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Library Services for GW Faculty: An Orientation

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:35
July 28, 2015

Learn about course reserves, Interlibrary Loan, remote access to journals and databases, and other library services at GW. Discover how librarians can help you by obtaining materials for our library collections, providing research instruction for your students, and consulting with you about your own research. Talk with librarians and library staff about the resources available for your research and teaching.

Three orientation sessions are available:
Monday, August 24 at 10am
Tuesday, August 25th at 9am
Wednesday, August 26th at 4pm 

Each session will last about an hour, with plenty of time for your questions. Please RSVP to reserve your space.

Can't make the orientation? Check out our online guide to faculty resources or contact librarian Zach Elder to set up a private consultation. 

Start Smart with a Graduate Student Library Orientation

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:25
July 28, 2015

Learn about GW Libraries and its collections, and discover resources in your discipline. Tours will be offered at the end of the session.

Eight orientation sessions are available:

Thursday, August 20 from 4-5pm
Friday, August 21 from 11am-Noon, 1-2pm 
Friday, August 28 from 1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm, 4-5pm, 5-6pm

Can't make it to an orientation? Check out the research guide "What Graduate Students Need to Know" 

These orientations fill up early so please RSVP to reserve your prefered session.

Be a Voice for Students in the Libraries!

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 16:19
July 16, 2015

Are you a current GW student (undergraduate or graduate) who can advocate for the needs of student patrons, respond to student issues, and educate students about library services and opportunities? If so, we're looking for you to be our next GW Libraries Student Liaison! This paid position works approximately 20-hours per week. Previous Student Liaison projects include creating and renovating the Graduate Student Reading Room, hosting Twitter Townhalls, and organizing the Gelman Relaxation Station. In addition, the Student Liaison manages the @StudentLiaison Twitter account, serves on library committees and actively gathers student feedback on various issues as well as writing for library publications

Get paid to make a difference! Apply today on GWORK (Position ID: 824365)

New Rosenberg Transcripts to be Released Thanks to Work by National Security Archive

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:45
July 15, 2015

Thanks to an open records lawsuit by the National Security Archive and historical associations, the actual transcripts of previously secret Rosenberg grand jury transcripts will be released on Wednesday, July 15. This key testimony by Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, in the espionage trial from the early 1950s that sent Ethel and Julius Rosenberg to the electric chair on charges of spying for the Soviet Union, may show perjury.

The National Security Archive, located on Gelman's 7th Floor, is an amazing organization that defends public access to government information, advocates for global open government, indexes and publishes former secrets.

Copies of the transcripts will be available on the Archive’s web site. The government has announced that the National Archives and Records Administration will also post the transcripts starting at noon on July 15.

You can find out more about the fascinating trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg through several resources at GW Libraries. Pictured here is flyer brought back from Paris by a Mount Vernon Seminary student in 1953 declaring the innocence of the Rosenbergs. You can view this unique, primary document as part of the Marian Herr Holbrook Scrapbook (MVC0006) in the Special Collections Research Center. 

Embracing the Artist's Book Collection

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 09:06
July 7, 2015

Some of the most unique and beautiful pieces in the Art + Design Collection from the Corcoran are the Artists' Books. These unconventional books are housed in Gelman's Special Collections Research Center and available for viewing by classes and individuals. Art and Design Librarian Shira Loev Eller has written a guest post on the Art Libraries of North America Book Arts blog about the transition of the collection to Gelman and how GW has embraced these wonderful works of art. You can read her full post here.

GW Libraries Closed July 3 and 4

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:57
June 29, 2015

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.

Lockers Moving to the Graduate Student Reading Room

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:53
June 24, 2015

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.
 

 

Eckles Library Operating with Partial Electricity

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:29
June 24, 2015

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.

 

Building Hours Change Coming Saturday!

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:18
June 24, 2015

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.

 

Thoughts From the Archives

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:37
June 12, 2015

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.

New Okinawa Collection in the GRC

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:30
June 10, 2015

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.” 

Welcoming the Class of 2019 to GW Libraries

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:47
June 5, 2015

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 

GW Writing Center Open for Summer Appointments

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:29
June 5, 2015

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 ​

Tuesday: 3-8pm
Wednesday: Noon-6pm
Thursday: Noon-6pm

Appointments are not required but recommended. You can schedule an appointment online.

 

Memorial Day Closures

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 10:20
May 18, 2015

Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science & Technology Campus Libraries will be closed Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Gelman will close at 11pm on Saturday, May 23 and reopen at 8am on Tuesday, May 26.

Eckles and the Virginia Science & Technology Campus Libraries will close at 5pm on Friday, May 22 and reopen at 9am on Tuesday, May 26.

Professor Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani Collection on Islamic Studies

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:39
May 14, 2015The George Washington University Libraries are pleased to introduce the Professor Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani Collection on Islamic Studies to the Global Resources Center as part of the Middle East and North Africa Research Center (MENA).
 
The Professor Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani Collection on Islamic Studies is one of the largest Arabic/Persian collections of Shi‘I and Sunni foundational sources on Islamic law, jurisprudence, theology and exegesis in the United States. This is the first step in collection building for the newly established Master’s degree program in Islamic Studies at the Religion department.
 
Faculty advocated strongly for the addition due to the University's growing focus on the Islamic world and the role religion and culture play in shaping long-term dynamics in the region. The collection will directly support the new MA program in Islamic Studies, as well as related interdisciplinary research rooted in the study of policy, culture, and society. All 4000 books are on our shelves, though they are not currently available to check out. 

Welcome GW School of Medicine Students

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:32
May 11, 2015

May 18 – June 26

We are happy to welcome students from the GW School of Medicine who will be studying for their US Medical Licensing Exam in Gelman while their usual study space is under renovation.  From May 18 to June 26, Gelman Library, room 401 is reserved for GW School of Medicine students. GW medical students should request the code for entrance to room 401 from their program.

GW Libraries' Summer Hours

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 13:04
May 5, 2015

On Monday, May 18, the GW Libraries will begin operating on a Summer schedule. 24-hour access to Gelman Library will not resume until the Fall 2015 semester, but all of our online resources are available 24 hours a day to our current students, faculty and staff.  Please note: The summer schedule for Gelman Library is split into two parts and hours will change on Saturday, June 27.

Gelman Library Summer I Hours
(May 18 – June 26)*

Monday- Friday          8am - 11pm
Saturday & Sunday    10am – 11pm
*Closed May 24 & 25 for Memorial Day.

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.

Eckles Library Summer Hours
(May 13 – August 28)*

Monday- Friday          8am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday    Noon – 6pm
*Closed May 25 and July 3 for Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Interesting Find in the Collection-Research Division Essays

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 21:38

The Research Division of the National Education Association was born in 1922.

Gelman Relaxation Station

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 13:14
April 28, 2015

Finals can be a stressful time, but taking a break to relax can help improve focus and productivity. Take a time-out for YOU at the Gelman Relaxation Station on Monday, May 4.

7-9pm
Grab a healthy snack and enjoy some stress-busting activities.
Gelman Room 219

8pm, 8:15pm, 8:30pm & 8:45pm
Free, 15–minute sessions of guided meditations to help you relax & give your brain a break.

End-of-Semester Hours

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 11:14
April 28, 2015

When final exams end the library takes a little break to prepare for the summer semester. If you'll be using the library during the interterm, please note that there is no 24-hour access. 24-hour access will resume with the Fall 2015 semester. 

Tuesday, May 13: Close at midnight

Wednesday, May 14 - Friday, May 16: 7:30am to 7pm*
*Service desks will close at 5:45 pm.

Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18: Noon - 6pm*
*Check Out desk open noon to 5:45 pm. All other service desks closed.

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