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Gelman welcomes Colonial Inauguration!

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:54
June 9, 2014

Gelman is proud to host the Academic Experience segment of Colonial Inauguration (CI) from 3:30-5pm on the following dates:

Friday, June 13
Thursday, June 29
Wednesday, June 25
Monday, June 30

This is an exciting chance for the GW Libraries to engage incoming students and let them know how we can help them succeed. These sessions will take place on the entrance floor and will include many people and some noise. Services will remain open and other areas of the library should be minimally affected.

Building Strong Minds: New Exhibit on the 7th Floor

The George Washington University - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 14:17

Now featured on the 7th floor hallway adjacent to Special Collections: a new exhibit called Building Strong Minds: NEA's American Education Week.

A New Exhibit: Building Strong Minds

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:36

There is a new exhibit on the 7th floor of Gelman Library in the hallway outside of Room 702. The exhibit is titled Building Strong Minds: The NEA's American Education Week.

Now Accepting Applications for the Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellowship

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:26

The Special Collections Research Center of The George Washington University Libraries is pleased to invite applications to the bi

Celebrating Diversity in the University Archives

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 14:32
June 2, 2014

Did you know that GW developed courses focused on firearms, camouflage and ship hull engineering to better educate the changing student body during WWI?
Or that the Columbian Women’s Association made a contribution to purchase a gram of radium for scientist Marie Curie?
Its amazing what you can find in the University Archives!

The inaugural cohort of University Archives Diversity Research Fellows—students Eden Orelove, Isabel Garcia, Tasha Dorsey and Dominic Amaral—spent an academic year combing through the University Archives to dig up these unsung stories, examining the lives of the nonacademic staff, women, international students and veterans who have contributed to GW’s history.

The fellows were selected by a committee of faculty and staff from the Special Collections Research Center at the beginning of the academic year and awarded a stipend. Funding for the program was supplied through an Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Read more about the University Archives Diversity Research Fellows at GW Today.

Digital DC: Students Write the History of Foggy Bottom

The George Washington University - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 08:07

On Monday, May 12, Professor Christopher Klemek, his students in History 2020, and Special Coll

Gelman Summer Hours

The George Washington University - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 16:27
May 20, 2014

Please note Gelman's new summer hours.  24-hour access will not resume until the Fall 2014 semester, but all of our online resources are available 24 hours a day to our current students, faculty and staff. 


Monday - Thursday -- 7:30am to 10pm
Friday -- 7:30am to 7pm
Saturday -- 10am to 6pm
Sunday -- Noon to 8pm

CLOSED:  May 25-26 and  July 4 

Library Resources for New Alumni

The George Washington University - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 16:04
May 20, 2014

Congratulations to all of our 2014 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 Complete, Proquest Research Library, and JSTOR Archive.  Visit the E-Resources for Alumni page for more information. 

Memorial Day Weekend Hours

The George Washington University - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 15:05
May 20, 2014

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, Gelman Library will be closed on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26. 

Saturday, May 24 - closing at 6 pm
Sunday, May 25 - CLOSED
Monday, May 26 - CLOSED
Tuesday, May 27 - opening at 7:30am



In Memoriam: Dr. Samuel Halperin

The George Washington University - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:59
May 13, 2014

The GW Libraries are saddened by the passing of Dr. Samuel Halperin, a longtime member of the GW Libraries Development Advisory Council and benefactor of our Special Collections,including the Kiev Judaica Collection. Dr. Halperin was a true partner in helping us develop in stature as a university library. He valued education and research resources at every level. His love of learning was apparent in all his professional and volunteer endeavors. He will be sorely missed.

Read more about Dr. Samuel Halperin and his impact on access to public education and national education policy in the Washington Post article celebrating his life. 


led George Washington University's Institute for Education Leadership from 1969-81 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=samuel-h...

Labor History Research Center Hosts Progressive Student Union Program on Wage Theft

The George Washington University - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 08:36

The Teamsters Labor History Research Center hosted a Progressive Student Union program on wage theft on April 24, 2014.

Project background: Social Feed Manager

The George Washington University - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:00
May 5, 2014Daniel Chudnov, Director, Scholarly Technology

Not long after I joined GW Libraries I read about the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism study "How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter" researched in part by Kimberly Gross of GWU's School of Media and Public Affairs, part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. This work caught my interest because I had been swimming in Twitter data in my prior position, where I had supported the Library of Congress project to preserve all public tweets. Before I came to GW, I enjoyed working on that large project because of its long-term impact, but it was clear that in the short term our team was unable to respond to the hundreds of requests for access to historical Twitter data from researchers all over. And here was a GW researcher getting important work done with some of the same data - I had to know more.

I reached out to Professor Gross and learned quickly upon meeting with her that her data collection techniques were essentially manual - she and her research assistants were copying and pasting tweets one at a time. We agreed this wasn't a sustainable model, and I offered to develop a small app that would automate the collection process using Twitter's public API. After making some progress on this app and reviewing it with Professor Gross, it became clear that there were many more opportunities to put a tool like our app -- rudimentary though it was at the time -- to use in other research contexts on campus. She introduced us to colleagues doing similar work and all of a sudden we had several new connections with faculty and graduate students to support their research and studies.  This aligns well with a key role libraries have always served, in our case connecting people at GW with information resources and facilitating their use.  In this case we are automating data collection from Twitter, or Weibo, or YouTube, but that's just a new take on the kind of relationship we've always worked to build in research libraries.

Not long after this, our colleague Mark Phillips, assistant dean for digital libraries at the University of North Texas, visited GW Libraries to talk about web archiving and pointed out to us that this project, which we called "Social Feed Manager" (that's what it does, after all - find it on github at https://github.com/gwu-libraries/social-feed-manager), was something that other institutions like his could put to good use. Mark encouraged us to apply for an Sparks Ignition Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We took this advice to heart, sent in a proposal, and were lucky to be awarded a grant from IMLS (#LG-46-13-0257) in the summer of 2013. As the first grant we've received for software development, we're still pretty excited about it. More importantly, in the months since, we've made several improvements to the app, put it to use with more researchers and students here at GW, and started to see its adoption at other institutions.

As we wrote in the proposal abstract (attached here as a PDF), with this grant "we will develop our prototype Social Feed Manager application into a well-documented tool that can be implemented and used at diverse cultural heritage institutions." We've been making progress toward this goal and we plan to tell you a lot more about it, so please stay tuned to this channel, as they say, and don't hesitate to get in touch.

Files:  20130717-imls-sparks-abstract-final.pdf

End of Semester Hours

The George Washington University - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:34
May 1, 2014

Tuesday, May 13:  
The 24-hour study ends & the library will close at midnight.  24-hour access will not resume until the Fall 2014 semester.

Wednesday, May 14- Friday, May 16:  
7:30 am - 7pm

Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18:  
Noon - 6 pm

Summer hours begin on Monday, May 19
Remember, all of our online resources are available 24 hours a day to our current students, faculty and staff.