Afrofuturism and Sci Fi

Science fiction and fantasy continue evolving. A rich and massive current wave is Afrofuturism. Books Afrofuturism — Africans have been writing science fiction since around the 1920s. Some of the newer voices in Afrofuturism are N.K. Jemisin ,  Nnedi Okorafor, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and Deji Bryce Olukoton. These authors’ titles include: Jemisin’s The Broken Earth […]


In with the New, Discover the Old: Public Collections on Artstor and Free Images for Publication

 Your semester has gotten off to a great start! Yet, you realize you need images to accompany your teaching and research  — unique, exceptional images. Preparing PowerPoints or Keynote presentations? Looking for images for your classes? Use Artstor! JHU faculty, students, and staff have access to Artstor and its more than 2 million images, plus […]


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 […]


A Busy Campus and a Busy Library

Welcome (or welcome back) to campus! The empty sidewalks of summer are quickly filling up again with students, making the Homewood campus feel like Richard Scarry’s Busytown. New and returning students and faculty are always curious about library services and resources. We will soon be busy ourselves, answering those questions. When is the library open? […]


Peer Review Week 2018

Peer reviewed journals are the bedrock of the scholarly publishing system. Peer review is the process that ensures an article’s authors have used proper methods, cited previous work appropriately, and made logical and supported conclusions. Peer reviewers are primarily faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who volunteer their time to move scholarship forward by critiquing their […]


A Walk on the Wild Side

By Keyi YinFreshman Year has ended, along with my time in the Special Collections as part of the Freshman Fellows. I’ve undergone a lot of changes throughout this year.  I changed my major to Biophysics and gained a sense of personal independence.  As a Freshman Fellow, I learned a greater appreciation for the past 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 […]