Penn Libraries News

Main content

Blog post search

Featured Books and Films: Staff Picks

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
The book Winterlust is displayed on a shelf next to other titles.

The Penn Libraries’ Featured Books covered a variety of topics and themes this year, and many of the book lists were curated by experts in the subject matter or relevant campus and community groups. The December Featured Books and Films selections come at the recommendations of Libraries staff who personally enjoyed them, and this diverse list offers something for everyone. 

...Continue reading

Researching the Catholic Inquisitions in the Penn Libraries Collections

Posted on by Joseph Holub
Looking down from a balcony at a wood-paneled room with built-in bookshelves

Since the beginning of 2021 the Penn Libraries has added over 200 works about the the  Catholic Inquisitions, which complement and support the extraordinary text and manuscript holdings of the  Henry Charles Lea Library.

...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

Diversity in the Stacks: African Cinema

Posted on by Charles Cobine
The DVD covers of three films: Borom Sarret, Yeelen, and Heremakono

Learn about the Penn Libraries' collection of African cinema, which encompasses productions from the booming Nollywood in Nigeria to the lesser known films of faraway Madagascar, and everywhere in between. 

...Continue reading

Featured Books: Native American Heritage Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A pile of books with titles visible that include Prudence, The Sound of Silence, American Indian Stories, and Masulindians

A selection of novels, memoirs, histories, and poetry collections chosen by our librarians for Native American Heritage Month.

...Continue reading

HuMetricsHSS Initiative Receives $650,000 Mellon Grant

Posted on
Whiteboard covered in dozens of handwritten keywords including ethical practice, openness, curation, activism, teaching, collegiality, and impact

The funding will continue the work of the Humane Metrics for the Humanities and Social Sciences initiative, led by an international group of individuals from the academic and non-profit sectors.

...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

University of Pennsylvania Libraries Receives Major Gift of Photographic Plates by Edward S. Curtis

Posted on
Individual with gloved hands holds up a glass plate showing a black and white photographic image of Native American man

The gift to the Penn Libraries complements holdings across the University, making Penn a major center for research and work on Curtis, one of the most prolific American photographers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

...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

Recent Posts