Independence Day

In a letter to his wife Abigail, founding father John Adams declared that the Fourth of July “ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” Accordingly, the library will be closed […]


BorrowDirect now in Catalyst and WorldCat

To get you the materials you need faster, last fall we debuted a service called BorrowDirect. This 11-school consortium offers direct access to the more than 50 million volumes from the Ivies plus Chicago and MIT, providing a great alternative to recall wars and waiting for interlibrary loans. Material requested through BorrowDirect is delivered in […]


Composting on the go!

Last year Homewood Recycling distributed a survey about composting and recycling needs on campus. From the 400 responses, they determined that additional composting bins were desired and that the library was a prime location. Though we’ve offered composting in the BLC for several years, it turns out that these weren’t adequate for students on the go. […]


Mythbusters II: Librarians & Holiday Breaks

We’ve already dispelled the myth about Gilman’s will dictating the height of campus buildings and the one about the library sinking under the weight of all our books. Time to dash another popular belief: that librarians get the same breaks as our students…not so! Sure, we receive the standard holidays, but otherwise some might argue that winter […]


ABC’s of the Library

Welcome, or welcome back! You’ve survived move-in, pinned up your inspirational posters and tucked in your extra-long twin sheets. But now what? Well, a good place to start is the library. Since there’s no student center on campus, we’ve informally become the heart of the university. If you’re new around these parts, here are a […]


Clipboards and Counting

Have you seen students walking around the library with clipboards this fall and wondered what the heck that was about? We’ve been documenting where and how people are using library spaces in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library. A lot has changed since the building opened in 1964, and this is […]


Time Flies, and So Can You!

With so many activities crammed into the beginning of the semester, you might become wearier of the tick-tocking clock than Captain Hook himself! But if you think your schedule is already so jam-packed you don’t have another second to spare, consider this…one instructional workshop could change your whole semester! You heard right. Librarians will be […]


Student Suggestions in Action

Over the years we’ve taken a number of steps towards making the library a greener space, such as introducing composting and a pen recycling program. We’re also pretty excited that the Brody Learning Commons, slated to open this summer, will be at minimum LEED Silver certified. But we’re always looking to improve, and we were […]


Expanded Recycling Program

Thanks to the Johns Hopkins Office of Sustainability, we’re now offering a new pen recycling program in the M-level copy room. Bring any unwanted pens, pencils (wood or mechanical), highlighters, markers or even white-out pens and drop them in the bright orange box by the staplers.  This new program is managed by a company called […]


The Library’s Top-Circulated Material in 2011

In the spirit of the year-in-review post, we decided to spill your secrets. Behold: the top checked-out books and DVDs from the McNaughton Collection over the previous year. Surprised by any of the contenders below? Top McNaughton Books 1. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson 2. Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa […]