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.
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!
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.
Welcome to Mason! Interested in working for us? All Mason Libraries post available student library jobs on HireMason.
Per the University’s announcement, Mason Libraries will open at 10 a.m. today, January 14.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
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.
Per the University’s announcement of a two hour delay due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries will open at 10 a.m. today, Monday, January 12. Online resources are available.
Anne Lesher, Reference Librarian, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2014.
Ed Belanger worked for the Libraries for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as our business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary; and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor.
Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Our recent practice has been for the past honorees to serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.
Excerpted from one nomination:
She juggles many hats and does it with a smile. She orders books for and physically maintains a large variety of collections. Her coordinating work involves a lot of training of a variety of library employees. She is a team player and flexible when changes in procedure are made or having to learn new technology. She works well with students and faculty at the desk and with faculty in her liaison departments. I find her to be a wealth of institutional history since she has worked for the University Libraries for over 20 years. When I need advice on how to tackle a project or just advice in general I find her.
Due to inclement weather, the Mason Libraries are closed today, January 6.
Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries will open at Noon today, Tuesday, January 6.
Mason Libraries will open at the same time the University opens today: 10 a.m.
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.
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.
Apply now for a space in Fenwick Library Dissertation Writers’ Room (DWR). Mason doctoral students, who have passed their comprehensive exams and are in good standing with the University and the University Libraries, are eligible to request a space to use and store research materials in an assigned DWR space for one term. To apply for space in Fenwick Library DWR, complete this form and return it to the Fenwick Library circulation desk. Spaces in Fenwick’s DWR are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis (based on date/time submitted) until room capacity is filled.
Happy New Year! Mason Libraries Winter Break Hours
Monday – Friday: January 5-9: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: January 10-11: CLOSED
Monday – Friday: January 12-16: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: January 17-18: CLOSED
Martin Luther King Day: January 19: CLOSED