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The Corcoran School of the Arts & DesignAs part of the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s integration with the George Washington University, the collections of the Corcoran College Library will relocate to GW’s Gelman Library.  This collection will be kept together on the 1st floor of Gelman rather than integrated with GW’s general collections.

Patrons should expect some disruption to the Gelman Library 1st floor between August 20-August 31 as 40,000+ library items are delivered to the building, unpacked, and loaded onto shelves.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause patrons. The GW Libraries staff is working to minimize both the time that the Corcoran collection is unavailable and the disruption to library patrons in both locations.  The Art & Design Collection from the Cororan will be available for use beginning Tuesday, September 2 and accessible during normal Gelman Library hours.

Rare or fragile works will be managed in the Special Collections Research Center on Gelman’s 7th floor where they can be maintained in a controlled environment to support their longer term preservation.   

Hey Corcoran!  Meet GW Libraries.Hey Corcoran! Meet GW Libraries
Tuesday, August 26 at 3:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 302

New students of the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design are invited to a special orientation to the GW Libraries. Get to know the collections, technology and services available to you at the GW Libraries.  Find out how to access research help, how to reserve a study room and see our awesome Multimedia Lab.

Stick around for burgers, hot dogs, and some knowledge at Librarypalooza, a casual cookout in Kogan Plaza from 4-6pm.

 

Work at GelmanWhere can you learn the research skills you need to snag that White House internship AND get paid doing it? Gelman Library!

Gelman is hiring work-study students able to work 5-10 hours/week.  No experience is required!

You can learn more at the Gelman Hiring Fair on move-in Saturday (August 23) from 1-3pm on the Gelman Entrance Floor -or- at Librarypalooza.  You can also apply by emailing a completed GW Student Job Application.pdf and your resume to gelman@gwu.edu or bringing it to the GW Libraries HR Department in Gelman, Suite 606 (Monday through Friday between 9am-5pm).

 

Librarypalooza 2014Librarypalooza!
Tuesday, August 26
4-6pm
Gelman Entrance Floor & Kogan Plaza

Join us for Librarypalooza, a casual cookout where graduate and undergraduate students can learn about library services and spaces in a relaxed environment.

Come to the Gelman Library's entrance floor to learn about everything you need to start your academic year off right - from checking out a book to choosing your library study space to getting research help and discovering resources in your discipline. Then, head to Kogan Plaza for burgers and hot dogs.

Rain date: Wednesday, August 27 from 4-6pm

Library Services for GW Faculty: An OrientationTuesday, August 19 at 10 am -or-
Thursday, August 21 at 9 am

Learn 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.

Each workshop will last about an hour, with plenty of time for your questions. Sign up now at go.gwu.edu/1qr to reserve your space! 

Start Smart

Start your graduate career off right by attending a library orientation!  Learn about GW Libraries, and its collections, and discover resources in your discipline.  Tours will be offered at the end of the session.

Five orientation sessions are available:
Friday, August 15  from 11am - 12pm
Friday, August 22  from 2 - 3pm, 3 - 4pm, 4 - 5pm or 5 - 6pm

Please RSVP at go.gwu.edu/LibStart

 

 

 

As part of the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s integration with the George Washington University, the collections of the Corcoran College Library will relocate to GW’s Gelman Library.  The Corcoran collection will transfer as an art and design unit located on Gelman’s 1st floor.  Rare or fragile works will be managed in the Special Collections Research Center on Gelman’s 7th floor where they can be maintained in a controlled environment to support their longer term preservation.  The Corcoran art and design collection will be kept together on the 1st floor of Gelman rather than integrated with GW’s general collections. It will be accessible during normal Gelman Library hours.  
        
The finalization of the agreement between Corcoran, GW and the National Galleries is dependent on the DC courts’ final approval. The timeline presented here assumes that the agreement will be implemented by August 15th, 2014. The timing of the actual approval may impact these projected dates.

 

Objectives

  • Transfer the Corcoran Library collection to GW’s Gelman Library.   
  • Relocate the entire Corcoran collection to the first floor of Gelman Library as an art & design unit.
  • Minimize the time that the Corcoran collection is unavailable.
  • Minimize the disruption to library patrons in both locations caused by the transfer.

Proposed Timeline

June 27          Transition team formed.

July 2              Cease new loans of Corcoran library materials.

July 15            Close Corcoran Library to all users and due date for return of Corcoran Library items currently on loan to patrons.

July 15 – August 16

  • Work with library moving company on logistics of the move.
  • Bring records for Corcoran Library items into the GW Libraries catalog.
  • Carefully prepare, pack, and label Corcoran library resources to facilitate ready access after moving.
  • Update systems to enable Corcoran materials to circulate from GW Libraries.
  • Prepare space at Gelman for Corcoran collection.
  • Prepare orientation and communication materials to educate Corcoran faculty and students about the resources of GW Libraries.

August 16 – September 1  

  • Begin physical move of the Corcoran collection.
  • Remove 40,000+ library items from current shelving units and load onto temporary shelving carts.
  • Disassemble Corcoran shelving.
  • Reassemble Corcoran shelving in its new location at Gelman Library.
  • Transfer and shelve library materials in new location at Gelman.

September 2

  • Corcoran Library materials will be available for use and circulation at Gelman Library.
  • Physically process each item, including addition of barcodes & collection labels.

Yehuda Nir It is with great sadness that the GW Libraries acknowledge the passing of Dr. Yehuda Nir. Dr. Nir was a well-respected psychiatrist with a specialty in counseling patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. His life as a Holocaust survivor moved him to pursue this line of work and inspired him to write The Lost Childhood: The Complete Memoir, which details the years that Nir and his family spent seeking safety from Nazi persecution.

Dr. Nir and his wife, Dr. Bonnie Maslin, a GW alumna and member of the GW Libraries Development Advisory Council, have been longtime supporters of the Kiev Judaica Collection and an exhibit hall in Gelman Library bears their name.  The GW Libraries remain inspired by Dr. Nir’s resilience, determination, and commitment to making a difference in the world.  Read more about Dr. Nir in the New York Times article celebrating his life.

Catalog makeover

The GW Libraries catalog is getting a makeover for the Fall semester!  A sneak preview (beta test) is available now by selecting the "Catalog" tab above the search box and then clicking "see our new look!"

You can help us by trying it out early and reporting any questions or problems you encounter.  New features will be added throughout the summer.  Search tips for power users are available to replicate "advanced search" options (i.e. search by title or author) until those features are added. 

We're proud that this catalog makeover was built by our own library Scholarly Technology Group.  It replaces a one-size-fits-all tool with a flexible and customizable solution to better meet the research needs for our patrons.  This new tool is also being made available to other libraries under a free and open source software license.  Surprised to hear the libraries write software?  Learn more about Why We Write Software at GW Libraries in this excellent blog post. 

 

Special Collections Resources at Wikipedia Edit-a-thonby Elizabeth Settoducato
Gelman Communications Assistant
GW Class of 2015 (Women's Studies & Classical Studies)

“Don’t use Wikipedia.” “You can’t trust what you read on Wikipedia; anyone can edit it!” “Wikipedia isn’t real research.” I’ve heard similar caveats from elementary school through college. But attending Wikimedia DC’s Wikipedia editathon in Gelman Library complicated those one-sided warnings, and taught me a great deal about Wikipedia’s potential for collaborative research and community outreach.  

Organized by GW librarian Jenny Kinniff and Catholic University library science graduate student Chloe Raub, the editathon was an educational experience in many regards: participants learned the basics of becoming a Wikipedia editor and community member, and became acquainted with some of GW’s own archival and Special Collections materials along the way. Plus, there were snacks and drinks. What could be better?

After a helpful introduction to Wikipedia editing, citing sources, and creating encyclopedic content from Dominic McDevitt-Parks (Digital Content Specialist and Wikipedian-in-Residence at the National Archives), we were ready to get to work. Our mission was to improve and/or write articles pertaining to Washington, DC history, with a special focus on LGBT groups and movements in honor of Pride month.

Since this was my first time editing Wikipedia content, I figured I’d look through existing articles for grammar and accuracy. It took about one minute before I became distracted by the Special Collections materials that Jenny had provided for us: “Betty and Pansy’s Severe Queer Review of Washington, DC” was a colloquially written, semi-scandalous review of DC’s queer scene in 1993. GW’s Marvin Center even got a mention! I also spent quite a bit of time looking through the National Organization for Women (NOW) Washington, DC Chapter’s records, which included newsletters, memos, position papers, and more dating from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

Realizing that I had yet to actually edit anything, I clicked over to an incomplete article (or a “stub” as Wikipedia would call it) on the Rainbow Pool, the reflecting pool that now sits at the center of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. After leafing through some Special Collections books and browsing our online catalog for articles, I was able to learn more about the controversy over creating the WWII Memorial and the original design of the Rainbow Pool by architect Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr.

Sitting in that room full of editors, I saw very experienced folks working alongside people who’d never done this before. There was conversation, question-asking, and support. Surrounded by fascinating resources and a task that offered something for everyone, I felt like the editathon fostered a really wonderful sense of community and a connection to research. Wikipedia isn’t the forbidden, inaccurate source some fear it is; rather it can be dynamic site of learning where people and information come together for the sake of sharing and obtaining knowledge.

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