External News

Mapping Manuscript Migrations: T-AP Digging into Data Challenge Award

Almanac (April 25, 2017)

Penn works to bring local public school libraries ‘back to life’

Penn Current (March 23, 2017)

Penn Libraries donate books to local elementary schools with 'A Book a Day' initiative

The DP (February 28, 2017)

Staff Q&A with Lynn Ransom

Penn Current (January 19, 2017)

Van Pelt will soon have a new sound-proof study room

The DP (January 18, 2017)

Penn Libraries acquire rare Ben Franklin artifact

The DP (January 18, 2017)

The long-lost print that changed the course of Ben Franklin’s life has resurfaced after 300 years

The Washington Post (January 17, 2017)

You can now see Ben Franklin's first piece of printing

Philly.com (January 17, 2017)

For Ben Franklin’s Birthday, His First Piece of Printing Reappears

NYTimes.com (January 16, 2017)

Penn Libraries to Host Arbitrary Pleasures, an Exhibit of Penn Emeritus Professor Dan Rose’s Artist Books and a Musical World Premiere

Almanac (September 13, 2016)

"Dan Rose’s books flip advertising, anthropology and gender identity on their heads. The Penn Libraries is honored to announce this fall’s line-up of programming surrounding Arbitrary Pleasures: Plaisirs Arbitraires, an exhibition of some never-before-seen artist books from Penn emeritus professor, Dan Rose..."

Penn Libraries’ New MOOC: “The History of Medieval Medicine through Jewish Manuscripts”

Almanac (July 12, 2016)

"The Penn Libraries is proud to announce the launch of the first Massive Open Online Course Collaboration (MOOC) from the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries: “The History of Medieval Medicine through Jewish Manuscripts.”..."

Medieval Kids Probably Made These Doodles

Futurity (July 12, 2016)

"Children probably made the doodles found in the margins of a medieval book that originally came from a Franciscan convent in Naples, historians say..."

A Mid-Spring's Exhibit Featuring Two Gentlemen at Van Pelt

PennCurrent (May 12, 2016)

"Commemorating the deaths of legendary writers William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, and celebrating the lives their literary works have led since their passing, the exhibition “The Stage and All the World: Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Early Maps” is on display at Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts through Friday, June 17..."

Penn Global Seminar Readings and Study Abroad Transport Students to Paris

Penn News (May 11, 2016)

"In the second of a two part series on the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Penn Global Seminars, two professors share how they crossed schools and disciplines to co-teach a course with an embedded short study-abroad trip to Paris..."

Penn Libraries/History of Art Student-curated Exhibit Reaps Benefits and an Award

Penn News (April 22, 2016)

"For a group of University of Pennsylvania students from André Dombrowski’s fall 2014 curatorial seminar, the excitement of curating an exhibition in the Penn Libraries and creating an accompanying catalog came rushing back when they learned this spring that they had won a national award for their work..."

Shakespeare at Penn’s Library

Almanac (April 19, 2016)

"The Bard of Avon was born and died in April so it is fitting that he makes an appearance now..."

Penn Libraries’ Dog Days: April 28 and April 29

Almanac (April 19, 2016)

"Penn Libraries’ Penn Libraries is working again with Therapy Dogs International for the second-ever Van Pelt Dog Days..."

Penn Libraries’ Online Release of Holy Land Collections

Almanac (April 5, 2016)

"The Penn Libraries is excited to announce the debut of the online home for their Holy Land Collections. The Holy Land Collections website features a wide range of special and general collections related to the Holy Land, including rare manuscripts, original archaeological artifacts, engraved maps and many other fascinating primary and secondary source materials..."

Penn Libraries exhibit celebrates 10 years of the Common Press printing studio

PennCurrent (March 31, 2016)

"Penn’s letterpress printing studio, the Common Press, an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and collaborative work, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.."

Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist Trudy Rubin Speaks at Penn on the Relevance of The Alfred Dreyfus Affair in the Age of ISIS

Penn News (March 29, 2016)

"The Penn Libraries is proud to announce the 2016 Lorraine Beitler Collection Lecture by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Trudy Rubin. The lecture, “The Relevance of Dreyfus in the Age of ISIS,” will take place on Thursday, April 7th at 5:30 pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion at the Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts on the sixth floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center..."

Launch of Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts

Almanac (March 22, 2016)

"Working with the National Library of Laos, Penn professor Justin McDaniel, chair of the department of religious studies, has launched the Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts..."

Penn: A Year in Review 2014-15

Penn News (July 14, 2015)

"Penn’s 2014-15 school year opened with its 105th Convocation and closed with its 259th Commencement: two long-held traditions that bookended a year full of extraordinary firsts..."

Japanese Modern Prints at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery Through June 21, 2015

University City Review (June 16, 2015)

"This exhibit, showcasing the idea of place and landscape in the modern era, closes Sunday, June 21st. It explores the tradition of Japanese artists who select famous sites and landscapes for their work, which actively reinterprets the concept of 'famous places' (meisho), one of the most influential concepts of landscape imagery in traditional Japan..."

Penn's Liliane Weissberg Named 2015-16 USC Shoah Foundation Teaching Fellow

Penn News (June 12, 2015)

"Liliane Weissberg, a professor of German comparative literature in the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded the USC Shoah Foundation 2015-16 Rutman Teaching Fellowship. The award is offered annually by the Spielberg Foundation to a Penn faculty member to teach about the Holocaust..."

Rare Books and Manuscripts are Now Easier to View

Penn Current (June 11, 2015) 

"With OPenn, new discoveries are inevitable. In May, Penn Libraries launched the new resource for accessing its digitized material. OPenn’s purpose is to make its content, such as rare books and manuscripts, simple to view, and also easier for re-use. Plus, it’s open to the public..."

Penn Acquires Rare Book Printed by Ben Franklin

Penn Current (June 4, 2015)

"Penn Libraries is now home to a very rare copy of what’s believed to be the final book printed by University founder Benjamin Franklin. The Libraries’ recent acquisition is one of only four known surviving copies of Petit Code de la raison humaine (A Short Code of Human Reason)..."

Mellon Foundation Awards $2 Million to Support Digital Humanities at Penn

Penn News (June 2, 2015)

"The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded the University of Pennsylvania a $2 million grant to support University initiatives in the digital humanities in both Penn Arts and Sciences and Penn Libraries.'The Mellon Foundation’s generous philanthropy will serve to strengthen Penn’s abiding commitment to the most creative scholarship and teaching...'"

Penn Libraries Launches ‘OPenn’ Digital Resources Online Platform 

Penn News (May 1, 2015) 

"Some rare books and manuscripts from Penn Libraries can now be accessed online through the new OPenn digital resources website, openn.library.upenn.edu. The site provides digitized cultural heritage materials available as free cultural works that are accessible for use by anyone.The launch of OPenn is a major step in the Libraries’..."

Hannah Bennett: Fine Arts Library

The Almanac (April 21, 2015)

"Hannah Bennett joined the Penn Libraries as the head of the Fisher Fine Arts Library. In her new position at Penn, she oversees the operations of the Fisher Fine Arts Library, works to further develop its rich print and digital collections, designs and implements patron-oriented services and promotes engagement with a multifaceted faculty, student body and University..."

Penn Libraries Exhibit Highlights Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

Penn Current (January 29th, 2015)

"Penn Libraries is showcasing some rare items concerning the Emancipation Proclamation in its new exhibit,The Great Emancipator and the Great Central Fair, which highlights the document and its role in the abolition of slavery. President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Proclamation was delivered not long after the Union’s victory in the Battle of Antietam..."

Penn Libraries Acquires Collection of 18th-Century Occult and Alchemical Manuscripts

Fine Books & Collections (January 28, 2015)

"The University of Pennsylvania’s long tradition of collecting and study in the history of science recently gained potential for many new chapters of unprecedented research following the Penn Libraries’ acquisition of over fifty manuscripts from Ralph George Algernon Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland..." 

Penn Libraries’ Treasure Hunt for 60 Fifth-Grade Students in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

The Almanac (December 16, 2014)

"The Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts (the Kislak Center) welcomed 60 fifth-grade students and their teachers, Sacha Marie Langley, Lindsey Coyne and Jill Morgan, from the Henry C. Lea School (the Lea School) in West Philadelphia..."

Penn Libraries: Doubling Size of Online Resources for Penn Community Through Access to HathiTrust Digital Library

The Almanac (November 11, 2014)

"The Penn Libraries catalog, Franklin, now provides access to two million downloadable public-domain books and serials available through the HathiTrust Digital Library. With the addition of these digitized volumes, the number of e-books available through the Penn Libraries has reached 3.2 million titles..."

Penn Libraries Secure On-Site Library Borrowing at the Ivies, Johns Hopkins, Chicago, MIT and Duke 

The Almanac (November  4, 2014)

"The Penn Libraries are pleased to announce the launch of BorrowDirect PLUS. This service grants Penn affiliates on-site borrowing privileges at the eight Ivies, Johns Hopkins, MIT, University of Chicago and Duke University. The on-site initiative is an extension of the popular BorrowDirect interlibrary lending program. Since its founding by Penn, Columbia and Yale in 1999,..."

Can a Room Matter? Creating an Active Learning Environment for Teaching and Learning

The Almanac (October 21, 2014)

"What are the elements needed to move from conventional, lecture-based teaching to active, student-centric learning? What kind of an environment is needed to make such a transition? Can the room we teach in really affect how we teach? While I had expected the answer to the final question to be 'yes' when I jumped at the opportunity to be one of the first to teach..."

World of children’s books highlighted this fall at the Penn Libraries 

Business Wire (September 24, 2014)

"This fall, the Penn Libraries explores the world of children’s books in two related exhibitions and a symposium. 'Children’s books are unique teaching tools that ignite the imagination and bring form and meaning to language for younger and older generations alike,' shared Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries..."