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University of Pennsylvania Libraries Receives Major Gift of Photographic Plates by Edward S. Curtis

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Individual with gloved hands holds up a glass plate showing a black and white photographic image of Native American man

The gift to the Penn Libraries complements holdings across the University, making Penn a major center for research and work on Curtis, one of the most prolific American photographers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The Penn Libraries Acquires the Personal Papers of Historian and Activist Elizabeth Fee

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Two books sitting side-by-side on a table with bright red and blue covers

Elizabeth Fee, who died in 2018, is probably most known for her work documenting and analyzing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Old and Rare Sanskrit Series

Posted on by Jef Pierce
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The Penn Libraries collections include 19th and 20th century Sanskrit series that made old, rare, and foundational Sanskrit texts available to a wide-ranging audience.

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Penn Libraries Opens Newly-Renovated Biotech Commons

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The Penn Libraries has transformed its former Biomedical Library into a dynamic space with a new name: the Biotech Commons.

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The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image Celebrates 25 Years

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Illustration from a medieval manuscript showing a figure looking down out of the top of a tower on small buildings below, surrounded by stylized trees and fields

Thanks to a generous gift from Lawrence J. Schoenberg, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and private donations, SCETI has spent the past 25 years digitizing collections and making them available online.

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Conserving Claudy Jongstra's "Fields of Transformation"

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A person walks by the mural

Claudy Jongstra's mural does more than evoke the natural world: it is intimately and continuously affected by it.

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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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August 2021

Textual Treasures

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Two centuries old, a handwritten record of medical education

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August 2021

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

Posted on August 2021 by Mary Ellen Burd
Five people standing outside Van Pelt Library

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 August 2021 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 August 2021 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 August 2021 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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Diversity in the Stacks: Literary Reflections on the Iran-Iraq War

Posted on August 2021 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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Diversity in the Stacks: Literary Reflections on the Iran-Iraq War

Posted on August 2021 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.

...Continue reading

Diversity in the Stacks: Literary Reflections on the Iran-Iraq War

Posted on August 2021 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.

...Continue reading

"A Compass for the Libraries": How the Penn Libraries is Building Assessment into its Mission

Posted on August 2021
A colorful loom chart. At the top it reads, “Total Observations: 31,035.” Down the center, the following categories are listed, “Students, faculty, staff, research, medical, courtesy, temporary staff, visitors, adjunct faculty.” Along the sides, color-coded sections are labeled, “SAS: 7,308, Unaffiliated: 3,242, Nursing: 1,550, SEAS: 1,523, Law: 655, Vet: 518, Design: 422, Dental: 326, Wharton: 6737, PSoM: 5,549, Library: 1045, GSE: 1,040, Other: 510, Annenberg: 249, SP2: 261”

What does it mean to be a successful academic library in 2021?

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Mass Observation Project – British social history for the 1980s and 1990s

Posted on August 2021 by Lauris Olson
Example of respondent narrative manuscript page

The Mass Observation Project continues to compile the "Anthropology of Us" for Great Britain, starting in 1981 and building upon the original Mass Observation program that ran from 1937 to 1967.

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Mass Observation Project – British social history for the 1980s and 1990s

Posted on August 2021 by Lauris Olson
Example of respondent narrative manuscript page

The Mass Observation Project continues to compile the "Anthropology of Us" for Great Britain, starting in 1981 and building upon the original Mass Observation program that ran from 1937 to 1967.

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From Psycholinguists to Patient Advocates: A Look at Open Access Journals Today

Posted on August 2021 by Rebecca Ortenberg
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A look at the challenges and opportunities presented by Open Access journals today.

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