Snowflakes keep falling on my head…

While I know those are not quite the lyrics for that song, I can’t help but want to twist the words around slightly this time of year, particularly when the sky is gray and hats, gloves, and wooly socks are necessary. Even with the rigor of the semester ending, it is hard not to be […]


What Are You Reading (Part 2)

We continue our posts on what people at JHU are reading; here are three more reading lists for your enjoyment. Ben Schafer, Swirnow Family Scholar Professor and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering I read every other night to my son. This means that I am now an expert in Ninjago, Chima, Superheroes, The Magic Tree […]


What Are You Reading?

We know that reading is really crucial for life-long learning. Libraries and librarians often sit in the unique position between students and faculty. We hear from students that they would like to know what their professors are reading; faculty members tell us their students are not reading the things they should be reading. While we […]


Dust Bunnies Beware!

Do you ever look around your house or dorm room and wonder how it got so dusty? Well imagine looking around the historic George Peabody Library and seeing what can only be described as historic dust and antique dust bunnies! On January 7, 2013 library staff, refreshed from their holidays, came back and did a […]


Why Aren’t All Journals Available Online?

We are always getting questions about why some journals are available online and some are not. Some of the comments from a recent library survey requested that we get “…..all journals online” or “….access to even more PDF journal articles.” We love that you use the many journals we get electronically and we have been […]


Wait a Minute, Something’s Different Here!

Monday morning a major change happened at the library. At 8:00 a.m. after years of anticipation, the doors between MSEL and the Brody Learning Commons (BLC) quietly opened. By 9:00 a.m. there were scholars in the the Winston Tabb Center for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives Research. By 9:30 a.m. there were students in the […]


Ouch That Hurts!

Every year the library circulates hundreds of thousands of books. In addition to circulating books, patrons use thousands of books in the library that are not checked out. Usually, the books return to us in about the same condition they were in before they were used. Sometimes though accidents happen – a cup of coffee […]


Survey: What Are You Using?

Starting Friday, March 27, 2009 the Johns Hopkins Libraries will be conducting random use studies of both the physical library and our licensed electronic resources.  At the Eisenhower Library, the study will run during random 2-hour intervals once every month for the next twelve months.  We will be conducting both an in-person survey and an […]