Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010: Month by Month

It’s the end of the calendar year and time for a year-in-review post. I’m stealing an idea I found on The Book of Trogool and Christina’s LIS Rant. Below are the first sentences from the first blog post of each … Continue reading

Not Even a Nice Place to Visit

Certain writers excel at imagining the post-apocalyptic, dystopian world.  Life is miserable – basic human rights have been torn away from those existing in the bleak landscape. Conditions are harsh. Life is definitely not fun. But deep within these communities, there … Continue reading

New Rare Materials on the Paris Exposition of 1900

This past August, I wrote a post on Exposition Universelle 1900. Since then, our library has acquired some new rare materials that are beautifully illustrated; they are available in the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Eisenhower Library. Two … Continue reading

Crane Comes Into View

In case you haven’t noticed, a large construction crane has appeared between the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and the Merrick Barn on the future site of Brody Learning Commons (BLC). Manufactured in Germany by Terex Peiner, the 140-foot-tall, Peiner SK 405 Tower … Continue reading

JHU Catalog Maintenance 12/19-12/21

Systems staff will be performing a software upgrade on the catalog over the next few days. Starting at 9pm on Sunday, December 19, you will be unable to check your account information (due dates, fines, etc.) or request/renew titles. These functions will … Continue reading

Author Metrics Q&A

Politics may be all about who you know, but scholarship is all about who you cite. And who cites you. And how many times you’ve been cited. Here are some basic questions and answers. For more information, see our Scholarly … Continue reading

Out with Beilstein/Gmelin. In with REAXYS!

Do you use Beilstein/Gmelin via the Crossfire software? If so, stop what you’re doing and switch to REAXYS! Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire has been the way to access organic, inorganic, and organometallic chemical data. Beginning immediately, REAXYS is the direct web-based replacement for searching … Continue reading

The Crisis!

Where would the African-American community be today without the mass-market magazines that developed in the late nineteenth century? Through articles, stories, letters, opinion pieces, pictures and advertisements, inexpensive magazines gave African-American readers, writers, artists and businesses a brand new means of … Continue reading

If You Write Anything, Read This

Congratulations on choosing a “writing-intensive” course! These are wonderful classes about fascinating topics; you’ll love it. But it’s been awhile since you’ve had to do much writing — where can you get an overview about grammar, style, and how to … Continue reading

Need for Speed

Just in time for finals, wireless access points have been added to increase wireless connectivity in the library. But did you know that many smart phones and laptops automatically connect to the network? So even if your cell and netbook are … Continue reading