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Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
Cover of a comic book with the title in red and gold lettering; illustration depicts a woman with flowing silver hair with her arms raised

Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels grants Penn students, staff, and faculty access to over 100,000 pages of important, rare, and hard-to-find comics and primary source materials about comics.

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"Just Make the Data Available": Exploring Manuscripts with OPenn

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Left: close-up look at a hand-written historical document; Right: screen capture of website code

Launched in 2015, OPenn holds over 10,000 digitized manuscripts from over fifty institutions, all freely available to download, use, and share.

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Demography journal now open access - with Penn Libraries support

Posted on by Lauris Olson
Demography cover image

The Penn Libraries support open access publishing through funding for the ejournal Demography.

The Population Association of America has moved its journal Demography to platinum open access. The journal's changeover coincides with its shift to Duke University Press from Springer Publishing.

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Making Lemonade out of Mrs. Lemmon: An Interview with Caroline Schimmel

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A row of books on a bookshelf

Penn alum Caroline Schimmel was one of the the first rare book collectors to recognize the importance of collecting books by women talking about women.

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Mega Fans and Mega Brands: Tracking Teams, Sponsorships, and Audiences with Sports Atlas

Posted on by Mia Wells
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Sports Atlas is a new database that collects information about professional sports leagues, their member teams, venues, and sponsorships.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Bollywood and Hindi-language Cinema

Posted on by Charles Cobine
Illustration from a movie poster showing a woman with flowing dark hair looking over her shoulder

Learn about some of the films and popular Hindi film directors that you will find in the Penn Libraries collection.

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An Interview with Liza Vick, President of the Music Library Association

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Starting this month, Penn music library head Liza Vick takes the reins as president of the Music Library Association.

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Just Launched: Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive

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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive.

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From Traditional to Alternative – Religious Movements Unique to America

Posted on by David Azzolina
University of the Universe

The core of the newly purchased Religions of America database is the J. Gordon Melton collection, now housed at UCSB.  Melton, a major scholar in American religious culture, collected material on religion that most libraries would usually ignore. Ephemera concerned new religious movements that were often difficult to locate with the usual channels that libraries would have access to.

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Featured Books: Women's History Month

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, our librarians put together a selection of books, films, and audio recordings available through the Penn Libraries.

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February 2021

Van Pelt–Dietrich Library is Making Its Return

Source: 34th Street Magazine
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February 2021

Fair Use and Dr. Seuss

Posted on February 2021 by Christine E. Weller
Cartoon depicting dozens of men in 19th century dress wearing old-fashioned judge's robes and wigs

What can "Oh the Places You'll Go!" teach us about fair use? 

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Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library

Posted on February 2021 by Joseph Holub
Woodcut of Prester John of the Indies

Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library consists of over 5,700 items nearly evenly divided between those characterized as monographs and the rest as pamphlets (nomenclature is a question of length: monographs have more than 50 pages).

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Diversity in the Stacks: Veterans and Ancient Greek Literature

Posted on February 2021 by Rebecca A. Stuhr
A ceramic cup with a black background and an illustration of ancient Greek soldiers falling to the ground.

The works of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, continue to speak to modern audiences from a diversity of cultures and regions.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Veterans and Ancient Greek Literature

Posted on February 2021 by Rebecca A. Stuhr
A ceramic cup with a black background and an illustration of ancient Greek soldiers falling to the ground.

The works of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, continue to speak to modern audiences from a diversity of cultures and regions.

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20th Century Ethnic Newspapers

Posted on February 2021 by Nick Okrent
Ethnic Newspapers

Writing about the Black Press, Dr. Kim Gallon (GSAS, 2009 and former Africana Studies librarian at Penn Libraries) writes that it countered the mainstream press "by exposing truths that 'objective' reporting overlooked.

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The Ethics of Information: Meet ACS Fellow and Chemistry Librarian Judith Currano

Posted on February 2021 by Rebecca Ortenberg
Headshot of Judith Currano, a woman with short brown hair, wearing a bright blue blouse.

Head of the chemistry library Judith Currano shares her thoughts on chemical information, ethics in chemistry, and teaching in the era of COVID-19.

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Featured Books: Black History Month

Posted on February 2021
Black and white photo showing singer Marian Anderson in a close-up of her face with her hands resting on her cheeks.

In 1925, historian Carter G. Woodson, together with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, announced the creation of Negro History Week. First celebrated in February of 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, it was quickly endorsed by Black history clubs, teachers, and intellectuals.

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