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Featured (e)Books: Cities of the World

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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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Librarians at Large: Ancil George Delivers Commencement Speech to Lea Elementary

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Photo of Ancil George

“I know that a virtual graduation is less than ideal, and the state of the world beyond Lea Elementary School may have us all on edge and in fear of what the future may bring.” At the end of a tempestuous final semester, the graduating eighth grade class of Henry Charles Lea Elementary School were counseled by their commencement speaker: Ancil George, Penn Libraries’ retired Community Outreach Librarian

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Featured (e)Books: Pride 2020

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Libraries icon with colors of Philadelphia Pride Flag

June 2020 marks the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 50th anniversary of the first official Gay Pride march in the United States. The groundwork for that first march through Manhattan was, in fact, laid in Philadelphia during the preceding decade. 

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Better Care for COVID Patients Through Virtual Reality

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Two medical personnel standing next to virtual reality camera

Kevin Ching, a physician at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, realized that the knowledge hard-won by medical workers in New York City might save lives elsewhere, in areas of the country that haven’t yet been impacted by the pandemic.

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Cataloging for Our Community

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Student worker Oluwapelumi Ogundipe catalogs books at the Henry C. Lea Elementary School (prior to stay-at-home order). Photo by Biruktawit Tibebe.

Gina Pambianchi’s work for the Penn Libraries typically entails a considerable amount of social proximity. As Penn’s Community Outreach Librarian, a normal work-week finds her in schools across the city, collaborating closely with teachers, student workers, and volunteers. 

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Featured (e)Books: Libations

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Photo of assorted beverages

When Penn Libraries’ Stacks staff put together a Featured Books Display last May in celebration of food and cooking, they encountered an abundance of books dedicated exclusively to beverages — far too many to fold into the food exhibit. Consider this month’s salute to potations a long-awaited sequel.

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Mapping COVID-19 Sentiments

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Map of U.S. with social media icons transposed

“The Libraries is the only place on campus where anyone from any department or center can get help with GIS and mapping,” says Girmaye Misgna, Penn’s Mapping & Geospatial Data Librarian. The Data & GIS team’s typical duties include consultation on theses, capstones, and papers for faculty and students

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Librarians at Large: 3D-Printing Personal Protective Equipment from Home

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Photo of Varvara modeling plastic face shield with 3D printed headband

Varvara Kountouzi never imagined she’d be running a 3D printing operation out of her spare bedroom. As Head of Digital Media & Virtual Services team at Penn’s Biomedical Library, Kountouzi has years of experience working with 3D printers — on campus. Though she’s dedicated to her work, there was never cause for Kountouzi to consider establishing her own high-tech cottage industry. 

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Featured (e)Books: National Poetry Month 2020

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Slices of wood marked with Joy Harjo poem hanging from tree

“Poetry offers an escape, a distraction, a confidant to whom we can relate in this moment of crisis,” says Library Assistant Megan Brown Olsen. “For example, ‘First Days Back at Work,’ from Elise Patridge’s Chameleon Hours, speaks to the current sense of what may be our near future.” Such nimble kneaders, my fingers / used to be. / Will the loaf still rise? // I strain / like an old tug / hauling copses of logs.

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Behind the Scenes: Curators Reflect on 'Making the Renaissance Manuscript' and 'Medieval Life'

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Item from Making the Renaissance Manuscript exhibit

Drawing from the collections of the Penn Libraries and other area institutions, two exhibits in spring 2020 use lesser-known treasures to capture and convey elements of Renaissance culture and Medieval life.

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