During the first three weeks of November, the University Libraries will be conducting a short LibQUAL+® survey to measure library service quality and identify best practices.
Please help us so we can help you. When you voiced your concerns about noise levels in the new Fenwick Library building, we listened – the Pick Your Spot campaign and designated study zones were the result. We would like you to share your thoughts with us again.
The goal of the University Libraries is to foster innovation, originality, and imagination by qualitatively managing access to scholarship and information, providing expert consultation in the research process, actively teaching the effective and critical use of information, and disseminating research and scholarship through publishing endeavors.
We appreciate your honest assessment on whether we are achieving these goals, and LibQUAL+® is one tool that will help us measure our impact.
LibQUAL+® was developed by the Association of Research Libraries to help libraries better understand user perceptions of library service quality. Since 2000, more than 1,200 libraries have participated in LibQUAL+® (including Mason), which enables us to assess our service quality in comparison with that of our peer institutions. As an institution designated with the highest Carnegie Research classification, this input is vital.
Mason faculty and students will be randomly selected to take the survey. The data collected from the surveys will be held confidentially and reported to the University Libraries anonymously.
Check your e-mail on November 1 to see if you were chosen.
Saturday, October 29
National Churchill Library and Center, 1st Floor, Gelman Library
Join us for an open house celebrating the opening of the National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) on the first floor of Gelman Library. This is the first major research facility in the nation's capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill and his role in 20th century history and in the world today. Tour our new space and learn about how the NCLC is supporting research and leadership programming at GW and beyond. Please feel free to drop by any time during our Open House.
Thursday, October 27
Bring your own pumpkin and sculpt an homage to your favorite author or literary character in the company of GW's coolest faculty and librarians. Carving implements will be provided along with cookies, cider, and nerdy-cool conversation. Check out this GW Today gallery for photos of last year's amazing creations!
Don't have a pumpkin to carve? Make your own mask! Supplies will be provided.
Costumes aren't required, but are definitely encouraged! Extra cookies and instant respect if you arrive dressed as any literary or classical character.
Afterwards, don't forget to wear your mask to the GW English Department's Fall Open House from 3-5 p.m. Treats of all kinds will be available in the English Department lounge (Philips Hall, 6th floor) and faculty will be in their offices with candy and literary treats.
Friday, October 28
Noon - 4:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 710 (Kiev Room)
October Focus - “Books of Life: Resilience and the Written Word (1933 to the Present)” Sneak Peak
October’s selections offer a sneak peek of an upcoming library exhibition. “Books of Life: Resilience and the Written Word (1933 to the Present)” will bring together materials from the Corcoran Collection of Artists’ Books and the Kiev Judaica collection in an exploration of the book’s power to preserve human expression in the face of persecution. Because of this power, violence towards books has been a hallmark of repressive regimes. At the same time, books have been a means of reclaiming, recovery, and remembrance for communities who have experienced oppression.
Materials range from books looted during the period of Nazi aggression and Holocaust memorial texts, to artists’ books which commemorate modern acts of violence and which call for social justice for victims of war, institutionalized racism, and other forms discrimination.
Join us for an up-close look at the jewels of GW's special collections at this monthly open house. Librarians and archivists will be on hand to a discuss the books and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to interact with rare and historic items that are usually kept in secure storage areas. Learn how to enhance your research using the rich trove of primary sources available in GW's Special Collections Research Center.
Elections in the United States are right around the corner. Catch up with political news, views and analyses through these selected databases and journals provided by Mason Libraries. Free access for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.
U.S. journal offers political commentary and opinion dating back to 1955. First hand reports on national, international, and cultural affairs with focus on Washington and other political hot spots.
The New Republic
In this U.S. journal, Reports and essays on topics ranging from politics and economics to literature and cinema from 1914 to the present. Political and social commentary and opinions are also included.
Factiva News Pages
Catch the headlines from newspapers including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and more. The database’s “news pages” displays the front page of the subscription to today’s edition of top newspapers. The full content of the Factiva database provides international business and news coverage from more than 8,000 sources including newspapers, newswires, magazines, trade journals, radio and television transcripts, and websites. You will also find company information; up to 5 years of historical market data; and photographs and pictures from Reuters and Knight Ridder in this database from Dow Jones.
CQ Press Library Voting and Elections Collection
Learn about U.S. election processes, campaigns, & voter behavior. Find data on election results, voter turnout, and more.
You are cordially invited to a discussion and reception commemorating the 30th anniversary of Dr. James M. Buchanan’s Nobel Prize in Economics Tuesday, October 25, 5 p.m., Fenwick Library Main Reading Room (2001).
Peter J. Boettke, University Professor of Economics and Philosophy; Solomon Stein, Postdoctoral Fellow, Economics, and Elizabeth Beckman, Manuscripts and Archives Librarian will provide remarks on Buchanan’s influence and the Buchanan Collection at Mason.
The program includea a viewing of the University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center’s exhibition, Celebrating “Nobelity”: Thirty Years Later, which features materials from the George Mason University Archives as well as selections from the newly-acquired James M. Buchanan Papers, tracing the life and work of one of George Mason University’s most renowned scholars.
For more information, please contact Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw @ gmu.edu, 703-993-2251.