Sheet Music Deep Dive: Aerialists

Scrolling through the alphabetical list of subjects in the Levy collection, one that caught my eye early on was “aerialists.” I wasn’t expecting to see many songs in this category, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to find a few stunning lithograph covers: One immensely popular song seems to have been “The Flying Trapeze,” published in […]


Sheet Music Deep Dive: Maps

With a sheet music mapping project in the works (stay tuned!), I decided to spend this week combing the Levy Sheet Music Collection in search of maps. One of the first songs that caught my eye when looking for maps in the collection is the Atlantic Telegraph Schottisch. This stunning lithograph cover was done by […]


Easier Open Publishing with Wiley Journals

The Johns Hopkins Libraries are piloting an agreement with Wiley to promote Open Access and make it easier for our researchers and authors to achieve.   The Johns Hopkins Libraries have entered into a new agreement with Wiley. For the next three years part of the subscription fee we pay Wiley to read their journals will be diverted to […]


Celebrate Literature & Desserts With Us!

The Sheridan Libraries is launching its  annual edible book festival today, and we invite you to celebrate with us! Wander through our online gallery, vote for your favorite edible books in a variety of categories, and meet some of this year’s contestants during a special hour-long event on Sunday, April 11.  Do peruse our event […]


Sheet Music Deep Dive: Witchcraft

One of the greatest movies to come out of the 1990’s was Hocus Pocus, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. From Binx the talking cat to the iconic “I Put A Spell on You” dance scene, the movie has become a cult classic—and although we’re far from Halloween, I thought I’d spend […]


Libraries and Researchers Demand a Better Deal

On March 3rd the NERL Consortium issued a statement, “NERL Demands a Better DEAL,” articulating the values NERL will adopt in negotiating agreements with publishers. In a powerful and unified voice, the members of NERL asserted that, “As partners in the scholarly communication ecosystem, publishers and libraries share in the challenges of unprecedented health and […]


Sheet Music Deep Dive: Puppets

Over the past year, the pandemic has given me plenty of time to re-watch all of my favorite movies. In revisiting Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music, I rediscovered the delightful puppet show set to a song called “The Lonely Goatherd.” Inspired by this adorable scene (and because everybody loves puppets), I thought I’d […]


Updates to Article Search

You might have noticed a change to the Articles Search on our library website. Previously, our Articles Search was a single search bar that displayed a list of results in Catalyst, the library catalog. Many of our library users thought that this bar was searching the full text of all articles available through Johns Hopkins [...]

Questions With Your Librarian: Lena Denis

Please enjoy this interview with one of the Librarians of Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries: Lena Denis! Written by Anum Haque. Who are you and what do you do? I’m Lena, and I’m the Geospatial Data, GIS, & Maps Librarian. That means I steward the Map Collection, both as a group of physical objects and […]


Sheet Music Deep Dive: Lithograph or Autograph?

Working with historic sheet music, I come across autographs almost every day. This doesn’t surprise me, as most of the books on my own bookshelf have my name written inside. Likewise, sheet music was intended to be used frequently, making the contents of any historic sheet music collection far from ‘mint condition.’ Instead, most of […]