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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.

Digital DC: Students Write the History of Foggy Bottom

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:41
April 24, 2015

Monday, April 27
Noon-1pm
Gelman Library, Room 702 

Join Professor Christopher Klemek and the students in History 2020 as they uncover the layers of history around campus in DigitalDC, an interactive website telling the story of Foggy Bottom through documents, images, and oral histories.

The project is the culmination of the students' semester-long research project, making use of the resources at Gelman's Special Collections Research Center as well as numerous other archives around the city. 

Read more about the 2014 event and unveiling of the website in the GW Today article "DigitalDC Brings Washington Alive at the Click of a Mouse."

Remembering the Holocaust: A Story of Loss, Love and Survival

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:32
April 21, 2015

Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall
Gelman Library, 7th floor

The Remembering the Holocaust: A Story of Loss, Love and Survival exhibit was created by GW's class on “Holocaust Memory." This exhibit is based on the experiences of two extraordinary young Polish Jews, Norman and Amalie Petranker Salsitz, most of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust but who, by their courage and wits, survived, got married, came to America, raised a family and wrote a gripping memoir, Against All Odds. The many photographs and documents they saved, and their utter devotion to memory, enabled them to amass and document a collection that is utterly unique and that forms the basis of this exhibition.  It tells their story as well as the story of a world that was and is no more.

Read more about the exhibit and the opening, addressed by Esther Dezube, the daughter of the Salsitzes; Steven Lerman, the Provost of George Washington University; the students who created the exhibition; and the course’s instructor, Walter Reich, GW’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor, who is a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: GW Student Exhibit: A Story of Holocaust Survival ‘Against All Odds’: “Remembering the Holocaust” captures the stunning life of Norman and Amalie Salsitz

This exhibit is made possible by a Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant from the Shenkman Career Services Fund.  

Now Hiring Undergraduate and Graduate Processing Assistants for Summer and Fall 2015

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 15:45
April 20, 2015

The DC Africana Archives Project is seeking five George Washington University and Howard University students to serve as processing assistants for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.  Students who work as processing assistants for DCAAP will receive a wealth of training and experience in archival processing and Africana history and culture. Students will also be introduced to influential administrators and curators serving at museums, universities, cultural centers, libraries and research institutions across the region.  Please see the attached job description for details, and contact Alexandra Krensky, Project Archivist, with any questions at akrensky@email.gwu.edu.

 

DCAAP Student Processor Job Announcement.3.23.15.pdf

Files:  DCAAP Student Processor Job Announcement.3.23.15.pdf

International Student Coffee Hour in the Global Resources Center

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:29
April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 23
10-11:30am
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/2015iCoffeehr

Will's Birthday Bash

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:18
April 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 21
2-4pm
Gelman Library Reading Porch
Rain location: Gelman 219

Party Bard-y with GW Libraries and GW English as we celebrate the 451st birthday of William Shakespeare. Join us on the Gelman Reading Porch for cakes and tea while enjoying student poetry performances. You can also make your own quill pen and, of course, take a birthday selfie with Will.  

Woven Words: Poetry, Art, and the Book

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:58
April 14, 2015

April 1 - May 31, 2015
Media and Public Affairs Building second floor display cases.

April is National Poetry Month!

Celebrate “poetry’s vital place in our culture" by visiting this new exhibit from the Corcoran Art & Design Collection, focusing on the relationship of poetry and art as illustrated through artists’ books. The display features the numerous artists’ books from the collection that utilize poetry or lyrics as a basis for artistic expression in book form. 

Pages of some of the volumes in the display cases will be changed throughout the exhibition so that visitors will have the opportunity to view the range of images in the books.

Research Guide to the Crisis in Ukraine

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:54
April 13, 2015

It has been a year since pro-Russian activists seized control of government buildings in towns and cities in the Ukraine. With broad geo-political implications, this conflict is a rich subject for academic research and analysis.  The Global Resources Center has just published a comprehensive research guide covering the historical background, milestone events of 2014-2015, and providing links to up-to-date news, analysis, maps, and videos from multilingual sources. 

Please visit this Crisis in Ukraine research guide and contact the Global Resources Center for help with your international research or for further assistance.

Video Commemorating 75 Years of the National School Boards Association

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:57

Gelman Library's Special Collections is always happy to see its material being put to use. It's especially nice when it's used by the original donor returning to see how we've cared for their material over the years.

Gelman and Eckles Unaffected by DC Power Outages

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:09
April 7, 2015

Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library all have power and are unaffected by the power outages in DC.

Welcome to DCAAP!

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:51
March 31, 2015

Welcome to the DC Africana Archives Project blog!  We are so excited to bring these collections out of hiding and to share what we find with you.  Over the next few months, we’ll be posting about items we find in these collections and telling you about upcoming events.  Watch this space for posts from our processing assistants as well as links to our Tumblr.  

Our eight processing assistants were hired in November 2014 and began processing in January.  Over the past two months they’ve processed over 300 linear feet of material at five institutions!  Below is a list of the collections that have been processed or are currently being processed at each institution.  Be on the lookout for finding aids, coming soon!

 

George Washington University

Walter Fauntroy Papers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far we’ve processed over 150 boxes of the Walter Fauntroy Papers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Found in the Walter Fauntroy Papers, GWU

 

 

Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University

Arthur P. Davis Papers

Patricia Roberts Harris Papers

Wilhelmina Rolark Papers

 

Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Capitol Press Club Records

St. Elizabeth Hospital Burial Ledger

Sadgwar Family Papers

DC Statehood Party Records

Madeline Lindsey Green Family Research Papers

Westminster Neighborhood Association Records

Reverend Tecumseh Hampton Gaskins Papers

 

District of Columbia Archives

Marion Barry, Jr. Collection

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library

Lawrence Guyot, Jr. Papers

Charlene Drew Jarvis Papers

 

In Summer 2015 we’ll start processing at the National Museum of American History.  Check back here, as well as at our Tumblr for great finds from the processing assistants!

 

Alex Krensky

Project Archivist

Interesting Find in the Collection: Puerto Rico: Tragedy in the Schools

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:45

In 1978, the National Education Association sent a task force to Puerto Rico to investigate the state of the island's education system. One year later they published a book titled Puerto Rico: Tragedy in the Schools.

Remembering the Holocaust: A Story of Loss, Love and Survival

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:07
March 23, 2015

Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall
Gelman Library, 7th floor

5pm - Reception and Viewing of Exhibit 
6pm - Opening Ceremony

You are invited to the opening of an exhibit created by GW's class on “Holocaust Memory." This exhibit is based on the experiences of two extraordinary young Polish Jews, Norman and Amalie Petranker Salsitz, most of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust but who, by their courage and wits, survived, got married, came to America, raised a family and wrote a gripping memoir, Against All Odds.  The many photographs and documents they saved, and their utter devotion to memory, enabled them to amass and document a collection that is utterly unique and that forms the basis of this exhibition.  It tells their story as well as the story of a world that was and is no more.

The opening ceremony will be addressed by Esther Dezube, the daughter of the Salsitzes; Steven Lerman, the Provost of George Washington University; the students who created the exhibition; and the course’s instructor, Walter Reich, GW’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor, who is a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  These presentations will be followed by a general discussion.

This exhibit is made possible by a Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant from the Shenkman Career Services Fund.  

Diversity at GW: Students Present Research from the University Archives

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:39
March 17, 2015

Monday, April 20
2:30-4pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
Refreshments to follow 

Please join us for a presentation by the three recipients of the 2014-2015 University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships. The students will discuss their research into the history of religious communities on campus, GW’s LGBTQ community, and the effect of the 1960s Chicano movement on the curriculum and student body at GW. Student fellows have spent many hours digging deep into the University Archives and interviewing individuals with stories to share. Learn more about the unique histories of these groups and how their experiences have shaped our present day GW community. 

This program is generously funded by an Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the GW Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

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