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University Libraries Receives Set of Historic Books

George Mason University - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:56

George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives is now home to a three-volume set of the “Complete Works of John Locke,” published in 1714. Read more

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Inaugural PMBA Cohort Studies Business in Argentina, Uruguay

American University News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:22
A combination of practitioner visits and cultural explorations in South America gave PMBA students a first-hand look at conducting business across national frontiers.
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Student Spotlight: Sharing Research Through Wikipedia

The George Washington University - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:57
June 26, 2014

by Elizabeth Settoducato
Gelman Communications Assistant
GW Class of 2015 (Women's Studies & Classical Studies)

“Don’t use Wikipedia.” “You can’t trust what you read on Wikipedia; anyone can edit it!” “Wikipedia isn’t real research.” I’ve heard similar caveats from elementary school through college. But attending Wikimedia DC’s Wikipedia editathon in Gelman Library complicated those one-sided warnings, and taught me a great deal about Wikipedia’s potential for collaborative research and community outreach.  

Organized by GW librarian Jenny Kinniff and Catholic University library science graduate student Chloe Raub, the editathon was an educational experience in many regards: participants learned the basics of becoming a Wikipedia editor and community member, and became acquainted with some of GW’s own archival and Special Collections materials along the way. Plus, there were snacks and drinks. What could be better?

After a helpful introduction to Wikipedia editing, citing sources, and creating encyclopedic content from Dominic McDevitt-Parks (Digital Content Specialist and Wikipedian-in-Residence at the National Archives), we were ready to get to work. Our mission was to improve and/or write articles pertaining to Washington, DC history, with a special focus on LGBT groups and movements in honor of Pride month.

Since this was my first time editing Wikipedia content, I figured I’d look through existing articles for grammar and accuracy. It took about one minute before I became distracted by the Special Collections materials that Jenny had provided for us: “Betty and Pansy’s Severe Queer Review of Washington, DC” was a colloquially written, semi-scandalous review of DC’s queer scene in 1993. GW’s Marvin Center even got a mention! I also spent quite a bit of time looking through the National Organization for Women (NOW) Washington, DC Chapter’s records, which included newsletters, memos, position papers, and more dating from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

Realizing that I had yet to actually edit anything, I clicked over to an incomplete article (or a “stub” as Wikipedia would call it) on the Rainbow Pool, the reflecting pool that now sits at the center of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. After leafing through some Special Collections books and browsing our online catalog for articles, I was able to learn more about the controversy over creating the WWII Memorial and the original design of the Rainbow Pool by architect Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr.

Sitting in that room full of editors, I saw very experienced folks working alongside people who’d never done this before. There was conversation, question-asking, and support. Surrounded by fascinating resources and a task that offered something for everyone, I felt like the editathon fostered a really wonderful sense of community and a connection to research. Wikipedia isn’t the forbidden, inaccurate source some fear it is; rather it can be dynamic site of learning where people and information come together for the sake of sharing and obtaining knowledge.

Welcome Corcoran College Students, Faculty and Staff!

The George Washington University - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:24
June 26, 2014

As the two institutions work out the final details, GW Libraries is delighted to extend access privileges to our future students and faculty from the Corcoran School of Art + Design.  Corcoran affiliates can present a valid Corcoran ID at the Entrance Desk for admission.  Guest computer and wireless access is available at the Ask Us desk located on the entrance floor. 

Studying the American Experience

American University News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 17:31
University Professor Alan Kraut looks back at his presidency of the Organization of American Historians.
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Archivist Robert Vay Receives University Libraries’ First Distinguished Library Faculty Award

George Mason University - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:09

It seems appropriate that the library faculty member who has been referred to by his nominators as “the defacto university historian” and as “the archivist of the university” has been selected to make history as the first ever recipient of Mason’s Distinguished Library Faculty Award. Robert (Bob) Vay, digital collections and exhibitions archivist, Special Collections & Archives, received the inaugural award. Read more

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Professor Focuses on Urbanization

American University News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:24
Malini Ranganathan, an associate professor at American University’s School of International Service and an expert on urban geography, says this new growth brings questions of equality to the forefront of discussions about city planning and development.
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American University To Source 50% Power From Solar

American University News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:17
In a major milestone in its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality, AU has entered into an agreement to source half its electricity from renewable power.
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Spotlight on the MIS Program

American University News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:35
The Master in International Service  (MIS) at American University’s School of International Service (SIS) offers opportunities to advanced graduate students and professionals in the fields of international affairs and international service.
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Revisiting the Great War

American University News - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:48
AU history professor Eric Lohr discusses Russia’s involvement in World War I.
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Making History: The Campaign for GW

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 09:49
June 23, 2014

The intellectual powerhouse of a great university is its libraries, and the quality and capacity of GW's libraries are key to fulfilling the ambitions of the university, its students, and its faculty.

We aim to become an unparalleled hub of knowledge and research for the GW community. Join us in our journey! To learn more about supporting the GW Libraries and participating in Making History: The Campaign for GW, please visit http://campaign.gwu.edu/priorities/libraries.

Work Hard, Play Hard: Conor Osborne Named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll Twice

American University News - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 09:47
In addition to being a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field, Conor Osborne, BSBA ‘15, excels in the classroom as well.
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Kindle Fire + ebrary + Ebscohost books = Improved!

George Mason University - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 17:47

Mason students, faculty and staff – it’s now easier to download ebrary and Ebscohost books to your Kindle Fire! No cords! No transferring from your computer to the Kindle! Check the Kindle section on the Tech Tips: eReaders InfoGuide for more information and step-by-step directions.

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PPL Scholars Attend CNN Live Town Hall

American University News - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:34
Two students and Prof. Chris Edelson attended CNN's live town hall interview with Hillary Clinton.
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Help Honor the Memory of Rhett Leverett, a Beloved Marymount Professor

Marymount University - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:59
Help Honor the Memory of Rhett Leverett, a Beloved Marymount Professor
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Alumna Awarded Bosch Fellowship

American University News - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:40
Arts management and art history alumna won a prestigious Bosch Fellowship.
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College Alumna Appointed NEA Director of Literature

American University News - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:17
Amy Stolls selected for new leadership role at the National Endowment of the Arts.
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Help Honor the Memory of Rhett Leverett, a Beloved Marymount Professor

Marymount University - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:50
Help Honor the Memory of Rhett Leverett, a Beloved Marymount Professor
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Help Honor the Memory of Rhett Leverett, a Beloved Marymount Professor

Marymount University - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:50
Help Honor the Memory of Rhett Leverett, a Beloved Marymount Professor
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Help Honor the Memory of Rhett Leverett, a Beloved Marymount Professor

Marymount University - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:50
Help Honor the Memory of Rhett Leverett, a Beloved Marymount Professor
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