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A Splendid Wake 2: Documenting the DC Poetry Scene

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 20:01
March 18, 2014

Friday, March 21
Gelman Library, Room 702  

Part of "A Splendid Wake," a project to document poets and literary movements in the nations's capital from 1900-present, poets and panelists will report on experimental contemporary poetry, warrior poetry projects, and on D.C.'s African-American intellectual/creative activity during the years of segregation in Washington.

Russian Rock Music Today

The George Washington University - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:20
March 17, 2014

Tuesday, March 18 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Artemyi Troitsky will provide an intimate overview of the state of rock music and rock culture in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.  A reception will follow, with ample time to explore the GRC's 7th floor exhibit, Words and Sounds of Dissent: from Samizdat to Rebel Rock.

Please RSVP at http://go.gwu.edu/TroitskyRock

Artemyi Troitsky is the world's leading expert on Russian rock music and an active player in the civic life of his country. He is the author of Back in the USSR: The True Story of Rock in Russia and Tusovka: Whatever Happened to the Soviet Underground Culture. He currently teaches in the Journalism Department of Moscow State University, hosts TV and radio shows (including on Ekho Moskvy), writes for Novaya gazeta, is a member of the board of Greenpeace Russia, and is a well-known blogger and opposition activist.

Part of IERES's Media and Democratization in Russia and Eurasia Series
Co-sponsored by the Global Resources Center (GRC), Gelman Library


Gelman is OPEN!

The George Washington University - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 05:39
March 17, 2014

GW will open at noon on Monday, March 17 because of inclement weather, but Gelman will remain open on its regular 24-hour schedule.

Eckles Library will open at noon today.

The Virginia Science & Technology Campus Library will be closed.

GW Libraries Photo Contest

The George Washington University - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:12
March 13, 2014

Send us pictures of how you #raisehigh in the library. You could be researching, using library resources, or just taking a study break.

March 17 - March24

To submit, tag us on...


...and Facebook: Gelman Library, Eckles Library

Or email: tmiranda@gwu.edu


1st Place: 4hr. study room booking during finals at either library.

Top photo entry of the day will receive a Chipotle Burrito during Cafe Gelman on May 4.


Spring Break Hours

The George Washington University - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:48
March 7, 2014

Gelman Library will not be available for 24-hour study during Spring Break (March 7-16).

Friday, March 7
Close at 10pm

Sat & Sun, March 8 & 9

Mon-Fri, March 10-14

Saturday, March 15

Sunday, March 16
Open at 9am

The Writing Center will be closed March 8-15th, reopening for appointments on March 16.

Writing and Publishing on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The George Washington University - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 07:36
March 7, 2014

Thursday, March 20
Noon - 1:30pm
Gelman, Room 702

Join us for a panel discussion of this important and emerging interdisciplinary field.  Scholars and experts from multiple disciplines will address topics related to research, authorship, and publishing.

Part of the ongoing series Strategies for Interdisciplinary Publishing Success, brought to you by the GW Libraries in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President for Research, the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, and the Jacob Burns Law Library.


Dr. Diane Cline

Associate Professor of History & Classics
Department of History


Dr. Shelley Brundage
Associate  Professor
Graduate Program Director
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Dr. Roy Richard Grinker
Professor, Department of Anthropology,
Elliott School of International Affairs, and Human Sciences

Dr. Valerie Hu
Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Dr. Carol Kochhar-Bryant
Senior Associate Dean
Professor of Special Education & Disability Studies
Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Gelman & Eckles are Closed for the Night

The George Washington University - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 23:00
March 3, 2014

Due to the inclement weather, Gelman and Eckles Libraries are closed for the night. GW is open and operating on a normal schedule for Tuesday, March 4, 2014.  Gelman and Eckles will reopen at 8am on Tuesday morning.

Gelman & Eckles Snow Day Hours

The George Washington University - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 20:14
March 2, 2014

GW classes are canceled, and administrative and academic offices will be closed on Monday, March 3 because of inclement weather.  Gelman Library will remain open overnight Sunday and until 11pm on Monday as conditions permit.  Eckles will close at midnight Sunday and will be open from 10am-8pm on Monday. VS&TCL will be closed on Monday.

Please check back here for library updates and GW Campus Advisories for more information on the university status.

The Making of Jerusalem

The George Washington University - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 22:41
March 1, 2014

Tuesday, March 4 ▪ 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium
Elliott School (2nd floor)

RSVP at go.gwu.edu/jerusalem

Join the young women from the film Jerusalem—Farah Ammouri, Nadia Tadros and Revital Zacharie—for a discussion about the making of the film and its themes. Introduction by Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures.

Using the world’s most advanced 3D and IMAX film technology, JERUSALEM brings to audiences spectacular, never-before-seen footage of this much-loved 5,000-year old city. The film tells the complicated and fascinating story of Jerusalem through the viewpoints of the three main religions—Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Each is represented by a young woman who shows us “her” Jerusalem. The archaeology of Jerusalem is also explored in the film to understand its importance in world history.

Presented by George Washington University’s Rabin Chair Forum and Middle East Policy Forum, together with the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  This program is co-sponsored by George Washington University’s Judaic Studies Program and GW Libraries.

Film now playing in Washington, D.C. at the Samuel Johnson IMAX Theatre at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Interesting Find in the Collection: Transition in the NEA

The George Washington University - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 08:00

Despite being an organization created by teachers, for its first century control of the National Education Association was firmly in the hands of administrators.

In Memoriam: Dr. William B. Griffith

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:05
February 20, 2014

The GW Libraries joins the university community in mourning a great loss: William B. Griffith, Elton Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy. A member of the GW faculty for 50 years, including long-time Philosophy Department chair and founder of the department’s graduate program, Professor Griffith will be remembered for his publicly engaged scholarship, his dedication to teaching, and his enduring commitment to faculty governance and university service.

Read here an obituary from the Department of Philosophy and the Columbian College. Below is a selected list of Professor Griffith’s academic publications, with links (where available) to online versions accessible to GW faculty, staff, and students.

“Trusteeship: A Practical Option for Realizing our Obligations to Future Generations?” in Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice, ed. by Andrew Light and Avner de-Shalit (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003). Book online.

“Economic Man as Moral Individual,” with R.S. Goldfarb and R. Dowell, Economic Inquiry XXXVI, (Oct. 1998), 645-653. Article online.

“Equality and Egalitarianism: Framing the Contemporary Debate,” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence VII (Jan. 1994), 5-26. Article online.

“The 'Theory as Map Analogy' and Changes in Assumption Sets in Economics,” with R.S. Goldfarb, in Socioeconomics: Towards a New Synthesis, A. Etzioni and P. Lawrence, eds. Armonk. (NY: M.E. Sharpe Inc., 1991), pp. 105-129. Book in Gelman Library.

“Amending the Economist's 'Rational Egoist' Model to Include Moral Values and Norms” with R.S. Goldfarb, in Social Norms and Economic Institutions, K. Koford and J. Miller, eds. (Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1991), pp. 39-84. Book partially online.

"Ethics and the Academic Professional", Business and Professional Ethics Journal, I (1982), pp. 75-95. Article online.

“The Relevance of Professional Philosophy,” Metaphilosophy, XIII (Jul/Oct 1982), pp. 181-200. Available by request.

“Symbolic Logic and the Appraisal of Arguments,” Teaching Philosophy I, #1 (1975-76), pp. 13-20. Available by request.

Why we Write Software at GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:36
February 20, 2014Daniel Chudnov, Director of Scholarly Technology

I've been asked "why do you write software?" a lot in my career, and particularly in my position here as Director of Scholarly Technology at GW Libraries, where we do write a lot of software. For me, the answer is simple, and it's the same answer I've always given, since I first went to library school: it is the work of a librarian to write software. This has always seemed natural and clear to me, but I understand that it's not obvious to everyone, especially in a broader organizational context.

So why is it important to have staff at a research library with appropriate skills and experience tasked with writing software?

First, navigating through the many information resources we provide -- both online and on our shelves -- isn't easy.  GW Libraries, like many research libraries, provides access to hundreds of online databases, thousands of online journals, and millions of physical items. To help people find what they need quickly, we have to offer the clearest possible paths for everyone to navigate for themselves.  Recently we wrote a software application that provides a new quick search box on our site at http://library.gwu.edu/ that searches a wide range of sources at once, and more importantly, it searches a range of types of sources at once.  This helps anyone searching our site to make two quick choices: what kind of resource they're looking for, and where to go within that category of resources to dig deeper.  This isn't a new idea - many of our peer institutions offer similar services, and we credit NCSU Libraries with pioneering this concept. But all of our libraries subscribe to different sources, and to put them all together in a way that made the most sense for GWU, we wrote our own software.  Over time, the sources themselves will change, but now we have the ability to adapt our application to new content over time without having to sacrifice the now-improved experience of finding information through GW Libraries.

Another primary reason we write software is to support research.  This is still a new area for us, and we hope to dive in more, but in a handful of cases we've helped GW faculty and researchers move their original studies forward with code we've written.  For one professor, we wrote a custom conversion application to migrate data they gathered over the course of research years ago to the new, up-to-date data format the new version of the commercial product they use now requires.  They had been stymied, as the product vendor itself did not support forward migration, and other solutions didn't work. This was a real risk - their next research grant proposal depended upon having this data at the ready, and we were able to help them when no one else could. For other researchers on campus, we've written another application that collects data from Twitter, gathering tweets around the clock automatically so they don't have to do it themselves, and then exporting collected data into a format that aligns with their research tools. We're still working on this application because we keep hearing from more researchers who want to use it.  Without this capacity, we'd have to send them to expensive commercial data resellers, which offer good services but at a price not everyone can afford.  We hope that being able to provide a modest service like this can become a strategic advantage for researchers on campus.

Aside from these main reasons, there's another more subtle reason: being able to write software ourselves means we can take advantage of the many software solutions others have already developed.  And in turn, when we write an application ourselves, we can share it with others.  At GW Libraries, we have a formal policy for releasing software we've developed under a free and open source software license, a policy that was approved by our University Copyright Officer, with the support and guidance of GW's Office of General Counsel. You can see our work on github, where we manage our almost all our software work and the code we develop publicly. And you can use it if you want! Everything listed there is available to use, study, modify, copy, and redistribute under the terms of the license GWU assigned to it. The internet runs on software, much of which is free, and GW Libraries, like many others, depends upon a lot of free software (alongside many excellent proprietary products as well) to deliver resources and services to the GWU community.  By developing products that we can share under a free/open source software license, we can offer back to others the solutions that work well for us.

Helping people find and use information, supporting research, and sharing the tools we build as part of that work is precisely why I became a librarian - it is my work, and a key part of the work of our team, the Scholarly Technology Group.  I hope this helps to explain how this part of our work fits in with the broader goals of GW Libraries and the GWU community we serve.

Also:  we're hiring.  Come join us!

 -Dan Chudnov

President's Medal Given to IBT's James P. Hoffa

The George Washington University - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 08:50

On January 29, 2014, President Steven Knapp awarded International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P.

Happy Presidents Day!

The George Washington University - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 01:01
February 14, 2014

There are no classes on Monday, February 17, in honor of Presidents Day, but Gelman and Eckles are open regular hours.  The National Security Archive will be closed and GW Drop-in Tutoring for Econ, Accy, Math, and Bio are cancelled.


The 3rd Annual George Washington Lecture

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 23:34
February 13, 2014

Setting the Example:  George Washington's Military Leadership
with Edward G. Lengel, Director, The Papers of George Washington

Friday, February 20 at 6:30pm
Gelman, Room 702

As part of the university’s celebration honoring George Washington’s birthday, Professor Lengel will discuss the leadership lessons of our namesake’s legacy.

All members of the GW community are invited to attend.  Please register at go.gwu.edu/gwlecture2014.

Research Help Available Until 8pm

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:44
February 13, 2014

Gelman and Eckles are closed, but librarians are available until 8pm to answer your questions.  Click the "Chat Now!" icon on the Ask A Librarian page to connect with live help.

Gelman & Eckles Open 10a-4p Today

The George Washington University - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 22:58
February 12, 2014

Gelman and Eckles Libraries will be open from 10am-4pm today, Thursday, Feb. 13.  GW classes are canceled & university offices closed due to the inclement weather. The National Security Archives and the GW Writing Center are both closed for the day.

Hours for Friday, February 14 will be based on the university's operating status.  Please check Campus Advisories for updated information on GW's operating status.

Gelman & Eckles to Close at Midnight Wednesday

The George Washington University - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:09
February 12, 2014

Due to the forecasted snow, Gelman and Eckles libraries will close at midnight tonight.

Hours for both buildings on Thursday will be determined based on the university's official operating status.  Please the check the Campus Advisories website for more information about GW's operating status. 

Gelman Public Computer Outage at 2am Tonight

The George Washington University - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 23:00
February 11, 2014

The GW Division of Information Technology will be performing emergency maintenance at 2am Wednesday morning (tonight).  Public PC computers will be unavailable in Gelman during this maintenance.  Gelman PCs could be unavailable for up to 90 minutes.  Please use Macs in The Lab and on the Entrance Floor during this outage.