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Sarah Thomas Appointed Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Posted on by Monica Fonorow
Headshot of Sarah Thomas, a woman with pale blond hair wearing a red blazer

Sarah Thomas, most recently University Librarian at Harvard University, has been named a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

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University of Pennsylvania Libraries Receives Major Gift of Works by Renowned Photographer Arthur Tress

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Left: Arthur Tress self-portrait; Right: Arthur Tress, "Secret Conversation, New York" (1980)

This anonymous gift combines with the Libraries’ holdings to form the largest collection of Tress photographic prints in the United States.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Bollywood and Hindi-language Cinema

Posted on by Charles Cobine
Illustration from a movie poster showing a woman with flowing dark hair looking over her shoulder

Learn about some of the films and popular Hindi film directors that you will find in the Penn Libraries collection.

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Voices

Posted on by John Pollack
Series of columns with letters from the Cherokee alphabet. At the top of the image is the title "Cherokee Alphabet" in English.

A selection of materials in Indigenous languages from the Penn Libraries, produced from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants Funding for Digital Scriptorium 2.0

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Image of medieval manuscript with text on left and picture on right

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) announces the receipt of a planning grant from National Leadership Grants for Libraries, a program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS grant has been awarded to the Penn Libraries on behalf of Digital Scriptorium

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Marian Anderson Collection, Newly Digitized by the Penn Libraries, Now Accessible Online

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Marian Anderson

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has completed the digitization of more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings 

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Librarians at Large: 3D-Printing Personal Protective Equipment from Home

Photo of Varvara modeling plastic face shield with 3D printed headband

Varvara Kountouzi never imagined she’d be running a 3D printing operation out of her spare bedroom. As Head of Digital Media & Virtual Services team at Penn’s Biomedical Library, Kountouzi has years of experience working with 3D printers — on campus. Though she’s dedicated to her work, there was never cause for Kountouzi to consider establishing her own high-tech cottage industry. 

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Probing the “Time Capsule” of the Cairo Geniza at Adath Israel Synagogue

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Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library

In mid-January, Emily Esten visited the Adath Israel synagogue in nearby Merion Station to deliver two presentations on the Cairo Geniza, one tailored to adult synagogue members and the other to children. “The Cairo Geniza is unique among digital humanities projects,” says Esten, who is the Penn Libraries’ Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator. 

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A Rare Discovery: Celebrating Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances with The Philadelphia Orchestra

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Matías Tarnopolsky

A wholly unexpected musical discovery was at the center of a collaboration between the Penn Libraries and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as the two institutions partnered to celebrate the only known recording of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff playing his last major orchestral work, Symphonic Dances.

...Continue reading

Sarah Thomas Appointed Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Posted on by Monica Fonorow
Headshot of Sarah Thomas, a woman with pale blond hair wearing a red blazer

Sarah Thomas, most recently University Librarian at Harvard University, has been named a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

...Continue reading

University of Pennsylvania Libraries Receives Major Gift of Works by Renowned Photographer Arthur Tress

Posted on
Left: Arthur Tress self-portrait; Right: Arthur Tress, "Secret Conversation, New York" (1980)

This anonymous gift combines with the Libraries’ holdings to form the largest collection of Tress photographic prints in the United States.

...Continue reading

Diversity in the Stacks: Bollywood and Hindi-language Cinema

Posted on by Charles Cobine
Illustration from a movie poster showing a woman with flowing dark hair looking over her shoulder

Learn about some of the films and popular Hindi film directors that you will find in the Penn Libraries collection.

...Continue reading
Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Voices

Posted on by John Pollack
Series of columns with letters from the Cherokee alphabet. At the top of the image is the title "Cherokee Alphabet" in English.

A selection of materials in Indigenous languages from the Penn Libraries, produced from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

...Continue reading

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants Funding for Digital Scriptorium 2.0

Posted on
Image of medieval manuscript with text on left and picture on right

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) announces the receipt of a planning grant from National Leadership Grants for Libraries, a program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS grant has been awarded to the Penn Libraries on behalf of Digital Scriptorium

...Continue reading

Marian Anderson Collection, Newly Digitized by the Penn Libraries, Now Accessible Online

Posted on
Marian Anderson

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has completed the digitization of more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings 

...Continue reading

Librarians at Large: 3D-Printing Personal Protective Equipment from Home

Photo of Varvara modeling plastic face shield with 3D printed headband

Varvara Kountouzi never imagined she’d be running a 3D printing operation out of her spare bedroom. As Head of Digital Media & Virtual Services team at Penn’s Biomedical Library, Kountouzi has years of experience working with 3D printers — on campus. Though she’s dedicated to her work, there was never cause for Kountouzi to consider establishing her own high-tech cottage industry. 

...Continue reading

Probing the “Time Capsule” of the Cairo Geniza at Adath Israel Synagogue

Posted on
Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library

In mid-January, Emily Esten visited the Adath Israel synagogue in nearby Merion Station to deliver two presentations on the Cairo Geniza, one tailored to adult synagogue members and the other to children. “The Cairo Geniza is unique among digital humanities projects,” says Esten, who is the Penn Libraries’ Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator. 

...Continue reading

A Rare Discovery: Celebrating Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Posted on
Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Matías Tarnopolsky

A wholly unexpected musical discovery was at the center of a collaboration between the Penn Libraries and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as the two institutions partnered to celebrate the only known recording of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff playing his last major orchestral work, Symphonic Dances.

...Continue reading