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"Readers often seek their mirrors in books:" Building an Illustrated Children's Book Collection with the Community

Posted on by Gina Pambianchi
Illustration of a dark-skinned man reading a book to a group of multi-racial children. Behind him is a bookshelf and a sign that says "Library"

Five seniors and one graduate student from the Community Engagement team have chosen one or two illustrated children's books that they would want every public school library to have.

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"Just Make the Data Available": Exploring Manuscripts with OPenn

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Left: close-up look at a hand-written historical document; Right: screen capture of website code

Launched in 2015, OPenn holds over 10,000 digitized manuscripts from over fifty institutions, all freely available to download, use, and share.

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Making Lemonade out of Mrs. Lemmon: An Interview with Caroline Schimmel

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Penn alum Caroline Schimmel was one of the the first rare book collectors to recognize the importance of collecting books by women talking about women.

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An Interview with Liza Vick, President of the Music Library Association

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Starting this month, Penn music library head Liza Vick takes the reins as president of the Music Library Association.

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Fair Use and Dr. Seuss

Posted on by Christine Weller
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What can "Oh the Places You'll Go!" teach us about fair use? 

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The Ethics of Information: Meet ACS Fellow and Chemistry Librarian Judith Currano

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Headshot of Judith Currano, a woman with short brown hair, wearing a bright blue blouse.

Head of the chemistry library Judith Currano shares her thoughts on chemical information, ethics in chemistry, and teaching in the era of COVID-19.

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Medical Librarian Richard James Confronts Public Health Challenges In the Midst of COVID-19

Posted on by Gretchen Stiteler
A man wearing a face mask with the University of Pennsylvania logo on it.

We recently spoke with Nursing Liaison Librarian Richard James about COVID-19, his involvement in public health projects, and his perspective on the emergent field of implementation research.

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Ready, Set, Go!: the Penn Libraries Prepares for a New Semester

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How are our librarians focusing their energies as the new semester begins?

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Librarian and Poet Sharon Black Looks Back on her Career at Penn

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We recently spoke with Black about librarianship, poetic practice, her career at Penn, and her plans for retirement.

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On the Eve of His Retirement, Librarian Richard Griscom Reflects on His Career at Penn

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A man stands with his arms crossed in a hallway, with glass cases on either side of him with documents in them.

Richard Griscom says the most rewarding thing about working at Penn Libraries has remained the same, regardless of his role: “It’s the imaginative, creative people who work well together and support each other who kept me at Penn for sixteen years.”

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