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Get ready to research at SmartSTART!

George Mason University - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:02

Welcome, new students! Get ready to research! From 1:00pm – 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 1, Gateway Library staff will help you get a SmartSTART on the semester! Drop in and discover:

  • Course Reserves
  • Textbooks on Reserve
  • Laptop Print Drivers
  • The Wonders of Your Mason ID
  • Zotero
  • lynda.gmu.edu
  • OneButtonStudio
  • and more!

Stop by, enjoy a snack, and get a SmartSTART at Mason! For more information, please contact Sara Hudson, shudson7 at gmu.edu, 703-993-3471.

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Graduate Student Open House!

George Mason University - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:59

Graduate Students are cordially invited to meet your subject librarians and other research specialists at Fenwick Library’s Graduate Student Open House. You’ll get an overview of key research resources, services and tools, tour Fenwick Library, and more! Enjoy a snack as you discover what the University Libraries have for you—and your success at Mason.

Graduate Student Open House – Floor 2, Wing A, Fenwick Library

  • September 3 4 —7pm
  • September 18 10am — Noon
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Students Nominated for Helen Hayes Awards

American University News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00
The annual Helen Hayes Awards are Washington theatre's highest honors.
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AU Faculty Improving Science Education in DC Schools

American University News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00
Summer institute hosted by AU focuses on new science curriculum.
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Remembering Matthew C. Shlonsky

American University News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00
In Remembrance: Matthew C. Shlonsky
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Remembering Julian Bond

American University News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 00:00
AU School of Public Affairs is saddened by the loss of Julian Bond, distinguished adjunct professor, who passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015.
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Gelman Library Closed on August 23

The George Washington University - 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

The George Washington University - 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.

Race to the Finish

American University News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 00:00
AU assistant track coach Kerri Gallagher will compete in the IAAF World Championships in China.
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NASPAA Honors SPA Ph.D. Candidate

American University News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 00:00
School of Public Affairs Ph.D. candidate Katie Vinopal has been selected as a 2015 NASPAA Emerging Scholar.
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All-American Weekend: A time for Eagles to Reconnect

American University News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:00
American University adds exciting new events to annual celebration of alumni, parents, and students
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From Undocumented Immigrant to American University Graduate

American University News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:00
Enrique “Ernesto” Benavides, SIS/BA ‘15, came to the United States illegally when he was 14 years old. Now a legal permanent resident, he recounted his story in a term paper for a course with Professor Elizabeth Cohn.
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Announcing the 2015 AU Alumni Award Winners

American University News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:00
American University announces its 2015 Alumni Award winners.
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Making our Menu Accessible

The George Washington University - 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 (library.gwu.edu) 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: https://adobe-accessibility.github.io/Accessible-Mega-Menu

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: http://modernizr.com) 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: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/accessibility-developer-t/fpkknkljclfencbdbgkenhalefipecmb). 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 (https://library.gwu.edu/accessibility) 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.

AU Welcomes Newest Class of Eagles

American University News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00
The Class of 2019 is a diverse and academically outstanding group of students.
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SPA's IZA Research Fellows

American University News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00
Three School of Public Affairs faculty members have been named Research Fellows by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.
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Kogod Student Works Hard but Networks Harder at the Cannes Film Festival

American University News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00
The playground of the rich and famous welcomed a new face this year. Business and entertainment minor Sarah Liebman, SOC/BA ’17, interned at the prestigious festival.
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Fall 2015's New SPA Faculty and Visiting Scholars

American University News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00
The School of Public Affairs is pleased to welcome new faculty members and visiting scholars.
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Winning Essay - 2015 Alumni Association Scholarship

American University News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00
Sirah Bah, Class of 2019, submitted this essay describing how her father's student experience influenced her own decision to attend AU. This was one of the requirements to apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship.
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Kogod Faculty Testify Before Congress

American University News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00
Kogod tax representatives testify before Congress seeking simplified regulations for digital entrepreneurs.
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