Libraries Through the Ages–Part II

The first post in this series gave some general information about what a library is–we will now explore the early history of libraries. The earliest libraries we know about appeared in Mesopotamia about 5,000 years ago. According to an article in The Journal of Library History, many scholars consider the library at Ebla in northern […]


Libraries Through the Ages–Part I

If you are reading this post, chances are you have spent time in one of our library buildings or at least used our online resources. But how much do you really know about the history of libraries? To complement our running history of the Hopkins library, this post begins a three-part history of libraries in […]


I read it in the News-Letter

You all read the JHU News-Letter every week, right? How else are you going to keep up with student affairs on campus? But did you know that the News-Letter has been published since 1897? While you could previously¬†look at the paper copy of any issue by coming to the Brody Learning Commons, now you are […]


Thesis and Dissertation Update

As Commencement 2015 gets closer, we thought it was time for an update on the JHU electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) program. We originally announced the program in June 2013, and we have been operational since September 1 of that year. Based on feedback from many graduate students, it has proven to be a popular […]


Of Marginal Interest

Have you ever been warned by a teacher or librarian not to write in books? Rather than being harmful, it turns out that marginalia can often provide rich insight into the way readers have interacted with a book. They can even be the stuff of poetry. Baltimore’s own Edgar Allan Poe wrote, “I have always […]


Charles Street — Baltimore’s Main Artery

As any Johns Hopkins student should know, arteries are the blood vessels that carry life-sustaining oxygenated blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Similarly, it is easy to think of Charles Street–one of the oldest thoroughfares in the country–as the main artery of the city of Baltimore. Since the 1700’s, Charles Street […]


Preakness Time

This Saturday is the third one in May, so you know what that means–the Preakness Stakes! Since 1873 the top three-year-old Thoroughbreds in the world have been assembling at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course to try to capture the second jewel in the Triple Crown¬†of Thoroughbred Racing. Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, with […]


Preserving our Digital Heritage

Libraries have been preserving the world’s knowledge for centuries, but recently they have had to deal with a new class of threats–how to preserve the vast stores of digital information that they collect. While books on paper are susceptible to pests, fire, water, and other hazards, digital materials are at risk for those and many […]


Armchair Traveling

It’s summer time, and most of us can think of nothing better than to be on the road. The pull of travel has always been strong among writers, so travel literature has flourished as a genre for centuries. We are using the term “travel literature” in its broadest sense to include travelogues, memoirs, or even […]


Not Your Father’s Dissertation

Hopkins is about to take a big step into the 21st century this fall. Beginning September 1, 2013, the library will no longer be accepting paper dissertations or theses. Instead, we will be instituting an Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) program. The content of your thesis or dissertation will not change, but you will upload […]