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E. Ethelbert MillerThursday, September 29
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Gelman Library, Room 702

Writer and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller will read from his book The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller in this installation of the Jenny McKeen Moore Reading Series. Editor Kirsten Porter writes in the introduction to The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, "A poet is given the unique responsibility of composing the poems that become the songs of a nation...Miller's poetry sings of the sadness, loneliness, and longing for spiritual and human connection found in an imperfect world. His words are a call for love and equality, a protest against oppression, a prayer for change. His language promotes compassion, healing, and amazing grace." 

E. Ethelbert Miller is an important, long-time member of the DC poetry community.  A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students at that institution to major in African American Studies. Today, he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Miller served as Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University and is the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College. A Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow in 2004 and 2012, Miller is the founder and former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. The author of several collections of poetry, he has also written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000) and The 5th Inning (2009). Miller is the host and producer of The Scholars, which airs on UDC-TV. His  poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Chinese, Farsi, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic. A recent core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars, Miller has taught at UNLV, American University, George Mason University, and Emory and Henry College. A 2015 Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame Inductee, Miller is also a regular on National Public Radio.

Presented by the GW Department of English Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series. 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.

 

Friday, September 30
Noon - 4:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 710 (Kiev Room)

September Focus - Translations, Traditions, and Sacred Texts: Four Centuries of Engagement with the Middle East

September's Rare Book Friday features the treasures of our holdings on the Middle East. From the second Arabic book ever printed, to a Qur'anic manuscript gifted by a Moroccan King, to a ballot used in the 2005 Iraqi elections, our holdings span many languages, geographical origins, and periods of European and American engagement with the region.

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. 

Noise Alert at Gelman

Thursday, Sept. 22

4 — 6 a.m.
Due to a water leak, GW Facilities will perform emergency maintenance on the 1st floor onThursday morning beginning at 4 a.m. and ending no later than 6 a.m. This work will involve a sustained period of drilling, which may be heard throughout much of the building. The south side of the building (facing Baussell Walk) and higher floors should be the least affected. 

2 — 7 a.m.
The Division of Information Technology (IT) will be performing network upgrades.  This may result in a brief interruption in wired and wireless Internet access as part of this upgrade period. As a result, patrons my experience:

  • Wi-Fi outage
  • WEPA printing outage
  • Library PC disconnection
  • Inability to login to library Macs
  • GWorld required for building access (no sign in available)

We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to keep Gelman safe and continue to meet the needs of our users. 

 

International Student Coffee HourTuesday, September 27
9:30am to 11:30am
Gelman Library, Room 708 (GRC)

Please join us in the Global Resources Center (GRC) for an international student coffee hour co-hosted with the International Services Office (ISO). Take a tour of the GRC, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests, and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends!  

Please RSVP: go.gwu.edu/GRCCoffee 

The GRC focuses upon the political, socio-economic, historical, and cultural aspects of countries and regions around the globe from the 20th century onward with the following specialized resource centers: Russia, Eurasia, Central & Eastern Europe,China Documentation CenterTaiwan Resource CenterJapan Resource CenterKorea ResourcesMiddle East & North Africa.

XD Tea at 3

Wednesday, September 21
3:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

For decades, afternoon tea with colleagues has been a tradition at research institutes throughout the world. Many of us may know it as a “salon”.

We invite you to join the conversation at this year’s first XDTea @ 3:00 on the general topic “collaboration in the digital age”. Tea and cookies will be served. This is the first XD@GW event of the year, so don’t miss it! No RSVP required.

XD @ GW Faculty Cooperative provides opportunities for faculty to exchange ideas and methods across fields and forge creative, innovative teams to work together on complex challenges. Fellows are also working to shift the culture at GW to improve conditions and solve institutional barriers that hold us back. If your work or teaching is interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary, then you are already part of the GW Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Initiative. Join your peers at these monthly teas and email  XDinitiative@gwu.edu to become a Fellow. 

Quiet Study SpacesWondering where you can go for quiet study? Or where you can meet with a study group? Spaces throughout Gelman Library are designated for either quiet, individual study or collaborative, group study. Quiet spaces are designated with the "Quiet Study Space" posters so you'll know the guidelines for that space. Respecting the posted guidelines makes Gelman a better place for everyone!

Quiet Study Spaces in Gelman
No group conversation allowed • Use headphones at a low volume  • Silence phones & electronic devices

3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th floor stacks
4th floor large study room (401)
5th floor large study room (501)
Graduate Student Reading Room (503)
Andrew Oliver Reading Room (609)

Group Study Spaces in Gelman
Group conversation allowed • Use headphones at a low volume  • Silence phones & electronic devices

1st floor (all areas except National Churchill Library & Center 101)
Entrance floor (all areas)
4th floor large study room (403)
Reservable, small group, study rooms on floors 2,3,4,5 & 6 

Intro to 3-D Modeling with TinkercadDiscover the amazing possibilities of 3-D modeling with a free Introduction to 3-D Modeling with Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a free, browser-based CAD software. You will learn how to create 3-D models from scratch and import existing models to modify. Feel free to bring your own laptop or you can borrow a chromebook at the workshop.This concise and hands-on introduction will last about 45 minutes. No RSVP is required. Please contact Dominique Pierce with questions.

Join us for any of the 4 sessions this semester:

Wednesday, September 14, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16, 12:30 p.m.

This workshop is part of the Build Your Skills Workshop Series which features practical, hands-on instruction in useful skills you may not learn in class. Other workshops in this Fall 2016 series are Zotero In-DepthProgramming with PythonUsing the Linux ShellHow Do I Cite This?: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles, and Take Charge of Your Stuff: Citation Management with RefWorks, Zotero & Mendeley. All sessions will be first-come, first served.

All sessions take place in Gelman Library, Room 214

Media DisruptionFriday, September 16, 2016
Noon to 1:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 219

Over the course of the past 25 years, numerous technologies has been associated with major disruption in the US news industry. The advent of the World Wide Web was one of the first major technologies to impact the news industry, followed by Web 2.0 technologies, social media and mobile platforms. Using extensive collections of archived Web data, this talk presents research on the evolution of the traditional print newspaper industry into an online news ecosystem by examining change across the news media system. A series of snapshots are examined, including the emergence of online news on the early Web, and the more recent efforts of the online news industry to adapt to mobile and social platforms.

Findings from this research underscore the stark differences in the structure of early online news media as compared to the industry as it stands today, but also point to the impact of critical resources (employees, access to knowledge, capital) on the growth of online news media and the capacity to adapt. This research is one of the first studies to leverage a large dataset of archived Web pages in order to analyze the adaptation process. More than 5 million webpages, covering more than 25,000 unique websites, were analyzed as part of this research.

Thus, in addition to discussing changes in the news industry, this lecture further outlines the challenges and opportunities for using archival Internet data in research. The study of news media provides a strong case study for the importance of Web archiving, and the research presented demonstrates the validity of social science research that incorporates archival Web analysis as a core tool for digital scholarship.

Matthew S. Weber Biography:

Matthew Weber is an Assistant Professor in the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, and Co-Director of Rutgers’ NetSCI Network Science research lab. Matthew’s research examines organizational change and adaptation in response to new information communication technology. His recent work focuses on the transformation of the news media industry in the United States in reaction to new forms of media production. This includes a large-scale longitudinal study examining strategies employed by media organizations for disseminating news and information in online networks. He is also leading an initiative to provide researchers with access to the Internet Archives (archive.org) in order to study digital traces of organizational networks. Matthew utilizes mixed methods in his work, including social network analysis, archival research and interviews. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including Journal of Communication and American Behavioral Scientist, and his work is supported by a number of organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation. Matthew received his PhD in 2010 from the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California.

This event is open to the public. Attendees without a valid GWorld card will need to show a government-issued ID at the front desk to sign into the Gelman building.  

Sponsored by the GW Libraries and XD @ GW Faculty Cooperative

Looking for a secure spot to store small items while you are on campus? Gelman Library offers lockers on the 4th & 5th floors for reservation by any GW student.

The lockers on the 4th and 5th floors are located in the hallway past the bathrooms and available to any GW student. Lockers located within the Graduate Student Reading Room (Gelman 503) are available only to GW graduate students. All lockers are reserved on a “first-come / first-served” basis and 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 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.

Rare Book Friday in the Special Collections Research CenterFriday, August 26, 2016
Noon to 4:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 710 (Kiev Room)

August Featured Collection: Kiev Judaica Collection

Join us for an up-close look at the jewels of GW's special collections at this monthly open house. Archivists will choose a different collection for display each month and 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. 

The GW Libraries have diverse and wide-ranging holdings in the field of Hebrew and Judaic studies, including modern Judaica, rare books, and archival materials. Foremost among these is the I. Edward Kiev Collection, the leading university collection of pre-modern Hebraica and Judaica, and of Hebrew and Jewish bibliographic literature, in the Washington Research Library Consortium.

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