Artificial Languages, Universal Languages

An undergrad recently asked me about Lojban. Those in computer science and related fields have probably heard of Lojban (a constructed language, formerly known as Loglan). And most of us have heard of Esperanto (a “universal” language), and other “constructed” languages such as R’lyehian and, of course, Klingon. Are there a lot of artificial languages? […]


Fairy Tales for Christmas Holidays

As a young girl growing up in Indonesia, I remember that Christmas was one of my most favorite times of the year. My parents bought us a small Christmas tree that my siblings and I decorated. Every evening, during the month of December, my mother would read to us fairy tales from the story books that […]


Holiday Treats!

Are you eagerly anticipating traditional holiday foods? Or, perhaps you are interested in baking some cakes and cookies? Celebrate the spirit of the season with some cool recipes from our library and other collections that are available online for free. If you are in the mood to try out pudding, check out Plum Pudding: of […]


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 […]


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 […]


“Open in Order to” – Open Access Week 2017

“Open in Order to” is the theme of 2017’s Open Access Week. “Open in order to” invites us to share our reasons for making our research, data, journal articles, and educational materials openly and freely available!  Below are examples of the ways people and groups at JHU have openly shared research and educational information. Open […]


Meet the New Artstor, now with more than 2 Million Images!

Artstor, the digital image database of more than two million images, spent the summer giving itself a complete makeover. The new platform now has a completely different look with many changed functionalities. New features include: a full screen IIIF* image viewer with side-by-side comparison mode simplified image group sharing enhanced advanced search increased web accessibility […]


Global Communist Media at your Fingertips

A new e-resource, Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda, brings a treasure trove of film to your fingertips. Digitized, captioned, and made searchable by Adam Matthew, Socialism on Film included documentaries, newsreels, and feature films spanning the early 20th century through the 1980s. British communist Stanley Forman collected the films which then […]