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Love Mason Libraries!

George Mason University - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:35

It’s that time of year...tell us what you love about Mason Libraries and you could win a sweet prize! Mason students, faculty, staff and alums are eligible. One entry per person. One prize for best entry will be awarded. Winner will be contacted by email only. Enter now through February 16!

For more information, contact Jamie Coniglio, jconigli @, 703-993-2207.

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Welcome, Mason Alums!

George Mason University - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 17:27

University Libraries welcome all Mason alums home this weekend! While you’re meandering through memories, places and spaces on the Fairfax Campus, you can see the progress on Mason Libraries’ current big project: the construction of the New Fenwick Library Addition. Stop into Fenwick Library to view the Special Collections and Archives exhibit Picturing the Eastern Front. Take a stroll through the Fenwick Gallery and view the exhibit of Artists’ Maps. Head over to the Johnson Center and see what’s new in Gateway Library.

More items of interest for alumni include these selected online collections:

Mason alumni are welcome to use the Libraries‘ physical and online collections in person at any Mason Library: Fenwick, Gateway, Arlington Campus and Mercer.

We welcome you back, and welcome your continued interest and support. Go Mason!




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Writing Winning Grants Workshop

George Mason University - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:58

University Libraries and University Life/Prince William are hosting a fast-paced grant-writing workshop, Writing Winning Grants: A  Primer for Grant-Seekers, on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, from 11 a.m -1 p.m on the Prince William Campus, Beacon Hall, Room 1008 (Student Study Lounge). RSVP now!

The workshop aims to assist Mason graduate students and faculty who want to learn fundamental strategies for successful grant writing. With the expert assistance of Mason’s research librarians, you’ll discover top grant finding resources. The workshop will explore the full cycle of grant development from an idea to a proposal, from searching for funding, completing the application, and to managing an award.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and can use their Mason’s parking passes for parking at Beacon Hall. Lunch is provided by University Life/Prince William. To reserve your space, sign up at

For more information, please contact Doug Hernandez,, 703-993-8357.

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Paper Window: An Exhibit of Artists' Books

The George Washington University - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:45

Wednesday, February 11 • 5-7pm

May Gallery Exhibit: “Bridging Sign & Script” – January 31 – February 28

Catholic University - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:16

Mount Serabit in the Sinai desert of Egypt is the site of the discovery of some of the earliest examples of West Semitic alphabet writing.  This Proto-Sinaitic script has been called the first alphabet.  The exhibit focuses on the work of the 1930 Harvard-Catholic University Joint Expedition to Serabit-el-Khadim and on the contributions of Fr. Romain Butin, S.M. who served as research epigrapher.


Curated by Michelle Datiles, GLP, the exhibit includes materials from the Epigraphic Collection in the Semitics/Institute of Christian Oriental Research Library. The exhibit is on display now through February 28 in the May Gallery of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library

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Recommended Reads – For You!

George Mason University - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:39

Mason Libraries’ Recommended Reads collection consists of approximately 700 recent fiction and non-fiction books. Housed in Gateway Library (located in the Johnson Center), these titles are favorably reviewed by National Public Radio, The New York Times, and other reputable sources. Recommended Reads have a three week borrowing period; books may be renewed once. Browse the collection, check a few out – and relax between some covers!


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Picturing the Eastern Front: Postcards and Watercolors

George Mason University - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:30

You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception for Picturing the Eastern Front: Postcards and Watercolors from the Gustav Klemp World War I German Graphic Materials Collection on Tuesday, February 20, 12:30 p.m., in Special Collections and Archives, Room C-214 Fenwick Library.

Picturing the Eastern Front: Postcards and Watercolors from the Gustav Klemp World War I German Graphic Materials Collection highlights selections from Special Collections and Archives’ collection of almost 120 postcards, original watercolors, and sketches by trained artist and World War I German Army medic Gustav Klemp. Klemp’s postcards and artwork provide firsthand insight into some of the most well-known offensives on the Eastern Front during the Great War. The images also illustrate what daily life was like for millions of soldiers and military staff, from Christmas celebrations in bunkers to soldiers being deloused. The exhibition runs February – April 2015.

For more information, contact Special Collections and Archives at 703-993-2220.


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Get Stuff Done. WIN BIG!

George Mason University - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:18
Where do you go to get stuff done? Come and see the Gateway Library Exhibit Space, now displaying lots of George Mason University resources available for you to get stuff done. Currently enrolled Mason students can win a private movie party in Gateway Library, located in the Johnson Center,  complete with popcorn, snacks, and drinks. How? Enter the Gateway Library Photo Contest! Here’s what to do:
  • Visit the Gateway Library “Get Stuff Done” exhibit
  • Take a picture of yourself and/or your friends with one of the campus resources found in the Gateway Library “Get Stuff Done” exhibit
  • Photograph must be taken by a Mason student or include a Mason student(s) in the image.
  • Post the picture and tag Gateway Library on social media (Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram)
    • Use #gmugetstuffdone
    • Mason students may enter more than once, although each entry must be with a different resource.
    • Entries must be received before Noon (EST), February 13, 2015.
    • Only one prize will be awarded. Entries with multiple eligible participants will share the prize among the participants.
    • Movie party must be scheduled with a Gateway Library staff member in advance, date/time is subject to room availability. Movie must adhere to the university guidelines for responsible use of technology.

Need more information? Contact Allison O’Connor, 703-993-9055.

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Digital Humanities Showcase

The George Washington University - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:54
February 2, 2015

February 20 • 12:30-3pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Everyone is invited to a showcase of Digital Humanities (DH) projects underway across the University.  The program will include brief presentations followed by discussion and a reception.  Find out about innovative endeavors happening in English, History, GW Libraries, Japanese, Jewish Cultural Arts, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Presented by the GW Digital Humanities Institute and GW Libraries.

Librarian Mark Yoffe on Voice of America (Russia)

The George Washington University - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 12:56
January 31, 2015

Dr. Mark Yoffe, curator of the International Counterculture Archive and the Soviet Samizdat Archive in Gelman's Global Resources Center was interviewed by Voice of America (Russia).  He spoke about the relevance of Soviet protest rock music in today’s Russia and showed off the Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock exhibit on Gelman's 7th floor.  GW student Ivor Urek also commented on American student interest in the music from the former Soviet Union.  

View the full interview here. (Segment begins at the 23:00 minute mark and is in Russian.)  The Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock exhibit is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Newest in Popular Reading: Game of Thrones, Driving the King, Richard Pryor, Her Brilliant Career, & Science … for Her!

Catholic University - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:58

The spring semester is just beginning at The Catholic University of America. We hope that your classes are going well. If you are looking for an entertaining read throughout the semester, look no further than our Popular Reading Program located on the first floor of Mullen Library near the Reference Reading Room.

Some of our newest titles are listed below. Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status Inside HBO’s Game of thrones: seasons 3 and 4 Taylor, C. A. Another Night, Another Day Rayner, Sarah The Assassination Option: A Clandestine Operations Novel Griffin, W. E. B. & Butterworth, William E. Becoming Richard Pryor Saul, Scott The Cause of All Nations: an International History of the American Civil War Doyle, Don H. Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties Cooke, Rachel Driving the King Howard, Ravi Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film Oswalt, Patton The Last American Vampire Grahame-Smith, Seth Before I Go Oakley, Colleen Science … for Her! Amram, Megan The Keeper Howard, Tim Vanessa and Her Sister Parmar, Priya Sweet Damage James, Rebecca The Strange Library Murakami, Haruki

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.” Happy reading!

CUA Libraries is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us at:

Mullen Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAlibraries
Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Canon Law Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUATheoPhilLib
CUA Science Libraries Facebook; Twitter: @CUAScienceLib
CUA Architecture & Planning Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUArchLib
CUA Music Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAMusicLib

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Possible Noise Disruption Friday

The George Washington University - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:16
January 29, 2015

Friday, January 30
between 8am-4pm (intermittent) 

Workers are completing the final phase of Gelman’s HVAC upgrades. Work on the roof will require use of hammer drills and may be audible in some areas of the building. Higher floors are more likely to be disrupted.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we improve the library facilities.

New Undergraduate Publications Corner

The George Washington University - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:57
January 29, 2015

Beginning on January 30th the entrance floor reading lounge will include an Undergraduate Publications Corner. The Corner will feature journals and magazines showcasing the talents and interest of student writers within specific disciplines. Copies of past and present issues will become available for visitors to read within the library as well as to take a copy for the road. General information about each organization will be provided for students who are interested in working with or writing for a specific publication.

Check out the work of fellow GW undergraduates in these publications:
The Globe: Undergraduate Academic Journal of the ESIA
Omnibus of the GW Roosevelt Institute
GW Pre-Law Student Association Undergraduate Law Review
Wooden Teeth: The George Washington University's Art and Literary Magazine
The ACE Magazine

Choose. Use. Journal Tools

George Mason University - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:09

George Mason University Libraries keeps you up to date with the latest research in your field with these journal tools. With JournalTOCs, you can stay abreast of the latest journal publications.When published, JournalTOCs sends you an email with the table of contents of the latest journal issues you’ve selected to follow. Learn more about using JournalTOCs

BrowZine delivers issues of scholarly journals to your iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or smartphone. Encompassing a wide range of publishers, BrowZine includes many journal backfiles dating back 10-15 years. The BrowZine app, which is a free download, allows you to develop your own “library” of journals to browse and read whenever you wish. Learn more about using BrowZine.



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Drop into your future! Career Connections

George Mason University - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:58

University Career Services and University Libraries invite all students to drop in for career planning and company research assistance on Fridays, 10 a.m. to Noon, in Gateway Library, located in Johnson Center.. A Career Services advisor and the Business Subject Librarian will be on hand to help you with resume reviews, career questions, business research, job search techniques and interview skills. Appointments are drop-in only and are first come, first served.

Questions? Need more information? Please contact Ann Garner in University Career Services at or (703) 993-2370.

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Student Town Hall on the Future of the GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:21
January 21, 2015

Tuesday, February 3
Noon -or- 5:30pm
Gelman, Room 219

What will the GW Libraries look like in 2020?  How are we preparing now for the students of the future?

Join us for a student town hall on the future of the GW Libraries.  This meeting will unveil the libraries' new Strategic Plan, our road map for the future.  Bring us your feedback into how the libraries can be better for you and for the students to come.

RSVP by January 31st for a free lunch or dinner from Chipotle at the meeting.  Only those who rsvp are guaranteed a burrito.

RSVP for the Noon-1pm meeting:
RSVP for the 5:30-6:30pm meeting:

Interested in 3D Printing? Take Our Survey!

The George Washington University - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:28
January 21, 2015

Are you interested in access to a 3D printer on campus? We are asking students, faculty and staff at GW to tell us if and how they might use a 3D printer for academic purposes. Should the libraries purchase a 3D printer for student/faculty use? Take our survey and help decide!

The Realities of Reality TV: A Talk with the Writers Guild of America, East

The George Washington University - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:24
January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 29 from 4-6pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
In reality television, hundreds of hours of footage are shot for a single episode. The resulting story is similar in its narrative structure to an episode of scripted television. Reality TV programs have a beginning, middle, and end, complete with character arcs, plots, conflict, and resolution. The difference between shows like Modern Family and Survivor is how the source material is generated. Reality writers don’t script each line for a professional actor to speak. Instead, these writers must use existing footage to work backwards from the ending in the most interesting way possible.

While reality television shows have quickly become popular with viewers and profitable for the networks, the writers who make these programs possible have not shared in the success. Unlike other television writers, most reality television programs are written without a union contract. As a result, these writers sometimes work long hours without health and pension benefits or minimum salary protections or residuals.

Non-Fiction Television Writers and Producers United, a project of the Writers Guild of America, East, is currently organizing those performing storytelling duties on non-fiction/reality TV shows in New York.  Justin Molito, Director of Organizing for the WGA-East and non-fiction television writer and producer Joe Danisi, will discuss the realities of the non-fiction television industry in a panel moderated by GW Labor Archivist, Tom Connors.