Open Access Success Story: 20,000 Free Articles in Particle Physics

Back in 2008 researchers and librarians at CERN wanted to be sure that the high energy and particle physics journals they utilize would be freely available to any reader in the world, not just readers at institutions with subscriptions. CERN worked with the journal publishers and libraries across the globe to make that possible. JH […]


How Can I Share My Article?

Event: Sharing Your Articles: What Can You Really Do?, Wednesday, April 4th, Noon – 1pm in the MSEL Hamburger Room, Q Level. This event is free, but please RSVP. Your article is published. Hurrah! Now you’ll share it with your family, friends, and colleagues. What about ResearchGate, Mendeley, or Academia.edu? What about other places, like your personal website, a department […]


Happy Pi Day! 3.14

As you start your Spring Break festivities, please include a moment of acknowledgment for pi. Irrational? Maybe, but I’ll take any excuse to have a piece of pie. To see how others celebrate and calculate pi, follow these links: Overview from The Chronicle of Higher Education Longest calculation of pi Squidoo Celebrates Pi Day One […]


Consider an Open Textbook for your Next Teaching Gig

The high cost of college textbooks has been in the news as well as research journals. There’s a movement to counter those escalating costs called Open Educational Resources. In fact March 5 – 9 is Open Education Week! Administrators and faculty at many colleges, community colleges, and even K-12 schools, are putting high quality textbooks […]


Learn Cool Things and Save Time with Library Workshops

A very wise man, S. R. Ranganathan, created 5 Laws of Library Science. My personal favorite is #4: Save the time of the reader (or researcher). We’re here to help you save some time with another crop of library workshops. Our Library Instruction & Outreach track offers in-person workshops. This semester focuses on predatory journals […]


How to Avoid Predatory Journals

If you’ve heard horror stories about predatory journals or conferences and want to avoid them, we have a couple ways to help you out. A page about predatory journals, with resources to use for verification, is available to you at any time. You could contact your liaison librarian or me for advice. You can attend […]


Intersession at the Library: Five Courses to Choose From

Intersession at Homewood is a great opportunity to try something new. Even if it’s a course in your major, Intersession courses often focus on aspects or topics that can’t be addressed in a semester-long class. MSEL librarians offer four Intersession courses for your consideration. Take a dive into Special Collections with antique cookbooks, learn more […]


ResearchGate and Sharing Your Articles

ResearchGate is a scholarly collaboration network (SCN) that gives researchers a place to describe their work, ask questions, and share documents. The ‘share documents’ part of that has received a lot of attention lately. A group of publishers, the Coalition for Responsible Sharing, have brought a lawsuit against ResearchGate and are also sending take down […]


JHU Libraries Support Open Access

The first Open Access Week blog post looked at how and why individual researchers and groups within JHU make their research openly available. Now it’s time to tell you the variety of ways that the JHU Libraries support open research. Support of Open Platforms JHU Libraries support several groups that provide platforms where researchers can […]