A Busy Campus and a Busy Library

Welcome (or welcome back) to campus! The empty sidewalks of summer are quickly filling up again with students, making the Homewood campus feel like Richard Scarry’s Busytown. New and returning students and faculty are always curious about library services and resources. We will soon be busy ourselves, answering those questions. When is the library open? […]


Peer Review Week 2018

Peer reviewed journals are the bedrock of the scholarly publishing system. Peer review is the process that ensures an article’s authors have used proper methods, cited previous work appropriately, and made logical and supported conclusions. Peer reviewers are primarily faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who volunteer their time to move scholarship forward by critiquing their […]


Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy

Johns Hopkins joins peer institutions, such as Harvard, MIT, and The University of California, by instituting a faculty open access policy. Many funders also require their researchers to make articles publicly available; NIH and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are two examples. There are many reasons for making research articles freely available to any […]


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 […]