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Gelman Hours for GWorld Holders Complete Hours Info
Today
12pm – 8pm
Thu
12pm – 8pm
Fri
12pm – 6pm
Sat
12pm – 6pm
Sun
12pm – 8pm
Mon
12pm – 8pm
Tue
12pm – 8pm
Gelman 12pm – 8pm
NOTICE:

Access to the Gelman and VSTC Library buildings is available only to residential students and to GW students, faculty, and staff who have special permission to be on campus (the on-campus cohort) and a quarantine status of "cleared." Those who are not part of the on-campus cohort will not have physical access to campus buildings. Seat reservations are required. 

Class Instruction

A Geography class visits Special Collections in 2010.The Special Collections Research Center works with educators and learners at GWU as well as those from local universities, middle schoools, and high schools to bring primary sources into coursework and instruction. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff support the teaching mission of the university and work closely with educators to design activites, assignements, and projects with primary sources, whether through a single class visit or an extended project based in the collections. We are committed to creating student learning experiences that are equitable and accessible. We provide instruction on conducting effective research utilizing paper-based and digital primary sources and rare books and our approach to teaching is grounded in the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy To learn more or to schedule a class session you can reach us through our contact form or contact Leah Richardson, Research and Instruction Librarian, directly.

Support for Online Learning During COVID-19 Closures

Even though access to physical collections and spaces is limited, we are available to help you design engaging and meaningful synchronous and/or asynchronous classroom activities and assignments that make use of digital collections in order to meet a wide variety of learning objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, curating digital primary sources sets around the theme of your course from our digital collections, library databases, and the open web. Please contact Leah Richardson, Research and Instruction Librarian, to discuss how we can support your primary source learning goals.

Primary Source Literacy, Document Analysis, and Transcription

Use primary source sets for students to interpret and engage in document analysis, construct narratives among sources, context documents to historical context, and contribute to scholarly communications through transcription, annotation, and other activities.

Understanding Digital Collections, Images, and Facsimiles in Context

Introduce your students to primary source research online. Use digital collections and surrogates to help students understand the context of a digital source, engage with data, and make connections between digital materials and course themes.

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