Author Archives: Liz Mengel

About Liz Mengel

Associate Director Scholarly Resources and Special Collections

What Are You Reading (Part 2)

We continue our posts on what people at JHU are reading; here are three more reading lists for your enjoyment. Ben Schafer, Swirnow Family Scholar Professor and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering I read every other night to my son. … Continue reading

What Are You Reading?

We know that reading is really crucial for life-long learning. Libraries and librarians often sit in the unique position between students and faculty. We hear from students that they would like to know what their professors are reading; faculty members … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes: Sheridan Libraries 24/7: Part 2 Afternoon and Evening

We already gave you a run down on what happens in the morning. Here’s how the rest of the day breaks down. Noon – 5:00 pm for library staff this is all work, work, work, work, work. Here are some … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes: Sheridan Libraries 24/7, Part 1, Morning

Do you ever wonder what goes on at the library all day and night? Sure you can see students busy working around the clock. But what else is going on? What is happening behind the scenes to keep lights on, … Continue reading

Dust Bunnies Beware!

Do you ever look around your house or dorm room and wonder how it got so dusty? Well imagine looking around the historic George Peabody Library and seeing what can only be described as historic dust and antique dust bunnies! … Continue reading

Why Aren’t All Journals Available Online?

We are always getting questions about why some journals are available online and some are not. Some of the comments from a recent library survey requested that we get “…..all journals online” or “….access to even more PDF journal articles.” … Continue reading

Wait a Minute, Something’s Different Here!

Monday morning a major change happened at the library. At 8:00 a.m. after years of anticipation, the doors between MSEL and the Brody Learning Commons (BLC) quietly opened. By 9:00 a.m. there were scholars in the the Winston Tabb Center … Continue reading

Ouch That Hurts!

Every year the library circulates hundreds of thousands of books. In addition to circulating books, patrons use thousands of books in the library that are not checked out. Usually, the books return to us in about the same condition they … Continue reading

Survey: What Are You Using?

Starting Friday, March 27, 2009 the Johns Hopkins Libraries will be conducting random use studies of both the physical library and our licensed electronic resources.  At the Eisenhower Library, the study will run during random 2-hour intervals once every month … Continue reading

JSTOR statistics (and my iPod)

You may have read our prior updates on JSTOR, a journal archive database that includes fulltext PDFs of journals (minus the most recent 2-5 years). I recently investigated our 2007 JSTOR usage statistics and found some interesting tidbits on just … Continue reading