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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.

Celebrate the Poetry of Washington D.C.

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 09:52
March 3, 2015

Friday, March 20
6:30-8:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Join us for A Splendid Wake 3, an annual celebration of poetry in the nation’s capital from 1900 to the Present.  This 3rd event in the series will feature presentations on:

Georgia Douglas Johnson & the “Saturday Nighters” 
May Miller
The Federal Poets 
Poetry Workshops born during “Poetry and the National Conscience” conferences 
The Modern Urban Griots

Brown-Bag Discussion: How GW’s Open-Access Policy Works for You

The George Washington University - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:16
February 27, 2015

Tuesday March 17 from 12-1
-and-
Wednesday March 25 from 12-1
Gelman Library, Room 219

Join us for a Brown-bag discussion of the Open-Access Policy. Learn how it works with your publishing practices and how it helps disseminate your work to the academic community and beyond.

The GW Faculty Senate recently passed a resolution to make faculty publications accessible through GW's institutional repository. This resolution, which establishes an open-access policy for the university, has received the Provost's support and approval. 

GW’s new Open-Access Policy is designed to be fully compatible with scholarly publication in print and online. The policy will further GW's commitment to promoting innovative research that makes a positive impact on society. 

Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at the Special Collections Research Center

The George Washington University - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:47
February 25, 2015

Horse hair, glass, metal screws, handmade paper, a cotton t-shirt—these are just some of the materials that compose the nearly three hundred artists’ books housed in the Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at GW Libraries. Conceived by renowned artists such as Ed Ruscha or by up-and-coming artists from the Corcoran’s MA Art and the Book program, these art objects stretch the boundaries of what ‘book’ can mean: Alice Austin’s Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004) resembles a codex, but when opened reveals its accordion folds with illustrations of domestic scenes; Beth Thielen’s The Tower (2007) appears largely sculptural until small booklets unfold from its architectural, watch-tower-like form.   Thielen’s work, made in collaboration with women prisoners from San Quentin State Prison and the California Rehabilitation Centers, embodies the collection’s thematic focus of social justice and consciousness.

Now through March 20th, you can view a selection of nineteen artists’ books from the Corcoran collection at GW’s Luther W. Brady Gallery. The exhibit entitled “Paper Window” presents a wide range of artist book categories, including photobooks, pop-ups, mixed media books, and altered books. The exhibit also features customized book housings and book-making tools on loan from the Art and the Book graduate program. Visit often as paged books will periodically have new spreads on display. Located on the second floor of GW’s Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st Street, NW), the Brady Gallery is free and open to the public.

Learn more about this unique teaching collection for book arts students in this blog post by Art & Design Librarian Shira Loev Eller.  

A Reading by Teddy Wayne

The George Washington University - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:01
February 25, 2015

The GW English Department invites you to:

A Reading by Teddy Wayne

Gelman Library, Room 702
Thursday, February 26
7:30 PM

Novelist Teddy Wayne is the author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil. His nonfiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

This reading is part of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series. 

Student Web Producer

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:14
February 19, 2015Christian Aldridge, Web Developer GW Libraries

The Scholarly Technology Group at GW Libraries is looking for a student to work with us as a Web Producer. We need someone with a good eye for design to help with our web content.

The job posting at gwork.gwu.edu is Job ID #814940 

Description:

Designer needed to maintain and create web content and graphic assets for the web. Work with a dynamic and supportive web development team, grow your technical skills and boost your resume.

  • Check content for compliance with web standards and style guidelines
  • Design graphic assets for web apps and content
  • Assist Libraries staff with content layout and style guidelines
  • Run reports to check for broken links and orphaned content
  • Run reports on site usage (Google Analytics) to prioritize content and improve usability

Let the Sun Shine: FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Requests for Journalists and Researchers

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:39
February 19, 2015

Thursday, March 19
4pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project Nate Jones of the non-government, non-profit National Security Archive will lead a workshop on how journalists, historians, or any person can file successful FOIA requests to the federal government. His two-hour workshop will share the tactics the Archive has learned from the 50,000-plus FOIA requests and appeals that it has submitted. Jones will utilize real examples of FOIA requests, appeals, and releases to demonstrate how to pry government documents into the public domain and allow Americans to know what their government is up to.

This event is part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Community Town Halls on the Future of GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:35
February 13, 2015

Monday, March 2 -and- Tuesday, March 3
Noon-1pm
Gelman Room 219

What will the GW Libraries look like in 2020?  How are we preparing now for the scholarship of the future?  

Create the future with us!  The GW Libraries are working on a new Vision and Strategic Plan which aligns with GW's Strategic Plan and will guide our priorities and actions in the coming 5-7 years. GW faculty and staff are invited to a brief presentation by Vice Provost for Libraries Geneva Henry on this new plan, followed by a discussion. Bring us your comments, questions, and concerns to help us understand your needs, both now and in the years to come.  

It is only with the insight and feedback of our faculty and staff that we can truly live up to our new vision and become "a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens."

 

 

Crossing the Finish Line: Uploading Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:39
February 12, 2015

Tuesday, March 3 at 11am [Doctoral deadline is April 1]
Monday, April 13 at 11am and 5pm [Master's deadline is May 15]

The writing is done. The citations have been cross checked. Your adviser has signed off. All that's left is to upload your electronic thesis or dissertation--but what does that really mean? Don't be caught off guard! Led by Valerie Emerson, ETD Administrator, this short workshop will introduce you to the interface for uploading your document and give you a heads up on what you will be asked during that process. All sessions will be held in Gelman Library, Room 219.  Please bring your own computer.  Please register below:

RSVP for March 3 at 11am 
RSVP for April 13 at 11am
RSVP for April 13 at 5pm
 

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