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National Churchill Library and Center Open House

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 18:18
October 24, 2016

Saturday, October 29
3-5 p.m.
National Churchill Library and Center, 1st Floor, Gelman Library

Join us for an open house celebrating the opening of the National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) on the first floor of Gelman Library. This is the first major research facility in the nation's capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill and his role in 20th century history and in the world today. Tour our new space and learn about how the NCLC is supporting research and leadership programming at GW and beyond. Please feel free to drop by any time during our Open House.

Jack-o-Lit: Literary Pumpkin Carving and Crafts with Faculty & Librarians

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:36
October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 27
Noon-2 p.m.
Kogan Plaza

Bring your own pumpkin and sculpt an homage to your favorite author or literary character in the company of GW's coolest faculty and librarians. Carving implements will be provided along with cookies, cider, and nerdy-cool conversation. Check out this GW Today gallery for photos of last year's amazing creations!

Don't have a pumpkin to carve? Make your own mask! Supplies will be provided.

Costumes aren't required, but are definitely encouraged!  Extra cookies and instant respect if you arrive dressed as any literary or classical character. 

Afterwards, don't forget to wear your mask to the GW English Department's Fall Open House from 3-5 p.m. Treats of all kinds will be available in the English Department lounge (Philips Hall, 6th floor) and faculty will be in their offices with candy and literary treats. 

Rare Book Friday in the Special Collections Research Center

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:21
October 21, 2016

Friday, October 28
Noon - 4:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 710 (Kiev Room)

October Focus - “Books of Life: Resilience and the Written Word (1933 to the Present)” Sneak Peak

October’s selections offer a sneak peek of an upcoming library exhibition. “Books of Life: Resilience and the Written Word (1933 to the Present)” will bring together materials from the Corcoran Collection of Artists’ Books and the Kiev Judaica collection in an exploration of the book’s power to preserve human expression in the face of persecution. Because of this power, violence towards books has been a hallmark of repressive regimes. At the same time, books have been a means of reclaiming, recovery, and remembrance for communities who have experienced oppression.

Materials range from books looted during the period of Nazi aggression and Holocaust memorial texts, to artists’ books which commemorate modern acts of violence and which call for social justice for victims of war, institutionalized racism, and other forms discrimination.

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. 

Help Us Improve Your Online Experience

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 14:48
October 11, 2016

We want to hear your thoughts about our website! The libraries are looking for GW undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, staff, and faculty to talk to us about how they use and help us to test out changes. Is there something you've had a hard time finding? Are you confused by something you've seen? Let us know so we can improve our website for everyone.

There are 2 ways to help:

  • Click here for a fast and easy way to give us feedback on anything and everything about the libraries' web presence.
  • Want to have an even greater impact? Come to Gelman and help us to do a usability test. As a participant, you'll show us where our website goes wrong and give your opinions on how to make it better. Partcipants will earn our eternal gratitude, a better library web experience for all, and a Starbuck’s Gift Card. Email Student Liaison Yesenia Yepez for more details or to sign up. 

Data Workshops

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:32
October 8, 2016

Are you mystified by research data? Learn more about data at these back-to-back workshops taught by data librarian Mandy Gooch.

Thursday, October 13

Data Demystified
Gelman Library, Room 219

Research data is data that is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results, but what are data and what does that really mean for your own work? Data librarian Mandy Gooch will define research data and data-related terms and discuss common data formats. You'll explore use agreements and restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.

Data Management
Gelman Library, Room 219

Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop data Librarian Mandy Gooch will discuss best practices for data management and the tools, people, and resources the GW Libraries provide to help you.

Colonials Weekend at GW Libraries

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:18
October 8, 2016

Join the GW Libraries on Saturday, October 15 as we celebrate Colonials Weekend 2016. Students, parents, and alumni are invited to visit and learn more about our services! 

Saturday, October 15:

11am - 2pm
Gelman Library Open House and Hands-on History Demonstrations
Don't miss a chance to visit Gelman Library, the intellectual hub of GW's Foggy Bottom campus. Library staff will be available to discuss the range of services and resources we offer to support your student. On display will be some of the historical documents and rare books that students can use to support their research and personal interests..

The Library's Role in Academic Success: What Parents Need to Know
Gelman Library, Room 219
The modern library is much more than just books and a place to study. In this short workshop, learn from teaching librarians how crucial the innovative services and technologies of the GW Libraries are to undergraduate success.

Managing and Preserving Your Digital Photos: A Personal Archiving Workshop
Gelman Library, Room 219
Christie Peterson, University Archivist, will lead this workshop and offer some easy-to-implement strategies for wrangling and preserving your vast digital photo library. Learn about the nature of the problem of digital photo management and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital photos safe.

Noon - 2pm 
Celebrating the Creative Process
Eckles Library Main Reading Room
Join us for a celebration of research, music, and art as we award the 2016 Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence and open the Women's Leadership Program's annual art show! Meet the student artists and writers, view exhibits, listen to performances, and enjoy refreshments. Parents, students, and faculty are all welcome. For more information, please see

Teaching Day 2016

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:10
October 6, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016
8:30am to 1:30pm
Marvin Center 3rd Floor

GW’s sixth annual Teaching Day focuses on how to assess and support critical thinking and on GW faculty research on their teaching. All GW faculty are invited to attend all or part of the day with registration free of charge. 

Please join us for continental breakfast, conversation, and considerations around the latest research on teaching and learning. Register to reserve your seat today.

Interactive Keynote (9 am - Noon)

How to Assess and Support Critical Thinking: Looking together at student work and challenges. Professor Chris Anson

This session will widen participants’ toolbox of effective approaches to assessing student work and constructing assignments, activities, and feedback to help students develop critical capacities. Participants will examine samples of student work from multiple disciplines and engage with colleagues in discussing options and approaches. Our keynote presenter Chris Anson has spent a career exploring the development and use of critical thinking through writing across the disciplines with faculty across the U.S. and internationally.

GW Faculty Poster Session (Noon - 1:30 pm)

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Initiatives

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), research on your teaching, is a growing area of research and discussion at top universities across the country. We are excited to be joining their ranks through this inaugural effort of faculty work.

Come hear your faculty colleagues discuss their research efforts, big and small,  as they work to gauge changes over time, examine how students understand aspects or concepts in a course, assess the effectiveness of a particular assignment, assessment or intervention. It is an ultimate blending of research teaching know-how. This session is co-sponsored by GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

 Research strands:

  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Active Learning/Learning Environment
  • Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign
  • Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • Online Learning and Teaching

Open Access in the Disciplines: A Conversation

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 21:40
September 27, 2016

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)
  • Panelists:
    • 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

A Call for Love: A Reading by E. Ethelbert Miller

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 09:44
September 22, 2016

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.


Rare Book Friday in the Special Collections Research Center

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 18:10
September 21, 2016

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. 

Emergency Maintenance in Gelman Tonight

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:49
September 20, 2016

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. 

International Student Coffee Hour in the Global Resources Center

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 22:31
September 18, 2016

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: 

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 CenterTaiwan Resource CenterJapan Resource CenterKorea ResourcesMiddle East & North Africa.

XDTea@3:00 with GW's Cross-Disciplinary Faculty Cooperative

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 22:03
September 18, 2016

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 to become a Fellow. 

Find Your Quiet Study Space at Gelman

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 08:40
September 12, 2016

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 

Learn 3-D Modeling with Tinkercad!

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 08:09
September 12, 2016

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-DepthProgramming with PythonUsing the Linux ShellHow 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

Media Disruption: Using Web Archives to Understand Change in the News Industry

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 17:12
September 1, 2016

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 ( 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

GW Libraries Closed for Labor Day

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 08:36
August 29, 2016

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.

Click here to view scheduled hours for GelmanEckles and VS&TCL.

Lockers Available on the 4th & 5th Floors

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 08:26
August 29, 2016

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

Rare Book Fridays in the Special Collections Research Center

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 12:58
August 5, 2016

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.

Faculty Orientation to Library Services & Classroom Technology

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 13:42
July 11, 2016

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

These orientations fill up early so please RSVP to reserve your preferred session. Please email librarian Ann Brown with questions.

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.