Category Archives: Staff Picks

Includes librarian recommended reading for fun and research

Take me out to the Ball Game…or the Library

Baseball is one of those sports with lots of myths, legends, and superheroes from days past. As America’s national pastime, there are countless books about the sport, its players, and even its fans. Playing and watching baseball are two things you can’t really … Continue reading

Summer Reading: Experiment!

In a recent blog post, I made some suggestions for good summer reads that offer a relaxing break from the academic routine—a way to shift your mind into summertime gear. But of course, what counts as a break depends on … Continue reading

Summer Reading: Relax!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, according to Porgy and Bess. Sometimes, at the end of a tough semester, what you really need to unwind is a nice big stack of sentimental romance novels, heart-rending memoirs, and thrillers calculated to … Continue reading

Dino-mite! Brush up on your Dinosaur Knowledge

Like many kids of the ’90s, I loved dinosaurs. The 1993 film Jurassic Park sparked a generation of people who became fascinated with prehistoric creatures, and I was one of them. I thought dinosaurs were so cool, that for my high … Continue reading

Summer on the Chesapeake Bay

Not convinced that Maryland is the Land of Pleasant Living? Then you need to experience summer on the Chesapeake Bay. If you can’t find time to leave the library, we have some recommendations to at least engage your imagination. A good place … Continue reading

Where the Visual Meets the Verbal: Letters as Art

The Sheridan Libraries’ significant avant-garde collections hold some real gems; among them is one of the most important collections in North America of the mid-20th century French movement of Lettrisme. We have been adding to our lettriste holdings over the … Continue reading

Image Is Everything: ARTstor Can Help Illustrate Your Point!

Need a specific image for your term paper? Want to explore a topic in a visual way? Try ARTstor, a research database containing over one million images of art and cultural objects. The collection, which the Libraries subscribe to, documents artistic … Continue reading

Aphorisms Add Spice

                So much writing advice focuses on negative rules — “never brashly split infinitives,” “idiomatic expressions won’t hammer home your point,” “avoid cliché like the plague” — but how’s this for a positive?: … Continue reading

Print on Demand Springer Books

The JHU Libraries purchase new books from Springer, a large STEM publisher, as ebooks. We’ve been doing this for about 4 years now, so there are thousands of them in Catalyst. If you’d like to purchase hard copy of one of … Continue reading

Virtual Reality, Virtual Worlds

What’s going on in the world of virtual worlds? Snow Crash (1992) — Okay, follow this: Facebook recently bought Occulus VR — the Federal Trade Commission said OK — because of course we all want to live in the Occulus … Continue reading