Himmelfarb Headlines - February / March 2021

Director's Desk

Director's Desk, Anne LintonThe last year has seen the Himmelfarb Library pivot to a primarily remote mode. Classes and workshops have moved online. Consultations on systematic reviews, culminating experiences, and general reference questions via teleconferencing tools have increased greatly. Access to electronic collections has been crucial to student success. While many activities and services simply moved online, new services have also been developed to meet new situations. These services include courtyard pick-up for Himmelfarb materials and limited physical access to the Himmelfarb Library for individuals approved for on-campus access. Librarians have played a key role as members of the Intelligence Gathering Team created to perform surveillance on COVID-19 information and resources, resulting in the development of Intelligence Reports for front-line clinicians and the GW Incident Management Team.

Unfortunately, there have also been negative budgetary impacts on the University as a whole that have resulted in major cuts to the Himmelfarb Library’s databases and serials collection. These cancellations were hard to make and Himmelfarb staff carefully weighed a number of factors in making these decisions: cost-per-use, rate of cost increase, subject area, faculty publications, and availability within campus-wide database packages (EBSCOhost, Proquest & Project Muse). Please refer to our Himmelfarb Collection Update blog post for a full list of affected databases and journal titles.

While we hope the changes to the collection will be temporary, Himmelfarb staff remain available to assist users in identifying open access copies of materials, in requesting materials via the Documents2Go interlibrary loan service, and in updating durable links or integrating e-reserves.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at alinton@gwu.edu. In spite of these difficult times, I would like to close by saying that Himmelfarb Library and its staff are all here for you.

 


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