Happy Public Domain Day!

  Why are we so happy? Because for the first time in 20 years new books, poems, music, and films will enter the Public Domain. Because of that, January 1, 2019, is Public Domain Day!! Copyright is a limited-term set of rights given to creators, to let them control (or not) how they share their […]


Have Books, Will Travel

As you all finish up exams and papers, and head home (or elsewhere) for the holidays, here are a few tips to keep your celebrations worry-free, at least as far as the library is concerned: Renew all your books now. That way, you won’t have to worry about anything coming due. Keep all your checked […]


Stream Some Holiday Music

In the mood for holiday music? The library has several streaming music services that include a wide variety of holiday music. Choose an appropriate database and search for your preferred holiday suites, carols, and songs. It’s easy to find the Nutcracker Suite and Christmas carols. Let us know in the comments if you find your […]


Finding Open Access Articles

Here at JHU, Open Access Week 2018 supported the new Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy and the Public Access Submission System. The policy and tool help faculty make their research openly available, reaching individuals that aren’t associated with a research library. Today I want to talk about how to find those openly available research articles. […]


Open Access Week Events

Open Access Week 2018 will be full of events around open data, open scholarship, and open access. A complete list is below with links. We’re busy this year to promote the Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy. You can read more about the policy in a previous post and on the Open Access Policy website. We […]


Open Access Comes to Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins joins peer institutions, such as Harvard, MIT, and The University of California, by instituting a faculty open access policy. Many funders also require their researchers to make articles publicly available; NIH and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are two examples. There are many reasons for making research articles freely available to any […]


A Busy Campus and a Busy Library

Welcome (or welcome back) to campus! The empty sidewalks of summer are quickly filling up again with students, making the Homewood campus feel like Richard Scarry’s Busytown. New and returning students and faculty are always curious about library services and resources. We will soon be busy ourselves, answering those questions. When is the library open? […]


Peer Review Week 2018

Peer reviewed journals are the bedrock of the scholarly publishing system. Peer review is the process that ensures an article’s authors have used proper methods, cited previous work appropriately, and made logical and supported conclusions. Peer reviewers are primarily faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who volunteer their time to move scholarship forward by critiquing their […]