We love this message to faculty: if you and your students need something during this pandemic, just ask the library! We are here for you (even if "here" means online), and we'll keep helping you navigate your best possible informational options.
A professor of library science offers advice on how to locate high-quality digital course materials for instructors planning more remote instruction.
This represents a starting point for those who would do the work. Please feel free to comment with other resources that you'd recommend. The GW Libraries can assist with searching and obtaining materials in our electronic databases as well.
Black lives matter.
Black experiences matter.
Black authors and storytellers matter.
Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) services are still active throughout the summer for articles and book chapters not available through our GW databases and ebook collections. Although print book lending is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, it is possible to request a priority chapter or section to be scanned for you, as allowed by copyright.
Most current GW students and researchers can complete the ILL form linked in this post. Medical school affiliates (Nursing, Pre-med, etc.) should instead use the Docs2Go option through the Himmelfarb Library website.
GW University Archives is collecting stories about how our students are affected by the pandemic. Participation is voluntary. To contribute information about your COVID-19 personal or academic experiences, as little or as much as you want recorded for the historical record, log in with your GW email address and complete the Google form. Submissions of photographs, videos, and other digital materials are also welcomed!
Create a new survey on your own or with others at the same time. Choose from a variety of survey types and analyze results in Google Forms. Free from Google.
Virtual GW Nursing graduation ceremonies are streaming today at 1:00pm. Congratulations to all of the graduating students in our GW VSTC community...our staff is sorry not to have the ability to wish you well in person, but thank you for all of your dedication and hard work as we celebrate your achievements and look ahead to a better future!
Tune in to watch our virtual graduation celebration this Thursday!
If you are graduating and have library books to return to us, we have drop-off and postal return options.
The book drop slot next to the library (Enterprise Hall #179) is available for the convenience of local students. You will need your GWorld Card to enter the building; the library suite itself will be locked. There will be a delay until staff are onsite and able to check in your materials--no overdue fines will accrue.
Books can also be mailed back to the library (again, expect a delay in processing packages). Cost-conscious students may want to consider USPS Media Mail as an economical and reliable option. If you face significant challenges in returning items promptly or have questions, please contact our staff ASAP.
Students resuming GW classes in the summer and/or fall may continue to keep any currently checked-out items.
ICYMI: GW Today's guide to finals preparation includes some excellent academic and stress management resources, including a roundup of virtual library services.
There are a lot of resources, including a virtual version of Chalk-In, that can help you finish the spring 2020 semester.
Celebrating Earth Day at the VSTC Library: starting now, you can bring your used writing instruments to the library for recycling (we can take any brand of ink pens, mechanical pencils, highlighters, markers, etc.).
After we reopen for business, we will provide an ongoing collection bin inside the library for your convenience. Until then, if you are able to access Enterprise Hall, just drop items into our library drop slot outside Enterprise #179 (make sure they are capped and/or safely enclosed in a plastic bag). Our staff will know what to do with them!
The GW Writing Center is hosting Virtual Cafes via Zoom to provide students with structured writing time in a supportive online community environment. See the link for times and registration information.
Miss hanging out at your local coffee shop to do your homework? Miss being in Gelman at 3 a.m. with a friend, finishing your UW papers? The Writing Center can’t recreate Starbucks coffee for you, but we can offer you a virtual café in which to write. Come join us!
What’s a “Virtual Café?”
(5) times a week, the GW Writing Center will host two-hour “Virtual Cafés,” where you’ll write, in the company of others. You don’t have to write alone. You can meet your deadlines.
If you’re interested, please visit our Virtual Café webpage to register by 3 p.m. the day before the café (we need time to set it up).
A Windows-based Virtual Computer Lab is available via the Academic Commons website to give GW users access to productivity and specialized software for the online learning period. You do not need to log into the GW VPN.
Available software includes: Microsoft Office Apps (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word 2016), Google Chrome Browser, ArcGIS, SAS, SPSS, NVivo12, RStudio, R x64, GeoDA
Academic and Instructional Technologies Support Different software and technologies are supported by different campus entities. For specific software assistance, contact the technology support center listed under each software below. GW IT Support Center (ITSC): The ITSC, staffed by GW Information T...
Remote tutoring services remain available to the GW community, including Writing Center appointments.
This page outlines academic support resources across campus that are offering services virtually during the virtual learning period. The information will be updated frequently, but please note that delays in updates and changes may take place. For the most up-to-date information, check the website f...
Additional source for e-books: the Internet Archive's National Emergency Library is available for a limited time to access over 1.4 million digitized titles (with a free registration).
These aren't just public domain or academic titles (though there are plenty of those). If you want to read the 2014 romance "Marrying the Cowboy," explore cookbooks to get creative with what's left in your pantry, find crafting inspiration, or browse children's picture books, this is a great place to search!
Announcing the National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. Learn more.
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student facing unexpected financial hardship due to COVID-19, the GW Cares Student Assistance Fund may be able to help. A link to the application form is available in the GW Today article, as is a donation link for individuals wishing to contribute to the fund.
GW Cares Student Assistance Fund supports students with financial hardships, including those related to COVID-19.
Himmelfarb Library's medical resources and librarians continue to be available to GW's SON, SMHS and Milken School of Public Health students, faculty and staff.
Himmelfarb has been purchasing many required nursing and health textbooks as library e-books (when available) for student convenience and accessibility. These titles are searchable via the Himmelfarb Library online catalog.
Himmelfarb is online and here for you! Author Laura AbatePublished on March 23, 2020Leave a comment on Himmelfarb is online and here for you! Students, faculty and staff in GW's SMHS, SON and Milken School of Public Health have full access to the collections and services of the Himmelfarb Health Sci...
Our grantseeking community might be interested in Candid's coronavirus philanthropy tracking website: what funders are responding to crisis response efforts, and where that funding is going.
Philanthropy's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Temporarily closed for COVID-19 precautions:
Beginning March 19, 2020, the VSTC Library and study rooms will be closed due to COVID-19 public health safety recommendations. GWorld cardholders and the general public will not have access to our suite until further notice.
We apologize to our community for any inconvenience. Teleworking staff is continuing to assist with research needs, and our online library resources are fully operational.
Support is available for Blackboard 24/7 through the GW Instructional Core team as well as through our vendor. GW affiliates should call 202-994-4948; Blackboard FAQs and resources are also available via the IT website.
Blackboard at GW is an online course management system based on the Blackboard Learning System. It enables users to access course syllabi, course-related materials, assignments, assessments and communication features provided by instructors. Blackboard at GW is an authenticated system, so GW communi...
Have you already come across data papers in your research or want to learn more about this emerging publishing trend?
Do you know about data papers? Learn how to use this new type of paper in your research!
The VSTC Library and our partner libraries are working with anyone with checked-out items that may need renewals. You may keep any library books in your possession while our services are disrupted and do not need to make any special efforts to return items that are coming due soon. Simply contact one of the GW libraries and we will update your account.
VSTC students may return items to the book drop slot outside the library if they are already onsite for other reasons, such as using study rooms (do not make a special trip just to return books!). Returned books will be safe in the book drop until a staff member can check them in. There will be no penalty if items happen to go overdue in the interim.
We understand this is a stressful time for everyone and appreciate your patience and understanding!
Please ensure that you carry your GWorld card if visiting the VSTC campus, as you will need it to access all buildings, including Enterprise Hall (and the library). There will be no general public access at this time.
Beginning March 16, 2020, VSTC Library staff will be teleworking and available via email only, due to University COVID-19 precautions (end date TBD). Other library online resources and Ask US assistance is available 24/7 at library.gwu.edu
Library access will be granted to GWorld cardholders only, with no general public access until further notice.
Students needing to study may continue to come into the library and work independently. Please assume the same risk of virus contact as for any other public space, and please clean up after yourself and your study group. Stay safe, stay healthy!
Nursing and other School of Medicine affiliates: Himmelfarb Library has announced the following schedule changes:
Starting 8 am 3/16, the Himmelfarb Library will be open
8am until midnight 3/16 to 3/19 (Monday-Thursday)
8 am until 8pm 3/20 (Friday)
8 am until 6 pm 3/21 and 3/22 (Saturday-Sunday)
The developing COVID-19 situation will be reassessed before the week starting March 23, so stay tuned for updates.
Himmelfarb reference hours remain the same: 8:30 until 8 M-Th (via chat,e-mail and Webex)
DMV area 501(c)3 grantseekers, please see this RFP from the GW Arc Foundation (a GW student-created initiative) for an opportunity to apply for a grant up to $10,000 towards programming, education, and professional development focused on equity in the criminal justice system. (Deadline to apply: April 16, 2020)
Please feel free to share this announcement with any relevant 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. (Individuals are not eligible to apply.)
The GW Arc Foundation is a partner of the Learning by Giving Foundation, an organization that funds student-led philanthropic initiatives. The program teaches students effective giving practices by…
Instructors: training for Blackboard and other online teaching resources is available in upcoming webinar and in-person workshops (to be held at the Gelman Library on the main campus). Details and registration are available in the link. https://workshops.itl.gwu.edu/
For those interested in viewing a webcast of tomorrow's GW Coronavirus Community Grand Rounds updates (March 4, noon-1:00pm), a link is provided in the below post.
The VSTC Library circulation desk and foundation grantseeking resources will be closed for business on Mon., Feb. 17 (Presidents' Day).
Current GWorld cardholders may tap in to access library study space and pick up books on hold.
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GW's Inter-Campus Shuttle Service from the Foggy-Bottom Campus (Requires a GW card to ride), WFC Express (GW Students/Faculty and Staff ride free with GWorld card, $2.00 general public).
This location operates as a small satellite branch of the George Washington University Library system. We are not affiliated with the Loudoun County Public Library system.
Non-GW visitors, including WRLC Consortium-affiliated students, are welcome Monday - Friday between 9:30am-6:00pm to conduct library research or access Foundation Center grantseeking databases. Current GW students and staff may access library study space 24/7 with a valid GWorld Card.
GW Alumni must obtain a GWorld Alumni Card from a GWorld Office location to enable 24/7 VSTC Library access; GW alumni who do not possess an alumni card are welcome to visit during the library's regular weekday business hours.
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