University News

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
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 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

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).

Friday, March 6
Close at 10pm

Sat & Sun, March 7 & 8

Mon-Fri, March 9-13

Saturday, March 14

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  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
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

News & Events: March 2, 2015

Catholic University - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:19
Image courtesy of the Office of Public Affairs.

Graduation Fair 2015 – The University Libraries will once again be participating in the Graduation Fair, Tuesday, March 3, 11 am to 7 pm, and Wednesday, March 4, 11 am to 3 pm in the Pryzbyla Center Great Room. Seniors planning to graduate this semester are encouraged to stop by for giveaways and to have their library accounts reviewed for outstanding fines and books. Don’t forget: outstanding fines or checked-out items will result on a hold on your diploma!

NEW! Distance Learning Page – A new page for Distance Learners has been created, putting all of our most useful resources for off-campus library use in one convenient place. This page is recommended for students in online programs as well as doctoral candidates completing dissertations away from CUA. Along with links to databases, online tools, and contact information for subject librarians, the page also includes a link to our new Off-Campus Delivery Request Form (restrictions apply).

LAST CHANCE! “Bridging Sign & Script” May Gallery Exhibit – The exhibit by the Semitics/ICOR library currently on display in the May Gallery, “Bridging Sign & Script,” has been extended until March 9th. Stop by to learn about the 1930 Harvard-Catholic University Joint Expedition to Serabit-el-Khadim.

UPCOMING EVENT: American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present – The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (CUA), in conjunction with The American Catholic History Research Center & University Archives (CUA) and the Office of Migration and Refugee Policy (USCCB), will be hosting a conference entitled American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present on Thursday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Caldwell Auditorium. For more information, visit event website.

Writing Center in Mullen Library – Please note that the Writing Center will be holding satellite hours in the lobby of Mullen Library Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm. Walk-ins are welcome; look for the sign. For more information about writing center, including additional hours and appointment policies, please visit their website.

Have you tried – The University Libraries is proud to bring the CUA Community access to, an online video training library offering more than 2,000 self-paced training classes on a wide range of computer and project management skills for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users. Topics offered include: the entire suite of Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, audio and video tools, creative inspirations, and much more.  All of the courses are taught by expert instructors and come with fully searchable transcripts. Curated playlists are also available for over 150 topics. To learn more, check out this introductory video.

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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
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. 

Grant Writing Workshop March 17

George Mason University - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:59

University Libraries and University Life/Prince William rescheduled the grant-writing workshop, “Writing Winning Grants: A Primer for Grant-Seekers”. New date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 11 a.m -1 p.m. on the Prince William Campus, Beacon Hall, Room 1008 (Student Study Lounge). A few seats are still available: RSVP now!

The workshop aims to assist Mason graduate students and faculty who want to learn fundamental strategies for successful grant writing. With the expert assistance of Mason’s research librarians, you’ll discover top grant finding resources. The workshop will explore the full cycle of grant development from an idea to a proposal, from searching for funding, completing the application, and to managing an award.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and can use their Mason’s parking passes for parking at Beacon Hall. Lunch is provided by University Life/Prince William. To reserve your space, register today.

For more information, please contact Teresa Kan, tkan @, 703-993-8358.

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All Mason Libraries Open at 10am 2/26

George Mason University - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 06:47

Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries will open at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, February 26.

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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. 

“American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present” – Thursday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Caldwell Auditorium

Catholic University - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:32

The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (CUA), in conjunction with The American Catholic History Research Center & University Archives (CUA) and the Office of Migration and Refugee Policy (USCCB), will be hosting a conference entitled American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present on Thursday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Caldwell Auditorium. The purpose o the conference is to “bring historians and policy experts together to compare how Catholics in the United States have responded to new immigrant groups, from the nineteenth century to the present.” Three panels f experts will discuss such issues as national policy debates, culture and religious life, and immigrant workers.

For more information, including a detailed schedule of events and a link to R.s.v.p., please visit the event website.

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Apply for 2015-16 Fenwick Fellowship

George Mason University - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 16:07
The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. Tenured, tenure-track, and term (multi-year appointment) faculty at George Mason University are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. It is requested that previous Fenwick Fellow awardees do not submit proposals. The Fellowship provides
  • one award of $5,000 to be used for the acquisition of library research materials that may be needed for the Fellow’s research project, as well as associated research costs (e.g., research assistant support, survey costs, defrayal of conference costs when specifically required for the Fellow’s research project, and other related incidental costs).
  • use of an office in Fenwick Library for the term of the Fellowship (August 31, 2015 – August 12, 2016).
The Fenwick Fellowship application deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The 2015-2016 Fenwick Fellow will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

For additional information, please contact Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, 703-993-2491, dhogan1 at

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Newest in Popular Reading: Boston Girl, Strange Library, Gateway to Freedom, American Dreams, Robert E. Lee, Comfortable Wife

Catholic University - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:46

We hope the first half of your semester at The Catholic University of America has been as fruitful as ours. As Spring Break approaches, we wanted to let you know of some of the great books that we have here in Mullen Libraries’ Popular Reading Program located on the first floor of Mullen Library near the Reference Reading Room.
The popular reading collection is located on the 1st floor of Mullen Library.

Some of our newest titles are listed below. Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status The Boston Girl: a novel Diamant, Anita Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii Haley, James L Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age Doctorow, Cory When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II Manning, Molly Guptill Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician’s Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More Parker, Matt Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva Voigt, Deborah The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History Horn, Jonathan Tales From Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience Gazzaniga, Michael S. Holy Cow Duchovny, David A Comfortable Wife Laurens, Stephanie Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains Greenfield, Susan American Dreams: Restarting the Economy and Restoring the Land of Opportunity Rubio, Marco The Skeleton Road McDermid, Val Moriarty Horowitz, Anthony Perfect Sins Bannister, Jo The Strange Library Murakami, Haruki 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success Morin, Amy Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad Crummey, Michael It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War Addario, Lynsey Funny Girl Hornby, Nick

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.” Happy reading!

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University Libraries Closing at 1 PM on Saturday, February 21

Catholic University - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:32

Due to adverse weather and road conditions in the Washington, D.C., area,  the University Libraries will close today, Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m.



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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 is Job ID #814940 


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
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.

Mason Libraries CLOSING at 7pm 2/18

George Mason University - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:31

Due to an impending weather event, all Mason Libraries are closing at 7 pm tonight, Wednesday, February 18. IM reference is online until 10 pm tonight. e-Resources are currently available. Be safe, Patriots!

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