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Data BootcampAre you a graduate student who needs help collecting, managing, and visualizing research data? Data Bootcamps bring together several, 30-minute workshops filled with practical solutions to save you hours of needless work.  All sessions will be first-come, first serve, with the GIS session limited to 20 participants. Attend one session or all.

If you can't make it to all of the sessions or need more information be sure to check out the research guides: "Data Management," "Maps, Cartographic Data, and GIS Information," and "Uploading your ETD." 

Kids off school? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome.

Monday, February 15 (President's Day):
1:00-1:30: What is Data?
1:30-2:00: Data Management
2:15-2:45: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data Basics

What is Data?
Research data is data that is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results, but what does that really mean for your own work? Data librarian Mandy Gooch will define research data & 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
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.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data Basics
Learn how you can integrate geographic information systems (GIS) into your research and discover the resources available at the GW Libraries and beyond. This workshop will cover the basics of data discovery and display using ArcGIS software. Let it spark your cartographic imagination!

If you’ve searched the GW Libraries catalog lately, you might have noticed that we’ve increased the number of e-books available to GW users. This is all part of our efforts to make the material you need available when you need it. Almost all of our e-books can be read online in a web browser as well as downloaded and read on a computer or device. Just click the “Online” button to begin, and log in as you would to any other GW Libraries resource.

Prefer a print book? Look for the option to “Request a Print Copy,” which is located underneath the Online button. Click this link, fill out and submit a brief form, and GW Libraries will use library funds to purchase a print copy for the collection. (On the form, you can request that the print book be placed on hold for you when it arrives.)

Visit our website for more information on using GW Libraries e-books.

Programming & Software Development Consultation ServicesThe GW Libraries are proud to announce a new service to support digital scholarship at GW: Programming & Software Development Consultation Services. Assistance is available from professional software developers to GW students, faculty, and staff who are working on an academic or scholarly inquiry which requires coding. Ask questions and get hands-on assistance with:

Coding, software development, scripting, and programming
Code review and debugging
Tools selection
Working with data markup and encoding (e.g., XML, JSON, CSV, RDF)
Retrieving data from websites and APIs
Data cleansing and manipulation
Databases (e.g., table design, querying, optimizing, loading)
Fulltext searching
Online exhibits
Data visualization

Use our convenient Research Calendar to schedule an appointment with anyone labeled "coding/programming help."  You may also email libdata@gwu.edu for additional appointment times. Appointments are available both in-person and via WebEx. Learn more about these consultation services and see a list of programming languages, databases, and other areas of special expertise at go.gwu.edu/coding

University Librarian and Vice Provost Geneva HenryA statement from University Librarian and Vice Provost Geneva Henry:

As you may have already read in GW Today, GW’s Interim Provost, Forrest Maltzman, has announced a realignment of his office, consolidating academic technologies, the eDesign shop, and the university teaching and learning center under my leadership.

Pulling these units together is an excellent opportunity to seamlessly meet the instructional needs of our faculty. This deeper collaboration between previously separate areas will benefit all of our students. We look forward to the many possibilities this realignment has to further quality teaching and academic excellence at GW.  

I began my career as a programmer and IT architect working with organizations like NASA and IBM’s Higher Education Industry group, but I found my passion at the intersection of technology and information. I’ve spent the past 15 years exploring and building many of the tools used for digital scholarship and look forward to this new opportunity to expand the tools available at GW, both in the classroom and in the libraries.

I am especially excited to return to working with online education, an area in which I played a leadership role at Rice University where we were pioneers in open education in the early 2000’s.  Online education is built around systems that IT architects design, such as servers and websites that can scale to support streaming audio and video for online education.  But fundamental to all successful courses is the instruction and course plan of the faculty members. During my years with the Connexions project and in collaboration with the OpenCourseWare project at MIT, I’ve seen how the quality of online materials and the ability to reliably deliver them worldwide enhances the teaching and learning experiences for all of our students.

I care deeply about providing the information, technology, and pedagogical resources needed for excellence in research and instruction here at GW. I look forward to continuing our partnership with faculty, students and staff to make sure our students have the best possible experience at GW.

 

Coloring Pages ExhibitWith winter now making its appearance, we look for other sources of warmth in these sometimes-dreary months. Artists’ books from the Art & Design Collection from the Corcoran showcase color and color imagery in the pages of their work. Some stories are told completely through color; others, though they might use muted palettes, create a sensation with words that paint images of colorful scenes. These bright pages serve as a complement to the exhibition Color Bloc: Paintings by Elizabeth Osborne, on view in the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery through February 26, 2016.

The exhibit displays only a sampling of artists’ books from the Art & Design Collection from the Corcoran. These and many others can be viewed in the Special Collections Research Center at on the 7th foor of Gelman Library. 

Coloring Pages runs through March 25, 2016, in the 2nd floor display cases of the School of Media and Public Affairs during regular building hours

Digital Humanities ShowcaseFriday, February 12
12:30 - 3 p.m.
Please RSVP at go.gwu.edu/GWdoesDH 
#GWDH16

Everyone is invited to a showcase of Digital Humanities (DH) projects underway across the University.  The program will include brief presentations followed by discussion and a reception.  Find out about innovative endeavors happening in Classics, The Elliot School, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Philosophy, Statistics, Health Sciences, DC Africana Archives Project, and more. Presented by the GW Digital Humanities Institute and GW Libraries, with opening remarks by Associate Professor of History Diane Cline, Director of Cross Disciplinary Collaboration and the XD@GW Faculty Cooperative

12:30-1:00pm: 3 presentations + 10 min Q&A + 5 min break

  • Connie Gelb (English for Academic Purposes): Facilitating Communication, Intercultural Competence and “Voice” in an EAP Course Through Digital Storytelling
  • Jonathan Ebinger (Journalism, School of Media and Public Affairs): Promo for History of Television News Online Summer Class

  • Paige McDonald (Clinical Research and Leadership, SMHS), Howard Straker (Physician Assistant Studies, SMHS), Caitlyn Ward (Student, Physician Assistant Services, SMHS):Collaborative Case Resolutions: Employing VoiceThread Technology to Promote Interaction and Higher Levels of Learning

1-1:30pm: 3 presentations + 10 min Q&A + 5 break

  • David Alan Grier (Tech Program, Elliott School; Former Publisher and Former President, IEEE Computer Society), with assistance of Tamara Carleton (The Innovation Board, San Carlos, CA), Geoffrey Grier (Recovery Theatre, San Francisco, CA), Tess Jonas, Noah Mauser, and Sarah Corbin Woolf (Actors, New York City): Drama for the Information Age

  • Jim Mole (Digital Media, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design): How to Use Infographics to Tell Your Story

  •  Dolsy Smith (GW Libraries), Michele Friend (Philosophy), Sudip Bose (Statistics):Cultural Accounting

1:30-2:00pm: 3 presentations + 10 min Q&A + 5 break

  • Justin Littman (Scholarly Technology Group, GW Libraries): Coding Consultations

  • Richard Robin (Slavic Languages and Literatures): Russian Subtitles Database

  • John Ziolkowski (Classics, emeritus), Denis Sullivan (Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, University of Maryland - College Park), and Robert Farber (retired nuclear engineer, Senior Executive Service): Homeric Similes:  A Searchable, Interactive Database

2:00-2:30pm: 3 presentations + 10 min Q&A + 5 break

  • Christy Regenhardt (Editor): Ongoing Projects at The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers

  • Rachel Trent (Special Collections, GW Libraries): The Digital Services Program

  • Doretha Williams (Director): DC Africana Archives Project

2:30-3:00pm: General reception (just outside of Gelman Library Room 702)

 

NCLC Construction 1-27-16Gelman Library will close on Saturday, January 30, from 1 a.m. - 9 a.m. and building access will be unavailable during this time.  This overnight closure is required to safely complete necessary construction activities for the National Churchill Library and Center on Gelman’s 1st floor. This building closure is being done at night to minimize disruption to our library users.

Gelman on 1-26-16The GW Libraries (Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Libraries) are now open and operating on their regular schedules.

We appreciate the patience of our patrons as we dealt with the aftermath of this historic storm.  

Prepare yourself for academic and professional success  by learning the communication skills you need.  The GW Libraries offer a wide range of free workshops, which are open to all GW students, staff, and alumni.

Spring topics include:

Check our website for a complete list of upcoming workshops and events.

The GW Libraries are thrilled to host a display of photographs and poems from the Blue Wings Project on bulletin boards throughout Gelman. Blue Wings Project brings together writers and artists of all disciplines to explore and make cross-national connections. The project is lead by the Corcoran School New Media Photojournalism (NMPJ) Master of Arts program in collaboration with the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP). Originally launched as a classroom-based project in Spring 2015, Blue Wings has expanded to include the entire university community. BFA Photojournalism and New Media Photojournalism graduate students were invited to read and respond to the writings of AWWP authors, all of whom are women residing in Afghanistan. The result is an exciting launch of virtual conversations between the writers in Afghanistan and photographers at the Corcoran. #bluewings

Afghan Women's Writing Project
The Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) was founded in 2009 to support the human rights of an individual to tell her story. AWWP provides a platform for Afghan women to develop their voices and discover their power in the world without the filter of the media or other influences. AWWP works with women in Afghanistan and helps them to write in English and Dari. Students sent their writings to the wokrshop which later get published in an online magazine. AWWP has also published two collections of poetry and prose, available online: The Sky is a Nest of Swallows (2015) and Washing the Dust from Our Hearts (2014).

New Media Photojournalism
The New Media Photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is the first of its kind, created to help visual journalists study and excel within the changing world of photojournalism. 

 

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