HathiTrust Opens Up Access

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HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries, has taken an important step and opened up copyrighted material in their digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. This Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), means that any books available through HathiTrust which are also in our collections will […]


There’s More to Advertising Than Just the Super Bowl!

Now that the hype from the Super Bowl ads has died down, it’s time to take a more academic look at advertising.  Marshall McLuhan once said that “advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century.” And it isn’t only of interest to business professionals (or football fans): It’s also studied closely by sociologists, […]


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 […]


Literary Halloween Costumes: Beyond Frankenstein and Dracula

Still casting about for a Halloween costume? How about paying homage to something you read that sent shivers up your spine? A few suggestions: Shakespeare is always a great source. Banquo’s ghost, the weird sisters, Lady Macbeth after the murder, Hamlet’s father, the drowned Ophelia–all are classics. If you need visual inspiration, search these characters in ARTstor […]


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 to start is James Michener’s Chesapeake. Michener’s  epic tale weaves a fascinating story of life along […]


Hopkins’ Spring Fair, A History

As Spring Fair gets under way, here’s a look back at the origins of the annual event. The first Spring Fair took place April 21-23, 1972, an entirely student-run festival. From the earliest days, it has been organized and run by the undergraduate student body, with cooperation from campus offices providing electricity, water, and security. It still serves as […]


Virtual Shelf Browse Feature in Catalyst

There’s nothing quite like serendipitous discovery. I love going into the stacks to look for one book, and coming back with an armful of others that pique my interest. Don’t have time to head to the library? You can get that same feeling by using the Virtual Browse feature in Catalyst, and then request the […]


Beyond Frankenstein and Dracula: Literary Halloween Costumes

Still casting about for a Halloween costume? How about paying homage to something you read that sent shivers up your spine? A few suggestions: Shakespeare is always a great source. Banquo’s ghost, the weird sisters, Lady Macbeth after the murder, Hamlet’s father, the drowned Ophelia–all are classics. If you need visual inspiration, search these characters in ARTstor […]


Interlibrary Loan Down: Wednesday, July 2

We’re moving Illiad, the software for Interlibrary Loan, from the Welch Medical Library to our home base. So, we need to take the system off-line for one day: Wednesday, July 2. Please bear with us, and submit your requests first thing on Thursday, July 3! Very sorry for the inconvenience!