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
.

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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Extended Midterm Hours in October


Two October weekends will have extended hours due to midterms:

10/6:    Monday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/7:    Tuesday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/8:    Wednesday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/9:    Thursday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/10:    Friday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/11:    Saturday    9:30AM    11:00PM
10/12:    Sunday    9:30AM    11:00PM

10/13:    Monday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/14:    Tuesday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/15:    Wednesday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/16:    Thursday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/17:    Friday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/18:    Saturday    9:30AM    11:00PM

10/19:    Sunday    9:30AM    11:00AM








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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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Hours 2014



SAIS Library Hours for Summer 2014

June 2 - July 25 
Mondays - Thursdays  8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fridays  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sundays  CLOSED

[Note: The Library will be closed Friday, July 4 - Sunday July 6]

July 26- 27      
Saturday - Sunday  CLOSED

July 28 - August 26
Mondays - Thursdays  8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fridays  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays - Sundays  11:00 am - 6:00 pm*

[Note: Sunday, August 10th and Sunday August 24th, open until 9:00 pm for midterms/finals] 

August 27 - 29
Wednesday – Friday  8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Labor Day Weekend, Aug 30 – Sept 1
Saturday - Monday  11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Regular academic hours begin Tuesday, September 2




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.





Monday, May 05, 2014

Library Hours for the end of term, 2014

SAIS, circa 2005, with some extra courtyard trees


Regular Library hours are in effect through Thursday, May 15, 2014.  End of term hours are as follows:

Friday, May 16:  8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday, May 17 - 18:  11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Monday, May 19:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, May 20:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 21:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 22:  Graduation 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday, May 23:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Monday, May 24 - 26:  CLOSED

Tuesday, May 27:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 28:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 29:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Friday, May 30:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 31 - Sunday, June 1 - 2:  CLOSED

Summer Session hours begin Monday, June 2
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Library records of all graduating students will expire on Friday, May 16. Students on the list of graduates must return all library books and pay all library fines by Friday, May 16. The School will not permit students with outstanding debts to graduate, or receive grades or transcripts.

If you are interested in continuing to borrow from SAIS Library as an alum, see our Alumni Resources Guide for more information. If you have any questions, email saislibrary@jhu.edu







Monday, April 07, 2014

Writing term papers? We're here to help!


If you need any help working on a research paper - at any point in the process - the SAIS Librarians are here to help.

We're at the Reference Desk from Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can visit us unannounced or make an appointment by emailing us at saislibrary@jhu.edu. Use the same email address to ask us a research question online.

Remember that licensed JHU resources - the databases we pay for that have scholarly content - are available off campus. Just click on a database link via our site and login with your JHED. It's that easy. 

Which database to use? Our research guides are a good place to start. Key Databases is the most popular, but we have a full list of specialized guides.