Let there be Light!

As our daylight hours dwindle, I am always reminded of Dylan Thomas. Not because he wrote “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” but because of his poem “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Thomas of course was writing of a much more permanent darkness, not the perennial shrinking of the day’s sunlit hours, but […]


Special Collections Obtains Lothar Schreyer’s “Kreuzigung”

Geliebte Mutter, 1920-1921

The Sheridan Libraries’ Special Collections, a treasure trove of research and teaching material, has just grown by one very significant acquisition. A gem in the multi-faceted field of German Expressionism was recently added, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries. Kreuzigung: Spielgang Werk VII. Sturm dir Sturm allen Sturm […]


Library Tourism

he Reading Room in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France), Paris.

At some point, we all travel and explore new places. While you’re globe-trotting, don’t forget to visit libraries! Seriously, some libraries are tourist attractions and well-worth a visit. Even the New York Times has recognized this insider’s tip! You could start close to home, in Washington DC, at the Library of Congress. The Jefferson Building, […]


To Read, or What to Read

What is it about summer and reading? The 2 words seem to go together everywhere you look. I guess the assumption is that people have scads of free time in the summer, although this is certainly not true of library staff! Still, most of us like to read during the summer, even if it’s only […]


Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

The library has access to a really interesting, unique and incredibly useful online resource. It goes by the curious acronym of PEP, but its actual title is more illuminating – Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing. Well, maybe a bit more illuminating. This online treasure holds a unique resource, something you might think would be easily found online, […]


Got Term Papers?

Just a reminder to all you stressed students out there – the library can help! There is a reference librarian on duty on M Level of MSEL in the Research Consultation Office from 10am-8pm Monday through Wednesday, 10am-5pm Thursday and Friday, 1-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by or make an appointment – we are trained […]


Five (Library) New Year’s Resolutions You CAN Keep

New Year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to keep. Here are 5 we can help you with! Find out who your liaison librarian is. Whether you’re a grad student and need to meet the librarian for your department, or an undergrad writing a paper on a particular subject, there is a librarian who is assigned to […]


Medium Rare Books? You Mean You Eat Them?

Well, not exactly. We all know what “rare” books are, right? Generally any book produced before 1800, as well as books that have a particular value or, well, rarity. But that leaves scads of older books out in the cold, and susceptible to theft, deterioration and loss. A new category of “special” books is growing […]


It may not be Rocket Science…

… but library research is still an art. In fact, people write books on the subject. Thomas Mann, (a reference librarian at the Library of Congress, not the dead German writer), has written several editions now of The Oxford Guide to Library Research. Mann has also taught classes at the Library of Congress for many years, to […]