Author Archives: Robin Sinn

About Robin Sinn

Robin is the Scholarly Communications Specialist at Sheridan Libraries, JHU. Metrics, academic publishing, discovery, repositories, and Open Science interest her.

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

The Baltimore “Redlining” Map: Ranking Neighborhoods

For those studying Baltimore’s social, economic, and redevelopment history, one of the most frequently referenced maps in our collection is the Residential Security Map of Baltimore Md. Published in 1937 by the Federal Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC), this map … Continue reading

Best Library Duo: Information Desk and Research Consultation Office

You know those famous duos who work so well together, right? Batman and Robin, Han and Chewie, Lucy and Ethel. Everyone knows them. Well, get ready to add another duo to that list: the Information Desk and Research Consultation Office … Continue reading

Why Not Read About Summer?

The academic year is over, the Memorial Day picnic leftovers are in the fridge, and you’re starting to plan your summer activities. If you’re like me, one of the most important summer activities is summer reading! Trashy novels, breezy beach … Continue reading

Fake News Changes Us

As we’ve all been learning recently, fake news really takes two forms: 1) information that is truly wrong and 2) accurate information that someone disagrees with. The first type (alternative facts?) can be disproven using any number of fact-checking sources … Continue reading

Protecting Yourself on the Web

As part of Choose Privacy Week, we thought we’d look at securing your web history. In March, Congress agreed to roll back consumer protections that kept internet service providers (ISPs) from selling your search history. Since then, there have been … Continue reading

Fake News: Check Your Facts

It’s a post-truth world out there (Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 word of the year). And your librarians will help you tell truth from fiction. Our first post in this series discussed the history of fake news and propaganda. Now we’re going … Continue reading

Consider an Open Textbook for your Next Teaching Gig

The high cost of college textbooks has been in the news as well as research journals. There’s a movement to counter those escalating costs called Open Educational Resources. In fact March 27 – 31 is Open Education Week! Administrators and … Continue reading

Freedom for Government Information!

This week, March 12 – 18, is Sunshine Week and March 16th is Freedom of Information Day. Both events serve to remind us how we can obtain information from the federal government. The most important tool in that work is … Continue reading