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

Posted on July 2020
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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