Category Archives: Staff Picks

Includes librarian recommended reading for fun and research

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

Sci Fi News – New Books and Movies

It’s so important to keep up on the science fiction news, especially when you’ve made it to Winter Break. William Gibson, the author of Pattern Recognition and The Difference Engine, has a new book out entitled The Peripheral. It involves … Continue reading

Library Tourism

At some point, we all travel and explore new places. While you’re globe-trotting, don’t forget to visit libraries! Seriously, some libraries are tourist attractions and well-worth a visit. Even the New York Times has recognized this insider’s tip! You could … Continue reading

Fairy Tales for Christmas Holidays

As a young girl growing up in Indonesia, I remember that Christmas was one of my most favorite times of the year. My parents bought us a small Christmas tree that my siblings and I decorated. Every evening, during the … Continue reading