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Get Ready for Open Access Week!

George Mason University - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 19:19

George Mason University will celebrate International Open Access Week, October 19-25, 2015. This will be Mason’s 7th observance of Open Access Week, which began as a student-led national day of action in 2007. Exciting and interesting workshops, presentations, and activities are planned for each day – join us at any or all of these events!

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Open Access Week at GW

The George Washington University - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 10:22
October 8, 2015

Join the GW Libraries as we celebrate Open Access Week with events dedicated to promoting GW scholarship to the broadest possible audience.

How Open Access Benefits Faculty + Research
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11am
Catholic University, Great Room A, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
Learn about the experiences at universities that have adopted an open access policy. Keynote speakers - Dr. Steven Lerman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The George Washington University & Geneva Henry, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries, The George Washington University. 

Open Access Salons
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 9:30-11:30am
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Tuesday, Oct. 27, 4:30-6:30 pm
Gelman Library Room 219
Drop in for an informal salon designed to discuss strategies to protect, preserve, and increase the impact of your scholarship. We will introduce our new institutional repository, GW ScholarSpace, and answer your questions. Refreshments provided.

RCR Lecture Series Presents "Data Acquisition and Management"
Wednesday, Oct. 21, Noon to 1:30pm
Gelman Library Room 702
OVPR's Office of Research Integrity invites you to attend this Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lecture featuring University Librarian and Vice Provost Geneva Henry and a distinguished panel including Dr. Jody Ganiban,Dr. Tara Sinclair, and Dr. Alexander van der Horst. Please RSVP to resinteg@gwu.edu.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Open Access vs. Traditional Publishing
Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Gelman Library Room 219
This workshop will introduce you to the interface for uploading your ETD document, with a special emphasis on Open Access vs. Traditional Publishing.  Attendees will have the chance to ask questions related to the ETD process, Open Access, embargoes, and copyright.

For more information about how to protect your author rights and make your scholarship more publicly accessible, please visit our website at go.gwu.edu/oaweek.

Mason Publishing Partners on Proceedings

George Mason University - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 09:58

Mason Publishing Group recently partnered with the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) to publish the proceedings from this year’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning Conference. The event, which was sponsored in part by the University Libraries and Mason Publishing Group, was very successful, with more than 300 attendees. The conference also featured the scholarship of several library faculty.

Mason Publishing Group provides services to support the creation, curation, dissemination, and preservation of scholarly, creative, and educational works by and for the Mason community.

 

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AU Launches International Accelerator Program

American University News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 00:00
New program with Shorelight gives international students the opportunity to study at AU.
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Is Engineering the Climate the Way Forward?

American University News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 00:00
Climate engineering is large-scale, highly technological human manipulation of the atmosphere.
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BrowZine web version now available

George Mason University - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 20:01

BrowZine web version is now available! BrowZine for laptop or desktop computers is supported by the following browsers: Chrome version 43+, Safari version 8+, Firefox version 31+, and Internet Explorer version 11+.

Currently, BrowZine is available for all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini running iOS 5.1 or later, and on Android tablets running Android 4.1+, including the Google Nexus 7 or 10, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the Kindle Fire HD. thirdiron.com/download

BrowZine is available from Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Kindle App Store. It’s a free download, but make sure to choose “George Mason University” from the list of libraries so you have access to the Mason Libraries’ journal collections.

Reading list, citation and other BrowZine features are coming soon. Learn more about BrowZine!

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Innovations in Scholarly Communication Survey

George Mason University - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 18:20

What tools do you use in your research workflow? Web of Science or Google Scholar? Zotero or Papers? ORCID or ResearchGate? JCR or Altmetric?

As part of an Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) scholarly communication project, George Mason University faculty and graduate students are invited to take this graphical survey – 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication – about research tool use. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, and you can opt to receive a visual characterization of your workflow compared to that of your peer group via email.

George Mason University’s survey link:

https://innoscholcomm.typeform.com/to/Csvr7b?source=4g2M2u

Why participate?

  • You will learn how your use of digital research tools compares to that of your peers, and you may discover some new tools.
  • You’ll inform Mason’s University Libraries about what you use so that we can optimize library services and resources to suit your needs.
  • By taking this survey, developed by librarians at Utrecht University, you are also contributing to a global effort to chart the evolving landscape of scholarly communication.
  • The survey will investigate how tool usage varies by discipline, country, and research role.

The survey will run until February 2016. Preliminary results of this international survey, as well as the final dataset, will be posted on the 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication site. The University Libraries will also share our community’s dataset and produce a publicly available report.

For more information, please contact Jeri Wieringa, jwiering @gmu.edu, 703-993-3742.

 

 

 

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SIS Establishes Memorial Fund to Study the District of Columbia in Honor of Beloved Alumnus

American University News - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 00:00
Message from the Dean: SIS Establishes Memorial Fund to Study the District of Columbia in Honor of Beloved Alumnus
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Looking Back at a Legend

American University News - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 00:00
The AU community offers fond memories of the late, great Julian Bond.
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Colonials Weekend at GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:10
October 5, 2015

Join the GW Libraries on Saturday, October 17 as we celebrate Colonials Weekend 2015. Students, parents, and alumni are invited to visit Gelman and Eckles to learn more about our services, including 3-D printing at Gelman! 

Saturday, October 17:

11am - 2pm
Gelman Library Open House and 3-D Printing Demonstrations
Don't miss a chance to visit Gelman Library, the intellectual hub of GW's Foggy Bottom campus. We’ll have a 3-D printer demonstration and library staff will be available to discuss the range of services and resources we offer to support your student.

11-11:30am
The Library's Role in Academic Success: What Parents Need to Know
Gelman Library, Room 219
The modern library is much more than just books and a place to study. In this short workshop, learn from teaching librarians how crucial the innovative services and technologies of the GW Libraries are to undergraduate success.

11:30am - Noon
3-D Printing and GIS: How Today's Scholars Visualize, Analyze, and Interpret Data
Gelman Library, Room 219
GW students have access to amazing technology not even dreamed of 20 years ago, fundamentally changing the way students visualize and interpret data. Attend this short workshop for an introduction to 3-D printing and geographic information services, just 2 of the services now available in the libraries.

1-1:30pm 
The Library's Role in Academic Success: What Parents Need to Know 
Gelman Library, Room 219
The modern library is much more than just books and a place to study. In this short workshop, learn from teaching librarians how crucial the innovative services and technologies of the GW Libraries are to undergraduate success.

1:30-2pm
3-D Printing and GIS: How Today's Scholars Visualize, Analyze, and Interpret Data
Gelman Library, Room 219
GW students have access to amazing technology not even dreamed of 20 years ago, fundamentally changing the way students visualize and interpret data. Attend this short workshop for an introduction to 3-D printing and geographic information services, just 2 of the services now available in the libraries.

Noon - 2pm 
Celebrating the Creative Process
Eckles Library Main Reading Room
Join us for a celebration of research, music, and art as we award the 2015 Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence and open the Women's Leadership Program's annual art show! Meet the student artists and writers, view exhibits, listen to performances, and enjoy refreshments. Parents, students, and faculty are all welcome. For more information, please see https://library.gwu.edu/eckles/the-eckles-prize-for-freshman-research-excellence

Student Assists Myanmar Refugees in Malaysia

American University News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 00:00
Alya Shaiful Bahari, SIS/BA ’16, received the AU Scholars and Artists Fellowship Award to study Myanmar refugees in Kuala Lumpur this past summer.
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New Environmental Science Courses Offered at AU and in Kenya

American University News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 00:00
Focus on environmental issues in East Africa
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New Concert Series at American University Museum

American University News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 00:00
First concert is on Thursday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m.
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Serving Life: Film Screening + Discussion

George Mason University - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:04

Gateway Library and Mason Reads will present a film screening and discussion of the film SERVING LIFE on Thursday, October 22 at 3pm in the Johnson Center Cinema.

SERVING LIFE documents an extraordinary hospice program in which hardened criminals care for dying fellow inmates. Narrated and executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker, the film takes viewers inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison at Angola, where the average prison sentence is more than 90 years.

A discussion of the film will follow and be led by Professor Giovanna Chesler, Director, Film and Video Studies (FAVS), George Mason University.

For more information, please contact Maoria Kirker, mkirker @gmu.edu, 703-993-9059.

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Library of Congress Tour

George Mason University - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 11:41

Arlington Campus Library is hosting its regular Library of Congress orientation and tour session on Friday, October 16, 2015. Join us to learn about conducting research at the Library of Congress with special guest instructor Darren Jones, a librarian at the Library of Congress.

Attendees will be able to get Library of Congress ID cards to access the Readers Room, learn about the research services available, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library. Registration is required; save your spot now!

For more information, please contact Beth Roszkowski, broszkow @ gmu.edu, 703-993-9864.

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Student Becomes Teacher; Former Washington Semester Student Now Professor in Program

American University News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:00
Washington Semester Student now Professor in Program
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Gender and Sexuality Collection Comes to AU Library

American University News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:00
This summer, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion's Gender and Sexuality Library material was integrated into the general collection at the Bender Library, a shift which will make this important collection even more accessible.
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We, the People: Citizen Input Helps Constitutions, Study Suggests

American University News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:00
A study by Todd Eisenstadt, Carl LeVan, and Tofigh Maboudi suggests that democracies may be stronger when ordinary citizens are involved in the initial stages of reforming of their country’s constitution.
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Library Life Hacks: Boot Camps for Grad Students

The George Washington University - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:38
October 1, 2015

Library Life Hacks workshops explore methods that today's scholars use to manage, visualize, analyze, and interpret data. These "Boot Camps" on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) & Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all. Make it a full day of knowledge by attending the Lit Review How To sessions on the same days. 

Workshops fill up fast so please RSVP to secure your seat:
RSVP for October 12 Workshops
RSVP for November 11 Workshops

Workshop Topics:

What is Data?
In this workshop we will define research data & data-related terms, learn common data formats, understand use agreements and restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.

Data Management
Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop, learn best practices for data management and discover the tools, people and resources GW Libraries can provide to help you.

GIS Data Basics
Come learn how you can integrate Geographic Information Systems into your research and discover the resources available at Gelman Library and beyond. This workshop will cover the basics of data discovery and display using ArcGIS software. Let it spark your cartographic imagination! Please note: this session takes place in Gelman Library, Room 300.

Uploading Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)
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? 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.  Please bring your own computer.

All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219 except GIS Basics, which takes place in Gelman Library, Room 300.  Kids off school for the day? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome to attend.

Lit Review How To: Boot Camps for Grad Students

The George Washington University - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:19
October 1, 2015

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 Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) & Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all. Make it a full day of knowledge by attending the Library Life Hacks sessions on the same days. 

Workshops fill up fast so please RSVP to secure your seat:
RSVP for October 12 Workshops
RSVP for November 11 Workshops

Workshop Topics:

The Basics: Mapping Your Research
What is a Literature Review, and what information do I need to begin one? Learn tips on how to begin your search, discover keywords, and narrow topics, and how to find the right databases and resources for your topic using GW Libraries’ tools. 

Searching Beyond Gelman
How do you know what research is out there? How can you know what you don't know? Librarians 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. 

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

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. 

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

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.

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