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GW Libraries Spotlight

In the spring of 2012, George Washington partnered with the other institutions in the WRLC consortium to digitize past yearbooks. The Scholarly Technology Group at Gelman Library performed work on the project, with support from Leah Prescott (Digitization Coordinator for the WRLC) and the Special Collections Research Center at Gelman Library.

We created a graphic representing the words or phrases used most frequently when searching the library catalog in the past two years. The graphic includes the top 150 searches. The relative size of each word or phrase is an indication of how frequently the terms occur in the search log. The picture below is a detail of the complete graphic.

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Piles of paper

The trees are screaming, and no, we're not making a vague reference to the popular 90s grunge band.

From August 2012 to December 2012 the George Washington University Libraries went through 276 boxes of paper for printing services.  

Don't kid yourself that social media lasts forever.

If you use Twitter, you may have seen an occasional deleted tweet or even one or two deleted accounts. If those deleted accounts seemed odd, consider our elected officials and how they use Twitter. Many politicians have campaign accounts, and when they win election to office, they often have "official" accounts. Typically these official accounts are separate from their campaign accounts, but not always.

Lord of Rings Triplogy imageThe Special Collections Research Center’s rare and specialized books collections contain many treasures. The SCRC is excited to share some of their unique print materials in anticipation of the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” this week: a set of first edition printings of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy!

Image: Martin Luther Kind addressing crowdThe Library has recently acquired The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, a database comprised of numerous collections of primary source materials, now digitized and made available through a single interface.

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