Time and the Semester Wait for No Instructor! Download a PowerPoint Today!

Download images from Artstor.

Stressed out? Exhausted? Have a hundred and one things to do? Looking for images this fall semester? The Visual Resources Collection and Artstor are here to help, and to let you know that you’re just a few clicks and keywords away from a finished PowerPoint!

JHU faculty, students, and staff have access to Artstor and its more than 2 million images, plus the 160,000 local images in the JHU Visual Resources Collection and all of the images in Shared Shelf Commons (a free, open-access library of images contributed by institutions all over the globe).

Not only can you create image groups and download images from Artstor, you can also download those same images as a PowerPoint file! The metadata will be included in the notes portion of each slide.

Job, Herbert Keightley (photographer, American, July 1913. Ornithology; Lantern slides; Birds -- Canada).

New images are being added to these collections all the time. For example, Artstor has recently added 36,000 images from the Center for Creative Photography, 10,000 additional photographs and cartoons from Condé Nast, and more than 35,000 additional images in photojournalism from Magnum Photos. These new images supplement a hearty existing collection. For example, from Artstor collections, you have access to the Islamic Art and Architecture Collection (Sheila Blair, Jonathan Bloom, Walter Denny), Barbara Anello's Photographs of graffiti in New York City, and the Tenniel Civil War Cartoon Collection from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As for Shared Shelf Commons, there’s the Enders Ornithology Lantern Slides from the Trinity College Watkinson Library, the Artists' Books Collection from Bucknell University, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Photographs from Cornell University, and Exhibition Installation History from the Menil Collection.

Barnett Newman: The Late Work exhibition

Curator: Michelle White, Brad Epley. Exhibition Designer: Brooke Stroud. Originating Institution: The Menil Collection. Barnett Newman: The Late Work.

While historically focused on the history of art, the JHU Visual Resources Collection is constantly evolving to support other areas of research throughout the arts and sciences. For example, we have recently added photographs taken at the Kennedy Space Center in the 1960s, included in our collection thanks to photographer Jon Proctor’s generosity (search “Jon Proctor” in Artstor to find them all).

Need help downloading a PowerPoint or searching Artstor? Want a one-on-one training session or a group training session? Contact the VRC at vrc@jhu.edu, and visit the Visual Resources Collection guide for more information. Download the VRC's Artstor at JHU Quickstart Guide for the basics of using Artstor. Need images not available in ARTstor? Click here to access our interactive pdf order form.

For more ways to find images, see the Images page on the library's Art History guide and see the Finding Images guide.

Madrid, Urban Poetry

An Exhibition by Fernando Sánchez
10.24.17 - 11.15.17
MSE Library Q Level

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 24th @ 6:00pm
Featuring a talk by the artist
Hor d'oeuvres & refreshments


Fernando Sánchez is one of the leading photojournalists in Spain. He began his photographic work for the newspaper Público in 2008 and, since 2012, has worked for the newspaper La Marea. He was a finalist for the FOTOCAM award in 2012 and 2014 for his work documenting the effects of Spain’s economic crisis.

The present exhibition, Madrid, Urban Poetry, focuses on the effects of the Great Recession on Spain’s capital. The Great Recession reached its height in Spain in 2012, when overall unemployment rates reached over 25% and youth unemployment rates surpassed 55%. Today, the country is still recovering from an unemployment crisis and subsequent austerity measures that crushed the lives of people between the ages of 16-35 who have come to be known as la generación perdida (“the lost generation”).

Madrid, Urban Poetry shows the Spanish capital’s many faces, of all shapes and sizes and expressions. Covering the past seven years, the exhibition captures how the city, through portraits of everyday life, has been shaped by the passing of time amidst the Great Recession. It also showcases the economic divide between center and periphery at the heart of Spain’s largest metropolitan area, and registers the fissures that even the tourist areas of downtown Madrid can’t entirely cover up.

Madrid, Urban Poetry is Fernando’s most personal of his exhibitions, which have been shown across Spain—Madrid, Barcelona, and elsewhere—and, most recently, at Princeton University. For anyone interested in the visual arts, contemporary Europe, or the state of journalism, this exhibition will invite you to rethink the relationship between the economics, politics, and visual representation of “crisis.”

Artist’s website: www.fernandosanchezphoto.com

Library Shop Classes

Library shop classes? Of course!

The Sheridan Libraries offer many tools to help you with your library research. While you can always stop at the Reference Consultation Office and Information Desk on M-level, use our Ask a Librarian service, or contact your liaison librarian with any questions you may have, we also offer a host of workshops about tools and processes to help your research and teaching.

Our Library Instruction & Outreach track offers workshops about literature research, scholarly metrics, annotated bibliographies, using citation managers, and other topics. Many are online, some are in-person.

Special Collections provides seminars and lectures based upon the rare and archival materials they care for. Presenters include JHU researchers and guest lecturers.

Is data more your thing? Then you'll want to check out the Research Data Management series of workshops. They cover best practices in data management and sharing, as well as other interesting topics.

We hope you'll take advantage of these opportunities. Please let us know if there are other topics you'd like to learn about.

Digital Scholarship Seminar Series: Maintaining Diversity in the Digital World

Following the successful launch of the Digital Preview Changes (opens in a new window)Scholarship Seminar Series last academic year, we’re inviting you to join us again for more stimulating discussions on how digital projects and tools impact scholarship. This year we’re continuing our theme of digital diversity as this has provoked some extraordinary conversations over the past year (see below for an explanation of digital diversity).

Our first seminar is a joint event with the Special Collections Research Center: Mapping Frederick Douglass and will take place on Thursday, October 19th at 5pm in the BLC Macksey Seminar Room 2043. Presented by Lawrence Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of History and English, and Jim Gillispie, GIS Librarian and Curator of Maps, the seminar will explore the process of mapping sites in Baltimore that Douglass wrote about in his autobiography. A social reformer, abolitionist, and author, Douglass had spent many years as a slave in Maryland before escaping and becoming a noted orator and statesman.



On Wednesday, November 29th, we will be welcoming Gabrielle M. W. Bychowski, Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow and Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University to present “The Signal Never Dies: Transgender and Digital Communities.” Co-sponsored by JHU’s LGTBQ Life, Dr Bychowski will explore how the relative lack of physical "trans spaces" (bars, neighborhoods, etc.) has created a vacuum wherein the internet has become such a space where most trans people (especially youths) engage in community for the first time; she will also consider how it often falls to digital realms to mourn the dead and transform their memory into activism. The seminar will take place at 5pm in BLC 4040.

Spring 2018 semester, noted digital humanist and medievalist, Dorothy Kim will join us to discuss oft-neglected parts of the history of digital humanities (DH). Often seen as a space of both academic and social progression, DH nonetheless has a past that insects with discrimination and oppression. If DH is truly to be a positive force, we must face its foundations.


We want to put questions of diversity and inclusion center stage as we develop our support for digital scholarship here in the Library. Without attention to this topic we can’t think seriously about how digital tools and methodologies might help and enable, but also hinder and discriminate against expressions of human identity, culture, and history. The theme is intended to be broad to encourage participants interested in issues of diversity including race, gender, sexuality, disability, and faith.

Visit the Digital Scholarship Facebook page for more information.

Pop-up Mapathon for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Disaster Relief Mapathon 

Thursday, October 5, 2017
3:00-5:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Levering 

The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries has organized a pop-up mapathon to offer immediate support to on-the-ground relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

In response to humanitarian crises caused by the recent hurricanes, people around the world are contributing to the OpenStreetMap(OSM) to aid in disaster relief. Puerto Rico is particularly in need of mapping.

Grab your laptop and join staff from our Data Services group to learn how to use the tools provided by OSM and contribute to this critical effort.

No previous mapping experience or knowledge of the area is required. Come any time within the session that you are available. Pizza will be provided for participants.

Please register

Hugh Hawkins Fellow Tiffany Brocke on Researching the History of Abortion in Baltimore

“I carry. I deliver. I raise. And I do it by myself.”

This impassioned declaration was part of the story of Kathy S., a Baltimore woman who wrote about her experience getting an abortion in a 1972 issue of the Baltimore Women’s Liberation newsletter. Her abortion was an awakening for her, the beginning of the rest of her life, but in the decades before Roe v. Wade, abortion had different meanings for different people in Baltimore. This summer, I set out to uncover how women in Baltimore accessed abortion care before it was legalized nationwide, and how physicians influenced that care.

Photo: Hugh Hawkins Fellow Tiffany Brocke (second from left) with archivists Phoebe Evans Letocha, Jennifer Kinniff, and Andy Harrison at the Chesney Medical Archives.

Hugh Hawkins Fellow Tiffany Brocke (second from left) with archivists Phoebe Evans Letocha, Jennifer Kinniff, and Andy Harrison at the Chesney Medical Archives.

I’m Tiffany Brocke, a rising second year Johns Hopkins medical student. I’m writing this history of abortion in Baltimore between 1945 and 1973 as part of a Scholarly Concentration in the History of Medicine for fulfillment of my M.D. The Johns Hopkins Hospital being my new professional home, I wondered: How did “the Hopkins” create, challenge, or ignore issues in abortion access for white and African American Baltimore women?

I had curiosity, but I didn’t know what to do with it. Before 1973, when abortions went well they left little trace. Luckily for me, historians are good at finding traces. In addition to my mentors in the Department of History of Medicine (s/o to Drs. Mary Fissell and Graham Mooney!), I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with archivists and activists from all over Baltimore. I work with collections in a different library every day - ten so far, including the Library of Congress, the Maryland State Archives, and the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives right here at Hopkins. Books of legal code, underground newspapers, medical journals, meeting minutes, speeches, memos - you name it, I’ve read it.

I’ll admit, I was not expecting to have quite as much fun doing this research as I have been. But picture this: you want answers, and - unprecedented - Google has nothing for you. So you start digging. You have to get creative in thinking about who might have been a stakeholder in the issue. You have to send emails, track down where those stakeholders sent their records when they retired fifty years ago. You get to meet new people, lean on their expertise, leaf through boxes of the day-to-day goings-on of people who lived and loved more than fifty years ago. And then, amazing! Treasures like this, from a speech by Irvin Cushner, a Hopkins obstetrician/gynecologist:

“In the department of obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, during the 1950s and early 1960s, the annual number of abortions performed ranged between zero and four. Yet it was well-known that, while small numbers of abortions were being done in hospitals on predominantly upper- and middle-class patients with few deaths, large numbers of abortions were being done in clandestine, out of hospital facilities on predominantly middle- or lower-class patients, with many deaths.”

Before, we knew nothing; suddenly now, we know that a few women could access safe hospital abortions during the crackdown on abortion in the 1950s, but that many more women accessed unsafe abortions. Now we know there was a class divide, and using what else we know about the history of Baltimore, we can propose that there may have been a racial divide as well, in which white women had better access to safe abortion care than African American women. Now we know that there was a gestalt understanding, at least among ob-gyns at Hopkins at the time, that these were problems. And now we know there were “many deaths,” and that means there will be records, so we need to track down annual reports from the Baltimore City Health Department, and maybe some newspaper articles and obituaries, and maybe inquests from the Office of the Chief Medical
Examiner. So much to be done! See how much fun this is?

None of this would be possible without the support of the Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships for the Study of Hopkins History. I hope that when completed, my project will shed light on an important piece of the long relationship between the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the larger Baltimore community. I hope too that it will offer examples of the power that physicians can exert to influence positive social change, and call upon doctors today to consider social justice within the purview of their practice. Finally, and most importantly, the history of abortion is a long series of tragedies and triumphs. I hope that this story can honor some of the women who worked, cried, bled, and died in search of reproductive health care in Baltimore.

Interested in applying for a Summer 2018 Hugh Hawkins fellowship? Watch for our announcement of the application deadline this fall, and read more about the program here.

Pretty Sure You Didn’t Know This About Hopkins

Student testing VR equipment in Johns Hopkins robotics lab

JHU Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics

You’re probably familiar with a lot of the JHU offices and centers; maybe you have visited the Office of Multicultural Affairs, checked equipment out of the Digital Media Center, or joined some of the more than 300 student organizations and clubs.

JHU has lots and lots of offices and centers and institutes and initiatives, such as those for water, guitar, cities, and robotics.

Here are a few more:

Guitar stringsYou SOPHOMORES may know about the Center for Student Success, but don’t miss the activities especially for your Second-year Experience.

You MUSICIANS and DANCERS may not realize that there are practice rooms at the Mattin Center. Do you need drums, piano, or a mirror? We’ve got those.

You DO know about the Center for Health, Education, and Wellness (CHEW), but it’s always worth repeating.  Read the links on the left to see just a few of the ways that the center can help you. CHEW is the part of the student health center that works on promoting good health. For YOU.

Colorful Wizard of Oz cakePerhaps most important: your library has parties. Don't miss:


Lunch Bags and Laptops: Workshops About ORCID and Metrics

The Library is launching a new workshop series titled Lunch Bags and Laptops. The goal is to offer you a hands-on chance to examine different aspects of scholarly publishing. The first workshop will help you uniquely identify yourself as an author. The second will walk you through the different metrics and altmetrics that are available.

You'll need to bring your lunch and your laptop; the library will provide beverages and cookies. Register for each workshop below.

Researcher Identification: Best Practices to Identify You
Lunch Bags & Laptops Occasional Series
Tuesday, Oct 10, Noon – 1pm, MSEL Hamburger Room

Learn how to identify yourself consistently so that others can identify you, your papers, books, grants, and institutional affiliations. ORCID will play a big part in this, but it’s not the only thing you need to pay attention to.

Counting Coup: Metrics, Altmetrics, and You
Lunch Bags & Laptops Occasional Series
Thursday, Nov 16, Noon – 1pm, MSEL Hamburger Room

H index, Impact Factor, and Altmetrics: What do these scores mean? Bring your lunch and laptop for a tour of the numbers associated with scholarly publishing. Reliable sources of information about this will be provided.

Bibliomania Exhibition Reception – October 1st at the George Peabody Library

Opening Reception & Curators' Talk for
"Bibliomania: 150 Years of Collecting Rare Books
at the George Peabody Library"

Sunday, October 1, 2017
3 p.m. reception, 4 p.m. program
George Peabody Library

This event is free by advance registration only.
Register now!  http://jhu.libcal.com/event/3605664 or email libraryfriends@jhu.edu. Valet parking will be available.

Join the Sheridan Libraries to celebrate the opening of Bibliomania: 150 Years of Collecting Rare Books at the George Peabody Library. This extraordinary new exhibition presents many of the richest and rarest fruits of George Peabody's early intellectual and bibliophilic aspirations.

Exhibition viewing, wine, and light hors d'oeuvres will be followed by remarks by Dean Winston Tabb and the exhibition's curators—Earle Havens, the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Neil Weijer, Council on Library and Information Resources Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Suite of 19 portfolio illustrations of the imperial gardens at Bishu Shanzhuang, the Beijing summer palace of the Qianlong emperor of China, hand-colored prints on rice paper, ca. 1765.

Over the past 150 years the Peabody Library has captured, through its rare book and manuscript collections, America’s deepest desires and vaulting ambitions to bring the history of the world and ideas to the City of Baltimore. Bibliomania presents many of the richest and rarest fruits of George Peabody's early intellectual and bibliophilic aspirations, from the collection the library opened with in 1866 to the massive cast-iron expansion in 1878, which transformed the library into the glorious “Cathedral of Books” that it continues as today.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, with essays by Earle Havens, Christopher Geekie, and Neil Weijer.

The exhibition is on view through January 31, 2018 and admission is free. The Exhibit Gallery is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday.

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 for users with disabilities
  • improved mobile friendliness


Click here to read more about the changes to Artstor. Want a fast look at the basics for navigating the new Artstor? Download the VRC's Artstor at JHU Quickstart Guide.

Visit the VRC’s libguide or email vrc@jhu.edu for help using the new Artstor. We also offer in-class presentations on using Artstor and finding images for class assignments. Always feel free to drop by the VRC in Gilman Hall 181 Monday through Friday 9-5; visitors are welcome.

*IIIF, pronounced Triple-I-F, stands for International Image Interoperability Framework. Visit the IIIF FAQ page for more information.