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Gelman & Eckles Closed for Independence Day

The George Washington University - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:50
June 22, 2016

Gelman and Eckles Libraries will be closed on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

Gelman will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5. Eckles will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

Documents Tell the Story of Enslaved People at the Columbian College

The George Washington University - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 13:38
June 15, 2016

The year was 1847 and slavery was legal in the District of Columbia, although it was the site of significant anti-slavery activism. Two enslaved men, known only as Abram and John, were owned by Capt. Haynes of Virginia and brought to Columbian College to assist him in his work as the college's steward. Columbian College student Henry J. Arnold provided Abram with $14 and a letter for an attorney with the intention that Abram would file a lawsuit to win his freedom. For this act of bravery, Arnold was expelled from the college. 
While the Arnold Case was not completely forgotten in the history of GW, it has remained largely obscure or else apocryphal to both scholars and the general public. Thanks to collaboration between DCAAP and the GW Libraries' digital services unit, the University Archives have now made available to scholars a cache of documents that illuminates this situation. The documentation consists of drafts and copies of letters written by Columbian College’s then-president, Joel S. Bacon, to Arnold, his family and others who inquired or appealed to Bacon about the matter. With this critical documentation, the story of enslaved people at Columbian College can now be more fully told.

Read more about this incident and the about the documents in a post by University Archivist Christie Peterson.


Opening Celebration of the Corcoran Archives

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 13:38
June 13, 2016

Wednesday, June 15
5 - 6:30pm
Special Collections Reading Room (704)

Please join us as we celebrate the opening of the Corcoran Archives in its new home at GW Libraries Special Collections Research Center. Selections from the collection will be on display in the reading room and light refreshment will be served. Archivists will be available to answer questions and discuss what is known about the archives now and what may yet to be discovered in them. 

The Special Collections Research Center is located in suite 704 of the Gelman Library. Photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Library.

Nearly a decade has passed since the archives of the Corcoran Gallery and the Corcoran College of Art and Design—now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design—were accessible to researchers. In June, nearly 2,000 boxes of historical documents and hundreds of thousands of architectural drawings, exhibition posters, photographs and oversized ledgers were donated to the George Washington University from the Corcoran board of trustees.

The Corcoran archives document the life and vitality of one of D.C.’s oldest cultural heritage institutions and provides nearly 150 years of insight into the history of American art museums and art education, from its founding in 1869 through 2014 when the historic agreements between the Corcoran, GW and the National Gallery of Art were finalized. The archives will be available to the public at the Special Collections Research Center in Gelman Library.

Learn more about the archives and how to access them on the Corcoran Archives webpages.  

Corcoran Archives Documenting Nearly 150 Years of DC Cultural Institution Come to the GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 08:31
June 9, 2016

Nearly a decade has passed since the archives of the Corcoran Gallery and the Corcoran College of Art and Design—now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design—were accessible to researchers. In June, nearly 2,000 boxes of historical documents and hundreds of thousands of architectural drawings, exhibition posters, photographs and oversized ledgers were donated to the George Washington University from the Corcoran board of trustees.

The Corcoran archives document the life and vitality of one of D.C.’s oldest cultural heritage institutions and provides nearly 150 years of insight into the history of American art museums and art education, from its founding in 1869 through 2014 when the historic agreements between the Corcoran, GW and the National Gallery of Art were finalized. The archives will be available to the public at the Special Collections Research Center in Gelman Library.

“We’ve been excited about receiving the archives since the merger was first announced. The Corcoran is an iconic organization with a rich history and these archives tell the story of not only the arts, but of the city of Washington, D.C.,” said Geneva Henry, dean of libraries and academic innovation at GW. “Access to them is highly anticipated. We have been fielding research requests and the availability of the archives will now provide fascinating insight for researchers into the Corcoran.”

Inside the Corcoran Archives

Some highlights from the hundreds of thousands of materials in these archives include journals from William MacLeod, the Corcoran Gallery’s first curator from 1873 to 1889, summarizing each day’s activities and his opinion of works offered to or purchased by the gallery; 17 letterpress volumes of outgoing correspondence concerning Corcoran activities (1876-1908); exhibition posters, promotional materials from the Corcoran College; and architectural drawings by Ernest Flagg of the historic Beaux-Arts building. Also included are plans for the proposed expansion designed by Frank Gehry (which did not materialize); photographs of events, staff, visitors and exhibitions dating from the 1880s to the 2000s; and documents related to the controversial canceled Mapplethorpe exhibition.

"Getting the Corcoran archives is significant to the Corcoran's evolution,” said Sanjit Sethi, director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. "These archives are part of our living history. In these boxes lies a history that can be activated by students, faculty, researchers and community members. People who take the time to decipher, analyze and interpret this information can both gain valuable insight into a remarkable institution and help shape the Corcoran's future.”

Due to lack of funding, the Corcoran archives were closed and sent to long-term storage in 2007. They have been unavailable to researchers since then. With the transfer to GW, the Corcoran’s history will be open to all interested researchers. In 2014, the Corcoran’s library collection also moved to GW. The Corcoran’s library collection brought more than 40,000 art and design books to GW.

Corcoran Materials at Other Institutions

All of the historical archives documenting the Corcoran’s rich institutional history came to GW. Other materials that were part of the archives but not necessarily institutionally focused—primarily art and artist records—have been distributed to other institutions, including the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library and the National Gallery of Art.

Researchers can learn more about the Corcoran archives here: https://library.gwu.edu/scrc/corcoran-archives  

"Maintaining the Corcoran legacy was an important priority for the Corcoran trustees," said Corcoran Trustee Molly Rolandi. "Finding the right home for the Corcoran archives is a critical part to that legacy and GW is that home. This is only the most recent example among many of how GW has fulfilled its commitment to maintain the Corcoran legacy and identity within the GW environment. “

William Wilson Corcoran’s History with GW

GW’s Special Collections Research Center already has notable historical collections related to William Wilson Corcoran, the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s founder. These include documents related to his partnership with George Washington Riggs and the Riggs Bank. Support from both Mr. Corcoran and Mr. Riggs helped the growth of GW. Mr. Corcoran also has other ties to the university: The School of Engineering and Applied Science at GW was organized on Oct. 1, 1884, as the Corcoran Scientific School of Columbian University and was situated in the University Building at 15th and H Streets, Northwest. The school was named for Corcoran, who was a trustee and president of the Board of Trustees from 1869 to 1888. Additionally, Corcoran Hall was named in 1924 to honor Mr. Corcoran, as one earliest benefactors of the university.

Welcome to the Libraries #GWClassof2020

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:45
June 6, 2016

We are excited to welcome the #GWClassof2020 to the university and to the libraries at Colonial Inaguration! 

Drop by Gelman Library for an Open House on CI Day #1 from 11am - 1:15pm. We'll be happy to answer your questions and show you around your new home away from home.

Notice of Increased Noise & Minor Disruption in June

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:39
June 6, 2016

Gelman Library will help to welcome the Class of 2020 by hosting several activities for Colonial Inauguration (CI) throughout the month of June.  

Expect increased noise and visitors on the entrance floor from 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, June 9 • Thursday, June 16 • Wednesday, June 22 • Tuesday, June 28

Expect increased noise and visitors on the entrance floor from 3:30 – 5 p.m. on the following dates:
Friday, June 10 • Friday, June 17 • Thursday, June 23 • Wednesday, June 29

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 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on the following dates:
Saturday, June 11*  •  Saturday, June 18* • Friday, June 24  •  Thursday, June 30 

*Library building open only for CI students and staff.

Eckles Library Closed on Wednesday, May 18

The George Washington University - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 09:42
May 18, 2016

Eckles Library will be closed all day on Wednesday, May 18.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this closure. If you need research assistance, please contact the Gelman Library Ask Us Desk. If you have questions about checking out or renewing books or about accessing books from other schools, please contact the Gelman Library Check Out Desk at (202) 944-6840. 

Gelman & Eckles Closed for Memorial Day

The George Washington University - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 09:32
May 16, 2016

Gelman and Eckles will be closed Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Gelman will close at 6 pm on Saturday, May 28 and reopen at 7am on Tuesday, May 31.

Eckles will close at 5pm on Friday, May 27 and reopen at 9am on Tuesday, May 31.

Congratulations Class of 2016!

The George Washington University - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 15:06
May 4, 2016

Congratulations to all of our 2016 graduates!  After all this time together the libraries wouldn't abandon you to a libraryless existence.  Here are a few of the resources available to you as a GW alumni.

Access to Gelman
GW Alumni can present their valid GWorld Alumni ID card for access to Gelman Library.  For information about how to obtain your Alumni ID card, see the GWorld 2.0 Alumni ID Card web page.

Borrowing Privileges
Borrowing privileges are extended to GW Alumni for $50 per year.  Payments should be made at the Circulation Desk in Gelman Library.  For more information see details about Alumni borrowing privileges.

Selected E-Resources
Thanks to the the generous support of the GW Alumni Association, GW Libraries offer access to selected E-resources, including ABI/Inform CompleteProquest Research Library, and JSTOR Archive.  Visit the E-Resources for Alumni page for more information. 

End-of-Semester Building Hours

The George Washington University - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:09
May 3, 2016

With the end of the semester comes the end of 24-hour access to Gelman Library.  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. Gelman will resume 24-hour access at the beginning of the Fall semester.  


Commencement Week
Tuesday, May 10
Closing at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11 - Friday, May 13
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15
Noon - 6 p.m.

Summer Hours*
Summer hours begin Monday, May 16.

Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
Noon - 6 p.m.

*Closed May 29 & 30 for Memorial Day and July 3 & 4 for Independence Day.

Interesting Find in the Collection: NEA Travels to Russia

The George Washington University - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 14:00

In 1959, National Education Association Regional Vice-President Allan M. West visited the Soviet Union to evaluate its teaching conditions and professions. He was only one of 7000 US citizens to visit the communist country that year.

Lockers Now Available on the 4th & 5th Floors

The George Washington University - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:26
April 5, 2016

Looking for a secure spot to store small items while you are on campus? Gelman Library now offers lockers on the 4th & 5th floors for reservation by any GW student.

The Lockers on the 4th and 5th floors are located in the hallway past the bathrooms and are reserved on a “first-come / first-served” basis. Lockers rent for $35 per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).  Locker rentals begin on the first day of classes for the semester and end on the last day of scheduled finals of the same semester. Students may rent lockers per semester or for the academic year (a total of 3 semesters, Fall, Spring and Summer).

To apply for a locker, please select a locker by taking the slip posted on the desired locker and complete the online request form (you must have the locker number to complete the form). A library staff member will contact you for an appointment to make the applicable payment and issue you a combination lock for the requested locker. 

Please direct questions to Jennifer Wesson at (202) 994-2937 or jwesson@gwu.edu.

Faculty Call for Posters on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The George Washington University - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 11:10
April 1, 2016

Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a growing area of research and discussion at top universities across the country, and we are excited to be joining their ranks through this inaugural effort. GW faculty interested in the systematic inquiry of teaching and learning are invited to present their classroom research, big or small, completed or in progress, at a SoTL Poster Session that will be part of the 2016 GW Teaching Day on October 14, 2016.

Poster proposals are due May 15, 2016. Find out more information about the suggested research strands, timeline for acceptance, and proposal submission process on our website at go.gwu.edu/sotl. For additional questions, please contact Professor Natalia Romanova or Professor Maria de la Fuente.

This Poster Session is sponsored by the GW Academy of Distinguished Teachers, in conjunction with the University Teaching & Learning Center.

The Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence

The George Washington University - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 18:35
March 30, 2016

Freshmen: Is your paper so good it should win a prize?  It just might if you submit it for The Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence.

The Eckles Prize is awarded to a freshman for a research project that shows significant and meaningful use of the resources and services available at the GW Libraries.

First year students are encouraged to submit a research project of any length or format, as well as an essay summarizing how library resources were used to complete that project.  Students should enter the one project that they feel reflects their best work of the year.

Prizes are awarded to the top 3 submissions:

1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $200

Visit go.gwu.edu/EcklesPrize to view the official instructions and criteria. You can also find a selection of past winning papers.

The deadline to apply is May 20, 2016. Winners will be announced in late summer.  Winning students will present their papers during an awards ceremony in the fall.

GIS Software & Assistance Available at Gelman

The George Washington University - Sun, 03/27/2016 - 13:45
March 27, 2016

Would your data make more sense shown on a map?  Do you need to statistically analyze data over space?  

ArcGIS is a geographic information system system (GIS) that allows people to collect, organize, manage, analyze, communicate, and distribute geographic information.  Now you can learn and use this powerful software at Gelman Library! ArcGIS is available on all Gelman PCs (not Macs) and GIS specialist Kean McDermott is here to help you use it.  

Kean McDermott, GIS Specialist
email: keanmcd@gwu.edu
make an appointment: go.gwu.edu/ResearchHelp 
Ask for Kean during daytime hours at the Ask Us Desk

Principles of Graphic Design

The George Washington University - Sun, 03/27/2016 - 13:38
March 27, 2016

Wednesday, March 30
10:00am to 11:30am 
Gelman Library, Room 300

Good design habits can bring order and clarity to any document, from a business card to an oversize poster. Knowing when to apply harmony, contrast, balance and space to printed materials draws viewers and audience members in, focusing their attention on the ideas you wish to communicate. Learn the building blocks of successful design at this workshop presented by the GW Libraries' Exhibits Developer Phil Raino.


Essential Illustrations: Find and Use Public Access Images in Your Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)

The George Washington University - Sun, 03/27/2016 - 13:35
March 27, 2016

Wednesday, March 30
Noon to 1:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 219

Do you plan to use artworks, photos, or diagrams to illustrate your thesis? Don't get snarled by copyright restrictions! Learn more about finding publicly accessible visual content and how to properly cite those images.  We will also briefly discuss obtaining copyright permissions and creating your own images using widely available software.


Statistical Consulting

The George Washington University - Sun, 03/27/2016 - 13:31
March 27, 2016

Free statistical consulting is available for GW students, faculty, and staff at Gelman Library. Get help with:

Statistical analysis using statistical computing packages
Quantitative sampling
Data preparation
Hypotheses testing

Make an appointment at go.gwu.edu/ResearchHelp (look for “Stats Only” in the staff listing). Stop struggling and get the help you need! 

New 24-hour Study for Graduate Students in the GRC

The George Washington University - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 22:06
March 28, 2016

The Global Resources Center (GRC) is now available to graduate students for late night study. Located on Gelman's 7th floor, the GRC remains open to all during staffed hours, but is now available 24-hours to graduate students via GWorld tap access. The GRC features multiple tables and chairs as well as public computers and a Colonial Printer.

The need for additional graduate student space is among our most often heard feedback. The changes needed to make this possible have been paid for by the voluntary library gift. The GW Libraries is committed to utilizing funds from the voluntary library gift to directly enhance the student experience. The voluntary library gift has recently been used to purchase and reupholster furniture, purchase 3-D printers, fund upgrades to the graduate student reading room (501), and fund student employees. We appreciate everyone who supports the libraries through the voluntary library gift.

Applications Due March 25: Course Design Institute

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 10:33
March 22, 2016

Faculty, don't miss out on this opportunity to design or redesign a course in a supported, facilitated environment. Applications are due Friday, March 25, for the University Teaching and Learning Center's second annual Course Design Institute. Apply here.

In this “bootcamp” style program, modeled after a very successful program at the University of Virginia, faculty participants will be guided through a course (re)design process in a supported, facilitated environment to imagine, or re-imagine a course. All GW faculty members are invited to apply. The time commitment is an intensive 4.5 days as outlined on the block schedule.

There is no fee for CDI for those accepted. A limited number of professional development stipends will be available for full-time faculty who qualify. Food and many opportunities to collaborate with fellow faculty are an integral part of the experience. The CDI has proven relevant to any teaching mode, from in-person to blended to fully online learning.

Benefits: Faculty members walk away with:

  • A final (or near final) syllabus
  • Experiences with active learning and understanding of learning-centered design
  • Access to a resource-packed website
  • A community of faculty and UTLC staff for ongoing support during the academic year

Testimonials: Experiences from 2015 cohort:

  • I had heard of or tried course changes in a very ad hoc manner. I now see the big picture.
  • The CDI experience was beyond my expectations. It was a life changing experience.
  • My expectations were exceeded! This was incredibly inspirational and eye-opening. Come to think of it, I might have (subconsciously) expected a content-centered learning experience but, alas, it was very learning-centered!
  • It demystified the language of academic assessment.
  • Having other faculty to discuss challenges with, related and not-associated with my discipline, was a tremendous help. It was all about going out of my comfort zone.
  • CDI was an amazing experience. I believe every aspect was useful.

The Institute Process: An multi-disciplinary group of instructors spend 4.5 days designing or substantially (re)designing courses in order to promote significant, long-term learning. Participants explore learning-centered design principles in a large group setting and then work on their individual course designs in a small, discipline- or pedagogy-focused learning team. Teams provide brainstorming, individualized feedback, and on-going support opportunities. Institute Faculty will be available throughout the week for one-on-one consultations.

CDI Faculty: Michael Palmer, University of Virginia Associate Professor (Chemistry) & Managing Director of UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence, who has led UVA’s highly successful CDI for nine years, and Patricia Dinneen, Director of the University Teaching & Learning Center, will co-teach general sessions. GW faculty members will facilitate the discipline-focused learning teams. All of the faculty will be available to provide one-on-one feedback and consultations throughout CDI.

Attendees: Any faculty member who has a syllabus to design or redesign, graduate or undergraduate. CDI is ideal for faculty members developing gateway courses and for groups working on a curricular design or interdisciplinary program. A limited number of $500 stipends are available for faculty members who qualify.

Applications: Participation is by application, and all GW faculty members are eligible to apply. Applications open February 19-March 2016. A limited number of stipends may be available for full-time faculty members who qualify and who complete CDI. Consideration for a stipend, via the application, include:

  • evidence of faculty interest in improving course design
  • the expected enrollment for the course being designed
  • whether the course is a required or gateway course
  • specific support from a department chair or dean

Schedule: The draft schedule for the week.