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International Student Coffee Hour in the Global Resources Center

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:59
October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 30
9:30-11:30am
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/IntrnlCoffee

GW Internet & Computer Outages TONIGHT

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:20
October 21, 2014

Wednesday, October 22 (tonight)
2:00 - 5:00 a.m.

The GW Division of Information Technology (IT) will be conducting emergency maintenance on the university data centers tonight.  There will be intermittent technology service outages between 2-5am.  The following library services will be affected:

Campus WIFI & wired internet will be unavailable
No ability to log into library computers (mac & pc)
Colonial Printing will be unavailable
No ability to log into GW email

Other affected services are: GW webpages, Enterprise Accounting System (EAS), myGW portal, GWorld, 4-Ride, iBuy and other dependent services.

For questions or to report any problems, please contact the Division of IT at 202-994-GWIT (4948), ithelp@gwu.edu or IT.GWU.EDU. Technology assistance is available through the IT Support Center 24 hours a day.

 

Newest Issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:57

Special Collections is pleased to announce the newest issue of the local online poetry journal Beltway

Will Turkish Soap Operas Change the World? A Screening of KISMET

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:50
October 19, 2014

Hosted by: Heather Schell, Assistant Professor of Writing

Wednesday, October 29
5pm
Gelman Library, Room 214*

KISMET
Wildly popular at home, Turkish soap operas have taken the world by storm, and KISMET delves into this phenomenon, exploring how the serials captivate, inspire and empower women. The film reveals how the soaps impact and break down negative stereotypes and traditional taboos, openly discussing rape, sexual and domestic violence, child and arranged marriages, and honor killings while also sparking change in gender relationships, activism against sexual abuse, and a wave of divorce across the Middle East. KISMET discloses how profoundly Turkish soaps penetrate viewers’ social and religious realities while empowering and helping women to transform their lives and strengthen the debate about women’s rights across the region.

A film by Nina Maria Paschalidou
Greece/Cyprus, 2013, 57 minutes
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsQALTV4FzI

*Please note that space is limited for this event.  Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Teach-ins, Sit-ins, Marches, & Seizures: GW student activism in the 60s

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:44
October 19, 2014

Thursday, October 23
7pm
Gelman Library Room 702

Did you know that in 1969 forty members of Students for a Democratic Society seized GW's Maury Hall, home of the Sino-Soviet Institute, to protest University complicity with the Vietnam War?  Or that more than 2,000 students attended a rally in the University Yard opposing the House Un-American Activities Committee with speakers including Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman.

Find out more about the tradition of social activism at GW.  Join us for an intergenerational discussion sponsored by Lessons of the 60s, a project to document and archive local social justice organizing in Washington DC 1960-1975.  This event is a part of the “Traveling Hopefully” series.

Gelman 6th Floor Book Shift

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:22
October 16, 2014

If you’ve been on the 6th floor this fall, you’ve noticed that there are very full shelves and very empty ones.  Beginning on October 20th we will undertake a floor-wide shift to rebalance shelving space.

"Shifting" is the movement of volumes between shelves within a library building. The need to shift occurs because collections expand with little to no space available on adjacent shelves. Gelman’s 6th floor has reached the point in which all the volumes need to be relocated.  By the time the shift project is completed (before Thanksgiving), practically every volume will have been moved, some only a shelf away, and others many shelves away.

The shift project will progress backwards through the entire 6th floor. It will begin in the far right corner, the southwest corner, of the floor and will conclude with the PNs in the near left corner, the northeast corner of the floor.

Staff will cordon off one section of the stacks at a time while they move all the volumes on these shelves to their new locations. 

Books in the current work-zone, and those between, will be unavailable.  If you need a book from a work-zone, please complete and submit this formThe library will contact you when the book is ready for pick-up.  Most books will be retrieved within 24 hours, but books requested on Fridays may take 48 hours.

Please contact Jean A. Pec at jpec@gwu.edu with any questions.

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

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:04
October 15, 2014

Tuesday, October 28
3-4:30pm
Kogan Plaza/Mid-Campus Quad
#jack-o-lit

Bring your own pumpkin and sculpt your masterpiece in the company of GW's coolest faculty and librarians.  Carving implements will be provided along with cookies, cider, and nerdy-cool conversation. 

Judging begins at 4pm and prizes will be awarded for the best literary adaptation, best team (bring your friends), and best overall pumpkins.

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

The Library's Role in Academic Success: What PARENTS Need to Know

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:48
October 13, 2014

Saturday, October 18
11am -or- 1pm
Gelman Room 219

The modern library is much more than just books and a place to study.  Learn from teaching librarians how crucial the innovative services and technologies of the GW Libraries are to undergraduate success.

Hear in DC: Vernacular Music in the Nation's Capital

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:01
October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 16
2-5pm
Gelman Library, room 702
Free, no registration necessary

The DC Vernacular Music Archive at The George Washington University invites you to attend the opening exhibit and first annual symposium "Hear in DC: Vernacular Music in the Nation's Capital."

Covering bluegrass, folk, punk, and go-go music a panel of local artists and historians will discuss the homegrown music that makes Washington's cultural geography special. Moderated by Marc Eisenberg of the DC Music Salon, panelist include Andy Wallace, Ian MacKaye, Kevin Hammond, Kip Lornell, and Stephen Wade who will also perform. Following the symposium attendees are welcome to view the exhibit with items from Washington's influential music history.

Hear in DC: Vernacular Music in the Nation's Capital

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:47

Thursday, October 16 
2-5pm
Gelman Library, Teamsters Room (702)
Free, no registration necessary

Celebrating the Creative Process at Eckles

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:43
October 6, 2014

Saturday, October 18th 2014
Eckles Library, 1st floor
1-2pm

Join us in a celebration of research, music, and art as we award the 2014 Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence and open the Women's Leadership Program's annual art show!
 
Meet the student artists and writers and enjoy refreshments.

Sleep in Peace Tonight: A Reading by James MacManus

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:51
October 2, 2014

Friday, October 10 at 5:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

The George Washington University’s Gelman Library, future home of the National Churchill Library and Center, and the Washington DC area chapter of the Churchill Society invite you to attend the launch of Sleep in Peace Tonight, a novel by James MacManus about the harrowing days in 1941 when FDR sent Harry Hopkins to England, where Winston Churchill wooed him to gain American support for the beleaguered English war effort.

Sleep in Peace Tonight will be available for purchase at a reception following the reading and Mr. MacManus will sign. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Opening Reception: Art & Design Collection from the Corcoran

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 18:19
October 1, 2014

Friday, October 17
4-5:30pm
Gelman Libary 1st Floor

Join us to welcome the arrival of the Art & Design Collection from the Corcoran to Gelman Library's first floor.  Learn more about this wonderful resource for the study of photography, photojournalism, exhibition design, interior design, and art education.  Some items in this collection are not owned by any other library in the Washington area.

A special exhibit of the artists' books collection from the Corcoran, which is now being housed and cared for by Special Collections, will be available as well.   Artists’ books are works of art, sometimes published in small editions and sometimes one-of-a-kind, that are manifested in book or book-like form.  The Art & Design Collection from the Corcoran contains more than 200 artists' books focusing broadly on the theme of social justice.

Lit Review How To: Workshops for Grad Students

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:59
October 1, 2014

Are you a graduate student working on a literature review for a thesis or dissertation?  Come to one or all of these 30-minute workshops to learn tips that will save you time and sanity.  All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219.

Citation Chasing
Monday, Oct. 13 at  5:30pm
Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 5:30pm

How do you build on someone else's research?  How do you find the research they used?  Chase down those citations like a pro with tips from librarian Tolonda Henderson.

Citation Management
Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 5:30pm
One you've done all this research how do you keep track of it?  Step away from the notecards and learn about online citation tools like Refworks,Zotero and Manadalay.  Librarian Dolsy Smith help you find the tool that is right for you and get you started using it. 

Dissertation and Theses Online
Thursday, Oct.16 at 5:30pm  
Monday, Oct. 20 at 5:30pm
 
Do you know what other people in your own department or under your own advisor have done? Do you want to see some of the most current research in your field?  Librarian David Ettinger will show you how to find dissertations and theses from GW and around the world. 

Searching Worldcat
Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 5:30pm  
Thursday, Oct. 23at 5:30pm

How do you know what research is out there?  How can you know what you don't know?  Librarian David Killian will help you be sure with a comprensive search of all published book literature using Worldcat.  This workshop is best for disciplines that write books, especially the humanities and social sciences.

Academic Freedom, Social Media, and the Neoliberal University

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 18:50
September 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 1
3 pm
Gelman Library Room 702

Join GW Libraries for a panel discussion about academic freedom in the corporate culture of U.S. higher education, with panelists from a wide range of perspectives, who will engage with academic freedom claims and limitations nationally as well as the ways it impacts professors and the climate at GW. Recently, public debates about academic freedom have arisen on social media in the aftermath of the Salaita case at University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and, closer to home, the former GW President Joel Trachtenberg's comments on sexual assault. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the discussion.

Panelists:
Zak Wolfe, Assistant Professor, University Writing Program
Melani McAlister, Chair, Department of American Studies; Associate Professor of American Studies, International Affairs, and Media & Public Affairs
Tracy Arwari, Case Manager, CARE Network, Division of Student Affairs

How to Have a Magical Research Experience

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 22:26
September 18, 2014

Did you read in the GW Hatchet about the Researching Potter workshop presented by librarian Tolonda Henderson and wish you had attended?  Read below for some information Tolonda has written about Harry Potter Studies and her tips for getting started researching popular culture.

One of the most basic ways we organize books is by fiction and non-fiction. My detective novels and sci-fi fantasy books live across my apartment from my textbooks from college and graduate school. The few pieces of fiction I have mixed in with the academic books are what most people would call Literature (with a capital L), and beloved books from childhood are kept in an entirely different room. The clarity of these distinctions, however, is slowly being turned on its head for me as I find myself wading deeper and deeper into the world of Harry Potter Studies.
I’ll take a moment to let that sink in.

Yes, I said Harry Potter Studies. On my desk here at work sit seven books for which the New York Times Book Review created a children’s best seller list. I keep the series within arm’s reach so I can refer to them as I research, for example, what the magical properties of photographs and portraits can tell us about our screen-oriented contemporary visual culture. This past February I gave a paper on the library at Hogwarts at a conference with a Harry Potter Studies Section. Next month, I will be giving a paper at the Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia It is entirely likely that my first scholarly publication will be about the world inhabited by The Boy Who Lived.

Would you like to add some Hogwarts to your academic experience?  Here are some tips.

  • Use multiple keywords when searching the catalog. If you just search for Harry Potter, you will get screen after screen of the Consortium’s holdings of the actual books and movies. Searching for “harry potter AND international relations” or “harry potter AND psychology” will return a much more focused list of results.
  • When searching a specialized database such as MLA International Bibliography, DO NOT limit your results to full text. Doing so would prevent you from learning about chapters in edited volumes. There are many such edited volumes on Harry Potter, but there are also individual chapters in volumes on other topics.
  • Pay attention to the date of publication. Scholars started writing about Harry Potter before the series was complete; depending on your topic, this can make a big difference. Articles or book chapters about Hogwarts as a school will be very different if they were written before the introduction of Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix than if they were written afterwards.

Please feel free to contact me directly. I am considering branching out in Popular Culture Studies to projects on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Hunger Games, or the Divergent series. I would be happy to talk to you about any of my projects or, more importantly, about yours.

Tolonda Henderson
Instruction and Reference Librarian
Gelman Library
tolonda@gwu.edu

Happy Birthday Eckles Library!

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:25
September 17, 2014

Eckles Library Birthday Party
Thursday, September 18th
4-6pm

On September 18, 1987, Eckles Library was dedicated on the Mount Vernon Campus. Stop by Eckles on Thursday from 4-6pm for cake, candy, and prizes to celebrate 27 great years serving students and being awesome!  You can learn more about the "jewel of the Mount Vernon Campus" and what makes so many people want to spread the #EcklesLove! Bring your own cup for free coffee all day as a special birthday treat.

Learning with Primary Sources at Gelman

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:30

Gelman's Special Collections is a great destination for teaching and learning with primary sources. This fall, Assistant Professor of Writing Phil Troutma

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