“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.” (via Penn Libraries)
“The Penn Libraries is excited to announce the debut of the online home for its 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 archeological artifacts, engraved maps, and many other fascinating primary and secondary source materials.” (via Penn Libraries News Center)
“It’s fascinating to see a University change as the world around it changes, and the public will soon be able to navigate Penn’s transformation through the pages of The Daily Pennsylvanian—from anywhere in the world. The Penn Libraries recently launched the first edition of the ongoing project, The Daily Pennsylvanian Digital Archives, a collection of more than 40 years worth of digitized, searchable issues of the newspaper. The project was spearheaded by David McKnight and Jessica Dummer of the Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and follows Penn’s history as told through the eyes of its students, creating a unique lens for students and scholars to study Penn’s rich history.” (via UPenn)
“Some rare books and manuscripts from Penn Libraries can now be accessed online through the new OPenn digital resources website, http:/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’ strategic initiative to embrace open data and democratize access to information.” (via Penn News)
“The University of Pennsylvania announced last week that it would be making drastic changes to two of its STEM-field libraries, and students and faculty aren’t too happy about it.
As part of an overhaul to expand its learning space for science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses, Penn is already set to close its engineering library at the end of the semester, and to convert two-thirds of its math, physics and astronomy library into an active learning classroom.” (via Philadelphia Business Journal)