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About Rebecca Stuhr

Coordinator for Humanities Collections, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Research Teas @ Penn Libraries Begins February 2 at 4:00 p.m.

You are invited to the Penn Libraries Research Teas, taking place Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in Meyerson beginning February 2nd. The Penn Libraries’ Research Teas are an opportunity to share and learn about ongoing research at Penn: the what, the why, the who, and the how. Relax, listen, and ask questions, share your own ideas, all while enjoying a cup of tea.


The February 2 Research Tea features CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, Laura Aydelotte: Special Collections Materials In Hand and Online

Laura will discuss  the Provenance Online Project, which she directs here at the Libraries. This is a digital humanities project that crowdsources photographs of and information about ownership marks—bookplates, inscriptions, stamps, and more—all details that tell us whose hands these rare books have passed through over the centuries.   She will talk about the way this project and other special collections and digital humanities related work can be used for research and teaching.  There will also be an opportunity to get to see some of the fascinating rare books from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Following weeks:

 February 16th, Professors Bethany Wiggin and Catriona MacLeod will talk about their publication in process: Un/Translatables: New Maps for German Literature

March 1st: Digital Methods for Americanists with CLIR Postdocs, Elizabeth Rodriques (Temple) and Lindsay Van Tine (Penn)

April 5: Professor Emily Wilson will talk about her work to create a new verse translation of Homer’s Odyssey.

April 12: Working with Images, Creative Commons licenses, and Fair Use with Patty Guardiola, Assistant Head, Fisher Fine Arts Library

April 19: Professor Toni Bowers will talk about her work creating scholarly editions of Samuel Richardson and P.G. Wodehouse.

Links for registering or sharing with others:

Penn Libraries Facebook event:

Wicshops: (look for Research Teas –and more information to come on Diversi-Teas).

Comics, Cartoons, Graphic Novels at the Research Tea in Van Pelt Library. Wednesday, December 2, 4:00 p.m.

Research teas are opportunities to share research in process, learn about library collections, get ideas for new research techniques, practices, and tools with the comfort of  late afternoon tea and cookies.We are having our final research tea of the fall semester on Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Van Pelt Library, on the first floor Collaborative Classroom.  This week the topic for our tea is Picturing the Past and Present: Political Cartoons, Comics, and Graphic Novels.  Besides the promised tea and cookies, John Pollack and Lynne Farrington will join us to share gems from the libraries Special Collections including a few newly acquired items. We’ll also have examples from our circulating research collections and ideas for identifying and locating materials in our collections and beyond.

Comics and Graphic novels have established themselves as important genres for creative and historical writing—evidenced by two spring semester courses being offered through Penn’s English Department.

Making Comics, English 122.301, taught by JC Cloutier and Rob Berry, “will expose students to the unique language of visual storytelling popularly referred to as ‘comics’ or ‘graphic novels.’” Word and Picture, Creating Comics in Prose and Verse, English 122.302, taught by Lawrence Abbott, you will have the opportunity “explore the reaches of this multimodal art form and make your own comics,” investigating the poetics of word and picture in the process.  You can take a look at the full descriptions for these courses here:

Get a head start! Explore our Penn collections, share your ideas, and take a little time to relax as the semester draws to a close.

Everyone is invited!

Penn Libraries 2015 Symposium on Open Access: Open Dialogs on Open Access

Starting on Monday, October 19, Penn Libraries will be hosting a symposium made up of multiple events that should provide opportunities to learn about open access publishing, its challenges and benefits. Events will also provide ample opportunity for conversation and the sharing of ideas.

To view all of the events visit:

You can register for most events through the Penn WICShops calendar.!/month/2015/10/01/8660/. Be sure to look at both October and November.

Highlights include:

Lunch at Annenberg on Monday with speaker Jeff Pooley from Muhlenberg College on Open Media Scholarship. Find out more here:, and rsvp to sblack @

Our own Katie Rawson and Sarah Wipperman will enlighten you on Creative Commons licensing on Tuesday at noon and also our own John Mark Ockerbloom will trade ideas on avenues to public domain and fair use with Robert Terrell from the Office of General Counsel, Thursday at noon.

On Friday, good friends of the library Eric Alan Weinstein and Chris Mustazza will describe their multifaceted open access projects: Prometheus Unbound and PennSound.

The following weeks feature panels on publishing  with Penn graduate scholars, Jerry Singerman of Penn Press, faculty from Nursing Science, Department of Biology, and the Singh Center,  a film showing of The Internet’s Own Boy with Peter Decherney and Jeff Vagle, and a visit from Brigitte Shull, editorial director at Palgrave Macmillan, on early career publishing.

Check our symposium landing page for all of the details of who, what, when and where.

Join the Early Books Collective!

The Early Books Collective officially begins on Wednesday, January 28, 3:00 p.m and continues on Wednesdays throughout the semester:  Vitale II Media Lab, Kislak Center, 6th Floor, Van Pelt Library. Register in advance or drop in.

We invite undergraduate students (and all interested parties) to join the collective to learn the TEI encoding language and to transcribe the the 17th century text: The Booke of Prittie Conceites–very merry, and very pleasant, and good to be read of all such as doe delight in new and merry conceites.

Why join the collective?

We will be working with the Early English Books Online (the EEBO database) Text Creation Partnership (TCP).  If you are interested in Early Modern or Renaissance studies from any discipline, love books and deciphering unusual print and typography this collective is for you. EEBO is an important database for primary texts from the 15th through 17th century. You’ll become close friends with the “long s” and an expert at deciphering ambiguous spelling and creative abbreviations.

Interested in the digital humanities?  The TEI encoding language is the encoding language used to transcribe and encode the texts in the Text Creation Partnership. This will be a valuable skill for your digital humanities toolbox.

We already mentioned the opportunity to work closely with  16th and 17th century texts–you’ll be reading and recording every word. Enjoy the language and style of early modern English.

Do you enjoy puzzles and challenges? Learning TEI means we’ll be working through problems and being creative with problem solving together.

Finally, make your mark on an important scholarly tool. We’ll be contributing our transcribed text back to the EEBO database and the Text Creation Partnership.

Join us! We’re looking forward to working with you.

Transforming your Research Within the Constraints of Copyright

Join Shawn Martin for a discussion about the possibilities for creativity within the constraints of copyright  on Monday, October 13, at noon in Meyerson. Transformation or “transformativeness” is an important aspect of fair use doctrine under Copyright law. Being better informed about the balance of both possibilities and restrictions under the copyright law can lead to innovative approaches in how you accomplish work and work creatively with existing materials. With this in mind, join us for a copyright workshop that should build on your existing copyright knowledge and that will practically address copyright issues that arise regularly teveryday. The workshop is open to the Penn Community.

Date & Time:    1:00pm – 2:00pm, Monday, October 13, 2014
Location:    Meyerson Conf Room, 2nd Floor, VPDLC

New Digital Scholarship Workshops @ Penn Libraries

We are offering a new round of workshops this semester and the next one is coming right up.

 Introduction to Text Mining
Learn the why and the how of text mining, its methodology, cautionary tales, and preferred tools. If you have experience to share, please come and join the discussion! Presented by Mitch Fraas, Penn Libraries, Kislak Center and Digital Humanities Forum, Molly Des Jardins, Penn Libraries Area Studies Specialist for Japanese Studies, Dot Porter, Penn Libraries, Kislak Center Curator for Digital Servies.
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Wednesday, October 8, 2014,Kislak Center Seminar Room 625, 6th Floor. Van Pelt-Dietrich

And two more to follow:

Make the Most of your Visit to the Archives
Returning to the libraries to share their insights into working effectively in archives, Professor J.C. Cloutier, English and History Ph.D. Candidate Emily Merrill will provide guidance both practical and philosophical on making the most of the often limited, and therefore precious, time available for conducting research in archives. Join us to prepare a tool kit for your backpack and for your mind.
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Thursday, October 30, 2014, Kislak Center Seminar Room 625, 6th Floor. Van Pelt-Dietrich

Sharing Research Through Social Media: Scholarly Commons,, and more
Your opportunities to share and discover scholarly work across a global community are expanding, from the Penn Libraries’ ScholarlyCommons, to social media sites for academics, which include, ResearchGATE and more. What are the intellectual property issues, how might these sites intersect and complement each other? What are the overall benefits? Join us to explore these issues whether you are just beginning to think about posting your work or already doing it and willing to share your thoughts and experiences.12:00pm – 1:00pm, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Kislak Center Seminar Room 625, 6th Floor. Van Pelt-Dietrich.

Questions? Contact

Summer Digital Scholarship Workshops in July and August

Keep current with developing research methods and tools with our summer offering of Digital Scholarship Workshops.

All workshops are at noon and, unless noted, are held in the 6th floor seminar rooms of the Kislak Center in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

Coming up right away on July 15 (Tuesday)
Practical Open Access – History, examples of copyright agreements and licensing options. Presented by Shawn Martin and Dot Porter. Learn more and register

July 16 (Wednesday) Meyerson Conference Center
Omeka Overview – A Guided Tour of Omeka presented by Dot Porter. Learn more and register.

July 22 (Tuesday)
Choosing the Right Exhibit Software – Join Nick Okrent and Katie Rawson to learn how to present your scholarship to the best advantage. Bring your ideas and suggestions.  Learn more and register.

August 12 (Tuesday)
Mind Mapping and Beyond – Manuel De la Cruz Gutierrez and Molly Des Jardins will lead you…

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