The University Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, January 21, due to the snow storm expected to arrive in the Washington, D.C. area this morning. “Chat with a Librarian,” the IM service, will be available 2-5 P.M. and 6-9 P.M.
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Due to the current winter weather forecast, classes, events and activities at GW are cancelled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014. However, Gelman remains open! We will attempt to keep the building open until 8pm tonight, but please check back here throughout the day for updates. Designated and Essential library staff should check with their supervisors.
Katelyn Fischer Breaks Marymount Career Assists Mark in Women’s Hoops Loss at #19 Christopher Newport
The Teamsters Labor History Research Center was pleased to host a special guest lecture on January 14 sponsored by the GWU History
The book loan period for Mason graduate students for Mason Libraries’ circulating books has changed. The new borrowing period for Mason graduate students is one academic term; due dates are May 31, September 30 and January 31. Books may be recalled after four (4) weeks and may be renewed three (3) times. For more information, contact your nearest Mason Library Circulation Desk.
Starting Fall Semester 2013, to help address the cost of required textbooks, Mason Libraries initiated TextSelect, a program to purchase required course textbooks (which cost $20.00 or more) in selected disciplines.
This popular service is expanding Spring Semester 2014 to include required textbooks that meet these criteria (expanded areas in bold):
- books required for courses that satisfy general education requirements across all disciplines (100, 200, 300 & 400 level required courses)
- books required for courses in the Volgenau School of Engineering
- books required for courses in the School of Management
GW Libraries is a large organization with many groups and departments within it, all with their own hours and open days. Currently the site relies on each group manually updating their posted hours and a separate group/staff person maintaining a "master" hours table. None of this is automated and there is duplication both within each group but also on the master table.
To solve this we're building a module for Drupal that is able to automate the process for both the groups themselves but also the combined master table.
The module (called "Libsite Hours") grabs and calculates the relevant information for use where needed on the site pages. In its current (early) draft it is only providing hours for one group (Special Collections Research Center). The content managers for that group input their hours on a node called SCRC Hours of Operation. We've created fields for each day's open and close time. The module collects the data in those fields and sets a variable with the current day's hours that can be called on any page. The variable is a string that reads "Wednesday's Hours: 10am - 8pm" where Wednesday is the current day of the week and the hours are the open and close hours set on the SCRC Hours of Operation page.
The next draft will include a variable that outputs the hours for the full week, and provides a "closed" checkbox option with a field for more information (e.g. "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day").
The final draft will include tools for all Library groups and the aggregated (and sortable) master table of hours.
The module is on GitHub: https://github.com/gwu-libraries/Libsite-Hours