Category Archives: Learn the Library

Includes tips on how to use the library most effectively as well as announcements of formal instructional activities we offer

The History and Future of Libraries: “The wisdom of our ancestors”

What is a library? Is it a collection of books, a suite of digital resources, a space for studying? Where do our current ideas about libraries come from, and where will our new tools take us? Does the library have … Continue reading

When Librarians Gather

Several years ago, there was an amusing video making the rounds (well, it was amusing to librarians anyway), that was a parody of the then popular film March of the Penguins. It was a light-hearted look at a twice-yearly librarian … Continue reading

A Toast to the Old Year: 2013

The Sheridan Libraries Blog team was busy in 2013, serving up blog posts on a variety of topics related to the libraries, JHU, Baltimore, or… nothing in particular. Here’s a look back at the blog posts of 2013. Reading is … Continue reading

Catalog This!

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes to make library materials accessible to the public (that’s you!)? After books are selected and ordered, Cataloging staff work their magic to let you know what we’ve got. The word cataloging itself conjures … Continue reading

Intersession in Special Collections: Get Down and Dirty with Books

So, you like the smell of ink and old paper? You love strange tales? Maybe you’re into the exotic locales they can take you to? Or maybe you like to do weird digital things with printed matter? Yeah, I’m talking … Continue reading

Bibliography: it’s not for the faint of heart. Part One

When you hear the word “bibliography,” what comes to mind? A dreaded assignment in an English class? The very last, incredibly annoying and frustrating thing you have to do before you turn in a paper? Those fears can be solved … Continue reading

How do I share my research data?!

Any researcher who has either followed another’s work, or has helped another researcher follow his or her work, knows that it can take a lot of time and effort. I’ve done both; prior to joining Johns Hopkins Data Management Services, I … Continue reading

Got a Research Idea? Get Paid to Do It!

For most researchers, grant writing is part of their job. As one of the best research institutions in the nation, Johns Hopkins offers a wide range of resources and services to its faculty and researchers and helps them compete for … Continue reading

“A Plague of Sheep” — The Wonders of Browsing

Do you need another way to open your mind? Wander around the library and look at the titles of the books. Browsing is a marvelous thing. Try it — just put your stuff safely in a locker and stroll down … Continue reading

Comparing Different Cultures? Try eHRAF World Cultures!

Good news, anthropologists! Now there is an easier way to do a comparative study of different cultures from around the world.  Just try our recent addition to our growing database collection, eHRAF. eHRAF stands for the electronic edition of Human … Continue reading