Finding the Library at Your Place

It’s a most wonderful time of the year for those of us in Library World. Each year, April 19th-25th is set aside as National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions that libraries and library workers make to our civil society. Whether providing education and information to anyone who needs it, assisting the research […]


Google Scholar and Your (Now) Virtual Library

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Andrea Copland, Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Friedheim Library and Robin Sinn, Coordinator, Office of Scholarly Communication, coauthored this post.   Google Scholar covers a large proportion of scholarly literature including: academic journals, books, institutional repositories, preprints, case law, patents, and dissertations. It indexes most of the academic journal publishers, so It’s a popular place to search for articles that support your research, learning, and teaching.   Because Google […]


Drive Away from Creepy Dolls with the #JHUMAKESTOYS Challenge

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Last week, our #JHUMAKESTOYS challenge threatened to open the gates to the nearest hellmouth by potentially unleashing an army of handmade dolls ready to the haunt the homes of unsuspecting Blue Jays.  Fortunately, this humble toy-maker can attest that the crisis was averted.  The doll I created was just one sandwich away from reviving the […]


Tips for Finding Full Text Articles

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When you’re off campus there are several ways to find a full text article. Just Googling for an article will have mixed success because you need to be able to demonstrate that you are affiliated with Hopkins to get access, and each provider and platform does this a little differently.   The following methods are designed […]


Make a Creepy Doll with the #JHUMAKESTOYS Challenge!

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Last week, we launched a fun Instagram challenge called #JHUMakesToys. Our very first challenge was to make a Viking ship! Here is my interpretation. Behold the mighty and fierce Sea Hund, with the brave Andy Warhol and his trusty can of soup at its helm! Wait, what? A toy-making challenge? Let’s recap! Special Collections recently […]


Digital Pedagogy and the Great Global Online Learning Experiment

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COVID-19 has enrolled many of us in higher education in an unexpected experiment in online learning. While many classroom teachers have been practitioners of hybrid pedagogy for years—in-person meetings facilitated or complemented by digital texts, tools, and activities, learning management systems like Blackboard, and operational platforms like SIS—we find ourselves suddenly adapting by necessity to […]


HathiTrust Opens Up Access

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HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries, has taken an important step and opened up copyrighted material in their digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. This Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), means that any books available through HathiTrust which are also in our collections will […]


Join the #JHUMakesToys Challenge!

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The Sheridan Libraries Special Collections has an amazing collection of vintage games and toys, and we absolutely love coming up with fun events featuring these amusements, like our recent Women’s History Month Vintage Game Night. But how do we continue to share such delightful objects with you while we are all staying safe at home? […]


Cultural Life in the Time of Corona

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While social distancing as a Hopkins student doesn’t result in a sudden abundance of free time, we here at the library take it upon ourselves to find the best of the best to help you in your studies, your future employment, and occasionally even in your entertainment.  While it’s tempting to treat online courses like […]