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We're Getting a New Look in January!

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

The library webpages (library.gwu.edu) 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. 

 

 

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 archives@gwu.edu.

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 archives@gwu.edu.

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

 

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.

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.

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 libdata@gwu.edu 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. SFM is 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:

 

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 libdata@gwu.edu 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. latforms.is 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
Noon-1pm
Find and Use Open Access Images in Your Thesis or Dissertation

Wednesday, November 2
Noon-1pm
Developing Engaging Presentations

Friday, November 4
Noon-12:30pm
Basics of Graduate Research

Tuesday, November 8
Noon-1pm
Building a WordPress Portfolio

Thursday, November 10
11:30-noon
Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills

Noon-12:30pm
Citation Chasing and Cited Reference Searching

12:30-1pm
Keeping Up With New Research

Friday, November 11
Noon-1pm
Take Charge of Your Stuff: Citation Management with RefWorks, Zotero & Mendeley

Monday, November 14
11:30-noon
Data Demystified

Noon-12:30pm
Data Management

Tuesday, November 15
Noon-1pm
How Do I Cite This?: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles

Friday, December 9
4-5pm
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 library.gwu.edu 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. 

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