Gelman Library Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communications records
Collection Scope and Content
The majority of this collection comes from the tenure of Assistant Univeristy Librarian for Collections Caroline Long (circa 1994-2006), and also includes documents which she had inherited from her predecessors, including Christopher Filstrip. One file dates from the tenure of Assistant Librarian for Collections Benita Vassallo (file is dated 1989). This collection contains correspondence, budgets, reports, photographs, publications, office files, blueprints of Gelman Library, strategic planning notes, and a video cassette. The material dates from 1951 to 2006, and was transferred to the University Archives by the Associate University Librarian for Collections Services.
This collection is closed to research for 25 years from date of record creation, with the exception of Series 5, which is open to research.
Restrictions on Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Historical or Biographical Note
The George Washington University's Melvin Gelman Library opened in 1973. Before the Gelman Library (which received its current name in 1980), the University Library was located in Lisner Hall, formerly Lisner Library. When the University moved to Foggy Bottom in 1912 from its location on 15th and H Streets, N.W., the first library was located in the original Lisner Hall, the former St. Rose's School for Orphaned Girls, between 20th and 21st Streets on G Street. Other libraries include the Virginia Campus Library (established n 1990), and the Mount Vernon Campus Eckles Library (under GW control since 1997). Together, these three libraries form the Gelman Library System (GLS).
The Library is headed by a University Librarian, who oversees: the Assistant University Librarian, Administration, Development, and Personnel; Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication; Associate University Librarian for Information Technology; Associate University Librarian for Public Services; Directors of the Mt. Vernon and Virginia Campus libraries, and the Manager of GLS (Gelman Library System) Financial Operations.
The Assistant University Librarian for Collections was renamed as the Associate University Librarian for Collections Services in the mid-1990's. In this configuration, the position oversaw the operations of the Special Collections Department, the Collections Management Services Department, Acquisitions Department, Slavic, East European and Asian Reading Room, and the Collection Development Group.
In 2007, the Associate University Librarian for Collection Services, Caroline Long, retired and the Gelman Library undertook a two-year reorganization. The position was reconfigured as the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communications. The position oversees Collection Development, the Special Collections Research Center, the Global Resources Center, the Preservation Department, the Materials Budget Unit, and the Gifts and Exchange Unit.
N.B. This history note was written in 2005 and updated in 2010.
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Language of Materials
Material in this collection dates between 1951 and 2010, and includes correspondence, budgets, reports, photographs, publications, office files, blueprints of Gelman Library, strategic planning notes, and a video cassette.
Organized into eight series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Subject files; Series 3: Allocations Task Force files; Series 4: Renovation project files; Series 5: Statistics; Series 6: WLN conspectus files; Series 7: Workflow Implementation Team project files, and Series 8: Ad Hoc Committee on Publications file.
Series: Series 1 is arranged chronologically. The remaining series are arranged alphabetically.
Materials were transferred to the University Archives by the Associate University Librarian for Collections Services.
- Catalogs, Card Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Finance Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Foggy Bottom (Washington, D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- George Washington University
- George Washington University. Library
- Librarians Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Melvin Gelman Library Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Publications Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Washington (D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Gelman Library Assistant University Librarian for Collections records, 1951-1995
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English