Something Old, Something New: Archaeology & GIS

Toss away your preconceived notions of the stereotypical archaeologist – today’s artifact sleuths are harnessing a cutting-edge geospatial technology – Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – to identify, document, and better understand ancient cultures from around the world. Objects from thousands of years ago, buried in the dirt, are now being discovered and examined in new […]


What the {em#&quo}?

Ever since the dawn of the Internet, computers have had a hard time dealing with words with diacritics, or accents. Even today, you may see text online with odd characters like # or {} or &em or ?@ in the space where an accented letter should appear. Catalogs, indexes, programs of all kinds, handle accents in […]


The Collections of the Ivies+ Now at Your Fingertips

How would you like to be able to search and request books from the eight libraries of the Ivy League (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale) as well as the libraries of the University of Chicago and MIT? Johns Hopkins University has recently joined BorrowDirect, an 11-school consortium that offers direct access […]


Interlibrary Loan Down: Wednesday, July 2

We’re moving Illiad, the software for Interlibrary Loan, from the Welch Medical Library to our home base. So, we need to take the system off-line for one day: Wednesday, July 2. Please bear with us, and submit your requests first thing on Thursday, July 3! Very sorry for the inconvenience!


E-books: Can I Download? Can I Print?

Amazing fact: your JHU libraries have about 1 million e-books. They’re easy to find, because they’re all in the library catalog just like everything else we have. You do your search, get a list of books, and see an e-book that you want. You click the link and read a bit of it, and it […]


Printers are Important!

We’ve been talking with students lately about the different services MSEL and Brody offer. The printers are the most heavily used service we offer (we’re talkin’ OVER A MILLION prints/scans/copies per year). And the Info Desk gets a lot of questions about them, too. (1121 questions during 10 months of 2013.) So here’s a refresher. […]


ArcGIS Workshops Resume!

The Sheridan Libraries GIS and Data Services Department is resuming its popular series of workshops, “Getting Acquainted With ArcGIS.” We welcome all to attend: the curious, the besieged, the beset, frequent GIS users, and novices, too! The workshops are being held on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in on A Level of MSE Library. The […]


Follow Your Music

Music makes the world go ‘round. We all carry our music with us – on our devices or in our hearts, or both. But you can do more than that. JHU has one of the best music schools in the world. The Peabody Institute has amazing faculty, many of whom you can hear perform at […]


Downtime in the New Year

In order to perform some necessary maintenance and upgrade work, some library systems will be operating with limited functionality starting the evening of January 2. Everything is expected to be back to its usual fully-functional self by the afternoon of January 6. During this time, you will not be able to: Request items from Catalyst […]