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Alternative Models for Funding Research

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:42
November 20, 2014

Need NIH funding but haven't won the Nobel Prize? 
Think NIH and NSF are passing on the most cutting edge research by early-career scientists?

Find out at this panel discussion what you can do to get your innovative and creative projects funded.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Gelman, Room 702

Noon– Dr. Benjamin McNeil
1pm – Panel Discussion

Join us as we explore alternative models for funding promising research. Oceanographer Ben McNeal will address:

his new platform, Thinkable.org;
the power of crowdfunding; and 
direct engagement with the public.  

Afterwards, he and a panel of fellow experts will discuss other funding models, including changes to peer-review systems and foundation funding. 

Panelists will include:
Benjamin McNeil, Professor of Oceanography, University of New South Wales and founder of Thinkable.org 
Jennifer Wisdom, GW Associate Vice President for Research
Johan Bollen, Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing
Tracy Sullivan, Senior Associate Director of Development, GW Libraries

Moderated by Ryan Watkins, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, GW GSEHD and founder of WeShareScience.org

This program is co-sponsored by GW Libraries and the Collaborative Science Network.  It is open and requires no registration. 

Thanksgiving Hours at Special Collections

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:01

Please note that the Special Collections Research Center will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will not reopen until Monday, Decembe

Writing & Publishing on HIV/AIDS Panel & Workshops

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:58
November 13, 2014

Writing & Publishing on HIV/AIDS Panel Discussion
Featuring Dr. Jose Merino, US Clinical Research Editor for the BMJ, as well as researchers from GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health and the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR)

Monday, December 8 from 10am-Noon
Gelman Library, Room 702
Registration requested, but not required.

Preparing for Publication on HIV/AIDS Workshops

Monday, December 8 from Noon-2pm
Gelman Library, Room 302
RSVP required by Sunday, November 30.

Tuesday, December 16 from 5:30-7:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 302
RSVP required by Sunday, November 30.

Do you wonder how you can publish papers as you juggle research implementation, teaching or clinical practice, proposal writing, administrative duties, and a personal life all at once?
Have you been awarded pilot funds but not yet begun planning for papers?
Do you have data that are analyzed but not yet in manuscript form?
Are you relatively unfamiliar with the publication process?

Publishing in the peer-reviewed literature is critical: not only to disseminate findings from your research but to facilitate successful grant reviews as well as academic advance in the future. Yet it is not always easy: navigating the publishing process can be challenging especially for those new to the process or those with multiple demands on their time. In this Writing and Publishing on HIV/AIDs panel you will hear from experts on publishing in HIV/AIDS related literature and learn publication strategies from the field for successful publication of your research findings. Graduate students, junior, and senior faculty from all area institutions are invited to attend.  This panel is open to all.  Registration requested, but not required.

For hands-on help with your specific paper questions you can attend one of the mentor-led, discipline-specific workshops.   Discuss your own challenges and roadblocks with specialized mentors in publishing in the HIV/AIDS field.  Two sessions are available and each session will address the unique needs to attendees.  RSVP required by Sunday, November 30.

This panel and workshops are brought to you by the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR), an NIH-funded program (P30AI087714), and the GW Libraries, as part of the ongoing series Strategies for Interdisciplinary Publishing Success (SIPS). SIPS brings together authors, editors, researchers, and students to share practical wisdom about the publishing process, with a focus on the challenges of publishing interdisciplinary work.

For more information, please contact:
DC D-CFAR
DC Developmental Center for AIDS Research
202-994-4730
dcdcfar@gmail.com

Thanksgiving Hours at the GW Libraries

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:30
November 10, 2014

Gelman Library will close for the holiday at 7pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will not reopen until noon on Saturday, November 29.  24-hour access is NOT available during this time.

Tuesday, November 25

Gelman Library open regular hours
Eckles Library closes at 11pm
VS&TCL open regular hours

Wednesday, November 26

Gelman Library and Check Out Desk closes at 7pm (other service desks close at 5pm)
Eckles Library closes at 5pm
VS&TCL closes at 5pm

Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28

Gelman, Eckles and VS&TCL CLOSED

Saturday, November 29

Gelman Library reopens at noon to resume 24-hour access
Eckles & VS&TCL - CLOSED

Sunday, November 30

Gelman Library open regular hours
Eckles Library reopens at 3pm.  Closes at 3am.
VS&TCL - CLOSED

Tracking Web Traffic Across GW Libraries

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:55
November 10, 2014Christian Aldridge, Web Developer for Libraries

GW Libraries has nearly 20 web properties, all of which need to be tracked. We're using Google Analytics, and we've configured it with an "aggregate" account to help us track user traffic across our sites as well as within them. We've recently moved to Google's new "Universal Analytics" (analytics.js), which required some changes to our setup (which I wrote about in a post last year).

Aggregate Tracking

In addition to switching out our javascript with the new analytics.js tracking code, we created a separate "aggregate" account to collect traffic from all of our accounts. We then modified our older custom javascript snippet, using the new options available in the analytics.js code (shown in purple):

ga('create', 'UA-12345678-1', 'auto');
ga('create', 'UA-01234567-1', 'auto', {'name': 'aggregate'});  // This sets the "aggregate" Analytics account.
ga('send', 'pageview');
ga('aggregate.send', 'pageview'); // This sends the pageview to the "aggregate" Analytics account.

The second line sets a second account (which we named "aggregate"), and the fourth line sends a set of the site's tracking data to the second account.

Cross-Domain Tracking

One of the goals is to see how our visitors move between our web properties. Since all of our sites are subdomains of the same second level domain gwu.edu, Analytics doesn't require anything more than setting the second account in order to track traffic between properties:

If your sites have different domains, Google has excellent documentation to implement cross-domain tracking manually: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cross-domain.

Event Tracking and "Non-Interaction" Events

In addition to tracking page traffic we inserted "event tracking" code to tell us when visitors used certain tools or links. 

One of the behaviors we're tracking is our primary navigation menu: we set events to fire when someone hovers over the category menu items (which expand when hovering). To prevent this from being treated as a page interaction, we set these as non-events: {'nonInteraction': 1}. Otherwise Analytics would confuse the mouse hover as an event in which the user interacted by clicking or following a link to another page or resource, and our Bounce Rate (as well as a few other metrics) for the page would be incorrectly impacted.

The "event tracking" code is a short piece of javascript:

ga(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘primary-navigation’, ‘/primary-nav/gelman-library/news-events-hover’, {'nonInteraction': 1});

Which added to the anchor tag looks like this:

<a onMouseOver="ga(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘primary-navigation’, ‘/primary-nav/gelman-library/news-events-hover’, {'nonInteraction': 1});">Research</a>

The 'hover' behavior is triggered by the onMouseOver event (vs. onClick). The last parameter {'nonInteraction': 1} sets it as a 'non-interaction' event.

Using the Drupal Analytics Module

Our Drupal sites use the analytics module (https://www.drupal.org/project/google_analytics), which has fields for custom javascript as well as a lot of helpful features. To set up aggregate tracking we dropped our two javascript lines into two of the fields in the Custom section:

The Drupal module also makes it easy to honor "do not track" thanks to a simple checkbox in the Privacy section, as well as an option for anonymization of visitor IP addresses. For our non-Drupal sites we wrap the Analytics code in a conditional statement that checks the value of navigator.doNotTrack (for more on coding for Do Not Track: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/navigator.doNotTrack ).

A Better Understanding of Our Visitors

With this in place we can look in one location for our combined traffic data and see how visitors move between our sites. This has been especially useful in understanding usage of our main GW Libraries website, which is a launchpoint for many of our other tools: we can now watch as visitors move within and across our web properties.

All of this helps us build better tools for our community and implement user centered designs that provide a better and more consistent user experience.

New Art Databases: AP Images and Material ConneXion

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:55

We have recently added two new art databases, AP Images and Material ConneXion:

AP Images: A photographic archive of high quality images from the Associated Press news wire covering 1820s to the present. Includes news, entertainment, and fashion photography; maps; timelines; graphics and logos; graphs; AP news stories; and audio clips.

Special Collections on "Metro Connection" from WAMU

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:52

The old Allen Lee Ho

Mapping Homelessness in DC

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:09
November 7, 2014

Tuesday, November 18
5-8pm
Gelman Library, Room 300

Help GW Libraries celebrate Geography Awareness Week by making a difference in the DC community!

In this hands-on event, you’ll learn about Gelman's new ArcGIS capabilities while improving the maps for a point-in-time count of the capital area’s homeless population to benefit local homelessness advocacy organizations.  

To learn more about this event or about ArcGIS at Gelman, please contact Kean McDermott.

GW Libraries: VISION magazine

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:09
November 6, 2014

We are proud to announce our annual magazine, GW Libraries: VISION, is now available in print and online.  

This year's cover story focuses on how the libraries shape the academic experience of GW undergraduates by chronicling the journey of senior Liz Settoducato from novice researcher to presenting her research at a professional conference.  You can also find stories about the newly named George W.G. Stoner Learning Commons, the libraries' support for LGBT studies at GW, an update on the National Churchill Library & Center, and much more. 

Interesting Find in the Collection: AIDS Quilt Tribute Video

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:23

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was designed to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the age of AIDS. The mission began in San Francisco in 1987 with the creation of the NAMES Project Foundation.

A Reading by Poet Jericho Brown

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 18:14
November 1, 2014

A Reading by Jericho Brown
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
7:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Please join the English Department and the GWU community in welcoming Jericho Brown to campus as part of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series.

A cursory look through some of Jericho Brown’s poetry such as “Heart Condition” or “Langston Blue” reveals a straightforward poetic style that conveys not-so-straightforward themes and emotions. There is an undeniable force behind the words of Brown’s poetry.

In a recent interview with the Poetry Society of America, Jericho Brown outlined some of the guiding principles he keeps in mind while writing a poem, stating: “I strive to be clear – not obvious. I am neither afraid of nor married to difficult or accessibility. I mean to write poems that are felt before they are understood.” And that is exactly what he does in his most recent book of poetry, The New Testament.

Brown’s second book of poetry, The New Testament, infuses myth, fable, elegy and fairy tale to explore themes of race, masculinity and sexuality. Brown’s reconceptualization of the New Testament has received an array of advance praise from authors and publishers alike. A review published by NPR aptly identifies the muted power present in Brown’s new book: “What’s most remarkable in these poems is that, while they never stop speaking through gritted teeth, never quite make the choice between hope and fear, they are always beautiful, full of a music.”

Prior to The New Testament, Brown published another well-received book of poetry entitled Please, which examines the intersection of love and violence. In addition, his work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Oxford American, The Nation, and Nikki Giovanni’s 100 Best African American Poets.  

Brown was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from Dillard University, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and his Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He has previously taught at the University of San Diego. He is now an assistant professor in Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

For his first work of poetry, Please, Brown was awarded the American Book Award. Additionally, for his work in creative writing, Brown has been honored with the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and a Whiting Writer’s Award.

Technology Policy Talks with Michael Nelson and Thomas Kalil

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 10:56
October 31, 2014

Technology Policy with Michael Nelson
Tuesday, November 4
6-7:30pm
RSVP: go.gwu.edu/TechPolicy1

Technology Policy with Michael Nelson
Tuesday, November 11
6-7:30pm
RSVP: go.gwu.edu/TechPolicy1

Professor Brett Berlin will host this two part series on technology policy and the future.  His first guest speaker, Professor Michael Nelson, will discuss the evolution of the Internet from its early days to policy implications today.  The following week Professor Berlin will be joined by Thomas Kalil for a discussion on the future of internet and technology policy.

Michael Nelson is an adjunct professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology Program where he engages in research and teaching on the “The Future of the Internet” and related technology trends.

Thomas Kalil is the Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Tehcnology Policy, and the Senior Advisor for Science, Technology, and Innovation for the National Economic Council.

Lit Review How To: Boot Camp for Grad Students

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:38
October 30, 2014

Tuesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day)

Are you a graduate student working on a literature review for a thesis or dissertation?  Get serious about your scholarship by attending these 30-minute workshops to learn tips that will save you time and sanity.  Our Veteran's Day "Boot Camp" offers several popular workshops together - attend one or all.

All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219.  Please bring your own computer.  Kids off school? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome.

10am - Citation Management
10:30am - Citation Chasing
11am - How to Stay Current in Your Field
11:30am - Dissertations and Theses Online

2pm - Citation Chasing
2:30pm - Citation Management
3pm - Dissertations and Theses Online
3:30pm - Searching WorldCat
4pm - How to Stay Current in Your Field

Citation Chasing
How do you build on someone else's research?  How do you find the research they used?  Chase down those citations like a pro with tips from librarian Tolonda Henderson.

Dissertations and Theses Online
Do you know what other people in your own department or under your own advisor have done? Do you want to see some of the most current research in your field?  Librarian David Ettinger will show you how to find dissertations and theses from GW and around the world.

Searching Worldcat
How do you know what research is out there?  How can you know what you don't know?  Librarian David Killian will help you be sure with a comprehensive search of all published book literature using Worldcat.  This workshop is best for disciplines that write books, especially the humanities and social sciences.

Citation Management
Once you've done all that research how do you keep track of it?  Step away from the notecards and learn about online citation tools like Refworks, Zotero and Mendeley. Librarian David Hills will help you find the tool that is right for you and get you started using it.

How To Stay Current in Your Field
Librarian Ann Brown will help you find out how to stay current in your field. You'll learn how to set up journal table of contents alerts, search alerts, and identify key journals in your field.

Scholarly Research, Writing, and Publishing 25 Years After the Collapse of Communism

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:53
October 27, 2014

Thursday, November 6
Noon-1:30pm
Gelman Room 702

Moderated by the Executive Director of the National Security Archive, this panel will explore how scholarly research on Russia/the former Soviet Union & Central/Eastern Europe has changed over the last 25 years.   What are the what are current challenges, successes, and failures in this rich area of interdisciplinary study?  

Panelists will explore how changes in access to documents, archives, historical figures and other scholars have affected study of this region.  They will also discuss how the views and perspective of researchers and scholars have changed due to changing circumstances and the passage of time.  

Moderator:
Tom Blanton, Executive Director, National Security Archive
                       
Panelists:
Robert W. Orttung, Associate Research Professor of International Affairs; Assistant Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Sharon Wolchik, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Jim Hershberg, Professor of International Affairs
Svetlana Savranskaya, National Security Archives Director for Cooperative Projects with Russian Archives and Institutes, Editor of the Russian and East Bloc Archival Documents Database

Writing & Publishing in LGBT Studies

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:52
October 24, 2014

Friday, October 31
Noon-1:30pm
Gelman Library Room 702

Join us for a panel discussion of the important and emerging interdisciplinary field of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay.and Transgender (LGBT) Studies.  Scholars from multiple disciplines, including Nursing, English, Psychology, and Womens' Studies, will address topics related to research, authorship, and publishing.  Panelists will share their experiences on the editorial boards of journals as well as in their own prolific publishing and research.  This panel is part of the continuing Strategies in Interdisciplinary Publishing Series sponsored by GW Libraries. 

Panelists:
Kimberly Acquaviva, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Nursing
Lisa Bowleg, Professor of Applied Social Psychology
Robert McRuer, Professor of English and Chair of English Department
Bonnie Morris, Women's Studies professor

Kimberly Acquaviva is an authority on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) aging and serves on the editorial boards of several refereed journals including Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, and Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research. Dr. Acquaviva is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Society on Aging, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for Medical Anthropology. She is the former Co-Chair of the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN). 
In her capacity as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Acquaviva works in consultation with the University’s Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs to oversee all matters related to the life cycle of a GW SoN faculty member. Dr. Acquaviva works intensively with junior and mid-level faculty in both tenure-track and non-tenure-track positions to maximize their chances for success in achieving their goals for promotion and/or tenure.
 
Lisa Bowleg is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology at George Washington University. She holds a M.A. in Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies and a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from GW.  She is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher whose work focuses on: (1) the social-structural context of Black men’s HIV risk and protective behaviors; (2) intersectionality; and (3) resilience and health among Black LGBs. She is a member of the editorial board of the journals LGBT Health and Sexuality Research and Social Policy and has published her LGB-related research in social science journals such as Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Sex Roles and the Journal of Lesbian Studies. She is a member of the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Her most recent award includes the 2014 Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association.

Robert McRuer is Professor of English at George Washington University. He is the author of Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities (1997), Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (2006) , and countless articles. He is now completing a book that considers locations of disability within contemporary political economies and globalization.

Bonnie Morris is the author of twelve books, three of which were Lambda Literary Award finalists. She is now in her 20th year as women's studies faculty at GWU.  Her work address lesbian history and culture, the women's music movement, and the way women's history is understood in the classroom; Women's History for Beginners was featured on C-Span Book TV last winter. She recently won a Barbara Deming grant and a writing residency at the Hedgebrook retreat to complete her current project on the closing of women's bookstores and other radical spaces. Her essays, poems and stories have appeared in over 70 anthologies of women's writing, and last year she won the Finishing Line Press competition for a first volume of poems by a woman writer.

 

Welcome to the New E-Resources Blog

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:38

We will post about new and noteworthy e-resources available at GW Libraries on this blog starting in late October 2014. Check back soon for new entries!

Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:15
Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy

"Hear in D.C." Exhibit on Washington Music History

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:02

Are you a fan of D.C.'s homegrown hardcore punk scene, or

International Student Coffee Hour in the Global Resources Center

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:59
October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 30
9:30-11:30am
Gelman Library Room 708 (Global Resources Center)

Please join us at Gelman library for International Student Coffee Hour co-hosted by the Global Resources Center and the International Services Office.
 
Take a tour of the Global Resources center, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends!

RSVP: tinyurl.com/IntrnlCoffee

GW Internet & Computer Outages TONIGHT

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:20
October 21, 2014

Wednesday, October 22 (tonight)
2:00 - 5:00 a.m.

The GW Division of Information Technology (IT) will be conducting emergency maintenance on the university data centers tonight.  There will be intermittent technology service outages between 2-5am.  The following library services will be affected:

Campus WIFI & wired internet will be unavailable
No ability to log into library computers (mac & pc)
Colonial Printing will be unavailable
No ability to log into GW email

Other affected services are: GW webpages, Enterprise Accounting System (EAS), myGW portal, GWorld, 4-Ride, iBuy and other dependent services.

For questions or to report any problems, please contact the Division of IT at 202-994-GWIT (4948), ithelp@gwu.edu or IT.GWU.EDU. Technology assistance is available through the IT Support Center 24 hours a day.

 

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