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Easy-to-Use System for Scheduling Librarian Appointments

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:01
January 12, 2015

Making a research appointment is now easier than ever with our new scheduling system.  You choose the librarian and you choose the time—whether today or in 2 weeks.  Schedule your appointment in real time—no more emails or waiting for confirmation.  This system also makes is easy to cancel or rescehdule an appointment you've made.  Make an appointment today at go.gwu.edu/ResearchHelp.  

How to schedule an appointment:

1) Set up an account (1st time only) and log in.   

2) Choose a librarian.  If you don't know who you should see, most librarians can help you get started in any topic. More information about each librarian and their expertise is available in the appointment pop-up and on the Reference Directory

3) Look beside the librarian's name.  You'll notice some names are followed by a specialty or a location other than Gelman Library. Make sure you choose wisely.

4) Choose a time by clicking once on a white block of time.  Appointments must be scheduled in 60 minute blocks.

If you need an appointment on Saturday or Sunday, please send us an e-mail at refdesk@gwu.edu and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

 

GIS Software & Assistance Available at Gelman

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:07
January 12, 2015

Would your data make more sense shown on a map?  Do you need to statistically analyze data over space?  

ArcGIS is a geographic information system system (GIS) that allows people to collect, organize, manage, analyze, communicate, and distribute geographic information.  Now you can learn and use this powerful software at Gelman Library! ArcGIS is available on all Gelman PCs (not Macs) and GIS specialist Kean McDermott is here to help you use it.  

Kean McDermott, GIS Specialist
email: keanmcd@gwu.edu
make an appointment: go.gwu.edu/ResearchHelp 
Ask for Kean during daytime hours at the Ask Us Desk

SCRC Hours this Week

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:08

The Special Collections Research Center will be open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays through January 12. Due to continued Winter Break hours at Gelman, we will not offer our Wednesday evening or Saturday morning hours this week. 

GW Digital Humanities Showcase

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:04
January 5, 2015

February 20, 2015 (Participant deadline: January 20, 2015)
Hosted by GW Digital Humanities Institute & GW Libraries

Are you launching a Digital Humanities (DH) project and figuring out the next steps? Do you want to meet other people in GW who are interested in how the arts and humanities interact with digital media?

We invite members of the GW community to join a DH Showcase at Gelman Library. Each person (or team) will present a DH project or endeavor (in any stage of its production). This event will provide a venue to introduce your project to other people and receive feedback or advice while also making connections with people across GW community who might share similar interests. We hope that new conversations will open up about methods, tools, challenges, questions, and possibilities arising across projects.

Our definition of DH is broad and can entail anything from a database or tool to a blog or creative work, and we welcome presentations integrating online media or digital cultures into teaching in (or beyond) the space of the classroom.

If you are interested in taking part in this event, please contact Prof. Jonathan Hsy (Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Institute) at jhsy at gwu dot edu with your name, email, affiliation/title, and title of project(s) by January 20, 2015. 

Lit Review How To: Holiday Boot Camps for Grad Students

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:02
December 17, 2014

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 Martin Luther King's Birthday and President's Day offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all.

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.

Monday, January 19 (MLK's Birthday) & Monday, February 16 (President's Day):
9:30-10:00: Citation Chasing
10:00-10:30:  Citation Management
10:45-11:15:  Staying Current in One's Field
11:15-11:45: Searching Beyond Gelman

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 with tips from librarian Tolonda Henderson.

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. Librarian David Hills will help you find the tool that is right for you and get you started using it.

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 journal table of contents alerts, search alerts, and identify key journals in your field.

Searching Beyond Gelman
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 comprehensive search of all published book literature using Worldcat.  This workshop is best for disciplines that write books, especially the humanities and social sciences.

An Exquisite Future

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:29
December 10, 2014

Monday, January 12
11am–Noon
Gelman Library, Room 219

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and the Art and the Book program cordially invite you to the launch of An Exquisite Future, the fifth annual collaborative artist’s book by Art and the Book graduate students. Please join us!

An Exquisite Future explores the implications of a future with a reduced population of honeybees. A vital pollinator of many types of food plants for humans and animals, honeybees are in danger of disappearing because of colony collapse disorder. The artists used this phenomenon as a starting point for contemplating the future. Each artist responded to the preceding vision, building on what came before and using humor while considering potential difficulties.

Winter Break Hours for Gelman Library

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 08:57
December 8, 2014

Thursday, December 18:
Gelman will close at 11pm and 24-hour access will end.
The Check Out Desk will close at 7pm.  Other service desks will close at 5pm.

Friday, December 19:
Gelman and the Check Out Desk will be open from 7am - 7pm 
Other service desks will close at 5pm.

Saturday, December 20, & Sunday December 21: CLOSED

Monday, December 22 & Tuesday, December 23:  8am - 6pm
Wednesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 25:  CLOSED
Friday, December 26: 8am - 6pm
Saturday, December 27 & Sunday, December 28:  CLOSED

Monday, December 29: 8am -6pm
Tuesday, December 30: 8am - 6pm
Wednesday, December 31 & Thursday, January 1:  CLOSED
Friday, January 2: 8am - 6pm
Saturday, January 3 & Sunday, January 4:  CLOSED

Monday January 5 - Friday January 9: 8am -7pm
Saturday January 10 & Sunday January 11: noon - 6pm

Monday, January 12:  
Open at 7am and 24-hour access resumes. 

Please note: The National Security Archives will be closed from December 24th through January 4th.  The University Writing Center will be closed December 13th through  January 24th.

Three New Series in the NEA Collection: The Film, Audio and Video Collection

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 16:04

There are three new series in the NEA Collection. All three series contain moving image and audio recordings produced or held by the National Education Association between 1938 and 2011. Appropriately, the series belong to the NEA Film, Audio and Video Collection.

Study Modernism in Paris this Summer

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:01
December 1, 2014

Summer Study Abroad: TRDA 4595w
Professor Mary Buckley & Librarian Bill Gillis
June 3-16, 2015

Paris-City of Lights, City of Love, Cultural Capital, Moveable Feast: Earnest Hemingway wrote to a friend, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then where ever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."  Study abroad in Paris this summer and enjoy the feast.  This course, now in its 10th year, will explore the journey of Picasso, Diaghilev, Kertesz, Stravinsky, and others who forged artistic collaborations and established Paris as the center of Modernist thought in the early 20th century.  Visiting museums, touring iconic architectural sites and viewing contemporary performance spaces, today's art will be measured against the past.

Learn more at www.studyabroad.gwu.edu or www.gwuparis.com and contact Mary Buckley (buckley@gwu.edu) or Bill Gillis (gillis@gwu.edu).

No language requirements: 3 credits, WID, Elliot School and Cultural Studies Course Humanities GCR

Price: $5250.76 (tuition, lodging, demi-bord, cultural events and museum entrances included.  Airfare is not included.)

 

Gelman Relaxation Station

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 13:37
December 1, 2014

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 Tuesday, December 9

7pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm & 7:45pm
Free, 15–minute sessions of breathing meditations & gentle seated stretches to soothe the neck and spine.   
Taught by yoga instructor Kristin Hoeberlein. 
Gelman Room 301

7-9pm
Grab a healthy snack and enjoy some stress-busting activities.
Gelman Room 302

Alternative Models for Funding Research

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:42
November 20, 2014

Need NIH funding but haven't won the Nobel Prize? 
Think NIH and NSF are passing on the most cutting edge research by early-career scientists?

Find out at this panel discussion what you can do to get your innovative and creative projects funded.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Gelman, Room 702

Noon– Dr. Benjamin McNeil
1pm – Panel Discussion

Join us as we explore alternative models for funding promising research. Oceanographer Ben McNeal will address:

his new platform, Thinkable.org;
the power of crowdfunding; and 
direct engagement with the public.  

Afterwards, he and a panel of fellow experts will discuss other funding models, including changes to peer-review systems and foundation funding. 

Panelists will include:
Benjamin McNeil, Professor of Oceanography, University of New South Wales and founder of Thinkable.org 
Jennifer Wisdom, GW Associate Vice President for Research
Johan Bollen, Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing
Tracy Sullivan, Senior Associate Director of Development, GW Libraries

Moderated by Ryan Watkins, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, GW GSEHD and founder of WeShareScience.org

This program is co-sponsored by GW Libraries and the Collaborative Science Network.  It is open and requires no registration. 

Thanksgiving Hours at Special Collections

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:01

Please note that the Special Collections Research Center will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will not reopen until Monday, Decembe

Writing & Publishing on HIV/AIDS Panel & Workshops

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:58
November 13, 2014

Writing & Publishing on HIV/AIDS Panel Discussion
Featuring Dr. Jose Merino, US Clinical Research Editor for the BMJ, as well as researchers from GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health and the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR)

Monday, December 8 from 10am-Noon
Gelman Library, Room 702
Registration requested, but not required.

Preparing for Publication on HIV/AIDS Workshops

Monday, December 8 from Noon-2pm
Gelman Library, Room 302
RSVP required by Sunday, November 30.

Tuesday, December 16 from 5:30-7:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 302
RSVP required by Sunday, November 30.

Do you wonder how you can publish papers as you juggle research implementation, teaching or clinical practice, proposal writing, administrative duties, and a personal life all at once?
Have you been awarded pilot funds but not yet begun planning for papers?
Do you have data that are analyzed but not yet in manuscript form?
Are you relatively unfamiliar with the publication process?

Publishing in the peer-reviewed literature is critical: not only to disseminate findings from your research but to facilitate successful grant reviews as well as academic advance in the future. Yet it is not always easy: navigating the publishing process can be challenging especially for those new to the process or those with multiple demands on their time. In this Writing and Publishing on HIV/AIDs panel you will hear from experts on publishing in HIV/AIDS related literature and learn publication strategies from the field for successful publication of your research findings. Graduate students, junior, and senior faculty from all area institutions are invited to attend.  This panel is open to all.  Registration requested, but not required.

For hands-on help with your specific paper questions you can attend one of the mentor-led, discipline-specific workshops.   Discuss your own challenges and roadblocks with specialized mentors in publishing in the HIV/AIDS field.  Two sessions are available and each session will address the unique needs to attendees.  RSVP required by Sunday, November 30.

This panel and workshops are brought to you by the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR), an NIH-funded program (P30AI087714), and the GW Libraries, as part of the ongoing series Strategies for Interdisciplinary Publishing Success (SIPS). SIPS brings together authors, editors, researchers, and students to share practical wisdom about the publishing process, with a focus on the challenges of publishing interdisciplinary work.

For more information, please contact:
DC D-CFAR
DC Developmental Center for AIDS Research
202-994-4730
dcdcfar@gmail.com

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