Last Wednesday, the Global Resources Center (GRC) hosted a coffee hour for international students in collaboration with the International Services Office (ISO). Located on the 7th floor of Gelman, we are a specialized library collection and reading room tailored to the needs of the university’s globally-focused academic programs. While many international students frequently visit the GRC to use our resources (including foreign language materials), seek research support from area specialists, and study in a welcoming environment, with GW’s large international student population, we hoped the coffee hour would help those not yet familiar with the GRC to learn more about our resources, in-house expertise and services.
We had a great time getting to know a diverse group of students from various countries including China, Japan, France, Germany, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iran, India, and Switzerland and a wide variety of majors and programs. We learned a lot about each other by chatting about their programs and research interests, their experiences discovering library resources, their journey at GWU, and even about what’s happening on Gelman’s second floor. The coffee hour concluded with a tour of the GRC, which included a demonstration of our many databases, publications from other countries, a look at our international maps and atlases, and a discussion about our specialized collections. We thank all who participated and we hope to see you in the GRC again!