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May Featured Books and DVDs: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

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A selection of featured books lay on a backpack in the grass.

The Penn Libraries’ recommendations for books and DVDs to celebrate AAPI heritage reflect the diversity of populations comprised in this group.  

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April Featured Books and DVDs: National Poetry Month

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A selection of featured DVDs shows the films Cyrano de Bergerac, Sylvia, Neruda, The Treasure, Howl, Paterson, Roxanne, and Slam.

Not sure where to begin in your exploration of poetry? Try easing in with a book of lyrics from a beloved musician, a nonfiction book about a poet, or a poetic film. 

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From a Barn on Cape Cod to the Penn Libraries: An Interview with Stephan Loewentheil on the Path of a Special Collection

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Sepia portrait of Edward Curtiss

Recently, Loewentheil bestowed a collection of 17 photographic plates by photographer Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952), as well as the related proof sheets, manuscripts, and ephemera, on the Penn Libraries. The Penn Libraries recently had the opportunity to talk with Loewentheil about his intention behind the gift, the importance of Curtis’ work, and his process for creating artistically and historically significant collections. 

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Penn Libraries Unearths Dissertation of Trailblazing 19th Century Physician M. Alice Bennett

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Black and white photo showing M. Alice Bennett in a cap and gown overlaid over a sepia document

The dissertation of the first woman to received a degree from Penn is now available in the Penn Libraries’ digital repository for anyone to view,

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Penn Libraries Releases Digital Strategy 2022-2024

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A person wearing a face mask turns the page in a manuscript while streaming on a laptop.

The strategy presents a broad vision to plan, implement, scale, and sustain digital technologies and practices that enable Penn students, researchers, scholars, and their collaborators to function skillfully and competitively in a digital world.

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Featured Books and DVDs: Women’s History Month

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
Stack of books and movies featuring stories about women

For more than 30 years, Women’s History Month (and its former iteration, Women’s History Week) has celebrated the essential contributions of women to U.S. history and to the world. This year, the theme “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” offers a salute to today’s frontline workers and caregivers and recognizes a storied history of women around the world practicing as healers.

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Gift to the Penn Libraries Creates Zilberman Family Director of the Lippincott Library and Positions Study of Jewish Sound to Thrive

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Marcella Barnhart is the first Zilberman Family Director of the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School.

The $750,000 gift establishes the Zilberman Family Director of the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School and also supports the care and maintenance of the Libraries’ extensive Jewish music and sound collection, making it more available and accessible for study and research. 

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University of Pennsylvania Libraries Announces Sean Quimby as Director of Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

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Sean Quimby

Quimby will lead the SIMS team as they continue to expand their programs, fellowships, and initiatives in alignment with their mission to bring manuscript culture, modern technology and people together to bring access to and understanding of intellectual heritage locally and around the world.

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Featured Books and DVDs: Black History Month

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
A stack of DVDs sits in front of a row of books. All items are part of February's featured items.

In honor of Black History Month, this month’s display of featured books and DVDs offers options to explore stories from fantastic Black writers that are both new and old, historical and fictional. 

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Featured Books and DVDs: The Victorian Era 

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
Stack of books featuring Victorian era titles.

The origins of the modern lending library can be traced back to Victorian era in the United Kingdom (~1820-~1914), during which time booksellers began offering book rentals. Soon circulating or subscription libraries began to pop up, allowing families to borrow one volume at a time for an annual fee that was less than the price of purchasing one book.

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