Hopkins in Cyberspace Mike Field Staff Writer "The true university of these days is a collection of books" remarked Thomas Carlyle in one of his more trenchant moments. Some might suggest that the measure of a modern research university is something more than simply the number of volumes on its shelves. Still, the library remains an essential and critical component of any great university and the incubator of much thought and theory that evolves from within its academic community. Which is why mastering the resources of the university's library--or libraries--remains a critical skill for students, faculty and researchers. At Hopkins, there is not one, but many different collections consisting of books, journals, recordings, databases and other types of information. In the past year most of these collections have come online and are readily accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Following is a list of the university's major library collections and how to access them through the Internet, arranged by division. Applied Physics Laboratory The R.E. Gibson Library and Information System is available through "STILAS," the Scientific and Technical Information Library Automation System, which allows users to search by title, author, subject and keywords. Although APL has a helpful and informative Web home page (http://www.jhuapl.edu) the library catalog is not currently available there. To access STILAS, telnet to lib2.jhuapl.edu. At the login prompt type "remote" (all in lowercase letters), and then at the password prompt type "remote" (again, all in lower-case letters). The STILAS system will instruct you in how to conduct a search through the library catalog. Continuing Studies Books and journals held at the Montgomery County and Washington D.C. centers are cataloged on Janus, the automated system of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library. In addition, four databases--ABI/INFORM, Academic Abstracts, Bio-Technology Abstracts, Environmental Abstracts--are available on CD-ROM, but are not currently networked. Business holdings at the Downtown Center are not currently accessible through the Internet, nor are the special software programs and CD-ROM references for real estate students. At the Columbia Center the print collection is composed primarily of duplicates of holdings already available through the Eisenhower Library. This collection is not currently online. However, students at any of the Continuing Studies centers can access Janus--and thus the entire Eisen-hower Library collection- -through terminals located at those sites. Homewood Campus The Eisenhower Library collection is accessible via modem, telnet and the World Wide Web. Computers with modem speeds 1200 to 2400 bps should dial (410) 516-4620; modem speeds 9600 to 28800 bps should dial (410) 516-5350. When connected, hit the
key several times until the DIAL: prompt appears. Enter "janus" (all lowercase) and hit . At the USERNAME: prompt type JANUS and hit . To disconnect, type STOP and hit . If you have TN3270 Telnet software (that is, software with 3270 emulation--ask your network service provider) you can connect directly to Janus by typing Janus.mse. jhu.edu at the Telnet> prompt. When the CICS-MVS screen appears press . To disconnect, type STOP and hit . Other Telnet software such as EWAN--the Winsock Telnet package--will use VT100 emulation to connect to the system. In this instance, type Janus-Gate.mse. jhu.edu at the Telnet> prompt. At the login: prompt type "janus" (no quotes and all lowercase). The computer will now ask you for your terminal type, which is where the VT100 emulation comes in. For most--but not all--computers selecting VT100 will work best. Now read the information displayed on the screen and follow the directions given. To disconnect, type STOP and hit . The easiest and fastest way to connect to Janus is through the World Wide Web, You must first, however, properly configure your Web client and have the appropriate telnet software--such as EWAN--installed. To properly configure Netscape, for example, click on "Options" and then "Preferences" and then "Directories, Applications and News" from the top line. You will need either a telnet application such as EWAN or a TN3270 application listed in order to browse the library's catalog through the web. Visit Milton's Web, the Eisenhower Library homepage, at http://milton.mse. jhu.edu:8001 and follow the clickable path from "Library Catalog" to "MSEL Catalog" to "Connect to MSEL" (you may want to put a bookmark here for future easy access). If, when you click on "Connect to MSEL" you get a "No Viewer Configured" message you should check to make sure the telnet application has been entered as specified in the paragraph above. As with the other applications, log in using "janus" (lowercase, without quotes) and exit by typing STOP and hitting . Peabody In the near future, the Peabody Institute's Arthur Friedheim Library catalog will be incorporated as a selection within the Eisenhower Library's Janus system. In the meantime, most of the library's holdings of scores, recordings and related materials can be accessed through RLIN, a multi-university database that is unfortunately not very user-friendly. To get to RLIN visit the JHUniverse gopher (which can be accessed by an icon at the bottom of the JHUniverse homepage). From the main gopher menu go to #8-JHU Libraries, #3-Eisenhower Library Gopher & Janus: Homewood and then #5-Databases and Bibliographies-JHU Only. From this menu there are two possible ways to access RLIN: through #4-RLIN Database or #6-EUREKA Access to RLIN Database. Additional information about the Friedheim Library (but not the library catalog) can be found through the JHUniverse home page (or gopher) by following the trail of Hopkins libraries. SAIS Within the next year or so the SAIS library will also come online as a selection within the Eisenhower Library Janus system. In the meantime, the library catalog can be accessed via modem by dialing (202) 663-5917. When asked for USERID type VT100 (if your screen looks funny try VT101). The catalog does not include holdings in the school's Bologna and Nanjing campuses. Information about additional holdings at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies can be accessed through the institute's home page at http://www.jhu.edu/~aicgsdoc/home.html. From there, follow the path to "Inside the IRC" to #11-Library. Welch The JHMI Online Catalog is available via WelchWeb, the World Wide Web gateway to the Welch Medical Library. The address is http://www.welch.jhu.edu/welch. html. From the Welch home page follow the path through "Information Sources" to the "JHMI Online Catalog." Again, you will need some kind of telnet package configured within your browser (see Eisenhower Library, above) in order to scan the library's holdings. Type "/Exit" (without quotes) to log off.
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