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Faculty OrientationLearn about course reserves, Interlibrary Loan, remote access to journals and databases, and other library services at GW. Discover how librarians can help you by obtaining materials for our library collections, providing research instruction for your students, and consulting with you about your own research. Talk with librarians and library staff about the resources available for your research and teaching.

Three orientation sessions are available:
Monday, August 24 at 10am
Tuesday, August 25th at 9am
Wednesday, August 26th at 4pm 

Each session will last about an hour, with plenty of time for your questions. Please RSVP to reserve your space.

Can't make the orientation? Check out our online guide to faculty resources or contact librarian Zach Elder to set up a private consultation. 

Start Smart Graduate Student OrientationLearn about GW Libraries and its collections, and discover resources in your discipline. Tours will be offered at the end of the session.

Eight orientation sessions are available:

Thursday, August 20 from 4-5pm
Friday, August 21 from 11am-Noon, 1-2pm 
Friday, August 28 from 1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm, 4-5pm, 5-6pm

Can't make it to an orientation? Check out the research guide "What Graduate Students Need to Know" 

These orientations fill up early so please RSVP to reserve your prefered session.

Vice Provost for Libraries with Student LiaisonAre you a current GW student (undergraduate or graduate) looking for a paid position in marketing, communication, & social media? Can you advocate for the needs of student patrons, respond to student issues, and educate students about library services and opportunities? If so, we're looking for you to be our next GW Libraries Student Liaison

This paid position works approximately 20-hours per week. Previous Student Liaison projects include creating and renovating the Graduate Student Reading Room, hosting Twitter Townhalls, and organizing the Gelman Relaxation Station. In addition, the Student Liaison manages the @StudentLiaison Twitter account, serves on library committees and actively gathers student feedback on various issues as well as writing for library publications

Get paid to make a difference! Apply today on GWORK (Position ID: 824365)

Rosenberg Flyer from 1953Thanks to an open records lawsuit by the National Security Archive and historical associations, the actual transcripts of previously secret Rosenberg grand jury transcripts were released on Wednesday, July 15. This key testimony by Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, in the espionage trial from the early 1950s that sent Ethel and Julius Rosenberg to the electric chair on charges of spying for the Soviet Union, may show perjury.

The National Security Archive, located on Gelman's 7th Floor, is an amazing organization that defends public access to government information, advocates for global open government, indexes and publishes former secrets. Copies of the transcripts will be available on the Archive’s web site

You can find out more about the fascinating trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg through several resources at GW Libraries. Pictured here is flyer brought back from Paris by a Mount Vernon Seminary student in 1953 declaring the innocence of the Rosenbergs. You can view this unique, primary document as part of the Marian Herr Holbrook Scrapbook (MVC0006) in the Special Collections Research Center. 

+/- one percentSome of the most unique and beautiful pieces in the Art + Design Collection from the Corcoran are the Artists' Books. These unconventional books are housed in Gelman's Special Collections Research Center and available for viewing by classes and individuals. Art and Design Librarian Shira Loev Eller has written a guest post on the Art Libraries of North America Book Arts blog about the transition of the collection to Gelman and how GW has embraced these wonderful works of art. You can read her full post here.

Closed July 3 & 4Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Campus of Science and Technology (VSTCL) Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

Gelman will reopen at noon on Sunday, July 5. Eckles & VSTCL will reopen on Monday, July 6.

lockersWe are upgrading the 5th floor Graduate Student Reading Room for Fall!  Based on graduate student feedback the long-neglected lockers hidden away on the first floor (pictured) are moving upstairs. The current bank of lockers, located near the west end of the first floor, will soon be dismantled.  If you are using one of these lockers, please remove your personal lock as well as the contents of the locker before July 6, 2015. After July 6, remaining locks will be cut off and the contents of each locker will be sent to GW UPD's central Lost & Found.

Check back as the summer progresses for photos of the Graduate Student Reading Room improvements.
 

 

Power OutageDue to a power outage, Eckles Library is open and operating on generator electricity only. The latest estimate from PEPCO is that power will not be restored today.

Eckles will remain open as long as possible, but there is no air conditioning in the building. Five public computer workstations are available and patrons may still check out books.  The 24-hour computer lab remains fully operational.  All CI activites scheduled inside Eckles are being moved to other locations on the Mount Vernon Campus.

 

Summer HoursGelman Library's building hours have changed.  Please note the new hours below.

Gelman Library Summer II Hours*
(June 27 – August 30) 

Monday- Friday           8am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday     Noon – 6pm

*Closed July 3 & 4 for Independence Day and August 23 for Intersession weekend.

24-hour access to Gelman Library is not available during the summer, but all of our online resources are available 24 hours a day to our current students, faculty and staff.

 

Have you ever wondered what it takes to preserve a collection, make it findable, and make it available to the public? Recent GW graduate Liz Settoducato is spending her summer as a processing assistant for the District of Columbia Africana Archives Project (DCAAP), funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) .  She has written about her experiences in processing the papers of Geneva K. Valentine. You can read more on dcaap.tumblr.com/.

DCAAP is a partnership between Gelman's Special Collections Research Center, GW's Africana Studies Program, and five archives throughout the city. It's mission is to enhance access to previously unavailable research materials that document the history of the African diaspora in DC, the civil rights movements, the struggle for Home Rule, the rise of Black-owned businesses, the development of Howard University, slavery in the nation’s capital, jazz music in DC, and the literary arts.

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