject matter or relevant campus and community groups. The December Featured Books and Films selections come at the recommendations of Libraries staff who personally enjoyed them, and this diverse list offers something for everyone. 

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Researching the Catholic Inquisitions in the Penn Libraries Collections

Posted on by Joseph Holub
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Since the beginning of 2021 the Penn Libraries has added over 200 works about the the  Catholic Inquisitions, which complement and support the extraordinary text and manuscript holdings of the  Henry Charles Lea Library.

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How Penn's Librarians are Using Linked Data to Make the Web Better

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A design resembling a visualization showing a blue cloud of interconnected nodes

“Linked data is the language of the web,” says Beth Camden, Director of Information Processing. “It’s building the infrastructure that makes the web better.”

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Diversity in the Stacks: African Cinema

Posted on by Charles Cobine
The DVD covers of three films: Borom Sarret, Yeelen, and Heremakono

Learn about the Penn Libraries' collection of African cinema, which encompasses productions from the booming Nollywood in Nigeria to the lesser known films of faraway Madagascar, and everywhere in between. 

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Featured Books: Native American Heritage Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A pile of books with titles visible that include Prudence, The Sound of Silence, American Indian Stories, and Masulindians

A selection of novels, memoirs, histories, and poetry collections chosen by our librarians for Native American Heritage Month.

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HuMetricsHSS Initiative Receives $650,000 Mellon Grant

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The funding will continue the work of the Humane Metrics for the Humanities and Social Sciences initiative, led by an international group of individuals from the academic and non-profit sectors.

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Open Access Week at the Penn Libraries

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Open Access Week allows us to set aside a week to explore, consider, and critique the scholarly community’s progress in making scholarly information equitably accessible on a global scale.

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University of Pennsylvania Libraries Receives Major Gift of Photographic Plates by Edward S. Curtis

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The gift to the Penn Libraries complements holdings across the University, making Penn a major center for research and work on Curtis, one of the most prolific American photographers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The Penn Libraries Acquires the Personal Papers of Historian and Activist Elizabeth Fee

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Elizabeth Fee, who died in 2018, is probably most known for her work documenting and analyzing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Just Launched: Muftiships Web Archive

Posted on June 2020 by Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation
A screen capture of the Office of His Eminence, Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Husseini Al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shia Islam

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Muftiships Web Archive. Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive preserves the websites of Muftis (Muslim legal experts) and leading jurists from the Islamic world. 

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Librarians at Large: Ancil George Delivers Commencement Speech to Lea Elementary

Photo of Ancil George

“I know that a virtual graduation is less than ideal, and the state of the world beyond Lea Elementary School may have us all on edge and in fear of what the future may bring.” At the end of a tempestuous final semester, the graduating eighth grade class of Henry Charles Lea Elementary School were counseled by their commencement speaker: Ancil George, Penn Libraries’ retired Community Outreach Librarian

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Judaica Digital Humanities Launches the Digital Second Edition of Judaica Americana

Posted on June 2020
Judaica books

Judaica Digital Humanities at the Penn Libraries is excited to announce the launch of the Digital Second Edition of Judaica Americana. This bibliographic database draws from Robert Singerman’s Judaica Americana, the award-winning, magisterial two-volume bibliography of American Jewish publications before 1900. Visitors can search the database’s 9,600+ bibliographic entries

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Antiracism Resources

Posted on June 2020
Cover of Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist

In recent weeks, unjust, unfair, and unwarranted acts of violence against the Black community have galvanized the United States — and the world — into protest against the insidiousness and perpetuity of racism in American society. These protests have been a clarion call for individuals to examine their own racial conditioning. 

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Antiracism Resources

Posted on June 2020
Cover of Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist

In recent weeks, unjust, unfair, and unwarranted acts of violence against the Black community have galvanized the United States — and the world — into protest against the insidiousness and perpetuity of racism in American society. These protests have been a clarion call for individuals to examine their own racial conditioning. 

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Justice Now: 1960s Protest Drawings by Ashley Bryan

Posted on June 2020 by Lynne Farrington
Drawing by Ashley Bryan of police protestors

The author, artist, and humanitarian Ashley Bryan, whose archive was recently acquired by the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, responded to Civil Rights protests about police brutality in the 1960s with a series of drawings, made from his studio overlooking Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. 

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Juneteenth

Posted on June 2020 by Nick Okrent
Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas

The Emancipation Proclamation — the executive order which abolished slavery in the Confederacy — went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, the news was kept from enslaved African Americans living in Texas until June of 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with 2,000 federal troops.

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Juneteenth

Posted on June 2020 by Nick Okrent
Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas

The Emancipation Proclamation — the executive order which abolished slavery in the Confederacy — went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, the news was kept from enslaved African Americans living in Texas until June of 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with 2,000 federal troops.

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Return to Campus: Phased Service Availability

Posted on June 2020
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Find the latest service updates for the Penn Libraries.

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Sexual Minorities

Posted on June 2020 by David Sean Azzolina
Marsha P. Johnson

If you were to go into a library fifty years ago and browse the card catalog, under the subjects “homosexuality” and “lesbianism” you would find a card that read, “see also sexual perversion.” Under “sexual perversion,” another card would suggest that you also consult “homosexuality” and “lesbianism.” It wasn’t until 1973, in fact, that the American Psychiatric Association ceased to classify homosexuality and lesbianism as pathologies.

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Sexual Minorities

Posted on June 2020 by David Sean Azzolina
Marsha P. Johnson

If you were to go into a library fifty years ago and browse the card catalog, under the subjects “homosexuality” and “lesbianism” you would find a card that read, “see also sexual perversion.” Under “sexual perversion,” another card would suggest that you also consult “homosexuality” and “lesbianism.” It wasn’t until 1973, in fact, that the American Psychiatric Association ceased to classify homosexuality and lesbianism as pathologies.

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28,000 New EBooks: 20 Years of University Press Titles

Posted on June 2020 by Lauris Olson
University Press logos

The Penn Libraries have added more than 28,000 ebooks from a dozen major university presses as part of our efforts to support off-campus scholarship and learning. Our new acquisition is the centerpiece of our collections responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Our purchase from the De Gruyter University Press Library covers all titles published from 2000 through the 2022 frontlists for these presses

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28,000 New EBooks: 20 Years of University Press Titles

Posted on June 2020 by Lauris Olson
University Press logos

The Penn Libraries have added more than 28,000 ebooks from a dozen major university presses as part of our efforts to support off-campus scholarship and learning. Our new acquisition is the centerpiece of our collections responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Our purchase from the De Gruyter University Press Library covers all titles published from 2000 through the 2022 frontlists for these presses

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28,000 New EBooks: 20 Years of University Press Titles

Posted on June 2020 by Lauris Olson
University Press logos

The Penn Libraries have added more than 28,000 ebooks from a dozen major university presses as part of our efforts to support off-campus scholarship and learning. Our new acquisition is the centerpiece of our collections responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Our purchase from the De Gruyter University Press Library covers all titles published from 2000 through the 2022 frontlists for these presses

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28,000 New EBooks: 20 Years of University Press Titles

Posted on June 2020 by Lauris Olson
University Press logos

The Penn Libraries have added more than 28,000 ebooks from a dozen major university presses as part of our efforts to support off-campus scholarship and learning. Our new acquisition is the centerpiece of our collections responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Our purchase from the De Gruyter University Press Library covers all titles published from 2000 through the 2022 frontlists for these presses

...Continue reading

28,000 New EBooks: 20 Years of University Press Titles

Posted on June 2020 by Lauris Olson
University Press logos

The Penn Libraries have added more than 28,000 ebooks from a dozen major university presses as part of our efforts to support off-campus scholarship and learning. Our new acquisition is the centerpiece of our collections responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Our purchase from the De Gruyter University Press Library covers all titles published from 2000 through the 2022 frontlists for these presses

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Featured (e)Books: Pride 2020

Libraries icon with colors of Philadelphia Pride Flag

June 2020 marks the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 50th anniversary of the first official Gay Pride march in the United States. The groundwork for that first march through Manhattan was, in fact, laid in Philadelphia during the preceding decade. 

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Better Care for COVID Patients Through Virtual Reality

Two medical personnel standing next to virtual reality camera

Kevin Ching, a physician at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, realized that the knowledge hard-won by medical workers in New York City might save lives elsewhere, in areas of the country that haven’t yet been impacted by the pandemic.

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Better Care for COVID Patients Through Virtual Reality

Two medical personnel standing next to virtual reality camera

Kevin Ching, a physician at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, realized that the knowledge hard-won by medical workers in New York City might save lives elsewhere, in areas of the country that haven’t yet been impacted by the pandemic.

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The Penn Libraries Stands Against Racism

Posted on June 2020
The Penn Libraries stands against racism, white text on black background

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Their deaths are evidence of the hatred, ignorance, and inequities that have blighted our society for the last four centuries. Our nation mourns their lives. We grieve the complacency and the systemic racism to blame for their untimely deaths, as well as the deaths of so many other Black Americans. And we resolve to contribute to ensuring a just future for communities of color.  

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