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Now Hiring Undergraduate and Graduate Processing Assistants for Summer and Fall 2015

The George Washington University - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 15:45
April 20, 2015

The DC Africana Archives Project is seeking five George Washington University and Howard University students to serve as processing assistants for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.  Students who work as processing assistants for DCAAP will receive a wealth of training and experience in archival processing and Africana history and culture. Students will also be introduced to influential administrators and curators serving at museums, universities, cultural centers, libraries and research institutions across the region.  Please see the attached job description for details, and contact Alexandra Krensky, Project Archivist, with any questions at akrensky@email.gwu.edu.

 

DCAAP Student Processor Job Announcement.3.23.15.pdf

Files:  DCAAP Student Processor Job Announcement.3.23.15.pdf

International Student Coffee Hour in the Global Resources Center

The George Washington University - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:29
April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 23
10-11:30am
Gelman Library Room 708 (Global Resources Center)

Please join us at Gelman library for International Student Coffee Hour co-hosted by the Global Resources Center and the International Services Office.
 
Take a tour of the Global Resources center, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends!

RSVP: tinyurl.com/2015iCoffeehr

Will's Birthday Bash

The George Washington University - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:18
April 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 21
2-4pm
Gelman Library Reading Porch
Rain location: Gelman 219

Party Bard-y with GW Libraries and GW English as we celebrate the 451st birthday of William Shakespeare. Join us on the Gelman Reading Porch for cakes and tea while enjoying student poetry performances. You can also make your own quill pen and, of course, take a birthday selfie with Will.  

Woven Words: Poetry, Art, and the Book

The George Washington University - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:58
April 14, 2015

April 1 - May 31, 2015
Media and Public Affairs Building second floor display cases.

April is National Poetry Month!

Celebrate “poetry’s vital place in our culture" by visiting this new exhibit from the Corcoran Art & Design Collection, focusing on the relationship of poetry and art as illustrated through artists’ books. The display features the numerous artists’ books from the collection that utilize poetry or lyrics as a basis for artistic expression in book form. 

Pages of some of the volumes in the display cases will be changed throughout the exhibition so that visitors will have the opportunity to view the range of images in the books.

Research Guide to the Crisis in Ukraine

The George Washington University - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:54
April 13, 2015

It has been a year since pro-Russian activists seized control of government buildings in towns and cities in the Ukraine. With broad geo-political implications, this conflict is a rich subject for academic research and analysis.  The Global Resources Center has just published a comprehensive research guide covering the historical background, milestone events of 2014-2015, and providing links to up-to-date news, analysis, maps, and videos from multilingual sources. 

Please visit this Crisis in Ukraine research guide and contact the Global Resources Center for help with your international research or for further assistance.

Video Commemorating 75 Years of the National School Boards Association

The George Washington University - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:57

Gelman Library's Special Collections is always happy to see its material being put to use. It's especially nice when it's used by the original donor returning to see how we've cared for their material over the years.

Gelman and Eckles Unaffected by DC Power Outages

The George Washington University - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:09
April 7, 2015

Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library all have power and are unaffected by the power outages in DC.

Welcome to DCAAP!

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:51
March 31, 2015

Welcome to the DC Africana Archives Project blog!  We are so excited to bring these collections out of hiding and to share what we find with you.  Over the next few months, we’ll be posting about items we find in these collections and telling you about upcoming events.  Watch this space for posts from our processing assistants as well as links to our Tumblr.  

Our eight processing assistants were hired in November 2014 and began processing in January.  Over the past two months they’ve processed over 300 linear feet of material at five institutions!  Below is a list of the collections that have been processed or are currently being processed at each institution.  Be on the lookout for finding aids, coming soon!

 

George Washington University

Walter Fauntroy Papers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far we’ve processed over 150 boxes of the Walter Fauntroy Papers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Found in the Walter Fauntroy Papers, GWU

 

 

Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University

Arthur P. Davis Papers

Patricia Roberts Harris Papers

Wilhelmina Rolark Papers

 

Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Capitol Press Club Records

St. Elizabeth Hospital Burial Ledger

Sadgwar Family Papers

DC Statehood Party Records

Madeline Lindsey Green Family Research Papers

Westminster Neighborhood Association Records

Reverend Tecumseh Hampton Gaskins Papers

 

District of Columbia Archives

Marion Barry, Jr. Collection

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library

Lawrence Guyot, Jr. Papers

Charlene Drew Jarvis Papers

 

In Summer 2015 we’ll start processing at the National Museum of American History.  Check back here, as well as at our Tumblr for great finds from the processing assistants!

 

Alex Krensky

Project Archivist

Interesting Find in the Collection: Puerto Rico: Tragedy in the Schools

The George Washington University - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:45

In 1978, the National Education Association sent a task force to Puerto Rico to investigate the state of the island's education system. One year later they published a book titled Puerto Rico: Tragedy in the Schools.

Remembering the Holocaust: A Story of Loss, Love and Survival

The George Washington University - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:07
March 23, 2015

Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall
Gelman Library, 7th floor

5pm - Reception and Viewing of Exhibit 
6pm - Opening Ceremony

You are invited to the opening of an exhibit created by GW's class on “Holocaust Memory." This exhibit is based on the experiences of two extraordinary young Polish Jews, Norman and Amalie Petranker Salsitz, most of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust but who, by their courage and wits, survived, got married, came to America, raised a family and wrote a gripping memoir, Against All Odds.  The many photographs and documents they saved, and their utter devotion to memory, enabled them to amass and document a collection that is utterly unique and that forms the basis of this exhibition.  It tells their story as well as the story of a world that was and is no more.

The opening ceremony will be addressed by Esther Dezube, the daughter of the Salsitzes; Steven Lerman, the Provost of George Washington University; the students who created the exhibition; and the course’s instructor, Walter Reich, GW’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor, who is a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  These presentations will be followed by a general discussion.

This exhibit is made possible by a Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant from the Shenkman Career Services Fund.  

Diversity at GW: Students Present Research from the University Archives

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:39
March 17, 2015

Monday, April 20
2:30-4pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
Refreshments to follow 

Please join us for a presentation by the three recipients of the 2014-2015 University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships. The students will discuss their research into the history of religious communities on campus, GW’s LGBTQ community, and the effect of the 1960s Chicano movement on the curriculum and student body at GW. Student fellows have spent many hours digging deep into the University Archives and interviewing individuals with stories to share. Learn more about the unique histories of these groups and how their experiences have shaped our present day GW community. 

This program is generously funded by an Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the GW Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Diversity at GW: Students Present Research from the University Archives

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:38
March 17, 2015

Monday, April 20
2:30-4pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
Refreshments to follow 

Please join us for a presentation by the three recipients of the 2014-2015 University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships. The students will discuss their research into the history of religious communities on campus, GW’s LGBTQ community, and the effect of the 1960s Chicano movement on the curriculum and student body at GW. Student fellows have spent many hours digging deep into the University Archives and interviewing individuals with stories to share. Learn more about the unique histories of these groups and how their experiences have shaped our present day GW community. 

This program is generously funded by an Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the GW Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Writing and Publishing on Climate Change

The George Washington University - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 16:23
March 16, 2015

Thursday, April 9
11am-12:30pm
Gelman Room 702

Join us for our spring semester installment of Strategies for Interdisciplinary Publishing Success, where scholars will discuss the opportunities for, and challenges to, interdisciplinary research on climate change. Our panelists' work demonstrates how working across disciplinary boundaries can yield insight into one of the most critical issues of the day.

Featuring:
Lisa Benton-Short, Department of Geography (Moderator)
Claire Monteleoni, Department of Computer Science
Dmitry Streletskiy, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Michael Svoboda, Assistant Professor, University Writing Program

From Benny Goodman to Taylor Swift: Legal Issues & Streaming Audio in Non-Profit Institutions

The George Washington University - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 08:06
March 16, 2015

Monday, April 6
7-9pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Please join us for a panel discussion on the legalities of streaming music at non-profit institutions such as public libraries, museums, or historical societies. This panel will address issues concerning potential changes in copyright law to allow best practices in preservation and greater public access to historical recordings. 

Panelists include Erich Schwartz, copyright attorney and partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP and Alex McGehee, ARSC member of the Copyright and Fair Use Committee and will be moderated by Kip Lornell, (Music Department at GWU and co-president of the DC chapter of WMAC-ARSC).  The program is co-sponsored by GW Libraries' Special Collections Research Center, the GWU Music Department and Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound Collections).   For further information, contact Kip Lornell at klornel@gwu.edu or 202-413-3298.

From Benny Goodman to Taylor Swift: Legal Issues & Streaming Audio in Non-Profit Institutions

The George Washington University - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:14
March 13, 2015

Monday, April 6
7-9pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Please join us for a panel discussion on the legalities of streaming music at non-profit institutions such as public libraries, museums, or historical societies. Panelists include Erich Schwartz, copyright attorney and partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP and Alex McGehee, ARSC member of the Copyright and Fair Use Committee.  Moderated by Kip Lornell, (Music Department at GWU and co-president of the DC chapter of WMAC-ARSC), the panel will address issues concerning potential changes in copyright law to allow best practices in preservation and greater public access to historical recordings. 
 
The program is co-sponsored by GW Libraries' Special Collections Research Center, the GWU Music Department and Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound Collections).   For further information, contact Kip Lornell at klornel@gwu.edu or 202-413-3298. 

Kiev Room Lecture: The Karaites of Eastern Europe during the Holocaust

The George Washington University - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 16:16
March 12, 2015

A lecture by Dr. Mikhail Kizilov, Visiting Research Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum



Dr. Mikhail Kizilov has published widely on the history, culture, language and writings of the Karaites of Eastern Europe. His Crimean Judea: Notes on the History of the Jews, Khazars, Karaites and Krymchaks in the Crimea since Ancient Times appeared in 2011.  Educated in Simferopol, Budapest and Oxford, Dr. Kizilov has held research and faculty appointments in Poland, Israel, Germany and his native Crimea.  



This lecture will take place in the Kiev Room on the 7th floor of Gelman Library.  Please RSVP to hebraica@gwu.edu.



Regional faculty, students and scholars are welcome to attend!  

Librarian Debbie Bezanson Wins Professional Service Achievement Award

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:55
March 10, 2015

Associate University Librarian Debbie Bezanson has been recognized by her peers in the American Library Association (ALA) "for her tireless advocacy" and "her service as a role model for collaborative teamwork and leadership."  Debbie is the 2015 recipient of the whimsically titled My Favorite Martian award for her "exceptional service" to the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section.  The MARS Section represents the interests of those concerned with attaining the highest possible quality in planning, developing, managing, teaching, or conducting all forms of computer-based reference information services in libraries.  Debbie will receive her award in a ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco this summer.  

Spring Break Hours

The George Washington University - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:18
March 6, 2015

The weather may not feel like spring, but the calendar says it is Spring Break!  For those of you spending your break in the warm embrace of Gelman Library, please note our change in hours. The library will not be available for 24-hour study during Spring Break (March 6-14).

Hours:
Friday, March 6
Close at 10pm

Sat & Sun, March 7 & 8
9am-6pm

Mon-Fri, March 9-13
7am—10pm

Saturday, March 14
9am-6pm

Sunday, March 15
Open at 9am and 24-hour study resumes

1895 Babylonian Talmud now available in the Kiev Collection

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:12
March 3, 2015

Gelman Library's Kiev Collection has acquired a complete original set of the Babylonian Talmud printed in 1895 in Vilna, Russia (today Vilnius, Lithuania).  Of the many editions of this ancient work, the one issued in Vilna by the "Widow and Brothers Romm," with multiple commentaries in 18 large folio volumes, is considered the most accurate.  In pristine condition and carefully bound, our set comes from the library of Stanley Rabinowitz (1917-2012), rabbi of DC's Adas Israel Congregation, and was donated by his daughter Dr. Sharon Chard-Yaron of San Diego.  Rabbi Rabinowitz was the grandson of the Lithuanian-born Talmudic scholar Naftali Zeichik of Des Moines, Iowa, whose book on rabbinic law, published in Jerusalem in 1935, was included with the gift. 

 For more information about this work or for questions about using, visiting, or donating to the Kiev Collection, please contact the Curator at hebraica@gwu.edu.  Located on the 7th floor of the Gelman Library, the Kiev Room is open to researchers Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Curator of the Kiev Judaica Collection is available for reference consultations to discuss research topics, help formulate search strategies, and locate useful materials.

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