A Busy Campus and a Busy Library

Welcome (or welcome back) to campus! The empty sidewalks of summer are quickly filling up again with students, making the Homewood campus feel like Richard Scarry’s Busytown. New and returning students and faculty are always curious about library services and resources. We will soon be busy ourselves, answering those questions. When is the library open? […]


Peer Review Week 2018

Peer reviewed journals are the bedrock of the scholarly publishing system. Peer review is the process that ensures an article’s authors have used proper methods, cited previous work appropriately, and made logical and supported conclusions. Peer reviewers are primarily faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who volunteer their time to move scholarship forward by critiquing their […]


A Walk on the Wild Side

By Keyi YinFreshman Year has ended, along with my time in the Special Collections as part of the Freshman Fellows. I’ve undergone a lot of changes throughout this year.  I changed my major to Biophysics and gained a sense of personal independence.  As a Freshman Fellow, I learned a greater appreciation for the past and […]


Freshman Library Orientation 2018

Jen Ditkoff, Student Engagement and Information Fluency Librarian, and Heidi Herr Academic Liaison, Special Collections facilitated this week’s freshman orientation at the library and it was a blast! Things started off with a bang at “Fire & Ice” in the Macskey Room (BLC). This was an interactive session that gave new students the opportunity to ask […]


Books on Books

Since my earlier post on the subject of earlier books turning up in (or on) later ones, I’ve discovered many other examples of early modern recycling at work. I wanted to share one more example of “book covering” in the opposite direction, where the recycled leaves from earlier materials are still present. This example comes from another […]


Perseids Meteor Shower: Aug 12-13

The Perseids meteor shower is one of the most popular of the year! The name “Perseids” is derived from the Greek word Persedai who were the sons of the mythological hero Perseus. The Perseids meteors are the debris from a comet called Swift-Tuttle. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the meteor shower can be seen July 17 – […]


Lav Notes

Nowhere near a library lavatory? Don’ worry. For your convenience, we’ve uploaded issues of Lav Notes here. Read them anytime, any place for the latest events, workshops, student spotlights, fellowship opportunities, helpful tips, and more. August 2018 Freshman Orientation Part 1 September 2018 Freshman Orientation Part 2 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018


Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy

Johns Hopkins joins peer institutions, such as Harvard, MIT, and The University of California, by instituting a faculty open access policy. Many funders also require their researchers to make articles publicly available; NIH and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are two examples. There are many reasons for making research articles freely available to any […]