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Diversity in the Stacks: Dalit Literature

Posted on by Jef Pierce
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Rigid hierarchies of caste in South Asia have sanctioned the subjugation and exploitation of so-called “untouchable” communities for centuries. Now frequently referred to by the term Dalit (a word derived from the Sanskrit dalita, meaning “scattered” or “broken”), these oppressed peoples are fighting for greater recognition and equality. 

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Online Resources

Posted on by Amanpreet (Aman) Kaur
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual public health campaign. As the Community Health & Engineering Librarian, I worked with Yen Ho, an intern at the Biomedical Library, to put together the linked guide for online resources on sexual assault, rape, and sexual violence.

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Featured (e)Books: National Poetry Month 2020

Posted on by Gretchen Stiteler
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“Poetry offers an escape, a distraction, a confidant to whom we can relate in this moment of crisis,” says Library Assistant Megan Brown Olsen. “For example, ‘First Days Back at Work,’ from Elise Patridge’s Chameleon Hours, speaks to the current sense of what may be our near future.” Such nimble kneaders, my fingers / used to be. / Will the loaf still rise? // I strain / like an old tug / hauling copses of logs.

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Social Work Reference Center

Posted on by Anne Larrivee
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The Social Work Reference Center is now available to serve as a guide for those in the fields of social work, mental health, and clinical studies. This reference resource provides overviews and quick lessons for diseases and conditions; practices and skills; prescription drugs; assessment tools; and patient education.
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Challenges and Changes in Humanities Publishing with a Spotlight on Classical Studies

Posted on by Rebecca Stuhr
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Ancient studies, broadly speaking, can boast the Bryn Mawr Classical Review as the oldest continuously open-access online resource – predating arXiv by one year—as well as long-lived openly accessible platforms such as Perseus Digital Library, TOCS-IN, and Nestor, and newer groundbreaking platforms such as Open Context, tDAR, and Dickinson College Commentaries, to name just a few. 

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Posted on by Anne Larrivee logo cartoon profile of human head

The Penn Libraries has just gained access to’s full collection of streaming videos. began in 1995 and since that time they strive to capture “master psychotherapists in action.” Their videos cover a range of therapeutic subjects,

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: LGBTQ+ Lives on Screen

Posted on by Charles Cobine
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Penn Libraries has been collecting film and media that focuses on LGBTQ+ issues, gender and sexuality for several decades. This collection—which ranges from narrative, documentary, and experimental films to mainstream television series—has grown in recent years to comprise a significant part of the Libraries’ film catalog.

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LGBT Thought and Culture

Posted on by Nick Okrent
Todd Waddington is Eleanor Roosevelt in "Eleanor & Hick," which premiered during Pride Fest Philadelphia

Contains books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century. The collection illuminates the lives of lesbians, gays, transgender, and bisexual individuals and the community with content including selections from The National Archives in Kew

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Just Launched: Vaccination in Modern America: Misinformation vs. Public Health Advocacy Web Archive

Posted on by Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation
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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Vaccination in Modern America: Misinformation vs. Public Health Advocacy Web Archive. Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive preserves webpages representing the current state of public discourse and contrasting approaches to authority on vaccination in the United States

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Featured Books: Black History Month

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Visitors to the Penn Libraries can commemorate Black History Month through a number of curated book displays — including the first of its kind at the Math/Physics/Astronomy Library. The inaugural Math/Physics/Astronomy Library Featured Book Exhibit features selected works in the Penn Libraries' collection authored by African American mathematicians, physicists, and astronomers. 

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