May 24, 2022

Resource Discovery: U. of Penn Libraries Launches “Unique at Penn” Blog

This is a great idea! We would be very happy to learn about other libraries/archives doing the same type of thing. It’s an example of both very useful (for both the library and library user) and very practical marketing.

From Penn Current:

Libraries hold treasures. Yet not everyone has the time or opportunity to stroll regularly through the stacks to uncover these buried gems.

That is why Penn Libraries has launched a new blog called Unique at Penn that brings those discoveries off the shelves. With posts that describe, depict, and provide historical context for unusual books and manuscripts, the blog allows internet users to easily engage with the undiscovered and under-discovered collections within the University’s library system.

“We felt the blog was a good way to reveal some of the intriguing holdings we have either stashed away in our stacks or that we’re newly acquiring,” says Martha Brogan, director of collection development and management for Penn Libraries.

Mitch Fraas, the Bollinger Fellow in Library Innovation at Penn, is the managing editor of Unique at Penn. He is also the author of the first series of posts, which bring to life an 18th century manuscript the library recently acquired: the original minute books of a London orphanage for girls, which opened in 1758 and remained in operation until 1968.

Read the Complete Intro Article

Direct to “Unique at Penn” Blog

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.



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