Penn Libraries News

Main content

Blog post search

New Year, New You: Five Things You Didn’t Know the Penn Libraries Could Help You Do in 2022

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Two students, shown in silhouette, walk down Van Pelt Library's stairs in front of an open window

This semester, spend some time exploring what your library has to offer beyond books.

...Continue reading

Penn Libraries Unveils First Read and Publish Agreement with Cambridge University Press

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A woman wearing a face mask stands in front of an empty bookshelf, looking down at a large book that is resting open on the shelf

The Penn Libraries' first transformative agreement seeks to "expand open access publishing while centering the values of sustainability and equity in scholarly publishing.”

...Continue reading

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.

...Continue reading

How Health Sciences Librarians Are Building Global Partnerships, from Philadelphia to Gaborone

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Manuel and Richard sit at a table, wearing masks and looking at the camera. A medical illustration decorates the wall behind them

For the last 13 years, librarians at Penn and the University of Botswana have worked together to build the capacity of University of Botswana librarians to serve medical students and clinicians.

...Continue reading

How Penn's Librarians are Using Linked Data to Make the Web Better

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A design resembling a visualization showing a blue cloud of interconnected nodes

“Linked data is the language of the web,” says Beth Camden, Director of Information Processing. “It’s building the infrastructure that makes the web better.”

...Continue reading

Open Access Week at the Penn Libraries

Posted on
A large encyclopedia laying open on a table

Open Access Week allows us to set aside a week to explore, consider, and critique the scholarly community’s progress in making scholarly information equitably accessible on a global scale.

...Continue reading

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.

...Continue reading

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.

...Continue reading

Celebrating New Students, New Services, and a New School Year at the Penn Libraries

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Students milling around outside the Van Pelt Library

This fall, the Libraries is rolling out new services and resources that will help connect library users with the materials and expertise they need.

...Continue reading

Digital Natives: How the University of Pennsylvania is Preserving its Born-Digital Collections

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Screencap of code

How a group of archivists from across Penn came together to create a strategy for collecting and preserving born-digital collections.

...Continue reading

Recent Posts