Library books located on the 3rd floor of the Johnson Center (call numbers ML-Z) are temporarily unavailable due to the roof construction work. Access to other Mason Libraries collections is not affected.
If you need the print version of a 3rd floor Johnson Center library book, use Interlibrary Loan to request it. Mason Libraries’ e-books can be located through inPrimo and the catalog. The Johnson Center roof project is expected to be completed in October.
For more information, please contact Gateway Library Service Desk, 703-993-9060, or email fencirc at gmu.edu
On Sunday, July 5, Fenwick and Gateway Libraries are open Noon to 6pm. Mercer and Arlington Campus Libraries are closed July 5.
All libraries resume regular summer session hours on Monday, July 6.
Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Campus of Science and Technology (VSTCL) Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.
Gelman will reopen at noon on Sunday, July 5. Eckles & VSTCL will reopen on Monday, July 6.
Mason Libraries are closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. On Sunday, July 5, Fenwick and Gateway Libraries are open Noon to 6pm. Mercer and Arlington Campus Libraries are closed July 5. All libraries resume regular summer session hours on Monday, July 6.
We are upgrading the 5th floor Graduate Student Reading Room for Fall! Based on graduate student feedback the long-neglected lockers hidden away on the first floor (pictured) are moving upstairs. The current bank of lockers, located near the west end of the first floor, will soon be dismantled. If you are using one of these lockers, please remove your personal lock as well as the contents of the locker before July 6, 2015. After July 6, remaining locks will be cut off and the contents of each locker will be sent to GW UPD's central Lost & Found.
Check back as the summer progresses for photos of the Graduate Student Reading Room improvements.
Due to a power outage, Eckles Library is open and operating on generator electricity only. The latest estimate from PEPCO is that power will not be restored today.
Eckles will remain open as long as possible, but there is no air conditioning in the building. Five public computer workstations are available and patrons may still check out books. The 24-hour computer lab remains fully operational. All CI activites scheduled inside Eckles are being moved to other locations on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Gelman Library's building hours will change this Saturday, June 27. Please note the new hours below.
Gelman Library Summer II Hours*
(June 27 – August 30)
Monday- Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday Noon – 6pm
*Closed July 3 & 4 for Independence Day and August 23 for Intersession weekend.
24-hour access to Gelman Library is not available during the summer, but all of our online resources are available 24 hours a day to our current students, faculty and staff.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to preserve a collection, make it findable, and make it available to the public? Recent GW graduate Liz Settoducato is spending her summer as a processing assistant for the District of Columbia Africana Archives Project (DCAAP), funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) . She has written about her experiences in processing the papers of Geneva K. Valentine. You can read more on dcaap.tumblr.com/.
DCAAP is a partnership between Gelman's Special Collections Research Center, GW's Africana Studies Program, and five archives throughout the city. It's mission is to enhance access to previously unavailable research materials that document the history of the African diaspora in DC, the civil rights movements, the struggle for Home Rule, the rise of Black-owned businesses, the development of Howard University, slavery in the nation’s capital, jazz music in DC, and the literary arts.
On Tuesday, June 2, Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga was the guest of honor at an opening reception for the Okinawa Collection at Global Resources Center (GRC). The collection is a collaboration between government of Okinawa and GW Libraries with the Okinawan government agreeing to fund the ongoing development of the collection and a part-time Japanese language research librarian.
The Okinawa Collection of primary and secondary research materials is housed in the GRC's Japan Resource Center. Its focus is Okinawan politics, policy, international relations, economics, culture, literature, linguistics and history.
Mike Mochizuki, associate professor of political science and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, has helped develop the collection. He says the Okinawa Collection’s books, digital databases and video materials will contribute enormously to teaching and research and will strengthen the Japanese-language holdings in the JRC. “With this grant, GW’s Okinawa Collection could become the second largest library on Okinawa located outside of Japan after the one in the University of Hawaii,” Dr. Mochizuki said. “To have this collection in the nation’s capital at GW gives unparalleled access to researchers and decision-makers in the think tank and policy community. We are delighted to have these materials.”
Gelman Library will help to welcome the Class of 2019 by hosting the Academic Experience at Colonial Inauguration (CI). Expect increased noise and visitors on the entrance floor from 3:30 – 5 pm on the following dates:
Friday, June 12 • Friday, June 19 • Wednesday, June 24 • Tuesday, June 30
Gelman will also be the site for Columbian College registration for incoming freshmen during CI. All public computers on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor –and- study carrels on the 3rd floor will be reserved for registering students from 8 – 10:30 am on the following dates:
Saturday, June 13 • Saturday, June 20 • Thursday, June 25 • Wednesday, June 30
The GW Writing Center is open this summer to provide dedicated attention to your writing and research projects!
Writing Center Summer Hours
June 3 - August 13
Appointments are not required but recommended. You can schedule an appointment online.
The Fenwick Library Addition is anticipated to open in late January 2016. Library materials will start to be moved into new library space by late October. This massive project will affect all areas and items in the existing Fenwick Library. Faculty should plan ahead for fall course reserve needs and place Fall Semester 2015 reserve requests now.
For more information, please contact Laura Ramos, lramos8 @gmu.edu, 703-933-3493.
Now on exhibit in Special Collections + Archives, Increase + Multiply: The Story of Publishers’ Bindings traces the effects of technology on book publishing. The display is in Fenwick Library, Floor 2, Wing C, and is on exhibit through the summer.
From the time of the Roman codex until about 1830, the technique of binding continued virtually the same — a unique, handmade craft passed down through the centuries. Then, in the 1830s, a short cut was invented. “Casing-in” allowed covers to be made separately and only later attached to the book. The new process meant that cover decoration could be mechanized. The publishing business then grew to combine the old separate crafts of printing and binding to create a finished product – the book – for sale. Through this century, books included the publishers’ branding as cloth colors, stamped designs, spine labels, and other evidence linked books to their publishers. Thus the term “publishers’ bindings” was used for this new era of book production.
Once the manufacture of covers became a separate task from binding the pages, design developments followed quickly throughout the nineteenth century. Experimental graining and embossing of cloth in the 1830s was adopted so quickly that smooth cloth book bindings are rare for many decades of the nineteenth century. Soon to follow were blind-stamped curling ornament and small generalized vignettes in the 1840s. The 1850s saw more generous use of gold leaf stamping, with larger, content specific vignettes. The 1860s, at lease in Civil War torn America, brought in minimal decoration, with limited cloth graining and colors, and emblematic pictorials on book bindings. The 1870s saw the return of exuberance, with asymmetry, black ink as well as gold stamping, and Eastlake designs. During the 1880s, new colors of ink emerged along with the use of crowded, overlapping bulletin board designs. Lettering tended to be expressive or flowing. By the 1890s and into the twentieth century, artist-signed –or un-signed–book bindings are often found. Artist bindings are characterized by highly professional layout, ungrained book cloth, and a flat, poster style. By the 1920s, printed paper book jackets – not book bindings–began to be the focus of design. The era of decorated publishers bindings came to an end.
For more information about this exhibit, contact Yvonne Carignan, ycarignan @gmu.edu