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Attend a Workshop from Anywhere!

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 13:23
December 28, 2016

Your first stop to learn a new skill, improve your research, or manage and visualize your data is the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation workshop series. Many library workshops are being offered in real time via WebEx and you can participate fully in these sessions from your home, office, or anywhere you have a computer and internet access. Online or in-person, library workshops are free for GW students, faculty, and staff. Below is a list of upcoming workshops set up for remote attendance:

Research Data

Data Demystified | FRI 2·24 | 11:30-Noon
Data Management | FRI 2·24 | Noon-12:30
Data Analysis at Your Fingertips Using Google Sheets | MON 2·20 | 11-Noon
Collecting Social Media Data with Social Feed Manager | TUE 2·14 | Noon-1:30pm

Visualizing Data with GIS

Intro to Geographic Information Systems | WED 1·25 | 5-6pm
Finding GIS Data and Resources | WED 2·8 | 5-6pm
GIS Interface Basics | WED 2·22 | 5-6pm

Ready to Work Career Series

Developing Engaging Presentations | THU 3·2 | 11:30-12:30 
Building a WordPress Portfolio |  FRI 3·31 | 11:30-12:30 

Research at the Next Level

Monday, February 20

Basics of Graduate Research | 9-9:30am 
Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills | 9:30-10am 
Keeping Up with New Research | 10-10:30am

Friday, March 3

Basics of Graduate Research | 1-1:30pm
Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills | 1:30-2pm 
Keeping Up with New Research | 2-2:30pm

Citations Made Simple Monday, February 20

The Logic of Citations: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles | 1-1:30pm 
Citation Chasing & Cited Reference Searching | 1:30—2 pm 
Zotero In-Depth | 2-2:30pm

Friday, March 3

The Logic of Citations: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles | 10:30-11am 
Citation Chasing & Cited Reference Searching | 11-11:30am
Zotero In-Depth | 11:30 – Noon

We're Getting a New Look in January!

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 11:13
December 21, 2016

The library webpages ( are getting a new look before the new academic year begins in January, 2017! This new look will bring the library website more in line with GW's other sites and improve the experience for our users. While things will look different when you visit in January, most things will not change. You'll still find the same content in the same places and the same menu items. Below is a summary of what you can expect. Check back here for updates and a sneak preview!

Things that WON'T change:

  • Menu names and items that appear when mousing over them will remain the same.
  • While header and footers will change, the content between them will not change except on the home page.
  • The look of the search box will change, but the search options and the results they return will not be affected.  
  • URLs will remain the same. No need to update bookmarks or syllabi because of this change.

Things that WILL change:

  • The home page will look and feel more current and more like GW. 
  • A new header on each internal page will add easy options to access popular pages.
  • A new footer presents easier to read infomation and links.

Introducing the 2017 Kiev Fellows

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 15:17
December 19, 2016

Congratulations to our two 2017 Kiev Fellows who will be starting their research in the Kiev Judaica Collection in the spring semester. The biennial Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program provides an award for short-term scholarly research, creative, or educational projects informed by the holdings of the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection. These awardees will present their work at the end of the fellowship in an open event for the community. 

Melanie Meyers is a senior manager for reference and outreach at The Center for Jewish History. She will use materials in the Kiev Collection that were both stamped by the Nazi confiscation stamp, and may also have passed through the Offenbach Depot, in her research on looted books and libraries during WWII and it’s aftermath. Her project traces the path of books from their original repositories through the sorting point of the Offenbach Archival Depot, where they were either returned to their origin libraries, or sent to alternate institutions. Her team at The Center for Jewish History have spent years creating and maintaining a digital map of these libraries, which they hope to expand with additional educational resources developed during this fellowship. 

Garrett Dome is a GW sophomore majoring in philosophy. His project will examine the writings of Maimonides in both the context of Jewish history and philosophy, focusing on the Moreh Nevukhim, otherwise known as The Guide for the Perplexed, which contains Maimonides most essential philosophical writings. He will use a copy of Maimonides’ Guide translated by Samuel ibn Tibbon, which is available in the Kiev Collection. Working with a translator, Garrett will focus on Tibbon's translation from 1204 as a way to understand the nuances and complexity of Maimonides’ language. 



GW History Online

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 16:52
November 28, 2016

The GW University Archives is proud to announce, GW Past, a new online resource featuring essays, lists and timelines designed to share highlights and summaries from GW's nearly 200-year history. This includes information about GW's founding and location, as well as brief histories of some of the past and present schools and divisions that make up GW.

GW Past joins our digital collections pages as part of our committment to making GW history as accessible as possible through ongoing programs to digitize and publish historical GW photographsGW publications and GW student publications

GW Past is a service of the GW University Archives, which is a rich resource for information on GW's history. If you don't see an answer to your question online, if you are looking for more in-depth information, or if you have additional historical material to contribute, please contact University Archivist Christie Peterson or email

International Collections Showstoppers

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:25
November 28, 2016

Wednesday, November 30
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Global Resources Center (Gelman 708)
International candy!

Check out some of our favorite acquisitions found only in the Global Resources Center (Gelman 708). From Iranian schoolbooks to Russian resistance zines; from Japanese literature to Chinese military newspapers; from North Korean textbooks to classic works of Islamic law, the GRC's librarian-experts have chosen some of their most unique and interesting pieces to give you a break from studying! A diverse selection of international candy will be available to try and GRC experts will be on hand to answer any and all questions about the material.

On display, will be rare and special holdings in the areas of:
Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Underground Rock
Resistance and Dissent
Islamic Law – Highlights from the Damghani Collection
Government Documents and Statistics
Language, Education, and Literature
Security and Terrorism


An Evening with General David Petraeus

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:38
November 21, 2016

Friday, December 16
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
National Churchill Library & Center (Gelman 101)
RSVP required

Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes General David Petraeus for a discussion on strategic leadership and current global challenges, and a reflection on Winston Churchill as a leader in war and peace. RSVP is required for this exclusive event so please reserve your seat here

General Petraeus, a renowned counterinsurgency expert, served for nearly four decades in the U.S. Army. His commands included coalition forces in Iraq, U.S. Central Command, and coalition forces in Afghanistan. He was widely credited for his leadership of the Surge in Iraq that sharply reduced sectarian violence. Upon his retirement from the military, he took up the post of CIA Director. The General is a Partner with the global investment firm KKR, and the Chairman of the KKR Institute.

Located on the 1st floor of Gelman Library, the National Churchill Library and Center is the first research center dedicated to the study of Sir Winston Churchill in our nation’s capital. The new center’s research resources and interdisciplinary programs offer GW students, faculty, researchers, and the public the opportunity to examine the life and legacy of Churchill.

GW Libraries 2016 Thanksgiving Hours

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:51
November 15, 2016

The GW Libraries are thankful for our terrific patrons (and a few days off!) Please note the building closures and changed hours for the Thanskgiving holiday.

Gelman Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Wednesday, Nov. 23  - Gelman building closes at 6pm*
Thursday, Nov. 24 & Friday, Nov. 25  -  Gelman is CLOSED*
Saturday, Nov, 26  -  Open from noon-6pm* 
Sunday, Nov. 27  -  Open at 9am to resume 24-hour access
*24-hour building access is not available during this time.

Eckles Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Tuesday, Nov. 22 - 8am-11pm
Wednesday, Nov. 23  -  8am-5pm
Thursday, Nov. 24, Friday, Nov. 25, & Saturday, Nov. 26  -  Eckles is CLOSED
Sunday, Nov. 27  -  3pm-3am

VSTC Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Thursday, Nov. 24 & Friday, Nov. 25  -  VSTCL is CLOSED*
*24-hour building access is not available during this time.

Election Tweets Available for Research

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 14:38
November 11, 2016

Are you researching the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election cycle? GW student and researchers can access 279 million tweets from candidates, parties, conventions, and debates. Take a look at the 3.6 million tweets collected from election day/night. Social Feed Manager (SFM) was developed by GW Libraries to support campus research about social media including Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Sina Weibo.

Email to get started with Social Feed Manager or to schedule a research consultation.

Social Feed Manager is hosted and run by GW Libraries and harvests data and websites from free public sources provided by the platforms. You can receive data in several formats, including CSV, Excel, and JSON. hosted and run by GW Libraries and harvests data and websites from free public sources provided by the platforms. We collect social media data for research, archiving, and academic purposes.

Recently published research using data from SFM:


Improving Access to Office of the President Records

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 14:07
November 11, 2016

The Office of the President records (RG0002) is undergoing a re-organization beginning November 4 and continuing for 4-6 weeks. During this time it is completely closed to researchers. We look forward to providing you with improved access to this collection in December, 2016. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center with any questions. 

The Office of the President records, series 4, contains correspondence, reports, and other amazing documents. These materials range from GW’s 2nd president, Stephen Chapin (1828-1841), to GW’s 19th president, Stephen J. Trachtenberg (1988-2007), and all who served in between. The records reflect some of the most significant events in GW’s history, including the development of the University, the accreditation of various schools and programs, integration, prizes awarded, speeches and inaugural materials, and the minutes of different schools such as Columbian College,  the Law School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Browse the online finding aid for more information: /ead/rg0002.xml#ref1109

Attend a Library Workshop from Anywhere!

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:07
October 31, 2016

Many library workshops are also being offered in real time via WebEx and you can participate fully in these sessions from your home, office, or anywhere you have a computer and internet access. Online or in-person, library workshops are free for GW students, faculty, and staff. Below is a list of upcoming workshops set up for remote attendance:


Tuesday, November 1
Find and Use Open Access Images in Your Thesis or Dissertation

Wednesday, November 2
Developing Engaging Presentations

Friday, November 4
Basics of Graduate Research

Tuesday, November 8
Building a WordPress Portfolio

Thursday, November 10
Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills

Citation Chasing and Cited Reference Searching

Keeping Up With New Research

Friday, November 11
Take Charge of Your Stuff: Citation Management with RefWorks, Zotero & Mendeley

Monday, November 14
Data Demystified

Data Management

Tuesday, November 15
How Do I Cite This?: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles

Friday, December 9
Crossing the Finish Line: Uploading Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) 

National Churchill Library and Center Now Open

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 11:22
October 31, 2016

The National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC), located on Gelman's 1st floor, officially opened on October 29! This space is now open for study whenever Gelman is open.

The new space features 20+ new tables and 50+ new chairs. Most of the tables in the main room have electrical outlets built in. Restrooms are located inside the NCLC.

Stop by the NCLC anytime to view an interactive digital exhibit on Winston Churchill or to browse a selection of books by and about him.

National Churchill Library and Center Open House

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 18:18
October 24, 2016

Saturday, October 29
3-5 p.m.
National Churchill Library and Center, 1st Floor, Gelman Library

Join us for an open house celebrating the opening of the National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) on the first floor of Gelman Library. This is the first major research facility in the nation's capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill and his role in 20th century history and in the world today. Tour our new space and learn about how the NCLC is supporting research and leadership programming at GW and beyond. Please feel free to drop by any time during our Open House.

Jack-o-Lit: Literary Pumpkin Carving and Crafts with Faculty & Librarians

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:36
October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 27
Noon-2 p.m.
Kogan Plaza

Bring your own pumpkin and sculpt an homage to your favorite author or literary character in the company of GW's coolest faculty and librarians. Carving implements will be provided along with cookies, cider, and nerdy-cool conversation. Check out this GW Today gallery for photos of last year's amazing creations!

Don't have a pumpkin to carve? Make your own mask! Supplies will be provided.

Costumes aren't required, but are definitely encouraged!  Extra cookies and instant respect if you arrive dressed as any literary or classical character. 

Afterwards, don't forget to wear your mask to the GW English Department's Fall Open House from 3-5 p.m. Treats of all kinds will be available in the English Department lounge (Philips Hall, 6th floor) and faculty will be in their offices with candy and literary treats. 

Rare Book Friday in the Special Collections Research Center

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:21
October 21, 2016

Friday, October 28
Noon - 4:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 710 (Kiev Room)

October Focus - “Books of Life: Resilience and the Written Word (1933 to the Present)” Sneak Peak

October’s selections offer a sneak peek of an upcoming library exhibition. “Books of Life: Resilience and the Written Word (1933 to the Present)” will bring together materials from the Corcoran Collection of Artists’ Books and the Kiev Judaica collection in an exploration of the book’s power to preserve human expression in the face of persecution. Because of this power, violence towards books has been a hallmark of repressive regimes. At the same time, books have been a means of reclaiming, recovery, and remembrance for communities who have experienced oppression.

Materials range from books looted during the period of Nazi aggression and Holocaust memorial texts, to artists’ books which commemorate modern acts of violence and which call for social justice for victims of war, institutionalized racism, and other forms discrimination.

Join us for an up-close look at the jewels of GW's special collections at this monthly open house. Librarians and archivists will be on hand to a discuss the books and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to interact with rare and historic items that are usually kept in secure storage areas. Learn how to enhance your research using the rich trove of primary sources available in GW's Special Collections Research Center. 

Help Us Improve Your Online Experience

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 14:48
October 11, 2016

We want to hear your thoughts about our website! The libraries are looking for GW undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, staff, and faculty to talk to us about how they use and help us to test out changes. Is there something you've had a hard time finding? Are you confused by something you've seen? Let us know so we can improve our website for everyone.

There are 2 ways to help:

  • Click here for a fast and easy way to give us feedback on anything and everything about the libraries' web presence.
  • Want to have an even greater impact? Come to Gelman and help us to do a usability test. As a participant, you'll show us where our website goes wrong and give your opinions on how to make it better. Partcipants will earn our eternal gratitude, a better library web experience for all, and a Starbuck’s Gift Card. Email Student Liaison Yesenia Yepez for more details or to sign up. 

Data Workshops

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:32
October 8, 2016

Are you mystified by research data? Learn more about data at these back-to-back workshops taught by data librarian Mandy Gooch.

Thursday, October 13

Data Demystified
Gelman Library, Room 219

Research data is data that is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results, but what are data and what does that really mean for your own work? Data librarian Mandy Gooch will define research data and data-related terms and discuss common data formats. You'll explore use agreements and restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.

Data Management
Gelman Library, Room 219

Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop data Librarian Mandy Gooch will discuss best practices for data management and the tools, people, and resources the GW Libraries provide to help you.

Colonials Weekend at GW Libraries

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:18
October 8, 2016

Join the GW Libraries on Saturday, October 15 as we celebrate Colonials Weekend 2016. Students, parents, and alumni are invited to visit and learn more about our services! 

Saturday, October 15:

11am - 2pm
Gelman Library Open House and Hands-on History Demonstrations
Don't miss a chance to visit Gelman Library, the intellectual hub of GW's Foggy Bottom campus. Library staff will be available to discuss the range of services and resources we offer to support your student. On display will be some of the historical documents and rare books that students can use to support their research and personal interests..

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.

Managing and Preserving Your Digital Photos: A Personal Archiving Workshop
Gelman Library, Room 219
Christie Peterson, University Archivist, will lead this workshop and offer some easy-to-implement strategies for wrangling and preserving your vast digital photo library. Learn about the nature of the problem of digital photo management and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital photos safe.

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 2016 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

Teaching Day 2016

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:10
October 6, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016
8:30am to 1:30pm
Marvin Center 3rd Floor

GW’s sixth annual Teaching Day focuses on how to assess and support critical thinking and on GW faculty research on their teaching. All GW faculty are invited to attend all or part of the day with registration free of charge. 

Please join us for continental breakfast, conversation, and considerations around the latest research on teaching and learning. Register to reserve your seat today.

Interactive Keynote (9 am - Noon)

How to Assess and Support Critical Thinking: Looking together at student work and challenges. Professor Chris Anson

This session will widen participants’ toolbox of effective approaches to assessing student work and constructing assignments, activities, and feedback to help students develop critical capacities. Participants will examine samples of student work from multiple disciplines and engage with colleagues in discussing options and approaches. Our keynote presenter Chris Anson has spent a career exploring the development and use of critical thinking through writing across the disciplines with faculty across the U.S. and internationally.

GW Faculty Poster Session (Noon - 1:30 pm)

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Initiatives

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), research on your teaching, is a growing area of research and discussion at top universities across the country. We are excited to be joining their ranks through this inaugural effort of faculty work.

Come hear your faculty colleagues discuss their research efforts, big and small,  as they work to gauge changes over time, examine how students understand aspects or concepts in a course, assess the effectiveness of a particular assignment, assessment or intervention. It is an ultimate blending of research teaching know-how. This session is co-sponsored by GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

 Research strands:

  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Active Learning/Learning Environment
  • Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign
  • Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • Online Learning and Teaching

Open Access in the Disciplines: A Conversation

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 21:40
September 27, 2016

Thursday, October 6
Noon to 1:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
Light refreshments will be served

Join GW faculty members and keynote speaker Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement for SPARC, for a discussion on the state of Open Access publishing in the disciplines. Learn how faculty from the sciences and humanities have opened their scholarship to the public, and the challenges and benefits they have encountered in the process. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and come away with ideas for making their own work more widely available to readers.

  • Keynote Speaker - Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Panelists:
    • Paul Brindley, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine, Scientific Director, Research Center for Neglected Diseases of Poverty
    • Lorena Barba, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Ami Zota, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Alexa Huang, Professor of English, Co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute, Director of the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare

A Call for Love: A Reading by E. Ethelbert Miller

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 09:44
September 22, 2016

Thursday, September 29
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Gelman Library, Room 702

Writer and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller will read from his book The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller in this installation of the Jenny McKeen Moore Reading Series. Editor Kirsten Porter writes in the introduction to The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, "A poet is given the unique responsibility of composing the poems that become the songs of a nation...Miller's poetry sings of the sadness, loneliness, and longing for spiritual and human connection found in an imperfect world. His words are a call for love and equality, a protest against oppression, a prayer for change. His language promotes compassion, healing, and amazing grace." 

E. Ethelbert Miller is an important, long-time member of the DC poetry community.  A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students at that institution to major in African American Studies. Today, he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Miller served as Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University and is the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College. A Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow in 2004 and 2012, Miller is the founder and former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. The author of several collections of poetry, he has also written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000) and The 5th Inning (2009). Miller is the host and producer of The Scholars, which airs on UDC-TV. His  poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Chinese, Farsi, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic. A recent core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars, Miller has taught at UNLV, American University, George Mason University, and Emory and Henry College. A 2015 Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame Inductee, Miller is also a regular on National Public Radio.

Presented by the GW Department of English Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series. The Jenny McKean Moore Fund was established in honor of the late Jenny Moore, who was a playwrighting student at GW and who left in trust a fund that has, for almost forty years, encouraged the teaching and study of Creative Writing in the English Department, allowing us to bring a poet, novelist, playwright, or creative non-fiction writer to campus each year. While in residence, the writer brings a unique experience to the GW community, teaching a free community workshop for adults along with Creative Writing classes for GW students.