Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories, and Eerie Literature – Part 2

Still huddled under the covers reading scary books? Good! There are more ghoulish and ghostly tales that await you. Oh, and if you haven’t read part 1 of this blog, you might want to begin there. Did Dracula really say, “Blah…blah…blah!”? Perhaps there’s a clue in the latest 2018 Dracula novel. “Dracul,” a prequel to Dracula, has been written […]


Frankenstein: 200 Years In Print

Where does our fascination with Frankenstein come from? And why has it lasted so long? This exhibition presents early and illustrated editions of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s famous novel, along with theater and film tie-ins and twentieth-century homages to the monster’s tale—just a few examples of its remarkably full life in print. Frankenstein’s history of prolific […]


Deposit For Deposit Day

Faculty, don’t delay! Make your deposit(s) using the Open Access website! The Open Access website on the Provost’s site provides an FAQ, a background on Open Access, and a short history of the policy. It also provides a link to the Public Access Submission System, PASS, built by the library development team, to allow faculty […]


In A Hurry? Use Hopkins Self-Checkout!

Want to check out a book? Is there a line at the Service Desk? Has the Service Desk closed for the evening? No worries. Use Hopkins Self-Checkout! Use your cell phone! Download the free Hopkins Self-Checkout app. Enter your JHED ID and password, follow the online prompts and you’re on your way. For books that […]


Literary Halloween Costumes: Beyond Frankenstein and Dracula

Still casting about for a Halloween costume? How about paying homage to something you read that sent shivers up your spine? A few suggestions: Shakespeare is always a great source. Banquo’s ghost, the weird sisters, Lady Macbeth after the murder, Hamlet’s father, the drowned Ophelia–all are classics. If you need visual inspiration, search these characters in ARTstor […]


Halloween Fun Means Scary Movies

The weather outside isn’t exactly frightful (that’s for another holiday), but many films in our library collection are! To get in the Halloween spirit this week, why not check out some DVDs? What type of movie scares you the most? Ghost stories? Horror films? Thrillers? We have all sorts! How do you feel about monsters? Witches? Zombies? Vampires? Werewolves? Serial […]


Demystifying Robles: A Story of Camaraderie, Betrayal and Larger Ideals in Conflicts during the Spanish Civil War

It has truly been a pleasure to be a Freshman Fellow this year.  In the second half of my research, through translations and close-readings, I delved deeper into the correspondence between Jose Robles’ family, trapped in war-torn Spain, and his friends in the U.S. Even now, as I recollect my memories of sitting in the Special Collections Reading Room, and […]


Freshman Library Orientation 2018

Jen Ditkoff, Student Engagement and Information Fluency Librarian, and Heidi Herr Academic Liaison, Special Collections facilitated this week’s freshman orientation at the library and it was a blast! Things started off with a bang at “Fire & Ice” in the Macskey Room (BLC). This was an interactive session that gave new students the opportunity to ask […]