Artscape 2013

Artscape 2013 will be held from July 19th to July 21st. It is a free festival held at the heart of Baltimore City every year in July. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, music ranging from classical to experimental, and theater performances. Art and craft sales are available as well as a food court, and one should […]


Shakespeare’s Birthday

William Shakespeare, poet and playwright, was baptized on April 26th, 1564, in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Since his actual date of birth is not known, his birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23rd, which is ironically the date that he died in 1616. Shakespeare unquestionably shaped the English language with his poetry and his dramatic works, which encompass histories, […]


WebWise 2013

This year as usual, just before the end of winter, Baltimore hosted the WebWise Conference. Held under the aegis of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and also sponsored by the Roy Rozenzweig Center for History and New Media, the event is a yearly gathering of professionals from libraries, archives, museums, system sciences, and various […]


A Strong Constitution

Convened in Philadelphia in May 1787, members of the Federal Convention, dissatisfied with the Articles of Confederation, decided to draft a new Constitution. It was completed in September of the same year and would shape the way the United States are governed to this day. The Articles of Confederation let each state operate nearly as […]


The Tournées French Film Festival 2013

Every spring, Hopkins hosts the JHU Tournées French cinema festival. Funded in part by the Embassy of France in the United States, the events are free and open to the public. Today marks the first day of this year’s Tournées Festival. In addition to many not-to-miss movies, there will also be presentations by faculty members who are experts […]


Maps! Wonderful Maps!

Maps–they are not just the half-torn wrinkled sheets couples used to grab from each other in their stranded car while arguing about which road to take (that was before the advent of GPS navigation devices, of course). Usually associated with geography, they contribute in fact to many fields. They are powerful tools for historians and […]


Got Classification? “Dewey Ever!”

From ancient times, there have been attempts to sort collections of texts and to create classifications for collected information. The earliest known archives and libraries were discovered in Ugarit with clay tablets covered in cuneiform writing. Some great libraries were irremediably lost, like the famous ancient Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Part of the Alexandria Museum that […]


What is the Bibliotheca Fictiva?

From antiquity to current times, there have always been writers devising literary forgeries of all kinds, either copying an existing book from the classical period or simply creating a fake original edition to trick collectors and scholars into purchasing a book that would be difficult to compare to any other. Some forgers do it for […]


Adventures of the General Jewish Encyclopedia

Looking into MSEL’s collections can lead you to travel across continents and to share incredible adventures. Editing and publishing books can become quite an endeavor when it meets history’s turmoil. Just take a look at the Algemeyne Entsiklopedye. Di Algemeyne Entsiklopedye, translated as The General Encyclopedia, was conceived in 1930 “in order to commemorate the […]


Smartphone Book Apps

If you’ve been following our Apps blog category, then you already know that there are some pretty cool academic resources out there. We’re still loving WorldCat Mobile and RedLaser! With countless new apps released daily, we wanted to share with you some of our latest discoveries. An app such as Cash4Books allows you to sell used text books […]