Friday, December 11, 2015

Intersession 2015 - 2016 Hours


The SAIS Library staff congratulates everyone on finishing the semester.  Have a great vacation and we'll see you in January! 

SAIS Library's hours for the Intersession are:

Week of December 21


Monday - Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday - Sunday CLOSED

Week of December 28

Monday - Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday - Sunday CLOSED

Weeks of January 4 and 11

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Week of January 18


Monday CLOSED (MLK Jr. Birthday)
Tuesday – Friday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Regular hours resume Saturday, January 23
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In the event of bad winter weather, SAIS will post closing information to the SAIS Home Page, SAIS Insider Portal and SAIS’s Facebook and Twitter feeds


Photo: Dupont Circle fountain in winter, by P_R_



Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Extended Midterm Hours in October


Beginning Friday, October 16 through the morning of Wednesday, October 21, the SAIS Library will have extended hours for Midterms:

10/16:    Friday    8:30am    11:00pm
10/17:    Saturday    9:30am    11:00pm
10/18:    Sunday    9:30am   open all night

10/19:    Monday    open 24 hours
10/20:    Tuesday    open 24 hours
10/21:    Wednesday    close at 11pm

Normal hours resume Thursday, October 22.







Monday, September 21, 2015

New Virtual Shelf Browse Feature in Catalyst

Some patrons, especially in certain areas of study, enjoy physically visiting the library stacks to browse the collection. The JH Libraries largely use the Library of Congress Classification system - aka the "call numbers" - to order the books on our shelves. It's intended to place books on the same or similar topics near one another to facilitate this kind of browsing.

Because so many users enjoy browsing the physical shelves, we've introduced a new Virtual Shelf Browse feature in Catalyst to supplement, but hopefully never replace, an in-person visit to the shelves.

Access the Virtual Shelf Browse by finding a book or other item in Catalyst and clicking on the item's title to get to the detail page for that book. If the book does appear in the Virtual Shelf Browse, it will have a button in the right-hand sidebar to view that book in the virtual stacks along  with other books placed nearby.
 
There are some things Virtual Shelf Browse can do that aren't possible in-person:

 • You can access it from home or anywhere you have an Internet-connected device. It works pretty well on a tablet and even on your phone.

• It includes books from various JH Libraries shelving locations in one single virtual stack, such as MSEL, Welch, and our off-site storage (Libraries Service Center).

• Books that are currently checked out by another patron still appear in the Virtual Shelf Browse. Even some (but not all) ebooks from our extensive ebook collection appear.
 
Note that not every book at Hopkins has a Library of Congress Classification number. While Virtual Shelf Browse includes more of our collection than any single physical location, you can't assume that you're seeing everything -- just as when you're looking at physical shelves too.

We hope the Virtual Shelf Browse provides another way to find material from the Hopkins Libraries collections. Please let us know what you think!


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This post was originally composed by Jonathan Rochkind, a JH Libraries developer, for the Sheridan Libraries Blog. The user interface that we used for Virtual Shelf Browse was originally developed by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and shared with other interested parties, including Jonathan, under an open source license. Many thanks to Harvard for sharing their software!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BorrowDirect now in Catalyst and WorldCat

To get you the materials you need faster, last fall we debuted a service called BorrowDirect. This 11-school consortium offers direct access to the more than 50 million volumes from the Ivies plus Chicago and MIT, providing a great alternative to recall wars and waiting for interlibrary loans. Material requested through BorrowDirect is delivered to SAIS in just 5-6 business days!

Now we’ve taken steps to integrate this popular service into the places you already search, namely Catalyst and WorldCat. In the library catalog, the BorrowDirect option will appear when an item is checked out or on reserve. You’ll also have the opportunity to request a physical copy if our only format is electronic. In WorldCat, BorrowDirect will show under these same conditions and also when you seek an item that’s not in our collection.

So for example, if you searched the library catalog for Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, you’ll now get the option to request a copy through BorrowDirect since all our copies are currently on reserve.


The same would be true if you used WorldCat—when you click the Find It button, you’ll see the BorrowDirect option. The link to check BorrowDirect will automatically run a search for the item you’re seeking.

The integration will remain in beta for the next two weeks while we make sure it’s working as expected. We’ll roll out additional enhancements as they become available. Let us know what you think of the integration in the comments below.





 Thanks to the Sheridan Libraries for this post.

Friday, March 06, 2015

UPDATE: March 6, 2015: SAIS Library Closed


Due to snow and ice,  SAIS will be CLOSED today, March 6. We will reopen at 8am on Saturday, March 7.

Remember you can access JHU resources using your JHED login from off-campus. You may also contact the Library staff via email. Our research guides are a good place to start your work.

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 DC snow photo by Steve Sears

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A wintry mix.... SAIS Library and snow




SAIS Library, like the School, makes every effort to stay open on snow days. The latest information will always be available to you in two places:  The Johns Hopkins emergency hotline at 1-800-548-9004 or JHU's Emergency Alert page.

If the Library does need to make a change in hours of operation, usually due to difficulties with staffing during a storm,
we will try to post a notice via this blog and Twitter. Please also remember that you can access most library resources from off-campus with your JHED ID and password
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SAIS will post closing information to the SAIS Home Page, SAIS Insider Portal and SAIS’s Facebook and Twitter feeds





Photo by Kyle Taylor via Flickr CC






Welcome New Students! 9 Facts about SAIS Library



Welcome to all new (and returning) SAIS students! Here are 9 things you should know about SAIS Library:

  1. SAIS Library (aka Mason Library) is on the top 3 floors of the Nitze building (1740 Mass), with the entrance on floor 6.
  2. Our hours are near the left bottom of our hompage.
  3. Join us for a 30-45 minute introductory orientation to the Library. Details here.
  4. To learn about printing and wireless at SAIS, see the Tech Page of our About SAIS Library guide.
  5. Your course readings are available via a link on the left side of each Blackboard Course Site.
  6. Your Hopkins ID is your library card. You should always know your JHED login ID ("lid") and password. They have multiple uses.
  7. You can do research from home. Just use Library links and login with your JHED. It's easy!
  8.  If you're thinking ahead about research and want a quick look at our electronic resources, we have a concise guide to Key Databases that's a good starting point.
  9. SAIS Research Librarians are here to help. We're available Mon - Fri, 9-5, but feel free to call us at 202-663-5901 or  email us saislibrary@jhu.edu
We hope to see you in the Library!






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Classes: Doing Research at SAIS Library


Want to make your research more productive - and faster? We're offering one-hour overviews of the Library's online resources.

Introduction to Effective Scholarly Research:  February 6 and 13 (Fridays, each 2-3pm)
Learn how to make the time you spend on research more effective. A SAIS Librarian will demonstrate how to use JHU/ SAIS resources to find scholarly materials, focusing primarily on articles.

RSVP now











Saturday, January 10, 2015

RefWorks Workshop


https://www.refworks.com/refworks2/default.aspx?r=authentication%3A%3Ainit&groupcode=RWJHMI


Learn how to use RefWorks to import, organize, and store references to books, articles, documents, and websites... anything you need for a paper or project. The session will also touch upon the Write N Cite feature, used to automate the process of creating a bibliography or footnotes.

When: Friday, February 20, 2:30-3:30 pm
Where: TBD
Instructor: SAIS librarians Jenny Gelman and Steve Sears

RSVP: Sign up online now or at the Reference Desk in the Library

If you are interested, but not able to attend, see our RefWorks Guide - which has a great "Basics" PDF - or speak to a SAIS librarian.


Thursday, January 01, 2015

The Collections of the Ivies+ Now at Your Fingertips


How would you like to be able to search and borrow books from the eight libraries of the Ivy League (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale) as well as the libraries of the University of Chicago and MIT?

You can with a new service called Borrow Direct.

The JHU libraries have joined a consortium which allows our patrons to request books directly from their collections. You can request any book that is not owned by Hopkins, or is checked out or on reserve. The books will be delivered to SAIS within 5 business days and you can keep them for 12 weeks.

You can find the Borrow Direct link via the Library’s homepage. Give it a try, and let us know what you think at saislibrary@jhu.edu.





Monday, October 20, 2014

Open Access Happens More Than One Week Per Year

 
Open Access Week is back again, though Open Access (or OA) is actually available all the time. And the JHU Libraries provide services and resources to help you with your OA-related needs. So instead of focusing on OA Week, here's a round-up of OA services and resources that the JHU Libraries provide.
Information Sources - Do you have questions about authors' rights, the Digital Humanities, or Open Access itself? Then check out our Scholarly Communications guide. It offers an overview of OA and other new trends in scholarly publishing.
Open Access Promotion Fund - Perhaps our most popular service, this fund helps young JHU researchers (students and untenured faculty) with the article processing charges some OA journals require. To be eligible for reimbursement, the article must be published in a journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. If the article processing charges are not covered by a grant, researchers can be reimbursed up to $1500 per article from the OAPF. A researcher can receive a maximum of $1500 per year from the fund. See the OAPF page for more details and a link to the submission form.
Data Management Services - The JHUDMS helps JHU researchers in managing, sharing and archiving their research data. We serve the Homewood campus, School of Medicine, and Bloomberg School of Public Health by providing the following services.
  • We assist with the organization and preparation of Data Management Plans for grant proposals.
  • We provide consulting and training services on the best practices of data management for researchers and graduate students.
  • We provide a data sharing and archiving solution here at JHU through the JHU Data Archive. This is an archiving option that includes assigning of permanent identifiers to data collections and organization of the data for public access and sharing.
Electronic Publishing Services - Want to start your own OA journal? We can help! Our User Interface Applications Group provides OA journal hosting, including initial setup, configuration, training, registration with search engines, acquisition of ISSN, registration with bibliographic indexes, creation of library catalog record, record uploaded to WorldCat, etc. If you're interested in OA books, we can help with e-book consultation and creation. We can discuss e-book format options, e-book generation using open-source software tools, custom e-book design and programming with you. Contact Mark Cyzyk, mcyzyk@jhu.edu.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations - Starting last year, all doctoral dissertations and most masters theses must now be submitted electronically. These documents will be made freely available to the public in a library repository, although students may place an embargo of up to four years in order to delay publication. Questions may be directed to David Reynolds at 410-516-7220 or etd-support@jhu.edu.
JScholarship - This is our institutional repository that lets faculty deposit born-digital or digitized research and instructional materials such as scholarly articles, working papers, and technical papers. Make your research reach a wider audience by making it freely available here. For more information, contact David Reynolds at 410-516-7220 or davidr@jhu.edu.
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Thanks to Robin Sinn at JHU's Sheridan Libraries for this post.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome New Students! 9 Facts about SAIS Library...



Welcome to all new (and returning) SAIS students! Here are 9 things you should know about SAIS Library:

  1. SAIS Library (aka Mason Library) is on the top 3 floors of the Nitze building (1740 Mass), with the entrance on floor 6.
  2. Our hours are near the left bottom of our hompage.
  3. Join us for a 30-45 minute introductory orientation to the Library. Details here.
  4. To learn about printing and wireless at SAIS, see the Tech Page of our About SAIS Library guide.
  5. Your course readings are available via a link on the left side of each Blackboard Course Site.
  6. Your Hopkins ID is your library card. You should always know your JHED login ID ("lid") and password. They have multiple uses.
  7. You can do research from home. Just use Library links and login with your JHED. It's easy!
  8.  If you're thinking ahead about research and want a quick look at our electronic resources, we have a concise guide to Key Databases that's a good starting point.
  9. SAIS Research Librarians are here to help. We're available Mon - Fri, 9-5, but feel free to call us at 202-663-5901 or  email us saislibrary@jhu.edu
We hope to see you in the Library!






Thursday, August 07, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The 80's at SAIS Library


SAIS Library in the early 1980's. The area shown in this image is now part of the large 8th floor study space, with the staircase to floor 7 long gone. The students in the foreground are using the old reserve card catalog, with the Circulation Desk in the background.



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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Congratulations, Class of 2014


The SAIS Library staff send you best wishes! 

The Johns Hopkins University Libraries offer a number of resources to SAIS alumni, ranging from free access to the SAIS Library to fee-based electronic resources.

Access to SAIS Library
SAIS alumni are welcome to use the Mason Library. There is no fee for in-house use of the Library's resources, although you will need an alumni visitor’s pass. You may request a pass at the Reference Desk or email Steve Sears
 

Borrowing Materials from SAIS and other JHU Libraries
For alumni who would like borrowing privileges, there are three levels of service:

  • Borrowing privileges through August to SAIS Library collection (for new graduates only) - $25 refundable deposit
  • Borrowing privileges to the SAIS Library collection only - $100 fee per year
  • Borrowing privileges to the JHU Libraries collection  - $200 fee per year
 Note that borrowing privileges do not include interlibrary loan or certain ebook collections.
 

RefWorks
All JHU Alumni are entitled to a free RefWorks account after graduation.  For information on how to set up an account, or transfer records from your current student account to an alumni account, speak to a SAIS librarian
or email saislibrary@jhu.edu 

KnowledgeNET
SAIS alumni are welcome to use JHU databases in the Library, but due to licensing restrictions, off-campus access to the full range of databases ceases after graduation.  However, the JHU Alumni Association provides free access to Hopkins KnowledgeNET, which offers alumni access to some full-text academic journals and other online resources.  

Any questions? Speak to a librarian at 202-662-5900 or email saislibrary@jhu.edu.