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Ready, Set, Go!: the Penn Libraries Prepares for a New Semester

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How are our librarians focusing their energies as the new semester begins?

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Librarian and Poet Sharon Black Looks Back on her Career at Penn

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We recently spoke with Black about librarianship, poetic practice, her career at Penn, and her plans for retirement.

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Celebrate Public Domain Day with the Penn Libraries

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Title of page The Great Gatsby

On January 1, The Great Gatsby became one of the thousands of works published in 1925 to enter the public domain. Starting this year, anyone is free to acquire, share, adapt, remix, and otherwise consume these creative works.

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Cookbooks from the Middle East and Beyond

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Two bowls of food: the one on the right is a bubbling curry-like dish topped with brightly-colored tomato and parsley; the one on the left is a creamy white soup topped with chickpeas, pomegranate, and pine nuts

Sample the cookbooks featuring food of the Middle East that you can find at the Penn Libraries.

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On the Eve of His Retirement, Librarian Richard Griscom Reflects on His Career at Penn

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A man stands with his arms crossed in a hallway, with glass cases on either side of him with documents in them.

Richard Griscom says the most rewarding thing about working at Penn Libraries has remained the same, regardless of his role: “It’s the imaginative, creative people who work well together and support each other who kept me at Penn for sixteen years.”

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Consumer Pyramids dx - microdata from India's largest household survey

Posted on by Lauris Olson
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Consumer Pyramids Household Survey, produced by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), is the world's largest household panel survey, a continuous survey of more than 174,000 households in India. CPHS revisits its entire sample in three four-month waves each year, permitting longitudinal analysis starting in January 2014.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Voices

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Series of columns with letters from the Cherokee alphabet. At the top of the image is the title "Cherokee Alphabet" in English.

A selection of materials in Indigenous languages from the Penn Libraries, produced from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

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Everyday Life in Victorian England

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Three databases recently purchased by the Libraries provide access to scans of rare material that throw light on everyday life in Victorian England.

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Just Launched: South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive

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Amplifying the voices of those fighting against long histories of patriarchal dominance, the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive documents and preserves the work of activists, grassroots organizations, and social justice movements committed to promoting the visibility and experiences of LGBTQAI+ people and women in South Asia and its diasporas. 

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American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020 : Voices From The Inside

Posted on by Lauris Olson
The Angolite (example cover for American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020)

Presenting newspapers written and published by incarcerated people from within federal and state prisons nationwide, American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020 : Voices From The Inside aims to offer a quarter-million page-images with searchable fulltext from more than 300 prison newspaper titles when completed. The first installment of six prison newspapers is now available for reading by Penn students, faculty, and staff on the JSTOR platform.

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July 2020

Just Launched: Indian Citizenship Amendment Act Protest Movements Web Archive

Posted on July 2020 by Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation
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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Indian Citizenship Amendment Act Protest Movements Web Archive. Over the past two years, the Government of India under its ruling Hindu nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, has enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and promoted other regulations, such as the National Register of Citizenship (NRC), designated to change the rules for who can and who cannot be or become an Indian citizen

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Just Launched: Indian Citizenship Amendment Act Protest Movements Web Archive

Posted on July 2020 by Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation
Photo of protest

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Indian Citizenship Amendment Act Protest Movements Web Archive. Over the past two years, the Government of India under its ruling Hindu nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, has enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and promoted other regulations, such as the National Register of Citizenship (NRC), designated to change the rules for who can and who cannot be or become an Indian citizen

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Borrow Books Again! Penn Libraries Connects Patrons to Physical Collections with Delivery, Scanning, and Pickup Services 

Posted on July 2020
Patron picking up books

When campus closed in March, Penn Libraries staff mobilized, working long hours to render services and collections virtually accessible. “To give a sense of how dramatic the shift was: we went from ordering a few dozen ebooks per month to ordering hundreds per week,” says Jeanne Shuttleworth, Director of Acquisitions, Access, & Licensing. Since then, the Libraries has acquired approximately 75,000 new ebooks

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Borrow Books Again! Penn Libraries Connects Patrons to Physical Collections with Delivery, Scanning, and Pickup Services 

Posted on July 2020
Patron picking up books

When campus closed in March, Penn Libraries staff mobilized, working long hours to render services and collections virtually accessible. “To give a sense of how dramatic the shift was: we went from ordering a few dozen ebooks per month to ordering hundreds per week,” says Jeanne Shuttleworth, Director of Acquisitions, Access, & Licensing. Since then, the Libraries has acquired approximately 75,000 new ebooks

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Featured (e)Books: Cities of the World

Posted on July 2020
Photograph of Berlin at night

With restrictions and travel bans in place across many states and countries, long-distance trips are an impossibility for most travellers this summer. To satisfy patrons’ wanderlust, Eileen Kelly (Head of Collection Management) and Megan Brown Olsen (Library Assistant) have created a virtual exhibit that grants perusers the opportunity to “visit” cities around the globe.

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Featured (e)Books: Cities of the World

Posted on July 2020
Photograph of Berlin at night

With restrictions and travel bans in place across many states and countries, long-distance trips are an impossibility for most travellers this summer. To satisfy patrons’ wanderlust, Eileen Kelly (Head of Collection Management) and Megan Brown Olsen (Library Assistant) have created a virtual exhibit that grants perusers the opportunity to “visit” cities around the globe.

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Marian Anderson Collection, Newly Digitized by the Penn Libraries, Now Accessible Online

Posted on July 2020
Marian Anderson

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has completed the digitization of more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings 

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Marian Anderson Collection, Newly Digitized by the Penn Libraries, Now Accessible Online

Posted on July 2020
Marian Anderson

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has completed the digitization of more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings 

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Marian Anderson Collection, Newly Digitized by the Penn Libraries, Now Accessible Online

Posted on July 2020
Marian Anderson

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has completed the digitization of more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings 

...Continue reading

Marian Anderson Collection, Newly Digitized by the Penn Libraries, Now Accessible Online

Posted on July 2020
Marian Anderson

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has completed the digitization of more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings 

...Continue reading

Marian Anderson Collection, Newly Digitized by the Penn Libraries, Now Accessible Online

Posted on July 2020
Marian Anderson

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has completed the digitization of more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings 

...Continue reading

Marian Anderson Collection, Newly Digitized by the Penn Libraries, Now Accessible Online

Posted on July 2020
Marian Anderson

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has completed the digitization of more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings 

...Continue reading

Re-Covering the Ney Collection: An Online Exhibit

Posted on July 2020 by Chelsea Rizzolo, Music Library Intern
Screenshot of ney online exhibition

Although the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library might be physically closed, we still seek to support the University’s music students. One such student is Juan Castrillón, doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music, who curated the multi-modal Music Library exhibit, Re-Covering the Ney Collection.

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