National Library Workers Day – April 9, 2019

As you can guess, our librarians here at Johns Hopkins are busy providing support to our students and faculty; however, this year we were able to snag a few interviews with them for National Library Workers Day (NLWD). Robin Sinn, Office of Scholarly Communication What do you do at MSEL? I support the movement to […]


NOTICE: Elsevier Data Leak—Action Required

Johns Hopkins University has learned of a data leak at Elsevier, the provider of platforms such as Science Direct and Mendeley, and a major publisher of scholarly journals. An Elsevier server was exposing user emails, usernames, and passwords in plain text for an unknown length of time. Password reset links might also have been leaked. […]


Opening Day 2019

It’s Opening Day and we’re sharing a snippet of Johns Hopkins history for baseball fans.   After the Carroll family sold Homewood in 1838, it was let to a series of tenants, the last of which was the Country School for Boys, the precursor to today’s Gilman School. Here, posed on the steps of Homewood’s […]


Sheridan Libraries running faculty survey through April 12

The Sheridan Libraries are seeking input from full-time faculty in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Education, and Business about the role of the libraries in supporting the needs of Johns Hopkins researchers and students. Faculty are invited to complete the Local Faculty Survey regarding the libraries’ resources and services through Friday, April 12. […]


Ada Lovelace Day

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, an “international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science,” I’d like to offer a tribute to Rachel Carson, who played a major role in the banning of the pesticide DDT through her 1962 book Silent Spring. Silent Spring is credited as a catalyst […]


Meet our Freshman Fellows – Sarah Elbasheer

This blog post comes from one of our four Freshman Fellows, Sarah Elbasheer, who is researching the ways people valued books at and after the time of print, and how we treat those books today. [Click here to learn more about our Freshman Fellows program] The first time I stumbled across JHU’s “Cathedral of Books,” […]


Preserving the World’s Rarest Ephemera?

This blog post by Earle Havens (Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries) is a re-post from the University of St. Andrews’ Preserving the World’s Rarest Books Project, of which the JHU Sheridan Libraries is a member. Preserving the World’s Rarest Books is a new programme, sponsored […]


Meet Freshman Fellow Taharat Sheikh

My name is Taharat Sheikh and I am one of four incredibly fortunate freshmen chosen to be a Special Collections Freshman Fellow. I plan to pursue a double major in Neuroscience and the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology though I am, by all accounts, a lover of the humanities at heart. It is precisely […]


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community

Today, we commemorate the 51st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death: his assassination by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee, where King was preparing to march on behalf of sanitation workers on strike. In marking this tragic anniversary, we also celebrate the U.S. Civil Rights Movement King did so much to advance. Indeed, […]