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Spring break hoursThe weather may not feel like spring, but the calendar says it is Spring Break!  For those of you spending your break in the warm embrace of Gelman Library, please note our change in hours. The library will not be available for 24-hour study during Spring Break (March 6-14).

Friday, March 6
Close at 10pm

Sat & Sun, March 7 & 8

Mon-Fri, March 9-13

Saturday, March 14

Sunday, March 15
Open at 9am and 24-hour study resumes

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Babylonian Talmud printed in 1895 in Vilna, Russi

Gelman Library's Kiev Collection has acquired a complete original set of the Babylonian Talmud printed in 1895 in Vilna, Russia (today Vilnius, Lithuania).  Of the many editions of this ancient work, the one issued in Vilna by the "Widow and Brothers Romm," with multiple commentaries in 18 large folio volumes, is considered the most accurate.  In pristine condition, our set comes from the library of Stanley Rabinowitz (1917-2012), rabbi of DC's Adas Israel Congregation, and was donated by his daughters Dr. Sharon Chard-Yaron and Judith Argaman. Rabbi Rabinowitz was the grandson of the Lithuanian-born Talmudic scholar Naftali Zeichik of Des Moines IA, whose book on rabbinic law, published in Jerusalem in 1935, was included with the gift. 

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A Splendid Wake 3Friday, March 20
Gelman Library, Room 702

Join us for A Splendid Wake 3, an annual celebration of poetry in the nation’s capital from 1900 to the Present.  This 3rd event in the series will feature presentations on:

Georgia Douglas Johnson & the “Saturday Nighters” 
May Miller
The Federal Poets 
Poetry Workshops born during “Poetry and the National Conscience” conferences 
The Modern Urban Griots

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Open Access at GWTuesday March 17 from 12-1
Wednesday March 25 from 12-1
Gelman Library, Room 219

Join us for a Brown-bag discussion of the Open-Access Policy. Learn how it works with your publishing practices and how it helps disseminate your work to the academic community and beyond.

The GW Faculty Senate recently passed a resolution to make faculty publications accessible through GW's institutional repository. This resolution, which establishes an open-access policy for the university, has received the Provost's support and approval. 

GW’s new Open-Access Policy is designed to be fully compatible with scholarly publication in print and online. The policy will further GW's commitment to promoting innovative research that makes a positive impact on society. 

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Let the Sun Shine: FOIA Request workshopThursday, March 19
Gelman Library, Room 702

Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project Nate Jones of the non-government, non-profit National Security Archive will lead a workshop on how journalists, historians, or any person can file successful FOIA requests to the federal government. His two-hour workshop will share the tactics the Archive has learned from the 50,000-plus FOIA requests and appeals that it has submitted. Jones will utilize real examples of FOIA requests, appeals, and releases to demonstrate how to pry government documents into the public domain and allow Americans to know what their government is up to.

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