The George Washington University
Thursday, October 6
Noon to 1:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
Light refreshments will be served
Join GW faculty members and keynote speaker Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement for SPARC, for a discussion on the state of Open Access publishing in the disciplines. Learn how faculty from the sciences and humanities have opened their scholarship to the public, and the challenges and benefits they have encountered in the process. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and come away with ideas for making their own work more widely available to readers.
- Keynote Speaker - Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
- Paul Brindley, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine, Scientific Director, Research Center for Neglected Diseases of Poverty
- Lorena Barba, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Ami Zota, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
- Alexa Huang, Professor of English, Co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute, Director of the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare
Thursday, September 29
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Gelman Library, Room 702
Writer and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller will read from his book The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller in this installation of the Jenny McKeen Moore Reading Series. Editor Kirsten Porter writes in the introduction to The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, "A poet is given the unique responsibility of composing the poems that become the songs of a nation...Miller's poetry sings of the sadness, loneliness, and longing for spiritual and human connection found in an imperfect world. His words are a call for love and equality, a protest against oppression, a prayer for change. His language promotes compassion, healing, and amazing grace."
E. Ethelbert Miller is an important, long-time member of the DC poetry community. A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students at that institution to major in African American Studies. Today, he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Miller served as Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University and is the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College. A Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow in 2004 and 2012, Miller is the founder and former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. The author of several collections of poetry, he has also written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000) and The 5th Inning (2009). Miller is the host and producer of The Scholars, which airs on UDC-TV. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Chinese, Farsi, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic. A recent core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars, Miller has taught at UNLV, American University, George Mason University, and Emory and Henry College. A 2015 Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame Inductee, Miller is also a regular on National Public Radio.
Presented by the GW Department of English Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series. The Jenny McKean Moore Fund was established in honor of the late Jenny Moore, who was a playwrighting student at GW and who left in trust a fund that has, for almost forty years, encouraged the teaching and study of Creative Writing in the English Department, allowing us to bring a poet, novelist, playwright, or creative non-fiction writer to campus each year. While in residence, the writer brings a unique experience to the GW community, teaching a free community workshop for adults along with Creative Writing classes for GW students.
Friday, September 30
Noon - 4:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 710 (Kiev Room)
September Focus - Translations, Traditions, and Sacred Texts: Four Centuries of Engagement with the Middle East
September's Rare Book Friday features the treasures of our holdings on the Middle East. From the second Arabic book ever printed, to a Qur'anic manuscript gifted by a Moroccan King, to a ballot used in the 2005 Iraqi elections, our holdings span many languages, geographical origins, and periods of European and American engagement with the region.
Join us for an up-close look at the jewels of GW's special collections at this monthly open house. Librarians and archivists will be on hand to a discuss the books and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to interact with rare and historic items that are usually kept in secure storage areas. Learn how to enhance your research using the rich trove of primary sources available in GW's Special Collections Research Center.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
2:30 — 6:30 a.m.
Due to a water leak, GW Facilities will perform emergency maintenance on the 2nd (entrance) floor on Wednesday morning beginning at 2:30 a.m. and ending no later than 6:30 a.m. This work will involve a sustained period of drilling, which may be heard throughout much of the building. The south side of the building (facing Baussell Walk) and higher floors should be the least affected.
We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to protect the Gelman building & safety of patrons.
Tuesday, September 27
9:30am to 11:30am
Gelman Library, Room 708 (GRC)
Please join us in the Global Resources Center (GRC) for an international student coffee hour co-hosted with the International Services Office (ISO). Take a tour of the GRC, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests, and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends!
Please RSVP: go.gwu.edu/GRCCoffee
The GRC focuses upon the political, socio-economic, historical, and cultural aspects of countries and regions around the globe from the 20th century onward with the following specialized resource centers: Russia, Eurasia, Central & Eastern Europe,China Documentation Center, Taiwan Resource Center, Japan Resource Center, Korea Resources, Middle East & North Africa.
Wednesday, September 21
Gelman Library, Room 702
For decades, afternoon tea with colleagues has been a tradition at research institutes throughout the world. Many of us may know it as a “salon”.
We invite you to join the conversation at this year’s first XDTea @ 3:00 on the general topic “collaboration in the digital age”. Tea and cookies will be served. This is the first XD@GW event of the year, so don’t miss it! No RSVP required.
XD @ GW Faculty Cooperative provides opportunities for faculty to exchange ideas and methods across fields and forge creative, innovative teams to work together on complex challenges. Fellows are also working to shift the culture at GW to improve conditions and solve institutional barriers that hold us back. If your work or teaching is interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary, then you are already part of the GW Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Initiative. Join your peers at these monthly teas and email XDinitiative@gwu.edu to become a Fellow.
Wondering where you can go for quiet study? Or where you can meet with a study group? Spaces throughout Gelman Library are designated for either quiet, individual study or collaborative, group study. Quiet spaces are designated with the "Quiet Study Space" posters so you'll know the guidelines for that space. Respecting the posted guidelines makes Gelman a better place for everyone!
Quiet Study Spaces in Gelman
No group conversation allowed • Use headphones at a low volume • Silence phones & electronic devices
3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th floor stacks
4th floor large study room (401)
5th floor large study room (501)
Graduate Student Reading Room (503)
Andrew Oliver Reading Room (609)
Group Study Spaces in Gelman
Group conversation allowed • Use headphones at a low volume • Silence phones & electronic devices
1st floor (all areas except National Churchill Library & Center 101)
Entrance floor (all areas)
4th floor large study room (403)
Reservable, small group, study rooms on floors 2,3,4,5 & 6
Discover the amazing possibilities of 3-D modeling with a free Introduction to 3-D Modeling with Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a free, browser-based CAD software. You will learn how to create 3-D models from scratch and import existing models to modify. Feel free to bring your own laptop or you can borrow a chromebook at the workshop.This concise and hands-on introduction will last about 45 minutes. No RSVP is required. Please contact Dominique Pierce with questions.
Join us for any of the 4 sessions this semester:
Wednesday, September 14, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16, 12:30 p.m.
This workshop is part of the Build Your Skills Workshop Series which features practical, hands-on instruction in useful skills you may not learn in class. Other workshops in this Fall 2016 series are Zotero In-Depth, Programming with Python, Using the Linux Shell, How Do I Cite This?: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles, and Take Charge of Your Stuff: Citation Management with RefWorks, Zotero & Mendeley. All sessions will be first-come, first served.
All sessions take place in Gelman Library, Room 214
Friday, September 16, 2016
Noon to 1:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 219
Over the course of the past 25 years, numerous technologies has been associated with major disruption in the US news industry. The advent of the World Wide Web was one of the first major technologies to impact the news industry, followed by Web 2.0 technologies, social media and mobile platforms. Using extensive collections of archived Web data, this talk presents research on the evolution of the traditional print newspaper industry into an online news ecosystem by examining change across the news media system. A series of snapshots are examined, including the emergence of online news on the early Web, and the more recent efforts of the online news industry to adapt to mobile and social platforms.
Findings from this research underscore the stark differences in the structure of early online news media as compared to the industry as it stands today, but also point to the impact of critical resources (employees, access to knowledge, capital) on the growth of online news media and the capacity to adapt. This research is one of the first studies to leverage a large dataset of archived Web pages in order to analyze the adaptation process. More than 5 million webpages, covering more than 25,000 unique websites, were analyzed as part of this research.
Thus, in addition to discussing changes in the news industry, this lecture further outlines the challenges and opportunities for using archival Internet data in research. The study of news media provides a strong case study for the importance of Web archiving, and the research presented demonstrates the validity of social science research that incorporates archival Web analysis as a core tool for digital scholarship.
Matthew S. Weber Biography:
Matthew Weber is an Assistant Professor in the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, and Co-Director of Rutgers’ NetSCI Network Science research lab. Matthew’s research examines organizational change and adaptation in response to new information communication technology. His recent work focuses on the transformation of the news media industry in the United States in reaction to new forms of media production. This includes a large-scale longitudinal study examining strategies employed by media organizations for disseminating news and information in online networks. He is also leading an initiative to provide researchers with access to the Internet Archives (archive.org) in order to study digital traces of organizational networks. Matthew utilizes mixed methods in his work, including social network analysis, archival research and interviews. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including Journal of Communication and American Behavioral Scientist, and his work is supported by a number of organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation. Matthew received his PhD in 2010 from the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California.
This event is open to the public. Attendees without a valid GWorld card will need to show a government-issued ID at the front desk to sign into the Gelman building.
Sponsored by the GW Libraries and XD @ GW Faculty Cooperative
Gelman, Eckles and VS&TC Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday.
Gelman will close at 10pm on Sunday, September 4 and reopen at 7am on Tuesday, September 6. No 24-hour access is available during this time. Eckles & VS&TCL will maintain regular hours on Sunday, September 4 and Tuesday, September 6.
Looking for a secure spot to store small items while you are on campus? Gelman Library offers lockers on the 4th & 5th floors for reservation by any GW student.
The lockers on the 4th and 5th floors are located in the hallway past the bathrooms and available to any GW student. Lockers located within the Graduate Student Reading Room (Gelman 503) are available only to GW graduate students. All lockers are reserved on a “first-come / first-served” basis and rent for $35 per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Locker rentals begin on the first day of classes for the semester and end on the last day of scheduled finals of the same semester. Students may rent lockers per semester or for the academic year (a total of 3 semesters, Fall, Spring and Summer).
To apply for a locker, please select a locker by taking the slip posted on the desired locker and complete the online request form (you must have the locker number to complete the form). A library staff member will contact you for an appointment to make the applicable payment and issue you a combination lock for the requested locker.
Please direct questions to Jennifer Wesson at (202) 994-2937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Noon to 4:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 710 (Kiev Room)
August Featured Collection: Kiev Judaica Collection
Join us for an up-close look at the jewels of GW's special collections at this monthly open house. Archivists will choose a different collection for display each month and be on hand to a discuss the books and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to interact with rare and historic items that are usually kept in secure storage areas. Learn how to enhance your research using the rich trove of primary sources available in GW's Special Collections Research Center.
The GW Libraries have diverse and wide-ranging holdings in the field of Hebrew and Judaic studies, including modern Judaica, rare books, and archival materials. Foremost among these is the I. Edward Kiev Collection, the leading university collection of pre-modern Hebraica and Judaica, and of Hebrew and Jewish bibliographic literature, in the Washington Research Library Consortium.
Learn how to manage your courses in Blackboard, how to use digital technology in your classroom, and how the libraries can support your and your students' research. Meet research & instruction librarians, as well as experts from GW's Instructional Technology Lab and Academic Technologies. This orientation is appropriate for all faculty, adjunct faculty, and teaching assistants.
There are two sessions to choose from:
Thursday, September 1, 6-7pm
Friday, September 7, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Be sure to check out our research guide, "Library Resources for Teaching and Research Support" for more information, and feel free to contact a librarian to schedule a one-on-one research consultation at any point during the semester.
The fellowship program supports short-term research and writing at the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, housed in the Kiev Room of the Gelman Library. Applicants for the fellowship program must be conducting research in the field of 18th-20th century Jewish history, Hebrew literature, Jewish art or Hebrew booklore. Candidates may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, Graphic Arts, History, Religion, Comparative Literature, Bibliography or any relevant area of Judaic Studies.
The Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellowship will award
- $1,500 to one graduate or post-graduate researcher, academic or independent scholar.
- $750 to one undergraduate student at GWU in the final years of matriculation (Junior or Senior year status).
For more information or to apply, please download a fellowship application. Please contact Shelly Buring, curatorial assistant, with questions. The deadline for submission of applications is July 31, 2016.
The I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection was established in 1996 by Dr. Ari and Phyllis Kiev with the donation of the private library of Dr. Kiev’s father, Rabbi I. Edward Kiev (1905-1975), one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century. In 1998, the Kiev Room was dedicated to house the collection – along with supplementary collections of Jewish graphic art, archives, printed and recorded music, ephemera, artifacts and ritual objects - and to provide a reading room for researchers.
Get to know the powerful tools and unique resources your Libraries have for graduate students. Learn about library spaces and services, and discover resources specific to your discipline. This orientation will provide a great overview of how to use the library and make sure you are ready for that first research project.
There are six sessions to choose from:
Thursday, August 18, 5-6pm
Friday, August 19, 11:30am-12:30pm
Thursday, August 25, 4-5pm
Friday, August 26, 11:30am-12:30pm, 2-3pm, and 3-4pm
These orientations fill up early so please RSVP to reserve your preferred session.
Be sure to check out our research guide, "What Graduate Students Need to Know " for more information, and feel free to contact a librarian to schedule a one-on-one research consultation at any point during the semester.
This past spring, four of us here at GW Libraries had the privilege of attending the 2016 Code4Lib conference, featuring a wide variety of talks and discussions relevant to anyone interested in technology in libraries, archives, and museums.
The closing keynote was given by Gabriel Weinberg, the CEO and Founder of DuckDuckGo. If you're not familiar with DuckDuckGo, it's a search engine committed to not tracking you.
Tracking Your searches: Good and Bad
When you search using Google or other engines that track you, there's the obvious privacy issue around the company recording of all of your searches, but there's another aspect (let's refrain from judging it for the moment) which is that it affects the results of your search. Sometimes you may actually want that, but sometimes you don't. But let's first see when and why this happens.
You and I May Get Different Search Results
I'm going to use Google as an example, but this could apply to Bing, Yahoo, and other popular search engines as well.
Search engines that track you incorporate several factors into determining which results you see. If you're logged in to Google and haven't turned off the personalization settings, to the extent they can be turned off, then Google bases your results, and their rankings, on your previous searches (and possibly other information it knows about you from terms in your email, etc.) to try to present you with results it thinks you're likely to want and to click on. Other factors it takes into account include your location based on your IP address.
When you're hungry and want to quickly find something to eat nearby that you might like, you might want results that are localized and perhaps even take into account what it knows about your preferences. But when you're doing research for a paper, you may simply want the most objetive, consistent search results possible.
Here's an example: A Google search on "Obama" yielded slightly different results when I was not logged in to a Google account, versus when I was logged in to my (personal) Google account. The top news links were different: NBC, BBC, ABC, versus NBC, CBS, BBC; and a New York Times link was ranked considerably higher when not logged in, versus logged in:
One result of personalized results is the phenomenon referred to as the "filter bubble," a concept coined by Eli Pariser in his 2011 book. A filter bubble means that you're presented with results that tend to further reinforce your existing preferences, beliefs, and opinions. There is some controversy around the extent of the effets of this, but it has been a topic more in the forefront lately, particularly when it comes to social media and how platforms such as Facebook and Twitter determine which news items to prioritize in your feed.
Privacy, Tracking, Personalization and Other Search Engine "Features"
Let's check Wikipedia to get a rough sense of which search engines employ tracking, share information with third parties, and which don't:
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_search_engines#Digital_rights as of June 30, 2016:
Is the knowledge that your information might be shared with third parties, and that the search engine might be at least attempting to modify your browser settings ("browser hijacking"), worth the tradeoff of the benefits you derive from using those search engines? That's a personal choice, but it might be worth your while to try out a variety of search engines, paying attention to which track and which don't track.
Can't I just use Incognito Mode?
Incognito Mode seems to be somewhat misunderstood by many people. Incognito Mode is a browser feature that refrains from saving your browsing history and cookies in the browser itself, but if you're logged into Yahoo, Google, etc. within the incognito-mode window, they're still saving your searches on their side, and results may still incorporate your location and/or IP address.
Trackless Search Engines
One solution to concerns about privacy and objectivity is to consider using a search engine which doesn't track you. One of these is DuckDuckGo, which we mentioned earlier.
Libraries and Privacy
GW Libraries follow in the long-held library tradition of respecting and protecting patrons' privacy as well as providing objective search results when you use our research tools:
We won't share your circulation records, and records of electronic materials that you accessed.
We don't track you! When you search through the library web search interfaces, you will get the same results as anyone else in the GW Community, and the GW search engine is not tracking or saving anything about you. We wrote it, and the code that runs it is open source, so you can see it for yourself on github!
And last but not least, you won't get advertisements!
The only factor that can change your search results is whether you're using the GW Libraries search interface from an on- or off-campus IP address. This is because some of the resources, usually resources that GW pays to provide, are available to you as a member of the GW community, but not to the general public.
We do anonymously log search queries that come through the "All" tab (fondly known as the "Bento" search). The queries are anonymous; they are not associated with any user or even an IP address. We use these to better learn about our users are searching for - particularly the most popular searches - and we use what we learn to improve the research tools we provide.
Here's an example of a view that we as GW Libraries staff can see. Note that there's no information about who submitted each search:
More on the GW Libraries "All" search in a future blog post!
The Bottom Line
If you're using a search engine to try to survey and locate web content for research purposes, you probably want the most objective results and rankings possible, un-influenced by your personal search history and possibly even un-influenced by your location. Educate yourself about search engine choices so that you can make a thoughtful choice about which one to use.
Some further reading:
GW Libraries' "How Do I?" page on using Google Scholar: https://library.gwu.edu/howdoi/googlescholar
The Library Freedom Project, working to protect digital privacy and freedom in libraries: https://libraryfreedomproject.org
Google's privacy policies https://www.google.com/intl/en-us/policies/privacy/#infochoices
More about DuckDuckGo: https://duckduckgo.com/about
In this edition, we explore how the GW Libraries contribute to student and faculty scholarship through collaborations to create new software, build databases, perform statistical analyses, create 3-D models, manage and visualize their research data, and more. You can also find out how showcasing faculty scholarship, using the power of crowdsourcing to understand history, and providing a 24/7 "amazing space for students" are all part of the daily work of the GW Libraries.
Gelman and Eckles Libraries will be closed on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.
Gelman will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5. Eckles will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.
The year was 1847 and slavery was legal in the District of Columbia, although it was the site of significant anti-slavery activism. Two enslaved men, known only as Abram and John, were owned by Capt. Haynes of Virginia and brought to Columbian College to assist him in his work as the college's steward. Columbian College student Henry J. Arnold provided Abram with $14 and a letter for an attorney with the intention that Abram would file a lawsuit to win his freedom. For this act of bravery, Arnold was expelled from the college.
While the Arnold Case was not completely forgotten in the history of GW, it has remained largely obscure or else apocryphal to both scholars and the general public. Thanks to collaboration between DCAAP and the GW Libraries' digital services unit, the University Archives have now made available to scholars a cache of documents that illuminates this situation. The documentation consists of drafts and copies of letters written by Columbian College’s then-president, Joel S. Bacon, to Arnold, his family and others who inquired or appealed to Bacon about the matter. With this critical documentation, the story of enslaved people at Columbian College can now be more fully told.
Wednesday, June 15
5 - 6:30pm
Special Collections Reading Room (704)
Please join us as we celebrate the opening of the Corcoran Archives in its new home at GW Libraries Special Collections Research Center. Selections from the collection will be on display in the reading room and light refreshment will be served. Archivists will be available to answer questions and discuss what is known about the archives now and what may yet to be discovered in them.
The Special Collections Research Center is located in suite 704 of the Gelman Library. Photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Library.
Nearly a decade has passed since the archives of the Corcoran Gallery and the Corcoran College of Art and Design—now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design—were accessible to researchers. In June, nearly 2,000 boxes of historical documents and hundreds of thousands of architectural drawings, exhibition posters, photographs and oversized ledgers were donated to the George Washington University from the Corcoran board of trustees.
The Corcoran archives document the life and vitality of one of D.C.’s oldest cultural heritage institutions and provides nearly 150 years of insight into the history of American art museums and art education, from its founding in 1869 through 2014 when the historic agreements between the Corcoran, GW and the National Gallery of Art were finalized. The archives will be available to the public at the Special Collections Research Center in Gelman Library.
Learn more about the archives and how to access them on the Corcoran Archives webpages.