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HathiTrust Provides Emergency Temporary Access to Copyrighted Books

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The Penn community now has temporary access to a collection of e-books that mirrors the more than 1.2 million HathiTrust volumes in the Penn Libraries print collections. This includes digitized versions of 40% of the Penn Libraries physical materials presently inaccessible to students and faculty. 

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COVID-19: Libraries Access and Support

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Last updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 2:45 PM

This page reflects the most current Penn Libraries information.

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Virtual Classes: Guides, Tutorials, and Services

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In response to growing concerns about the transmissibility of COVID-19 on campus, the University of Pennsylvania will hold the remainder of its spring 2020 classes in a virtual environment. More information and resources can be found on the University's coronavirus webpage. 

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Nicky Agate to Join the Penn Libraries as Assistant University Librarian for Research Data and Digital Scholarship

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The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce that Nicky Agate has been named the inaugural Assistant University Librarian for Research Data and Digital Scholarship. In this newly created role, Agate will launch and direct the Libraries’ Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship. The new Center will serve as a hub for textual and data analysis

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Andrew Hart to Join the Penn Libraries as MacDonald Director of Preservation

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In his new role, Hart will manage the Preservation, Conservation, and Physical Processing units of the Penn Libraries, including oversight of both print and digital preservation, the 3,200-square-foot Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory, and physical processing, repair, and binding.

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Penn Libraries Releases Strategic Priorities for Feedback

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The Penn Libraries provides services and collections to further the University of Pennsylvania’s research, teaching, and learning mission and to address the essential challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing world. Our 2020-2025 strategic plan aligns our work with the Penn Compact 2020 pillars of inclusion, innovation, and impact and the University’s goal of advancing knowledge for good.

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Patricia Guardiola Named Director of the Fisher Fine Arts Library

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The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce that Patricia Guardiola has been named the new Director of the Fisher Fine Arts Library. Guardiola joined the Penn Libraries in 2015 as Assistant Director of the Fisher library. Before coming to Penn, she was a Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship and then Reference and Instruction Librarian in the Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University.

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'Making the Renaissance Manuscript: Discoveries from Philadelphia Libraries' Opens February 10

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The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to present Making the Renaissance Manuscript: Discoveries from Philadelphia Libraries, on display in the Goldstein Family Gallery on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center from February 10 to May 19, 2020.

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Whitman at 200: Wrapping It Up

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We're thrilled to share this video recap of our yearlong celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday. By the numbers, Whitman at 200 featured: 30,000 views of the official website; 15,000 bookmarks — 15,000 newspapers — 10,000 postcards — 4,000 buttons — 2,000 stickers — and 500 posters; over 95,000 attendees at more than 100 exhibits and events

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Celebrating the Rediscovery of a Historic Recording

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On Friday, January 31, the Penn Libraries and The Philadelphia Orchestra will come together for a special presentation exploring the only known recording of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff playing his last major orchestral work, Symphonic Dances.

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