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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.
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Eckles Library Birthday Party
Thursday, September 18th
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.
Gelman's Special Collections is a great destination for teaching and learning with primary sources. This fall, Assistant Professor of Writing Phil Troutma
Monday, September 22
Gelman, Room 702
The Italian Film SUDestival comes to GW with a panel discussion on comparison between Italian and American cinema industry with American film critics, scholars and exhibit curators. Italian filmmakers Fabio Mollo (The South is Nothing), Gabriele Cecconi (The Seminarian), and Giuseppe Gigliorosso (At Precisely Six O’clock) will talk about their films & experience as emergent directors.
Film screenings will take place at West End Cinema from September 23-25.
Tuesday, September 16
Gelman Library, Room 219
They say you should write research papers on things that really interest you, so why not write about The Boy Who Lived? Come for a conversation about Harry Potter Studies (yes! that's a thing!) and how to convince your professors to let you bring Hogwarts into your academic projects.
This workshop is presented by librarian Tolonda Henderson, who has presented at academic conferences on Harry Potter and libraries.
GW Libraries have been recognized by the Association of College & Research Libraries as an "Exemplary Program" for "Information Literacy Best Practices" in the category of "Collaboration." This honor acknowledges the libraries' innovative work with the University Writing Program and the great results of that collaboration for GW students. Read more about about this award on the "Exemplary Programs" website.
The GW English Department invites you to a reading by author Brando Skyhorse, PEN/Hemingway award-winning au
Reservable group study rooms offer a private, enclosed atmosphere for group study and projects. GW students may reserve these rooms through our Study Room Reservation System. If not reserved, they are available to GW groups of two or more on a first come, first served basis. Reservable study rooms are available on Gelman floors 2-6. Rooms on floors 2 & 3 are equipped with large display screens to share work.
Study Room Policies:
- Rooms are available for groups of two or more GW students on a first come, first served basis.
- Reservations may be placed up to two weeks in advance.
- A student may place up to two hours of reservations each day.
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The Student Liaison helps to keep the library connected to student library users. Ronella is here for you when you have complaints, concerns, or questions. Email her at Ronella5@gwu.edu or drop by her office on Tuesday nights between 9-10pm.
Gelman, Eckles and VS&TC Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday.
Gelman will close at 11pm on Sunday, Aug. 31 and reopen at 7am on Tuesday, Sept. 2. No 24-hour access is available during this time. Eckles & VS&TCL will maintain regular hours on Sunday, Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 2.
As part of the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s integration with the George Washington University, the collections of the Corcoran College Library will relocate to GW’s Gelman Library. This collection will be kept together on the 1st floor of Gelman rather than integrated with GW’s general collections.
Patrons should expect some disruption to the Gelman Library 1st floor between August 20-August 31 as 40,000+ library items are delivered to the building, unpacked, and loaded onto shelves. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause patrons. The GW Libraries staff is working to minimize both the time that the Corcoran collection is unavailable and the disruption to library patrons in both locations. The Art & Design Collection from the Cororan will be available for use beginning Tuesday, September 2 and accessible during normal Gelman Library hours.
Rare or fragile works will be managed in the Special Collections Research Center on Gelman’s 7th floor where they can be maintained in a controlled environment to support their longer term preservation.
Hey Corcoran! Meet GW Libraries
Tuesday, August 26 at 3:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 302
New students of the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design are invited to a special orientation to the GW Libraries. Get to know the collections, technology and services available to you at the GW Libraries. Find out how to access research help, how to reserve a study room and see our awesome Multimedia Lab.
Stick around for burgers, hot dogs, and some knowledge at Librarypalooza, a casual cookout in Kogan Plaza from 4-6pm.
Where can you learn the research skills you need to snag that White House internship AND get paid doing it? Gelman Library!
Gelman is hiring work-study students able to work 5-10 hours/week. No experience is required!
You can learn more at the Gelman Hiring Fair on move-in Saturday (August 23) from 1-3pm on the Gelman Entrance Floor -or- at Librarypalooza. You can also apply by emailing a completed GW Student Job Application.pdf and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or bringing it to the GW Libraries HR Department in Gelman, Suite 606 (Monday through Friday between 9am-5pm).
Files: GW Student Job Application.pdf
Tuesday, August 26
Gelman Entrance Floor & Kogan Plaza
Join us for Librarypalooza, a casual cookout where graduate and undergraduate students can learn about library services and spaces in a relaxed environment.
Come to the Gelman Library's entrance floor to learn about everything you need to start your academic year off right - from checking out a book to choosing your library study space to getting research help and discovering resources in your discipline. Then, head to Kogan Plaza for burgers and hot dogs.
Rain date: Wednesday, August 27 from 4-6pm
Tuesday, August 19 at 10 am -or-
Thursday, August 21 at 9 am
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.
Start your graduate career off right by attending a library orientation! Learn about GW Libraries, and its collections, and discover resources in your discipline. Tours will be offered at the end of the session.
Five orientation sessions are available:
Friday, August 15 from 11am - 12pm
Friday, August 22 from 2 - 3pm, 3 - 4pm, 4 - 5pm or 5 - 6pm
Please RSVP at go.gwu.edu/LibStart
As part of the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s integration with the George Washington University, the collections of the Corcoran College Library will relocate to GW’s Gelman Library. The Corcoran collection will transfer as an art and design unit located on Gelman’s 1st floor. Rare or fragile works will be managed in the Special Collections Research Center on Gelman’s 7th floor where they can be maintained in a controlled environment to support their longer term preservation. The Corcoran art and design collection will be kept together on the 1st floor of Gelman rather than integrated with GW’s general collections. It will be accessible during normal Gelman Library hours.
The finalization of the agreement between Corcoran, GW and the National Galleries is dependent on the DC courts’ final approval. The timeline presented here assumes that the agreement will be implemented by August 15th, 2014. The timing of the actual approval may impact these projected dates.
- Transfer the Corcoran Library collection to GW’s Gelman Library.
- Relocate the entire Corcoran collection to the first floor of Gelman Library as an art & design unit.
- Minimize the time that the Corcoran collection is unavailable.
- Minimize the disruption to library patrons in both locations caused by the transfer.
June 27 Transition team formed.
July 2 Cease new loans of Corcoran library materials.
July 15 Close Corcoran Library to all users and due date for return of Corcoran Library items currently on loan to patrons.
July 15 – August 16
- Work with library moving company on logistics of the move.
- Bring records for Corcoran Library items into the GW Libraries catalog.
- Carefully prepare, pack, and label Corcoran library resources to facilitate ready access after moving.
- Update systems to enable Corcoran materials to circulate from GW Libraries.
- Prepare space at Gelman for Corcoran collection.
- Prepare orientation and communication materials to educate Corcoran faculty and students about the resources of GW Libraries.
August 16 – September 1
- Begin physical move of the Corcoran collection.
- Remove 40,000+ library items from current shelving units and load onto temporary shelving carts.
- Disassemble Corcoran shelving.
- Reassemble Corcoran shelving in its new location at Gelman Library.
- Transfer and shelve library materials in new location at Gelman.
- Corcoran Library materials will be available for use and circulation at Gelman Library.
- Physically process each item, including addition of barcodes & collection labels.