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We want you to help us improve our website

We want to hear your thoughts about our website! The libraries are looking for GW undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, staff, and faculty to talk to us about how they use library.gwu.edu and help us to test out changes. Is there something you've had a hard time finding? Are you confused by something you've seen? Let us know so we can improve our website for everyone.

There are 2 ways to help:

  • Click here for a fast and easy way to give us feedback on anything and everything about the libraries' web presence.
  • Want to have an even greater impact? Come to Gelman and help us to do a usability test. As a participant, you'll show us where our website goes wrong and give your opinions on how to make it better. Partcipants will earn our eternal gratitude, a better library web experience for all, and a Starbuck’s Gift Card. Email Student Liaison Yesenia Yepez for more details or to sign up. 

Data DemystifiedAre you mystified by research data? Learn more about data at these back-to-back workshops taught by data librarian Mandy Gooch.

Thursday, October 13

Data Demystified
Gelman Library, Room 219

Research data is data that is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results, but what are data and what does that really mean for your own work? Data librarian Mandy Gooch will define research data and 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
Gelman Library, Room 219

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.

Colonials Weekend at GW LibrariesJoin the GW Libraries on Saturday, October 15 as we celebrate Colonials Weekend 2016. Students, parents, and alumni are invited to visit and learn more about our services! 

Saturday, October 15:

11am - 2pm
Gelman Library Open House and Hands-on History Demonstrations
Don't miss a chance to visit Gelman Library, the intellectual hub of GW's Foggy Bottom campus. Library staff will be available to discuss the range of services and resources we offer to support your student. On display will be some of the historical documents and rare books that students can use to support their research and personal interests..

The Library's Role in Academic Success: What Parents Need to Know
Gelman Library, Room 219
The modern library is much more than just books and a place to study. In this short workshop, learn from teaching librarians how crucial the innovative services and technologies of the GW Libraries are to undergraduate success.

Managing and Preserving Your Digital Photos: A Personal Archiving Workshop
Gelman Library, Room 219
Christie Peterson, University Archivist, will lead this workshop and offer some easy-to-implement strategies for wrangling and preserving your vast digital photo library. Learn about the nature of the problem of digital photo management and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital photos safe.

Noon - 2pm 
Celebrating the Creative Process
Eckles Library Main Reading Room
Join us for a celebration of research, music, and art as we award the 2016 Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence and open the Women's Leadership Program's annual art show! Meet the student artists and writers, view exhibits, listen to performances, and enjoy refreshments. Parents, students, and faculty are all welcome. For more information, please see https://library.gwu.edu/eckles/the-eckles-prize-for-freshman-research-excellence

Teaching Day at GW

Friday, October 14, 2016
8:30am to 1:30pm
Marvin Center 3rd Floor

GW’s sixth annual Teaching Day focuses on how to assess and support critical thinking and on GW faculty research on their teaching. All GW faculty are invited to attend all or part of the day with registration free of charge. 

Please join us for continental breakfast, conversation, and considerations around the latest research on teaching and learning. Register to reserve your seat today.

Interactive Keynote (9 am - Noon)

How to Assess and Support Critical Thinking: Looking together at student work and challenges. Professor Chris Anson

This session will widen participants’ toolbox of effective approaches to assessing student work and constructing assignments, activities, and feedback to help students develop critical capacities. Participants will examine samples of student work from multiple disciplines and engage with colleagues in discussing options and approaches. Our keynote presenter Chris Anson has spent a career exploring the development and use of critical thinking through writing across the disciplines with faculty across the U.S. and internationally.

GW Faculty Poster Session (Noon - 1:30 pm)

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Initiatives

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), research on your teaching, is a growing area of research and discussion at top universities across the country. We are excited to be joining their ranks through this inaugural effort of faculty work.

Come hear your faculty colleagues discuss their research efforts, big and small,  as they work to gauge changes over time, examine how students understand aspects or concepts in a course, assess the effectiveness of a particular assignment, assessment or intervention. It is an ultimate blending of research teaching know-how. This session is co-sponsored by GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

 Research strands:

  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Active Learning/Learning Environment
  • Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign
  • Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • Online Learning and Teaching

Open Access at GWThursday, October 6
Noon to 1:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
Light refreshments will be served

Join GW faculty members and keynote speaker Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement for SPARC, for a discussion on the state of Open Access publishing in the disciplines. Learn how faculty from the sciences and humanities have opened their scholarship to the public, and the challenges and benefits they have encountered in the process. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and come away with ideas for making their own work more widely available to readers.

  • Keynote Speaker - Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Panelists:
    • Paul Brindley, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine, Scientific Director, Research Center for Neglected Diseases of Poverty
    • Lorena Barba, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Ami Zota, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Alexa Huang, Professor of English, Co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute, Director of the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare

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
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.