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Open Access Week at GW

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 10:22
October 8, 2015

Join the GW Libraries as we celebrate Open Access Week with events dedicated to promoting GW scholarship to the broadest possible audience.

How Open Access Benefits Faculty + Research
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11am
Catholic University, Great Room A, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
Learn about the experiences at universities that have adopted an open access policy. Keynote speakers - Dr. Steven Lerman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The George Washington University & Geneva Henry, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries, The George Washington University. 

Open Access Salons
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 4:30-6:30 pm
Gelman Library Room 219
Drop in for an informal salon designed to discuss strategies to protect, preserve, and increase the impact of your scholarship. We will introduce our new institutional repository, GW ScholarSpace, and answer your questions. Refreshments provided.

RCR Lecture Series Presents "Data Acquisition and Management"
Wednesday, Oct. 21, Noon to 1:30pm
Gelman Library Room 702
OVPR's Office of Research Integrity invites you to attend this Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lecture featuring University Librarian and Vice Provost Geneva Henry and a distinguished panel including Dr. Jody Ganiban,Dr. Tara Sinclair, and Dr. Alexander van der Horst. Please RSVP to

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Open Access vs. Traditional Publishing
Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Gelman Library Room 219
This workshop will introduce you to the interface for uploading your ETD document, with a special emphasis on Open Access vs. Traditional Publishing.  Attendees will have the chance to ask questions related to the ETD process, Open Access, embargoes, and copyright.

For more information about how to protect your author rights and make your scholarship more publicly accessible, please visit our website at

Colonials Weekend at GW Libraries

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:10
October 5, 2015

Join the GW Libraries on Saturday, October 17 as we celebrate Colonials Weekend 2015. Students, parents, and alumni are invited to visit Gelman and Eckles to learn more about our services, including 3-D printing at Gelman! 

Saturday, October 17:

11am - 2pm
Gelman Library Open House and 3-D Printing Demonstrations
Don't miss a chance to visit Gelman Library, the intellectual hub of GW's Foggy Bottom campus. We’ll have a 3-D printer demonstration and library staff will be available to discuss the range of services and resources we offer to support your student.

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.

11:30am - Noon
3-D Printing and GIS: How Today's Scholars Visualize, Analyze, and Interpret Data
Gelman Library, Room 219
GW students have access to amazing technology not even dreamed of 20 years ago, fundamentally changing the way students visualize and interpret data. Attend this short workshop for an introduction to 3-D printing and geographic information services, just 2 of the services now available in the libraries.

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.

3-D Printing and GIS: How Today's Scholars Visualize, Analyze, and Interpret Data
Gelman Library, Room 219
GW students have access to amazing technology not even dreamed of 20 years ago, fundamentally changing the way students visualize and interpret data. Attend this short workshop for an introduction to 3-D printing and geographic information services, just 2 of the services now available in the libraries.

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 2015 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

Library Life Hacks: Boot Camps for Grad Students

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:38
October 1, 2015

Library Life Hacks workshops explore methods that today's scholars use to manage, visualize, analyze, and interpret data. These "Boot Camps" on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) & Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all. Make it a full day of knowledge by attending the Lit Review How To sessions on the same days. 

Workshops fill up fast so please RSVP to secure your seat:
RSVP for October 12 Workshops
RSVP for November 11 Workshops

Workshop Topics:

What is Data?
In this workshop we will define research data & data-related terms, learn common data formats, understand use agreements and restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.

Data Management
Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop, learn best practices for data management and discover the tools, people and resources GW Libraries can provide to help you.

GIS Data Basics
Come learn how you can integrate Geographic Information Systems into your research and discover the resources available at Gelman Library and beyond. This workshop will cover the basics of data discovery and display using ArcGIS software. Let it spark your cartographic imagination! Please note: this session takes place in Gelman Library, Room 300.

Uploading Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)
The writing is done. The citations have been cross checked. Your adviser has signed off. All that's left is to upload your electronic thesis or dissertation--but what does that really mean? This short workshop will introduce you to the interface for uploading your document and give you a heads up on what you will be asked during that process.  Please bring your own computer.

All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219 except GIS Basics, which takes place in Gelman Library, Room 300.  Kids off school for the day? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome to attend.

Lit Review How To: Boot Camps for Grad Students

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:19
October 1, 2015

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 "Boot Camps" on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) & Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all. Make it a full day of knowledge by attending the Library Life Hacks sessions on the same days. 

Workshops fill up fast so please RSVP to secure your seat:
RSVP for October 12 Workshops
RSVP for November 11 Workshops

Workshop Topics:

The Basics: Mapping Your Research
What is a Literature Review, and what information do I need to begin one? Learn tips on how to begin your search, discover keywords, and narrow topics, and how to find the right databases and resources for your topic using GW Libraries’ tools. 

Searching Beyond Gelman
How do you know what research is out there? How can you know what you don't know? Librarians 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. Librarians will help you find the tool that is right for you and get you started using it. 

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. 

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

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.

Paid Internship Opportunity for Undergraduate with Persian Language Skills

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 08:38
September 25, 2015

We're searching for a GW undergraduate with strong Persian language skills for a paid internship! Spend the academic year processing the Mahdavi Damghani collection of Persian and Arabic materials to make the collection available for students, faculty and other researchers. 

The Mahdavi Damghani collection consists of approximately 4,000 volumes of original sources on Islamic laws and jurisprudence, theology, philosophy, language, literature and history.  Approximately 70% of the collection is in Persian; the remainder in Arabic. The unprocessed collection will be a rich resource relevant to several academic disciplines including Persian language and literature, Arabic language and literature, law, philosophy, history, and religion.  

Internship details:

Requirements: GW Undergraduate; strong Persian-language skills;
Oversight: The internship would be conducted under the guidance Andrew Buchwach, Middle East and North Africa Research Center Librarian, other Libraries staff, and Pardis Minuchehr, Director of Persian Studies at GW.
Location:  The GW Libraries, Global Resources Center (Suite 708).
The work: Processing the collection includes searching for already existing catalog records for each item, exploring library and other catalogs in Iran and elsewhere to clarify bibliographic information, and importing records and tracking material as it moves through the Library’s content-management workflow.  A research guide will also be developed.
Compensation: $11.00 an hour;
Sponsor: ESIA’s Institute for Middle East Studies & The GW Libraries, Global Resources Center 
Hours per week:  10.

Please submit resume to the contact listed below: 
Cathy Zeljak
Director, Global Resources

Welcome GW Alumni!

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 15:06
September 24, 2015

We are excited to greet returning alumni and their families this weekend during GW's 2015 Alumni Weekend!  Whether you're a new graduate or visiting campus after many years, you'll want to include a visit to Gelman Library! 

Join us on Friday, September 25 between 3-5pm on the recently renovated entrance floor of Gelman Library for an Alumni Open House and a demonstration of our brand new 3-D printing technology. Speak with knowledgeable library staff about how 3-D printing works and how it will benefit students and faculty.  Demonstrations will take place near the Ask Us Desk on the entrance floor of Gelman. Alumni Weekend participants can show their name tags to enter the library during the Open House. Alumni should plan to use their Alumni GWorld or sign in at the front desk for entrance at other times throughout the weekend.

Lockers Now Available to Graduate Students

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:36
September 24, 2015

Looking for a secure spot to store small items while you are on campus? Gelman Library now offers lockers for graduate students.

The lockers are located in the Graduate Student Reading Room (Gelman 503) and are reserved on a “first-come / first-served” basis. Lockers 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 in room 503 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

"The Francis Effect": Assessing the Impact of the Pope's Visit to Washington

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:27
September 23, 2015

Thursday, October 1
11am - 12:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

In just over two years, Pope Francis has become an extraordinarily popular and influential world leader, so much so that scholars have begun to refer to the "Francis Effect." For this event, the GW Libraries and the GW Sustainability Collaborative have brought together three researchers to assess the political impact of the pope's recent visit to Washington, his speech before Congress in particular.

John Gehring, Catholic Program Director for Faith in Public Life, will apply insights gained in writing his book -- The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church.

Director of Research for the Public Religion Research Institute Daniel Cox will extend the results of PRRI's most recent survey-- The "Francis Effect": U.S. Catholic Attitudes on Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and American Politics.

GW Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Cynthia McClintock will bring to bear her expertise on Latin America.

The discussion will be moderated by Michael Svoboda, Director of GW's Sustainability Minor.

A Reading by Kseniya Melnik

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 09:49
September 15, 2015

Thursday, September 24
Gelman Library, Room 702

The 2015 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence is Kseniya Melnik, whose debut linked short story collection Snow in May was published in 2014.  The collection was on the short list for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the long list for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.  She has been interviewed in a range of venues about her work, including on NPR. Professor Melnik was born in Magadan, Russia, where the stories in Snow in May are set.  Professor Melnik will read from both Snow in May as well as some of her new work. 

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.

Happy Birthday Eckles Library!

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 15:50
September 10, 2015

Friday, September 18
Eckles Library, Entrance Floor

Celebrate Eckles Library's 28th birthday with the Eckles staff at our annual birthday party! We'll have birthday cake, coffee, hot chocolate, and cappuccino all day long, as well as other goodies and surprises. Please help us stay green by bringing your own mug for coffee and hot drinks. 

There is so much to celebrate at Eckles! Our friendly staff can help you with your research and questions. We've got you covered with comfy study spaces as well as laptop and phone chargers for your low-energy days. When you're done with homework we house a 1000+ DVD collection and even a collection of board games. 

Learn more about Eckles when you help us blow out the birthday candles. (Just kidding - there won't be actual candles, but we'll have door prizes for some lucky students!)

3-D Printing at Gelman!

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 09:52
September 8, 2015

Print a rare fossil to use in a class presentation. 

Print a prototype of your newest product idea. 

Print your latest artistic creation.

Gelman is proud to offer 3-D printing to all GW students, faculty, and staff! 3-D printing (also called additive manufacturing) is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created.

Digital files may be submitted online for printing beginning September 15. Costs for printing 5 cents/gram and are calculated on the weight of the final object. Find out more at our on-going 3-d printing demonstrations throughout the library!

GW Libraries Closed for Labor Day

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:06
August 31, 2015

Gelman, Eckles and VS&TC Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

Gelman will close at 10pm on Sunday, September 6 and reopen at 7am on Tuesday, September 8. No 24-hour access is available during this time.  Eckles & VS&TCL will maintain regular hours on Sunday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 8.

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

Make Your Masterpiece with Multimedia Equipment, Software & Training at Gelman

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:50
August 27, 2015

Are you interested in filming and editing video projects?  The GW Libraries have what you need to get started. Digital video cameras, tripods, digital voice recorders, and headphones are all available for use by current GW students, faculty and staff.  Learn more about equipment for loan at:

When it’s time to edit, we’ve got Final Cut Pro on all Macs in the entrance floor multimedia lab and iMovie on all Macs in the building.

Need help getting started? Memberships to the leading online learning company, are available to all GW affiliates.  Access through and sign in with your NetID and password. 

Beginning August 31, Gelman Library to Maintain 24/7 Hours

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:50
August 19, 2015

Message from Provost Steven Lerman

The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  We continuously try to balance the need to make sure that there is high quality study space available and operational efficiency.


Gelman Library Closed on August 23

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 08:59
August 14, 2015

Gelman Library will be closed on Sunday, August 23.  The building will reopen on Monday, August 24 at 8am. Gelman will continue on the Summer II schedule through Sunday, August 30. 

Gelman's building and service hours will change on Monday, August 31, with the begining of the academic year. The library will then operate 24 hours a day, Monday through Thursday. It will close at 11 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Sundays. 


Newly Renovated Graduate Student Reading Room

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:33
August 13, 2015

Looking for a quiet place to study? Visit Gelman Library’s Graduate Student Reading Room on the 5th floor. We painted, re-carpeted, and brought in comfortable seating -- all in response to your feedback. We've also installed lockers to provide graduate students a safe place to store small items. You’ll need to tap your GWorld card to enter: the room is open to graduate students only.

Making our Menu Accessible

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 14:08
August 11, 2015Christian Aldridge, Web Developer for GW Libraries

One of the remaining challenges to accessibility in the GW LIbraries website ( was its main menu.

We use a ‘hover’ style menu that expands when you hover over the categories, providing an easy and commonly used navigation tool. It works well on desktops and laptops but faces a few challenges in smaller windows and devices (and one popular mobile operating system).

More importantly it wasn’t ‘keyboard accessible’: it required a mouse/trackpad or touchscreen to operate, leaving users who rely on keyboard navigation in the dark.

The Accessible Mega Menu

Our solution was to rebuild the menu with Adobe’s Accessible Mega Menu jQuery library:

It offered the simplest and most straightforward approach to keyboard and screen reader accessibility along with a well supported jQuery library.

But it's not responsive, and we had to customize the css and add some javascript to adjust it to our “mobile” view.

Designing for Mobile

Our menu collapses into buttons on the smallest screens (like phones) and each button becomes a link to the main categories. The new javascript-based code from Adobe dynamically inserts css classes, which we can override in our style sheet as needed (using media queries to target smaller screens).

But not all touch devices are the same. Apple devices running iOS treat hover behavior differently: when you tap something that has a hover behavior, it toggles that behavior, and most of the time ignores any other behaviors (like links). So when our menu transformed to buttons in handheld devices, you could tap the button a thousand times and nothing would happen on an iPhone. For iOS to let you follow the link we had to remove any "child items" in the menu structure: when our menu changes to buttons we're actually just hiding the rest of the structure with css. For iOS devices we're using javascript to rewrite the output and actually remove the hidden structure.

Checking for iOS devices with jQuery:
if ($(window).width() <= 640 && navigator.userAgent.match(/(iPod|iPhone|iPad)/))

This non-standard hover behavior helped us improve our design for all touch devices. In our fullscreen menu we now check for touch (using modernizr: and add a main category link in each of our sub-menus when touch is detected.

Checking for Touchscreens with CSS (and Modernizr):
html.touch .touch-show-nav {display: block;}

Testing for Accessibility

We now run regular audits on our site designs using Google’s Accessibility Developer Tools (a free extension for Chrome: A lot of results have to be manually checked -- machine audits can only guess the context of potential issues -- but this gives us a baseline to help keep our sites accessible.

Adding an Accessibility Link

Lastly, we created a simple page on the main website ( with a statement about our accessibility standards. We added a link to it in the footer, which we’ll be adding gradually to all of our web tools. This page will help our community know where we stand on accessibility, our limits (such as third party vendor tools) and who to contact if they need assistance.

Preparing for the National Churchill Library & Center

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 08:58
August 3, 2015

With construction of the National Churchill Library and Center scheduled to begin in the Fall, we are making some changes before the fall semester begins to prepare. Many of the public computers currently located 1st floor are being moved to the 3rd floor. To preserve the total number of seats available in the building, this move will cause some other changes on the 3rd floor. All bound journals will be integrated into the book stacks on other floors and the microfilm and microfische collections are being partially moved to off-site storage, with the rest moving to the previous location of the bound journals.

Bound journals will be easier than ever to find one this move is complete! However, for the month of August you will find bound journals located on public storage shelves on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors as indicated below. These shelves are located along the wall immediately to the right when entering the stacks. If you need help locating a bound journal, please ask for assistance at any service desk on the entrance floor.

4th floor 5th floor 6th floor Ancient World American Art Review ACI Materials Journal Antioch Review American Artist AGNI Review Antiquity American Ceramics American Ceramic Society Journal Archaeology American Craft American Cinematography Archaologischer Anzeiger Antike Kunst American Photo Ballet Review Apollo American Theatre Black Renaissance Architectual Digest Antaeus Bulletin de Correspondance Hellenique Architectual Review Aperture Chicago Review Architectural Record Art International Contact Quarterly Architecture Beloit Fiction Journal Dance Magazine Archivo Esponol De Arte Beloit Poetry Journal Dance Teacher Now Art & Antiques Boulevard Diplomatic History Art Bulletin Cahiers du Cinema German Life & Letters Art Criticism Ceramics Monthly Harper's Magazine Art in America Cineaste Historic Illinois Art News Comic Journal Kenyon Review Art on Paper Field Literary Review Artforum Fields and Quanta Muse Artforum International Film Comment Museum News Arts Magazine Fine Homebulding Nation Arts of Asia Grand Street OUD-Holland Bollettino D'Arte Graphic Arts Momthly Paris Review Bulletin Monumental History of Photography Poetry Northwest Burlington Magazine International Journal of Comic Art Prairie Schooner Callaloo Iowa Review Raritan Classical Outlook Journal of Slavic Military Studies Revue Archeologique Communication Arts New England Review Salmagundi Connoisseur New Letters Sewanee Review Ethnomusicology Paideuma South Dakota Flash Art Parnassus (Poetry Review) Southwest Review Fontes Artis Musicae Poet Lore The Georgia Review Gazette des Beaux-Arts Poetry Washingtonian Goya Poetry East Yale Review Gramophone Poets & Writers   Graphics Popular Photography   Living Blues Print   Magazine Antiques Quarterly West   Master Drawings River Styx   Monatshefte Sagetrieb   Ploughshares Screen   Progressive Architecture Seneca Review   Riba Journal Studies in History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes   Sculpture Review Triquarterly   Word & Images     World Music     World of Music (2)  




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.