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Spring Break Hours

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:18
March 6, 2015

The weather may not feel like spring, but the calendar says it is Spring Break!  For those of you spending your break in the warm embrace of Gelman Library, please note our change in hours. The library will not be available for 24-hour study during Spring Break (March 6-14).

Friday, March 6
Close at 10pm

Sat & Sun, March 7 & 8

Mon-Fri, March 9-13

Saturday, March 14

Sunday, March 15
Open at 9am and 24-hour study resumes

1895 Babylonian Talmud now available in the Kiev Collection

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:12
March 3, 2015

Gelman Library's Kiev Collection has acquired a complete original set of the Babylonian Talmud printed in 1895 in Vilna, Russia (today Vilnius, Lithuania).  Of the many editions of this ancient work, the one issued in Vilna by the "Widow and Brothers Romm," with multiple commentaries in 18 large folio volumes, is considered the most accurate.  In pristine condition and carefully bound, our set comes from the library of Stanley Rabinowitz (1917-2012), rabbi of DC's Adas Israel Congregation, and was donated by his daughter Dr. Sharon Chard-Yaron of San Diego.  Rabbi Rabinowitz was the grandson of the Lithuanian-born Talmudic scholar Naftali Zeichik of Des Moines, Iowa, whose book on rabbinic law, published in Jerusalem in 1935, was included with the gift. 

 For more information about this work or for questions about using, visiting, or donating to the Kiev Collection, please contact the Curator at  Located on the 7th floor of the Gelman Library, the Kiev Room is open to researchers Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Curator of the Kiev Judaica Collection is available for reference consultations to discuss research topics, help formulate search strategies, and locate useful materials.

Celebrate the Poetry of Washington D.C.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 09:52
March 3, 2015

Friday, March 20
Gelman Library, Room 702

Join us for A Splendid Wake 3, an annual celebration of poetry in the nation’s capital from 1900 to the Present.  This 3rd event in the series will feature presentations on:

Georgia Douglas Johnson & the “Saturday Nighters” 
May Miller
The Federal Poets 
Poetry Workshops born during “Poetry and the National Conscience” conferences 
The Modern Urban Griots

Brown-Bag Discussion: How GW’s Open-Access Policy Works for You

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:16
February 27, 2015

Tuesday March 17 from 12-1
Wednesday March 25 from 12-1
Gelman Library, Room 219

Join us for a Brown-bag discussion of the Open-Access Policy. Learn how it works with your publishing practices and how it helps disseminate your work to the academic community and beyond.

The GW Faculty Senate recently passed a resolution to make faculty publications accessible through GW's institutional repository. This resolution, which establishes an open-access policy for the university, has received the Provost's support and approval. 

GW’s new Open-Access Policy is designed to be fully compatible with scholarly publication in print and online. The policy will further GW's commitment to promoting innovative research that makes a positive impact on society. 

Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at the Special Collections Research Center

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:47
February 25, 2015

Horse hair, glass, metal screws, handmade paper, a cotton t-shirt—these are just some of the materials that compose the nearly three hundred artists’ books housed in the Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at GW Libraries. Conceived by renowned artists such as Ed Ruscha or by up-and-coming artists from the Corcoran’s MA Art and the Book program, these art objects stretch the boundaries of what ‘book’ can mean: Alice Austin’s Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004) resembles a codex, but when opened reveals its accordion folds with illustrations of domestic scenes; Beth Thielen’s The Tower (2007) appears largely sculptural until small booklets unfold from its architectural, watch-tower-like form.   Thielen’s work, made in collaboration with women prisoners from San Quentin State Prison and the California Rehabilitation Centers, embodies the collection’s thematic focus of social justice and consciousness.

Now through March 20th, you can view a selection of nineteen artists’ books from the Corcoran collection at GW’s Luther W. Brady Gallery. The exhibit entitled “Paper Window” presents a wide range of artist book categories, including photobooks, pop-ups, mixed media books, and altered books. The exhibit also features customized book housings and book-making tools on loan from the Art and the Book graduate program. Visit often as paged books will periodically have new spreads on display. Located on the second floor of GW’s Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st Street, NW), the Brady Gallery is free and open to the public.

Learn more about this unique teaching collection for book arts students in this blog post by Art & Design Librarian Shira Loev Eller.  

A Reading by Teddy Wayne

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:01
February 25, 2015

The GW English Department invites you to:

A Reading by Teddy Wayne

Gelman Library, Room 702
Thursday, February 26
7:30 PM

Novelist Teddy Wayne is the author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil. His nonfiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

This reading is part of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series. 

Student Web Producer

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:14
February 19, 2015Christian Aldridge, Web Developer GW Libraries

The Scholarly Technology Group at GW Libraries is looking for a student to work with us as a Web Producer. We need someone with a good eye for design to help with our web content.

The job posting at is Job ID #814940 


Designer needed to maintain and create web content and graphic assets for the web. Work with a dynamic and supportive web development team, grow your technical skills and boost your resume.

  • Check content for compliance with web standards and style guidelines
  • Design graphic assets for web apps and content
  • Assist Libraries staff with content layout and style guidelines
  • Run reports to check for broken links and orphaned content
  • Run reports on site usage (Google Analytics) to prioritize content and improve usability

Let the Sun Shine: FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Requests for Journalists and Researchers

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:39
February 19, 2015

Thursday, March 19
Gelman Library, Room 702

Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project Nate Jones of the non-government, non-profit National Security Archive will lead a workshop on how journalists, historians, or any person can file successful FOIA requests to the federal government. His two-hour workshop will share the tactics the Archive has learned from the 50,000-plus FOIA requests and appeals that it has submitted. Jones will utilize real examples of FOIA requests, appeals, and releases to demonstrate how to pry government documents into the public domain and allow Americans to know what their government is up to.

This event is part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Community Town Halls on the Future of GW Libraries

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:35
February 13, 2015

Monday, March 2 -and- Tuesday, March 3
Gelman Room 219

What will the GW Libraries look like in 2020?  How are we preparing now for the scholarship of the future?  

Create the future with us!  The GW Libraries are working on a new Vision and Strategic Plan which aligns with GW's Strategic Plan and will guide our priorities and actions in the coming 5-7 years. GW faculty and staff are invited to a brief presentation by Vice Provost for Libraries Geneva Henry on this new plan, followed by a discussion. Bring us your comments, questions, and concerns to help us understand your needs, both now and in the years to come.  

It is only with the insight and feedback of our faculty and staff that we can truly live up to our new vision and become "a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens."



Crossing the Finish Line: Uploading Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:39
February 12, 2015

Tuesday, March 3 at 11am [Doctoral deadline is April 1]
Monday, April 13 at 11am and 5pm [Master's deadline is May 15]

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? Don't be caught off guard! Led by Valerie Emerson, ETD Administrator, 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. All sessions will be held in Gelman Library, Room 219.  Please bring your own computer.  Please register below:

RSVP for March 3 at 11am 
RSVP for April 13 at 11am
RSVP for April 13 at 5pm

Paper Window: An Exhibit of Artists' Books

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:45

Wednesday, February 11 • 5-7pm

Digital Humanities Showcase

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:54
February 2, 2015

February 20 • 12:30-3pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Everyone is invited to a showcase of Digital Humanities (DH) projects underway across the University.  The program will include brief presentations followed by discussion and a reception.  Find out about innovative endeavors happening in English, History, GW Libraries, Japanese, Jewish Cultural Arts, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Presented by the GW Digital Humanities Institute and GW Libraries.

Librarian Mark Yoffe on Voice of America (Russia)

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 12:56
January 31, 2015

Dr. Mark Yoffe, curator of the International Counterculture Archive and the Soviet Samizdat Archive in Gelman's Global Resources Center was interviewed by Voice of America (Russia).  He spoke about the relevance of Soviet protest rock music in today’s Russia and showed off the Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock exhibit on Gelman's 7th floor.  GW student Ivor Urek also commented on American student interest in the music from the former Soviet Union.  

View the full interview here. (Segment begins at the 23:00 minute mark and is in Russian.)  The Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock exhibit is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Possible Noise Disruption Friday

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:16
January 29, 2015

Friday, January 30
between 8am-4pm (intermittent) 

Workers are completing the final phase of Gelman’s HVAC upgrades. Work on the roof will require use of hammer drills and may be audible in some areas of the building. Higher floors are more likely to be disrupted.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we improve the library facilities.

New Undergraduate Publications Corner

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:57
January 29, 2015

Beginning on January 30th the entrance floor reading lounge will include an Undergraduate Publications Corner. The Corner will feature journals and magazines showcasing the talents and interest of student writers within specific disciplines. Copies of past and present issues will become available for visitors to read within the library as well as to take a copy for the road. General information about each organization will be provided for students who are interested in working with or writing for a specific publication.

Check out the work of fellow GW undergraduates in these publications:
The Globe: Undergraduate Academic Journal of the ESIA
Omnibus of the GW Roosevelt Institute
GW Pre-Law Student Association Undergraduate Law Review
Wooden Teeth: The George Washington University's Art and Literary Magazine
The ACE Magazine

Student Town Hall on the Future of the GW Libraries

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:21
January 21, 2015

Tuesday, February 3
Noon -or- 5:30pm
Gelman, Room 219

What will the GW Libraries look like in 2020?  How are we preparing now for the students of the future?

Join us for a student town hall on the future of the GW Libraries.  This meeting will unveil the libraries' new Strategic Plan, our road map for the future.  Bring us your feedback into how the libraries can be better for you and for the students to come.

RSVP by January 31st for a free lunch or dinner from Chipotle at the meeting.  Only those who rsvp are guaranteed a burrito.

RSVP for the Noon-1pm meeting:
RSVP for the 5:30-6:30pm meeting:

Interested in 3D Printing? Take Our Survey!

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:28
January 21, 2015

Are you interested in access to a 3D printer on campus? We are asking students, faculty and staff at GW to tell us if and how they might use a 3D printer for academic purposes. Should the libraries purchase a 3D printer for student/faculty use? Take our survey and help decide!

The Realities of Reality TV: A Talk with the Writers Guild of America, East

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:24
January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 29 from 4-6pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
In reality television, hundreds of hours of footage are shot for a single episode. The resulting story is similar in its narrative structure to an episode of scripted television. Reality TV programs have a beginning, middle, and end, complete with character arcs, plots, conflict, and resolution. The difference between shows like Modern Family and Survivor is how the source material is generated. Reality writers don’t script each line for a professional actor to speak. Instead, these writers must use existing footage to work backwards from the ending in the most interesting way possible.

While reality television shows have quickly become popular with viewers and profitable for the networks, the writers who make these programs possible have not shared in the success. Unlike other television writers, most reality television programs are written without a union contract. As a result, these writers sometimes work long hours without health and pension benefits or minimum salary protections or residuals.

Non-Fiction Television Writers and Producers United, a project of the Writers Guild of America, East, is currently organizing those performing storytelling duties on non-fiction/reality TV shows in New York.  Justin Molito, Director of Organizing for the WGA-East and non-fiction television writer and producer Joe Danisi, will discuss the realities of the non-fiction television industry in a panel moderated by GW Labor Archivist, Tom Connors.