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Rebuilding Rare Books in a Virtual Space: A Conversation with Curator Dot Porter

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Two people stand at the edge of the frame reaching out towards a large book sitting in a box in the middle of the table

We recently sat down with curator Dot Porter to talk about how she tries to bring very old books to life in the digital world.

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June Featured Books and DVDs: Pride Month

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
DVDs in top row are Moonlight, The Celluloid Closet, Ammonite, and Pariah. Bottom row is Rock Hudson's home movies, The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs, A Fantastic Woman, and Welcome to Chechnya.

Penn’s LGBT Center will be kicking off their Pride activities with a Queer Dance Class on Friday, June 3 , and will be hosting special events throughout the month. In the meantime, LGBT Center staff provided the Penn Libraries with the following recommendations, each of which offers an an inspiring and enriching reading or watching experience

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Exploring the meanings of "home": Children’s lit recommendations from the Penn Libraries Community Engagement team

Posted on by Rosalie Jacobson
A group of students and staff standing together and smiling at the camera

To celebrate the end of the semester, we invited the students from the Community Engagement team to tell us about children's books that feel like “home” to them.

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

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
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

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
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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Meet Our Spring 2022 Library Interns!

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Two men and one woman stand in a row in front of the information desk in Van Pelt Library

Just in time for National Library Week, we sat down with our interns to learn about their backgrounds, their experiences working at the information desk in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, and what they think every Penn student should know about using the Penn Libraries.

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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

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
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

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
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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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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Shedding Light on History Using Linked Data: An Interview with L.P. Coladangelo, LEADING Fellow

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
L: a close up of elaborate text from an illuminated manuscript; R: A screenshot of an online database, which reads  Title: Book of Hours Manuscript Dates: circa 1500 (1490 to 1510) Languages: Latin (recorded as Latin) Materials: Parchment (Parchment) Places: France, Europe (France) Manuscript Uses: Paris Folios: 115 Height: 192

Last month, we sat down with Coladangelo to learn about his work with SIMS, what it taught him about communicating across disciplines, and how he hopes his work will help researchers enrich their understanding of the past. 

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