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GW Libraries Closed for Labor Day

The George Washington University - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:06
August 31, 2015

Gelman, Eckles and VS&TC Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

Gelman will close at 10pm on Sunday, September 6 and reopen at 7am on Tuesday, September 8. No 24-hour access is available during this time.  Eckles & VS&TCL will maintain regular hours on Sunday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 8.

Click here to view scheduled hours for GelmanEckles and VS&TCL.

Make Your Masterpiece with Multimedia Equipment, Software & Training at Gelman

The George Washington University - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:50
August 27, 2015

Are you interested in filming and editing video projects?  The GW Libraries have what you need to get started. Digital video cameras, tripods, digital voice recorders, and headphones are all available for use by current GW students, faculty and staff.  Learn more about equipment for loan at: library.gwu.edu/the-lab

When it’s time to edit, we’ve got Final Cut Pro on all Macs in the entrance floor multimedia lab and iMovie on all Macs in the building.

Need help getting started? Memberships to the leading online learning company, Lynda.com are available to all GW affiliates.  Access Lynda.com through Lynda.it.gwu.edu and sign in with your NetID and password. 

Beginning August 31, Gelman Library to Maintain 24/7 Hours

The George Washington University - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:50
August 19, 2015

Message from Provost Steven Lerman

The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  We continuously try to balance the need to make sure that there is high quality study space available and operational efficiency.


Gelman Library Closed on August 23

The George Washington University - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 08:59
August 14, 2015

Gelman Library will be closed on Sunday, August 23.  The building will reopen on Monday, August 24 at 8am. Gelman will continue on the Summer II schedule through Sunday, August 30. 

Gelman's building and service hours will change on Monday, August 31, with the begining of the academic year. The library will then operate 24 hours a day, Monday through Thursday. It will close at 11 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Sundays. 


Newly Renovated Graduate Student Reading Room

The George Washington University - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:33
August 13, 2015

Looking for a quiet place to study? Visit Gelman Library’s Graduate Student Reading Room on the 5th floor. We painted, re-carpeted, and brought in comfortable seating -- all in response to your feedback. We've also installed lockers to provide graduate students a safe place to store small items. You’ll need to tap your GWorld card to enter: the room is open to graduate students only.

Making our Menu Accessible

The George Washington University - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 14:08
August 11, 2015Christian Aldridge, Web Developer for GW Libraries

One of the remaining challenges to accessibility in the GW LIbraries website (library.gwu.edu) was its main menu.

We use a ‘hover’ style menu that expands when you hover over the categories, providing an easy and commonly used navigation tool. It works well on desktops and laptops but faces a few challenges in smaller windows and devices (and one popular mobile operating system).

More importantly it wasn’t ‘keyboard accessible’: it required a mouse/trackpad or touchscreen to operate, leaving users who rely on keyboard navigation in the dark.

The Accessible Mega Menu

Our solution was to rebuild the menu with Adobe’s Accessible Mega Menu jQuery library: https://adobe-accessibility.github.io/Accessible-Mega-Menu

It offered the simplest and most straightforward approach to keyboard and screen reader accessibility along with a well supported jQuery library.

But it's not responsive, and we had to customize the css and add some javascript to adjust it to our “mobile” view.

Designing for Mobile

Our menu collapses into buttons on the smallest screens (like phones) and each button becomes a link to the main categories. The new javascript-based code from Adobe dynamically inserts css classes, which we can override in our style sheet as needed (using media queries to target smaller screens).

But not all touch devices are the same. Apple devices running iOS treat hover behavior differently: when you tap something that has a hover behavior, it toggles that behavior, and most of the time ignores any other behaviors (like links). So when our menu transformed to buttons in handheld devices, you could tap the button a thousand times and nothing would happen on an iPhone. For iOS to let you follow the link we had to remove any "child items" in the menu structure: when our menu changes to buttons we're actually just hiding the rest of the structure with css. For iOS devices we're using javascript to rewrite the output and actually remove the hidden structure.

Checking for iOS devices with jQuery:
if ($(window).width() <= 640 && navigator.userAgent.match(/(iPod|iPhone|iPad)/))

This non-standard hover behavior helped us improve our design for all touch devices. In our fullscreen menu we now check for touch (using modernizr: http://modernizr.com) and add a main category link in each of our sub-menus when touch is detected.

Checking for Touchscreens with CSS (and Modernizr):
html.touch .touch-show-nav {display: block;}

Testing for Accessibility

We now run regular audits on our site designs using Google’s Accessibility Developer Tools (a free extension for Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/accessibility-developer-t/fpkknkljclfencbdbgkenhalefipecmb). A lot of results have to be manually checked -- machine audits can only guess the context of potential issues -- but this gives us a baseline to help keep our sites accessible.

Adding an Accessibility Link

Lastly, we created a simple page on the main website (https://library.gwu.edu/accessibility) with a statement about our accessibility standards. We added a link to it in the footer, which we’ll be adding gradually to all of our web tools. This page will help our community know where we stand on accessibility, our limits (such as third party vendor tools) and who to contact if they need assistance.

Preparing for the National Churchill Library & Center

The George Washington University - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 08:58
August 3, 2015

With construction of the National Churchill Library and Center scheduled to begin in the Fall, we are making some changes before the fall semester begins to prepare. Many of the public computers currently located 1st floor are being moved to the 3rd floor. To preserve the total number of seats available in the building, this move will cause some other changes on the 3rd floor. All bound journals will be integrated into the book stacks on other floors and the microfilm and microfische collections are being partially moved to off-site storage, with the rest moving to the previous location of the bound journals.

Bound journals will be easier than ever to find one this move is complete! However, for the month of August you will find bound journals located on public storage shelves on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors as indicated below. These shelves are located along the wall immediately to the right when entering the stacks. If you need help locating a bound journal, please ask for assistance at any service desk on the entrance floor.

4th floor 5th floor 6th floor Ancient World American Art Review ACI Materials Journal Antioch Review American Artist AGNI Review Antiquity American Ceramics American Ceramic Society Journal Archaeology American Craft American Cinematography Archaologischer Anzeiger Antike Kunst American Photo Ballet Review Apollo American Theatre Black Renaissance Architectual Digest Antaeus Bulletin de Correspondance Hellenique Architectual Review Aperture Chicago Review Architectural Record Art International Contact Quarterly Architecture Beloit Fiction Journal Dance Magazine Archivo Esponol De Arte Beloit Poetry Journal Dance Teacher Now Art & Antiques Boulevard Diplomatic History Art Bulletin Cahiers du Cinema German Life & Letters Art Criticism Ceramics Monthly Harper's Magazine Art in America Cineaste Historic Illinois Art News Comic Journal Kenyon Review Art on Paper Field Literary Review Artforum Fields and Quanta Muse Artforum International Film Comment Museum News Arts Magazine Fine Homebulding Nation Arts of Asia Grand Street OUD-Holland Bollettino D'Arte Graphic Arts Momthly Paris Review Bulletin Monumental History of Photography Poetry Northwest Burlington Magazine International Journal of Comic Art Prairie Schooner Callaloo Iowa Review Raritan Classical Outlook Journal of Slavic Military Studies Revue Archeologique Communication Arts New England Review Salmagundi Connoisseur New Letters Sewanee Review Ethnomusicology Paideuma South Dakota Flash Art Parnassus (Poetry Review) Southwest Review Fontes Artis Musicae Poet Lore The Georgia Review Gazette des Beaux-Arts Poetry Washingtonian Goya Poetry East Yale Review Gramophone Poets & Writers   Graphics Popular Photography   Living Blues Print   Magazine Antiques Quarterly West   Master Drawings River Styx   Monatshefte Sagetrieb   Ploughshares Screen   Progressive Architecture Seneca Review   Riba Journal Studies in History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes   Sculpture Review Triquarterly   Word & Images     World Music     World of Music (2)  




Library Services for GW Faculty: An Orientation

The George Washington University - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:35
July 28, 2015

Learn about course reserves, Interlibrary Loan, remote access to journals and databases, and other library services at GW. Discover how librarians can help you by obtaining materials for our library collections, providing research instruction for your students, and consulting with you about your own research. Talk with librarians and library staff about the resources available for your research and teaching.

Three orientation sessions are available:
Monday, August 24 at 10am
Tuesday, August 25th at 9am
Wednesday, August 26th at 4pm 

Each session will last about an hour, with plenty of time for your questions. Please RSVP to reserve your space.

Can't make the orientation? Check out our online guide to faculty resources or contact librarian Zach Elder to set up a private consultation. 

Start Smart with a Graduate Student Library Orientation

The George Washington University - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:25
July 28, 2015

Learn about GW Libraries and its collections, and discover resources in your discipline. Tours will be offered at the end of the session.

Eight orientation sessions are available:

Thursday, August 20 from 4-5pm
Friday, August 21 from 11am-Noon, 1-2pm 
Friday, August 28 from 1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm, 4-5pm, 5-6pm

Can't make it to an orientation? Check out the research guide "What Graduate Students Need to Know" 

These orientations fill up early so please RSVP to reserve your prefered session.

Be a Voice for Students in the Libraries!

The George Washington University - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 16:19
July 16, 2015

Are you a current GW student (undergraduate or graduate) who can advocate for the needs of student patrons, respond to student issues, and educate students about library services and opportunities? If so, we're looking for you to be our next GW Libraries Student Liaison! This paid position works approximately 20-hours per week. Previous Student Liaison projects include creating and renovating the Graduate Student Reading Room, hosting Twitter Townhalls, and organizing the Gelman Relaxation Station. In addition, the Student Liaison manages the @StudentLiaison Twitter account, serves on library committees and actively gathers student feedback on various issues as well as writing for library publications

Get paid to make a difference! Apply today on GWORK (Position ID: 824365)

New Rosenberg Transcripts to be Released Thanks to Work by National Security Archive

The George Washington University - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:45
July 15, 2015

Thanks to an open records lawsuit by the National Security Archive and historical associations, the actual transcripts of previously secret Rosenberg grand jury transcripts will be released on Wednesday, July 15. This key testimony by Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, in the espionage trial from the early 1950s that sent Ethel and Julius Rosenberg to the electric chair on charges of spying for the Soviet Union, may show perjury.

The National Security Archive, located on Gelman's 7th Floor, is an amazing organization that defends public access to government information, advocates for global open government, indexes and publishes former secrets.

Copies of the transcripts will be available on the Archive’s web site. The government has announced that the National Archives and Records Administration will also post the transcripts starting at noon on July 15.

You can find out more about the fascinating trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg through several resources at GW Libraries. Pictured here is flyer brought back from Paris by a Mount Vernon Seminary student in 1953 declaring the innocence of the Rosenbergs. You can view this unique, primary document as part of the Marian Herr Holbrook Scrapbook (MVC0006) in the Special Collections Research Center. 

Embracing the Artist's Book Collection

The George Washington University - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 09:06
July 7, 2015

Some of the most unique and beautiful pieces in the Art + Design Collection from the Corcoran are the Artists' Books. These unconventional books are housed in Gelman's Special Collections Research Center and available for viewing by classes and individuals. Art and Design Librarian Shira Loev Eller has written a guest post on the Art Libraries of North America Book Arts blog about the transition of the collection to Gelman and how GW has embraced these wonderful works of art. You can read her full post here.

GW Libraries Closed July 3 and 4

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:57
June 29, 2015

Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Campus of Science and Technology (VSTCL) Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

Gelman will reopen at noon on Sunday, July 5. Eckles & VSTCL will reopen on Monday, July 6.

Lockers Moving to the Graduate Student Reading Room

The George Washington University - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:53
June 24, 2015

We are upgrading the 5th floor Graduate Student Reading Room for Fall!  Based on graduate student feedback the long-neglected lockers hidden away on the first floor (pictured) are moving upstairs. The current bank of lockers, located near the west end of the first floor, will soon be dismantled.  If you are using one of these lockers, please remove your personal lock as well as the contents of the locker before July 6, 2015. After July 6, remaining locks will be cut off and the contents of each locker will be sent to GW UPD's central Lost & Found.

Check back as the summer progresses for photos of the Graduate Student Reading Room improvements.


Eckles Library Operating with Partial Electricity

The George Washington University - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:29
June 24, 2015

Due to a power outage, Eckles Library is open and operating on generator electricity only. The latest estimate from PEPCO is that power will not be restored today.

Eckles will remain open as long as possible, but there is no air conditioning in the building. Five public computer workstations are available and patrons may still check out books.  The 24-hour computer lab remains fully operational.  All CI activites scheduled inside Eckles are being moved to other locations on the Mount Vernon Campus.


Building Hours Change Coming Saturday!

The George Washington University - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:18
June 24, 2015

Gelman Library's building hours will change this Saturday, June 27.  Please note the new hours below.

Gelman Library Summer II Hours*
(June 27 – August 30) 

Monday- Friday           8am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday     Noon – 6pm

*Closed July 3 & 4 for Independence Day and August 23 for Intersession weekend.

24-hour access to Gelman Library is not available during the summer, but all of our online resources are available 24 hours a day to our current students, faculty and staff.


Thoughts From the Archives

The George Washington University - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:37
June 12, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it takes to preserve a collection, make it findable, and make it available to the public? Recent GW graduate Liz Settoducato is spending her summer as a processing assistant for the District of Columbia Africana Archives Project (DCAAP), funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) .  She has written about her experiences in processing the papers of Geneva K. Valentine. You can read more on dcaap.tumblr.com/.

DCAAP is a partnership between Gelman's Special Collections Research Center, GW's Africana Studies Program, and five archives throughout the city. It's mission is to enhance access to previously unavailable research materials that document the history of the African diaspora in DC, the civil rights movements, the struggle for Home Rule, the rise of Black-owned businesses, the development of Howard University, slavery in the nation’s capital, jazz music in DC, and the literary arts.

New Okinawa Collection in the GRC

The George Washington University - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:30
June 10, 2015

On Tuesday, June 2, Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga was the guest of honor at an opening reception for the Okinawa Collection at Global Resources Center (GRC).  The collection is a collaboration between government of Okinawa and GW Libraries with the Okinawan government agreeing to fund the ongoing development of the collection and a part-time Japanese language research librarian.  

The Okinawa Collection of primary and secondary research materials is housed in the GRC's Japan Resource Center. Its focus is Okinawan politics, policy, international relations, economics, culture, literature, linguistics and history.

Mike Mochizuki, associate professor of political science and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, has helped develop the collection. He says the Okinawa Collection’s books, digital databases and video materials will contribute enormously to teaching and research and will strengthen the Japanese-language holdings in the JRC.  “With this grant, GW’s Okinawa Collection could become the second largest library on Okinawa located outside of Japan after the one in the University of Hawaii,” Dr. Mochizuki said.  “To have this collection in the nation’s capital at GW gives unparalleled access to researchers and decision-makers in the think tank and policy community. We are delighted to have these materials.” 

Welcoming the Class of 2019 to GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:47
June 5, 2015

Gelman Library will help to welcome the Class of 2019 by hosting the Academic Experience at Colonial Inauguration (CI). Expect increased noise and visitors on the entrance floor from 3:30 – 5 pm on the following dates: 

Friday, June 12  •  Friday, June 19  •  Wednesday, June 24  •  Tuesday, June 30 

Gelman will also be the site for Columbian College registration for incoming freshmen during CI. All public computers on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor –and- study carrels on the 3rd floor  will be reserved for registering students from 8 – 10:30 am on the following dates:

Saturday, June 13  •  Saturday, June 20  •  Thursday, June 25  •  Wednesday, June 30 

GW Writing Center Open for Summer Appointments

The George Washington University - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:29
June 5, 2015

The GW Writing Center is open this summer to provide dedicated attention to your writing and research projects!  

Writing Center Summer Hours
June 3 - August 13 ​

Tuesday: 3-8pm
Wednesday: Noon-6pm
Thursday: Noon-6pm

Appointments are not required but recommended. You can schedule an appointment online.