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Library Life Hacks: Boot Camps for Grad Students

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

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.

Paid Internship Opportunity for Undergraduate with Persian Language Skills

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 08:38
September 25, 2015

We're searching for a GW undergraduate with strong Persian language skills for a paid internship! Spend the academic year processing the Mahdavi Damghani collection of Persian and Arabic materials to make the collection available for students, faculty and other researchers. 

The Mahdavi Damghani collection consists of approximately 4,000 volumes of original sources on Islamic laws and jurisprudence, theology, philosophy, language, literature and history.  Approximately 70% of the collection is in Persian; the remainder in Arabic. The unprocessed collection will be a rich resource relevant to several academic disciplines including Persian language and literature, Arabic language and literature, law, philosophy, history, and religion.  

Internship details:

Requirements: GW Undergraduate; strong Persian-language skills;
Oversight: The internship would be conducted under the guidance Andrew Buchwach, Middle East and North Africa Research Center Librarian, other Libraries staff, and Pardis Minuchehr, Director of Persian Studies at GW.
Location:  The GW Libraries, Global Resources Center (Suite 708).
The work: Processing the collection includes searching for already existing catalog records for each item, exploring library and other catalogs in Iran and elsewhere to clarify bibliographic information, and importing records and tracking material as it moves through the Library’s content-management workflow.  A research guide will also be developed.
Compensation: $11.00 an hour;
Sponsor: ESIA’s Institute for Middle East Studies & The GW Libraries, Global Resources Center 
Hours per week:  10.

Please submit resume to the contact listed below: 
Cathy Zeljak
Director, Global Resources
czeljak@gwu.edu
202-994-0124

Welcome GW Alumni!

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 15:06
September 24, 2015

We are excited to greet returning alumni and their families this weekend during GW's 2015 Alumni Weekend!  Whether you're a new graduate or visiting campus after many years, you'll want to include a visit to Gelman Library! 

Join us on Friday, September 25 between 3-5pm on the recently renovated entrance floor of Gelman Library for an Alumni Open House and a demonstration of our brand new 3-D printing technology. Speak with knowledgeable library staff about how 3-D printing works and how it will benefit students and faculty.  Demonstrations will take place near the Ask Us Desk on the entrance floor of Gelman. Alumni Weekend participants can show their name tags to enter the library during the Open House. Alumni should plan to use their Alumni GWorld or sign in at the front desk for entrance at other times throughout the weekend.

Lockers Now Available to Graduate Students

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:36
September 24, 2015

Looking for a secure spot to store small items while you are on campus? Gelman Library now offers lockers for graduate students.

The lockers are located in the Graduate Student Reading Room (Gelman 503) and are reserved on a “first-come / first-served” basis. Lockers rent for $35 per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).  Locker rentals begin on the first day of classes for the semester and end on the last day of scheduled finals of the same semester. Students may rent lockers per semester or for the academic year (a total of 3 semesters, Fall, Spring and Summer).

To apply for a locker, please select a locker by taking the slip posted on the desired locker in room 503 and complete the online request form (you must have the locker number to complete the form). A library staff member will contact you for an appointment to make the applicable payment and issue you a combination lock for the requested locker. 

Please direct questions to Jennifer Wesson at (202) 994-2937 or jwesson@gwu.edu.

"The Francis Effect": Assessing the Impact of the Pope's Visit to Washington

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:27
September 23, 2015

Thursday, October 1
11am - 12:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

In just over two years, Pope Francis has become an extraordinarily popular and influential world leader, so much so that scholars have begun to refer to the "Francis Effect." For this event, the GW Libraries and the GW Sustainability Collaborative have brought together three researchers to assess the political impact of the pope's recent visit to Washington, his speech before Congress in particular.

John Gehring, Catholic Program Director for Faith in Public Life, will apply insights gained in writing his book -- The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church.

Director of Research for the Public Religion Research Institute Daniel Cox will extend the results of PRRI's most recent survey-- The "Francis Effect": U.S. Catholic Attitudes on Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and American Politics.

GW Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Cynthia McClintock will bring to bear her expertise on Latin America.

The discussion will be moderated by Michael Svoboda, Director of GW's Sustainability Minor.

A Reading by Kseniya Melnik

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 09:49
September 15, 2015

Thursday, September 24
7:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

The 2015 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence is Kseniya Melnik, whose debut linked short story collection Snow in May was published in 2014.  The collection was on the short list for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the long list for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.  She has been interviewed in a range of venues about her work, including on NPR. Professor Melnik was born in Magadan, Russia, where the stories in Snow in May are set.  Professor Melnik will read from both Snow in May as well as some of her new work. 

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.

Happy Birthday Eckles Library!

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 15:50
September 10, 2015

Friday, September 18
4-6pm
Eckles Library, Entrance Floor

Celebrate Eckles Library's 28th birthday with the Eckles staff at our annual birthday party! We'll have birthday cake, coffee, hot chocolate, and cappuccino all day long, as well as other goodies and surprises. Please help us stay green by bringing your own mug for coffee and hot drinks. 

There is so much to celebrate at Eckles! Our friendly staff can help you with your research and questions. We've got you covered with comfy study spaces as well as laptop and phone chargers for your low-energy days. When you're done with homework we house a 1000+ DVD collection and even a collection of board games. 

Learn more about Eckles when you help us blow out the birthday candles. (Just kidding - there won't be actual candles, but we'll have door prizes for some lucky students!)

3-D Printing at Gelman!

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 09:52
September 8, 2015

Print a rare fossil to use in a class presentation. 

Print a prototype of your newest product idea. 

Print your latest artistic creation.

Gelman is proud to offer 3-D printing to all GW students, faculty, and staff! 3-D printing (also called additive manufacturing) is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created.

Digital files may be submitted online for printing beginning September 15. Costs for printing 5 cents/gram and are calculated on the weight of the final object. Find out more at our on-going 3-d printing demonstrations throughout the library!

GW Libraries Closed for Labor Day

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:06
August 31, 2015

Gelman, Eckles and VS&TC Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

Gelman will close at 10pm on Sunday, September 6 and reopen at 7am on Tuesday, September 8. No 24-hour access is available during this time.  Eckles & VS&TCL will maintain regular hours on Sunday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 8.

Click here to view scheduled hours for GelmanEckles and VS&TCL.

Make Your Masterpiece with Multimedia Equipment, Software & Training at Gelman

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:50
August 27, 2015

Are you interested in filming and editing video projects?  The GW Libraries have what you need to get started. Digital video cameras, tripods, digital voice recorders, and headphones are all available for use by current GW students, faculty and staff.  Learn more about equipment for loan at: library.gwu.edu/the-lab

When it’s time to edit, we’ve got Final Cut Pro on all Macs in the entrance floor multimedia lab and iMovie on all Macs in the building.

Need help getting started? Memberships to the leading online learning company, Lynda.com are available to all GW affiliates.  Access Lynda.com through Lynda.it.gwu.edu and sign in with your NetID and password. 

Beginning August 31, Gelman Library to Maintain 24/7 Hours

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:50
August 19, 2015

Message from Provost Steven Lerman

The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  We continuously try to balance the need to make sure that there is high quality study space available and operational efficiency.

 

Gelman Library Closed on August 23

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

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.

Interesting Find in the Collection: AIDS Quilt Tribute Video

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:23

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was designed to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the age of AIDS. The mission began in San Francisco in 1987 with the creation of the NAMES Project Foundation.

Informing Social Feed Manager Development at GW

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:51
June 12, 2014Laura Wrubel, E-Resources Content Manager

One of our goals for the Social Feed Manager software we’re developing at GW Libraries is for it to be useful to other cultural heritage organizations who want to collect social media data. To help us understand these use cases and get feedback on our prototype software, we brought together a group of interested people from libraries, archives, and funding organizations on December 11 and 12, 2013.  At this meeting, generously supported by an IMLS Sparks Innovation Grant (LG-46-13-0257), the attendees each shared their experiences working with social media data at their institutions, described their needs for the future, and helped us identify areas and priorities for further development. We also spent the next morning helping those interested in getting Social Feed Manager up and running.

We kicked off the day with a round of talks by selected participants who have been working with social media data. We heard about current open source software projects at a number of institutions. 

  • Cory Lown at North Carolina State University (NCSU) demonstrated software called lentil for collecting, displaying, and managing Instagram photos of their new Hunt Library Building and found it a useful platform for engaging with students. 
  • Patrick Murray-John at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has been working on integrating social media into the Omeka exhibit software using several social media APIs, such as Twitter and Flickr.
  • Ed Summers showed us twarc, a command line tool he wrote for archiving JSON twitter search results.

In addition, we heard about how libraries and archives are actively collecting social media for building their collections and supporting researchers:

  • NYU’s Tamiment Library has archived social media and websites from the Occupy Wall Street Movement, including Tumblr, videos, and images, using web crawling tools. Chela Scott Weber described their need to identify and capture web content that becomes significant in a community or provokes a movement--particularly content that is vulnerable to being removed later--archiving conversations around hashtags, mentions, and particular individuals or voices.
  • Manuscripts and Archives, in the Yale University Library, worked with the Office of the President to capture social media documenting the departure of the previous president and inauguration of Yale’s twenty-third President, Peter Salovey (https://inauguration.yale.edu/). They investigated open source and commercial providers of social media archiving services to capture different platforms.
  • Ivey Glendon from University of Virginia showed the digital archive she and her library created around the UVA presidential crisis in June 2012.  Their digital archivist gathered blogs, news articles, and tweets using TweetArchivist and other tools, capturing approximately 80,000 tweets, images from twitter, and blog posts. Some of the collection was submitted directly by users, utilizing Omeka to manage the user self-deposit process.
  • University of North Texas’s Mark Phillips described web content they’ve captured as part of their long-standing web archiving program. The have content related to U.S. Presidential term transitions, sites in the federal domain, election websites and candidate sites, and would like to extend that to social media accounts and events. UNT is also seeing increased demand from researchers for social media datasets, especially concerning events in Texas and prominent local figures.
  • Declan Fleming gave an overview of UC San Diego’s BigData@UCSD workshop, in which the library and IT departments participated. The event showcased several research data pilots conducted using the campus’s research cyberinfrastructure, including a project using Twitter data to study infectious disease prediction. The library is exploring options for collecting Twitter data for academic researchers.

Several GW faculty also gave brief presentations about their research involving social media and their experience using Social Feed Manager.  We’ll cover those in more depth in a future blog post.

As we discussed Social Feed Manager’s development path and further activities that each of our institutions needed SFM to support, two broad use cases emerged: (1) capturing social media as part of archival collections and (2) collecting social media datasets for researchers.

Among the specific needs we discussed were the following:

  • Capturing the context of the tweet. How might SFM help to capture both sides of the conversation when harvesting a user’s tweets or tweets on a particular topic? Archives, in particular, have a mission to provide this context for understanding collections. How might collecting content from referenced users be accomplished in a scalable way?
  • Archiving the look of Twitter in addition to the data. Current web archiving approaches capture how the site looked. Should a tool that captures tweets also allow the data to be “replayed” as it appeared on Twitter at time of capture?
  • Legal issues around collecting data from Twitter. The SFM application requires those who use it, either for collecting or viewing data, to agree to Twitter’s Rules of the Road, which describe its terms of service.  Developing local policies for collecting and archiving social media which are mindful of terms of service is a priority.
  • Harvesting data from social media platforms beyond Twitter and tying together identities across platforms. The IMLS Sparks grant that is supporting the current development focuses on Twitter, so that remains the immediate focus of SFM development. Yet there is also interest in Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr, among other platforms for future collecting. How might we connect voices across these platforms and take into consideration metadata necessary to create and maintain those matchpoints?
  • Organizational support for social media collection, from both a technical and staffing perspective. Collecting social media data for researchers and archives is a new area of activity for most libraries. Cultural heritage institutions need help communicating the needs for this activity and what requirements, both in staffing and technical infrastructure, are needed for locally supporting SFM. To address this need, we’ve embarked on a documentation push, to be released later this summer.

As we considered these needs around Social Feed Manager, we didn’t reach a clear point of divergence between supporting the two use cases--creating archival collections and research datasets.  In fact, the distinction between the use cases may not be meaningful. Web archives are themselves datasets and increasingly treated as such by researchers using computational methodologies.  With that in mind, we’ll continue to develop the software to support the needs articulated above and work toward increasing SFM’s overall reliability and ease of use. Looking forward to seeing where this takes us.

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