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Archive of Past Library Events

These are past events, they have already happened, don't try to go to them! Take a look at our Upcoming Events page for a current list.

Alcohol Skills Training Program

Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) is a program designed to discuss GW's drinking culture and to foster a conversation with students about how to reduce their risks if they choose to consume alcohol. Contact prevention@gwu.edu with questions or for more information.

Date and Time:
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 218a
Event Format: Training
Event Type: By Invitation Only
Improve your research methods

STUDENTS

Do you have a good research topic, but need a bit of help refining your research question and process? Are looking for guidance on your research project from beginning to end? If so, SAGE Research Methods (SRM) is the tool for you! Join me for custom training to learn more about SRM, which is an online collection of books and other full-text materials that provide information on the how-tos for carrying out every step of your research project. In this session, you will discover how to use the resources in SRM to write a more effective research question, conduct a literature review, select your research method, gather, analyze, present your data, and write up your research findings, and more!

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of our session, you will:

>       Understand how the Project Planner and Which Stats Test provide you with guidance and support as you plan and conduct research.
>       Understand how to effectively search across content types and disciplines to identify the best materials to support your research project.
>       Understand how the Discipline Landing Pages provide you with guided discovery of content best suited for research within your discipline.

FACULTY

Whether overseeing a student research project, thesis, or dissertation; or preparing your own work for publication or dissemination, SAGE Research Methods (SRM) can help with every step of the research process. Join me for custom training to learn more about SRM, which is an online collection of information that supports beginning and advanced researchers looking for the best methods to use in their research. In this session, you will learn more about SRM and its content – including dictionary and encyclopedia entries, book chapters, full books, journal articles, and the complete Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences (Little Green Books) and Qualitative Research Methods series (Little Blue Books) – and how these resources can help you in your teaching and with your research.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of our session, you will:

>       Understand how to use the Methods Map to help those less familiar with research find the best method to use in their research.
>       Understand how to create Reading Lists of curated content to share and/or embed in CMSs.
>       Understand how to create Custom Video Clips and Embed Video in CMSs.
 

Date and Time:
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219 & ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
A Walk on the R side logo

R is a programming language that is popular for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis. This workshop will introduce participants to basic R tasks such as reading data into R, analyzing data, and plotting data.

No prior programming knowledge is required, just a basic understanding of computer files and folders. Please bring a laptop to this workshop. In advance of the workshop, please install R from r-project.org and the free version of RStudio Desktop from rstudio.com. If you need help installing these, please schedule a Coding Consultation (http://go.gwu.edu/coding) and we'd be glad to help you. 

Date and Time:
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Dolen Perkins-Valdez - Balm

Join the GW Department of English for the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series presenting author Dolen Perkins-Valdez. She will be reading from her new book Balm: A Novel

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 702
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
Completing a Map

Building on Workshop 1: GIS Interface Basics, learn proper cartographic considerations and practices. The end result will be a “my first map”. Participants should have attended Workshop 1 or have experience with GIS or GIS software.

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201) and ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Visualizing Data with GIS Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Lecture

The Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service hosts this opportunity for GW faculty to connect in conversation on the subject of the variety of ways to disseminate our students’ community-engaged scholarship. Dr. Phyllis Ryder, author of Rhetorics for Community Action and leading scholar of service-learning in composition and rhetorics of democracy will open the discussion by describing how the design of her course assignments facilitates public dissemination of students’ engaged scholarship. Dr. Christopher Klemek will describe the availability of his students’ work online through the Digital DC project. The conversation to follow will invite others to consider how greater community benefit might be leveraged by sharing students’ scholarship to broader audiences. 

The Nashman Center's Conversations on Community-Engaged Scholarship at GW are designed for a faculty audience but open to all, including students, staff, and members of the community. 
The Nashman Center's Conversations on Community-Engaged Scholarship at GW are designed for a faculty audience but open to all, including students, staff, and members of the community. 

Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:45am
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
GIS Interface Basics

In this first of three workshops, we plan on demystifying both GIS software and how to import vector data to make a simple map. You'll learn how to navigate the interface and highlight important functions within ArcGIS and QGIS.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201) and ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Visualizing Data with GIS Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Data Cafe

Bring a project or project idea to this casual, drop-in gathering in STEMworks (Gelman 201). Experts will be available to assist with statistical analysis, programming, software development, data visualization, and finding research data. This is a great opportunity to connect over coffee with others in the GW community who are collecting, analyzing, and visualizing data in new and interesting ways.

The Data Cafe will take place each Tuesday from 1-2 pm from November 7 through December 12. 

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Open House
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
National Security

This workshop will introduce the distinct and unique materials from Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections at the Global Resources Center, which include, but not limited to, internal (neibu) publications, classified military newspapers, intelligence reports and censored materials from China, Japan and Korea. Most of the materials are hard to acquire elsewhere and some are only available at GW. These materials will not only help to broaden your knowledge and support your research on East Asia’s national security in world affairs. 

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Researching with Specialized Collections Workshops Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
APIs

There is so much data out on the web, but who wants to copy-and-paste or scrape web pages? Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) let you explore and collect data in a reliable and efficient way. In this introductory workshop you'll learn:

  • What an API is an why you'd use one.
  • How to access an API using the Postman Chrome app. We'll explore the API for one of the many available U.S. government databases.
  • Other ways of using APIs.
  • Tips for working with APIs and how to find them.

No technical background is required. Bring a laptop if possible.

Date and Time:
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Alcohol Skills Training Program

Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) is a program designed to discuss GW's drinking culture and to foster a conversation with students about how to reduce their risks if they choose to consume alcohol. Contact prevention@gwu.edu with questions or for more information.

Date and Time:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 218a
Event Format: Training
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Software Carpentry

Join STEMworks & SEAS Computing for two days of hands-on instruction in Git, Github, Unix, and R! Participants must register ahead of time and attend for both days. 

Register here!

Date and Time:
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 5:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
APIs

There is so much data out on the web, but who wants to copy-and-paste or scrape web pages? Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) let you explore and collect data in a reliable and efficient way. In this introductory workshop you'll learn:

  • What an API is an why you'd use one.
  • How to access an API using the Postman Chrome app. We'll explore the API for one of the many available U.S. government databases.
  • Other ways of using APIs.
  • Tips for working with APIs and how to find them.

No technical background is required. Bring a laptop if possible.

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Paris in the Present Tense

Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Mark Helprin for a discussion of his new novel, Paris in the Present Tense, and the current state of U.S. foreign and defense policy.

Mark Helprin is a novelist and commentator, and the author of the acclaimed Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, In Sunlight and In Shadow, and many other novels and stories.  Of Winter's Tale, critic Benjamin De Mott wrote in the New York Times, "I find myself nervous, to a degree I don’t recall in my past as a reviewer, about failing the work, inadequately displaying its brilliance." 

Mr. Helprin is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute.  He served as an advisor and speechwriter for Robert Dole during his 1996 presidential campaign.  Born in New York, he served in the Israeli infantry and air force and holds degrees from Harvard University.     

Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
Political violence image

Puzzled by political violence in Russia or the Caucasus? Looking for causes for the Ukrainian crisis? When working on a project dealing with Russia, Eurasia, Eastern and Central Europe you might find yourself in a strange world of resources where an experienced guide could be of great help. What databases to use? What terminology and subject headings to apply when searching library catalog? Are there good monographs on your subjects or you will rely mostly on articles? How to find reliable sources of refereed articles? What about primary materials in translation? Do they even exist? Should I search the databases in Cyrillic or in transliteration? In short, let your friendly REECE research librarian give you advice, suggestions, and hints regarding how to structure your research. Vpered druz'ia!

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Researching with Specialized Collections Workshops Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders

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