In today's hyper-partisan political environment, it can be difficult to remember a time when Democrats and Republicans worked togethe
Join us Wednesday, Dec 4th in Gelman Library's IBT room 702 from 11am-noon to hear Roger Schonfeld present the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey. Mr. Schonfeld is Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices at Ithaka S+R. He leads their internationally recognized surveys of faculty members, librarians, and students, while also managing research and consulting projects in library collections and preservation; research support services; discovery patterns; and special collections strategy.
Schonfeld has served on the NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force for Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access and NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative. He was a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he worked on projects related to college athletics and scholarly communication. Roger has a degree in English Literature from Yale University.
Metro stop: Foggy Bottom (Blue/Orange lines)
The Special Collections Research Center will be closing Wednesday, November 27 at 6 pm for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Monday, December 2 at 10 am. There will be no 6-8 pm hours on Wednesday and no Saturday appointments for the week. Have a safe and delicious holiday!
Did you know that Special Collections has books that are more than 500 years
This action should last approximately an hour. If you require assistance getting between floors, please ask our entrance services staff for assistance. University Facilities and the Gelman Library apologize for any inconvenience this action may have caused patrons and staff.
Have you heard of this 19th century orator, senator, lawyer, and railroad mogul? The Chauncey M.
The GW Libraries are thankful for our terrific patrons (and a few days off!)
Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Gelman closes at 7pm*
Thursday, Nov. 28 - Gelman is CLOSED
Friday, Nov. 29 - Gelman is CLOSED
Saturday, Nov, 30 - Open from 9am—midnight
Sunday, Dec. 1 - Open from 9am—midnight
*Gelman will resume 24-hour study Sunday night.
GW Libraries maintains an active web presence across a dozen public facing sites. We use Google Analytics to track visitor traffic for each site, an invaluable tool in helping us understand how people use and interact with our websites.
Recently, as we were building tools to track resources across the library (from workstation usage to turnstile numbers) we needed a better way to find totals for ALL of our web traffic. Google offers an API for Analytics, but a simple solution was to instead create a master aggregate Analytics account and use multiple trackers to point all our sites there in addition to their individual Analytics accounts.
We named the master account GW Libraries Aggregate and then adjusted the script for our sites as follows:
var _gaq = _gaq || ;
ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script'); s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
This simple solution, once we roll it out to all of our web apps, will allow us to easily capture aggregate traffic without interfering with the existing Analytics accounts and their wealth of logged data. We also will be able to follow users as they move between our different sites using the Visitor Flow tool.
We created a filter within the aggregate account that includes the full path for content to help distinguish between the individual sites.
The GW Libraries aggregate account uses a fictitious url of all.libraries.gwu.edu.
For our Drupal sites that use the Analytics module we dropped the var _gaq definition into the "Code snippet (after)" field of the advanced settings:
var _gaq = _gaq || ; _gaq.push( ['aggregate._setAccount', 'UA-XXXXX-2'], ['aggregate._trackPageview'] );
A more detailed look can be found at jensbits: http://www.jensbits.com/2012/03/28/tracking-multiple-domains-individually-and-as-a-group-in-google-analytics/
With the recent release of the movie Twelve Years a Slav
How can the GW Libraries serve you better? Please join us this Tuesday, 10/29, because we want to hear from you! Can't make it? Share your thought on twitter #GelmanTownHall
Coffee and snacks will be provided.
We are currently experiencing difficulty accessing our databases. The problem has been reported and we hope to have it resolved soon.
Join us for a Graduate Student Town Hall to discuss how we can help solve any library challenges concerning YOU! 6pm, room 219, Gelman Library.
The Special Collections Research Center has recently processed and made available the records of the Foggy Bottom Association (FBA).
Due to the Shutdown, many government websites are unavailable. However, some documents may still be accessible via databases or other library collections. Contact Gelman Library's Help Desk and a research librarian will be happy to assist!
Entrance Floor Celebration!
October 18, 2013
Join us in celebration of the "official" opening of Gelman's newly-renovated Entrance Floor! Take a tour, explore new technology, and see what student advocacy can accomplish. We look forward to seeing you there!
Monday, October 14, 10:30-11:30 AM, Gelman Library Room 301
Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28. Banned Books Week 2014 will be held September 21-27.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:
Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Beloved, by Toni Morrison/ Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
Please visit our display located in the Student Lounge of Gelman's new entrance floor!