Last year, the Alumni Association and Sheridan Libraries introduced Hopkins KnowledgeNET. This virtual library is one of only a few such programs currently available. The best part: a real-life librarian at your service. Alumni Relations’ Phil Tang ’95 recently asked Patricia Lovett about her job as a librarian in cyberspace.
What do alumni ask most often?
The most popular question is if a particular journal or magazine is available. We offer two levels of service. The free Primary Service includes online journals in Project Muse and the Annual Reviews series. The Enhanced Service is what’s really exciting. It includes 15 databases offering full-text journals, online books, and other resources spanning all subjects.
What are some new resources?
Enhanced Service subscribers can now access titles like the Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition), Forbes, BusinessWeek, and The Economist. We’ve also added full-text access to more than 450 medical and clinical journals routinely cited in Medline, including Science, Lancet, Health Affairs, and the American Journal of Public Health. In the social sciences and humanities, we now have resources ranging from the Declassified Documents Reference System to the Literature Resource Center to a digital archive spanning 200 years of the London Times. We still offer eBrary, which provides access to 20,000 e-books. With the Enhanced Service, you also get me! Subscribers can contact me for personal reference service by e-mail, fax, or a toll-free phone number.
What’s the best part of your job?
Without a doubt, helping alumni find the information they need.
To browse Hopkins KnowledgeNET and get a one-week free trial of the Enhanced Service, go to www.alumni.jhu.edu/knowledgenet.