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Paper Window: An Exhibit of Artists' Books

The George Washington University - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:45

Wednesday, February 11 • 5-7pm

Digital Humanities Showcase

The George Washington University - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:54
February 2, 2015

February 20 • 12:30-3pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Everyone is invited to a showcase of Digital Humanities (DH) projects underway across the University.  The program will include brief presentations followed by discussion and a reception.  Find out about innovative endeavors happening in English, History, GW Libraries, Japanese, Jewish Cultural Arts, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Presented by the GW Digital Humanities Institute and GW Libraries.

Librarian Mark Yoffe on Voice of America (Russia)

The George Washington University - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 12:56
January 31, 2015

Dr. Mark Yoffe, curator of the International Counterculture Archive and the Soviet Samizdat Archive in Gelman's Global Resources Center was interviewed by Voice of America (Russia).  He spoke about the relevance of Soviet protest rock music in today’s Russia and showed off the Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock exhibit on Gelman's 7th floor.  GW student Ivor Urek also commented on American student interest in the music from the former Soviet Union.  

View the full interview here. (Segment begins at the 23:00 minute mark and is in Russian.)  The Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock exhibit is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Possible Noise Disruption Friday

The George Washington University - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:16
January 29, 2015

Friday, January 30
between 8am-4pm (intermittent) 

Workers are completing the final phase of Gelman’s HVAC upgrades. Work on the roof will require use of hammer drills and may be audible in some areas of the building. Higher floors are more likely to be disrupted.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we improve the library facilities.

New Undergraduate Publications Corner

The George Washington University - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:57
January 29, 2015

Beginning on January 30th the entrance floor reading lounge will include an Undergraduate Publications Corner. The Corner will feature journals and magazines showcasing the talents and interest of student writers within specific disciplines. Copies of past and present issues will become available for visitors to read within the library as well as to take a copy for the road. General information about each organization will be provided for students who are interested in working with or writing for a specific publication.

Check out the work of fellow GW undergraduates in these publications:
The Globe: Undergraduate Academic Journal of the ESIA
Omnibus of the GW Roosevelt Institute
GW Pre-Law Student Association Undergraduate Law Review
Wooden Teeth: The George Washington University's Art and Literary Magazine
The ACE Magazine

Student Town Hall on the Future of the GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:21
January 21, 2015

Tuesday, February 3
Noon -or- 5:30pm
Gelman, Room 219

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

Join us for a student town hall on the future of the GW Libraries.  This meeting will unveil the libraries' new Strategic Plan, our road map for the future.  Bring us your feedback into how the libraries can be better for you and for the students to come.

RSVP by January 31st for a free lunch or dinner from Chipotle at the meeting.  Only those who rsvp are guaranteed a burrito.

RSVP for the Noon-1pm meeting: go.gwu.edu/LibraryChipotleLunch
RSVP for the 5:30-6:30pm meeting: go.gwu.edu/LibraryChipotleDinner

Interested in 3D Printing? Take Our Survey!

The George Washington University - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:28
January 21, 2015

Are you interested in access to a 3D printer on campus? We are asking students, faculty and staff at GW to tell us if and how they might use a 3D printer for academic purposes. Should the libraries purchase a 3D printer for student/faculty use? Take our survey and help decide!

The Realities of Reality TV: A Talk with the Writers Guild of America, East

The George Washington University - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:24
January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 29 from 4-6pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
 
In reality television, hundreds of hours of footage are shot for a single episode. The resulting story is similar in its narrative structure to an episode of scripted television. Reality TV programs have a beginning, middle, and end, complete with character arcs, plots, conflict, and resolution. The difference between shows like Modern Family and Survivor is how the source material is generated. Reality writers don’t script each line for a professional actor to speak. Instead, these writers must use existing footage to work backwards from the ending in the most interesting way possible.

While reality television shows have quickly become popular with viewers and profitable for the networks, the writers who make these programs possible have not shared in the success. Unlike other television writers, most reality television programs are written without a union contract. As a result, these writers sometimes work long hours without health and pension benefits or minimum salary protections or residuals.

Non-Fiction Television Writers and Producers United, a project of the Writers Guild of America, East, is currently organizing those performing storytelling duties on non-fiction/reality TV shows in New York.  Justin Molito, Director of Organizing for the WGA-East and non-fiction television writer and producer Joe Danisi, will discuss the realities of the non-fiction television industry in a panel moderated by GW Labor Archivist, Tom Connors. 

Easy-to-Use System for Scheduling Librarian Appointments

The George Washington University - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:01
January 12, 2015

Making a research appointment is now easier than ever with our new scheduling system.  You choose the librarian and you choose the time—whether today or in 2 weeks.  Schedule your appointment in real time—no more emails or waiting for confirmation.  This system also makes is easy to cancel or rescehdule an appointment you've made.  Make an appointment today at go.gwu.edu/ResearchHelp.  

How to schedule an appointment:

1) Set up an account (1st time only) and log in.   

2) Choose a librarian.  If you don't know who you should see, most librarians can help you get started in any topic. More information about each librarian and their expertise is available in the appointment pop-up and on the Reference Directory

3) Look beside the librarian's name.  You'll notice some names are followed by a specialty or a location other than Gelman Library. Make sure you choose wisely.

4) Choose a time by clicking once on a white block of time.  Appointments must be scheduled in 60 minute blocks.

If you need an appointment on Saturday or Sunday, please send us an e-mail at refdesk@gwu.edu and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

 

GIS Software & Assistance Available at Gelman

The George Washington University - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:07
January 12, 2015

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

SCRC Hours this Week

The George Washington University - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:08

The Special Collections Research Center will be open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays through January 12. Due to continued Winter Break hours at Gelman, we will not offer our Wednesday evening or Saturday morning hours this week. 

GW Digital Humanities Showcase

The George Washington University - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:04
January 5, 2015

February 20, 2015 (Participant deadline: January 20, 2015)
Hosted by GW Digital Humanities Institute & GW Libraries

Are you launching a Digital Humanities (DH) project and figuring out the next steps? Do you want to meet other people in GW who are interested in how the arts and humanities interact with digital media?

We invite members of the GW community to join a DH Showcase at Gelman Library. Each person (or team) will present a DH project or endeavor (in any stage of its production). This event will provide a venue to introduce your project to other people and receive feedback or advice while also making connections with people across GW community who might share similar interests. We hope that new conversations will open up about methods, tools, challenges, questions, and possibilities arising across projects.

Our definition of DH is broad and can entail anything from a database or tool to a blog or creative work, and we welcome presentations integrating online media or digital cultures into teaching in (or beyond) the space of the classroom.

If you are interested in taking part in this event, please contact Prof. Jonathan Hsy (Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Institute) at jhsy at gwu dot edu with your name, email, affiliation/title, and title of project(s) by January 20, 2015. 

Lit Review How To: Holiday Boot Camps for Grad Students

The George Washington University - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:02
December 17, 2014

Are you a graduate student working on a literature review for a thesis or dissertation?  Get serious about your scholarship by attending these 30-minute workshops to learn tips that will save you time and sanity.  Our "Boot Camps" on Martin Luther King's Birthday and President's Day offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all.

All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219.  Please bring your own computer.  Kids off school? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome.

Monday, January 19 (MLK's Birthday) & Monday, February 16 (President's Day):
9:30-10:00: Citation Chasing
10:00-10:30:  Citation Management
10:45-11:15:  Staying Current in One's Field
11:15-11:45: Searching Beyond Gelman

Citation Chasing
How do you build on someone else's research?  How do you find the research they used?  Chase down those citations like a pro with tips from librarian Tolonda Henderson.

Citation Management
Once you've done all that research how do you keep track of it?  Step away from the notecards and learn about online citation tools like Refworks, Zotero and Mendeley. Librarian David Hills will help you find the tool that is right for you and get you started using it.

Staying Current in One's Field
Librarian Ann Brown will help you find out how to stay current in your field. You'll learn how to set up journal table of contents alerts, search alerts, and identify key journals in your field.

Searching Beyond Gelman
How do you know what research is out there?  How can you know what you don't know?  Librarian David Killian will help you be sure with a comprehensive search of all published book literature using Worldcat.  This workshop is best for disciplines that write books, especially the humanities and social sciences.

An Exquisite Future

The George Washington University - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:29
December 10, 2014

Monday, January 12
11am–Noon
Gelman Library, Room 219

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and the Art and the Book program cordially invite you to the launch of An Exquisite Future, the fifth annual collaborative artist’s book by Art and the Book graduate students. Please join us!

An Exquisite Future explores the implications of a future with a reduced population of honeybees. A vital pollinator of many types of food plants for humans and animals, honeybees are in danger of disappearing because of colony collapse disorder. The artists used this phenomenon as a starting point for contemplating the future. Each artist responded to the preceding vision, building on what came before and using humor while considering potential difficulties.

Winter Break Hours for Gelman Library

The George Washington University - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 08:57
December 8, 2014

Thursday, December 18:
Gelman will close at 11pm and 24-hour access will end.
The Check Out Desk will close at 7pm.  Other service desks will close at 5pm.

Friday, December 19:
Gelman and the Check Out Desk will be open from 7am - 7pm 
Other service desks will close at 5pm.

Saturday, December 20, & Sunday December 21: CLOSED

Monday, December 22 & Tuesday, December 23:  8am - 6pm
Wednesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 25:  CLOSED
Friday, December 26: 8am - 6pm
Saturday, December 27 & Sunday, December 28:  CLOSED

Monday, December 29: 8am -6pm
Tuesday, December 30: 8am - 6pm
Wednesday, December 31 & Thursday, January 1:  CLOSED
Friday, January 2: 8am - 6pm
Saturday, January 3 & Sunday, January 4:  CLOSED

Monday January 5 - Friday January 9: 8am -7pm
Saturday January 10 & Sunday January 11: noon - 6pm

Monday, January 12:  
Open at 7am and 24-hour access resumes. 

Please note: The National Security Archives will be closed from December 24th through January 4th.  The University Writing Center will be closed December 13th through  January 24th.

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