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Back to School Workshops: Discover the Libraries



Join Penn Librarians for a closer look at some of our amazing collections.

Check out our other workshop tracks!

Ben Relays: flex your brain not your brawn

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 12:00pm - 12:300pm EST

est your knowledge of Penn and research resources by playing online games with your fellow Quakers. This session will give you an edge up at Thanksgiving when your uncle "quotes" Ben Franklin or asks "is it true freshmen all wear green?" Subliminal benefit: you will learn more about Penn Libraries, subject specialists, and all of the secret services only library insiders know about.


Exploring the Humanities at the Penn Libraries (Two sessions available!)

Monday, August 24, 2020 | 4:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 8:00am - 8:30am EST

Do you love literature? Are you curious about history? Are you excited to find out how scholars think about your favorite author or an event, place, or period of time that you have always had an interest in? Let's get started! We will talk about a few ways to indulge your curiousity while you also get a headstart in developing your expertise in finding the right materials for your assignments. We will also talk about how we (you and your subject specialist) can work together to help ensure your success at Penn. Welcome to the new year!

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Film for Fun and Film Research

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Penn Libraries has a large collection of streaming video and physical media like DVDs. Learn how to search for films, including films anyone with a PennKey can stream, how to find film reviews for both modern and historically significant films, and books about film production and the entertainment industry.


Fisher Fine Arts Library Orientation

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | 4:00pm - 4:30pm EST

Drop in to this brief session to meet Fisher Fine Arts Library staff and learn about the collection, the materials library, and the Common Press. Open to anyone interested in art, architecture, and design resources.


Intro to Business Research

Friday, September 4, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

An introduction to the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School, Penn's business research library, including an overview of our services and brief demonstrations of a selection of subscription databases. Open to anyone interested in access to news publications, company information, market and industry research, and more.


Intro to the Libraries for New Nursing Students

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

Welcome to the World's number 1 School of Nursing! Richard James, the Penn Libraries Nursing Liaison Librarian will give a short introduction to the many resources available that support undergraduate learning and research, focusing particularly on the collections and services of the Biotech Commons.


The Kislak Center Unmasked

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts preserves thousands of documents, books, and artifacts dating from the ancient world to our own moment. Join Kislak staff for a brief virtual tour of some highlights, and a discussion of ways that students can do original research in our collections. Students in any field and at any level, undergraduate and graduate, welcome!


Music Library Orientation

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm EST

Informal exploration of music library study resources: special welcome to new grad students but open to anyone interested in in music study at Penn.