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Featured Books: Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A stack of books with the following titles visible: Insumisas; Dulcinea in the Factory; Sorting Out the Mixed Economy; Race Migrations; A Nation of Women; Latin America Since the Left Turn

Put together by Penn’s Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies, this month’s Featured Books list includes a variety of nonfiction titles related to Latin American history, culture, and activism.

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Penn Libraries Welcomes New Curator for Civic Engagement Samantha Hill

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Hill is an award-winning trans-disciplinary artist whose practice draws upon archives and oral histories collected by individuals and communities.

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The Divine Comedy’s ‘universal message’

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Get the latest bestsellers from the Penn Libraries

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
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Find popular books on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

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Celebrating New Students, New Services, and a New School Year at the Penn Libraries

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Students milling around outside the Van Pelt Library

This fall, the Libraries is rolling out new services and resources that will help connect library users with the materials and expertise they need.

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Digital Natives: How the University of Pennsylvania is Preserving its Born-Digital Collections

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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How a group of archivists from across Penn came together to create a strategy for collecting and preserving born-digital collections.

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Meet Five Leaders of Digital Infrastructure and Initiatives at the Penn Libraries

Posted on by Mary Ellen Burd
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As we begin a new school year, we talked with a few of the many people leading the charge to transform digital services at the Penn Libraries.

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Featured Books: Discovering Philadelphia

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Whether you are a new student, new to Philadelphia, or are just looking for something new to read, we hope these recommendations from Penn Libraries’ staff will help you feel more at home.

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Mapping South Africa's population with GIS data

Posted on by Lauris Olson
Map detail : Gauteng Province, 2011 Census, areas with 50% or more employed persons and areas with 10% or fewer English-speakers.

The Penn Libraries have acquired the South Africa 2011 Census Data Collection. This GIS data product offers detailed aggregate tables on South Africa's population from its 2011 Census with geographic querying and visualization capabilities.
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Diversity in the Stacks: Literary Reflections on the Iran-Iraq War

Posted on by Heather Hughes
Covers of three books with titles written in Persian

The Iran-Iraq War has had a significant presence in a broad variety of cultural works created both during and after the war.

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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
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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

...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.

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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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