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Events at GW Libraries

Upcoming events at GW Libraries. You may also want to look at our News & Events page for updates and activities.

Looking for an older event? Check out our archive of past events.

Intervention and Occupation in the Middle East

Ever wondered how to find better materials faster for your MENA research projects? Why can your friends studying other areas of the world find great resources but you can't? Are there any special databases? How do you search for ISIS in the catalog, anyway? Does the library have any Arabic books? Is it better to search in Arabic/Persian/Hebrew or in English for MENA materials? This workshop with the GRC's MENA expert will cover tips and tricks on how to get the information you need, when you need it: Yalla/biya berim!

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 24, 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
Greater Gotham

Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Mike Wallace for a discussion of the second volume of his epic history of New York City, Greater Gotham.  The first volume, Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, cowritten with Edwin G. Burrows, was published to great acclaim in 2000 and won the Pulitzer Prize. Tyler Anbinder, a professor of history at GW and author of Five Points and City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York will lead the discussion.

Mike Wallace is a Distinguished Professor of History at John...

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
Finding GIS Data & Resources

Join us for a workshop geared to finding resources to support your research and projects. Learn the keywords that will unlock your searching and some "go to" resources. This is a stand alone workshop.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 24, 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
Shaping Your Professional Online Presence

A polished online presence can help you not only pass a potential employer's Google search, but also get recruited for jobs you want. This workshop will cover LinkedIn and website portfolios, as well as other social media.

Date and Time:
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Ready to Work Career Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Instructional Technology Lab

Join the Instructional Technology Lab to learn about Blackboard Collaborate Ultra! Come discover the essentials of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the new version of the synchronous virtual classroom tool, beginning with a general geography of the new and improved user interface and ending with a practice session. Participants will leave the workshop with hands-on experience in features such as text and voice chat, PowerPoint slideshow delivery, and desktop sharing.

Please register here

Date and Time:
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Faculty Lounge (Room B05)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Type: Faculty
 Data Demystified

Research data is data that is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results, but what does that really mean for your own work? Librarians, Debbie Bezanson and Tina Plottel, will define research data & data-related terms and discuss common data formats. You'll explore trustworthy repositories, access restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.

Date and Time:
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Data Management

Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop librarians Dorinne Banks and Tolonda Henderson will discuss best practices for data management and the tools, people, and resources the GW Libraries provide to help you.

Date and Time:
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm
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. Please complete this form to reserve your seat. Contact prevention@gwu.edu with questions or for more information.

Date and Time:
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 218a
Event Format: Training
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Lecture

This event brings together four junior scholars from Washington-area universities to talk about their research, methodologies, and self-understanding as scholars in our current moment of higher education.  Profs. Urvashi Chakrabarty (GMU), Emily Kugler (Howard University), Dustin Friedman (American University), and Julius Fleming (University of Maryland) will all be presenting.  Following this, Prof. John O'Brien will give a keynote lecture on his recent book on the history of the corporation.

Date and Time:
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
 Collaborating Using GitHub

GitHub is a popular platform for sharing and collaborating on open-source code, data, and much more. This workshop will introduce you to using Git and GitHub for version control, collaboration, and showcasing your work.

Prior programming knowledge is not required, but code examples will be used. Please:
(1) Bring a laptop. If you’re bringing a Windows laptop, please install PuTTY from www.putty.org beforehand.
(2) Sign up for a free account on github.com if you don't already have one.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Build Your Skills Workshop Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
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...

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
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,...

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
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
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
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. Please complete this form to reserve your seat. 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

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