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Policy Commons – international think tank publications fulltext

Posted on by Lauris Olson
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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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Just Launched: Video Appeals to the President of Russia Web Archive

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Screenshot of a video from Youtube showing a person standing close to the screen and a large group holding signs in the background, all wearing heavy coats and hats

IPLC is pleased to announce the launch of the Video Appeals to the President of Russia web archive, preserving online videos created as direct appeals to Vladimir Putin.

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Penn Libraries Announces Summer Services

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Library staff member browses stacks wearing a face mask

New and expanded services will offer more options for in-person browsing, research, and individual study.

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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. 

...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

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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.

...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

Just Launched: Video Appeals to the President of Russia Web Archive

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Screenshot of a video from Youtube showing a person standing close to the screen and a large group holding signs in the background, all wearing heavy coats and hats

IPLC is pleased to announce the launch of the Video Appeals to the President of Russia web archive, preserving online videos created as direct appeals to Vladimir Putin.

...Continue reading

Penn Libraries Announces Summer Services

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Library staff member browses stacks wearing a face mask

New and expanded services will offer more options for in-person browsing, research, and individual study.

...Continue reading

June 2020

June 2020

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
Van Pelt Library exterior

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.

...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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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

...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

...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

...Continue reading

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.

...Continue reading

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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