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#FenwickSneakPeeps are here!

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:08

It’s Mason Day – and look who’s here! Heading to the #Mason50 celebration, George Mason and his Mason Peeps dropped by to see how the new Fenwick Library Addition is coming along. First things first for the Mason Peeps: George is showing them floor plans and renderings to get them ready to tour the new space. Stay tuned for more adventures! #FenwickSneakPeeps #GetReady2Move

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Preservation Week Exhibit + Presentation

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:19

Celebrate Preservation Week! On Monday, April 27, The University Libraries’ Preservation Department is showcasing “The Conservation of John Green’s A Short History of the English People.” Part of a gift from Philip M. Teigen, who donated a substantial collection of rare John Richard Green volumes to the Libraries in 2008, the exhibit highlights the work of conservator Ethel Hellman in restoring these unique and valuable items. Ms. Hellman will speak about this project on Monday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m in Special Collections and Archives, Floor 2, Wing C, Fenwick Library. The exhibit is on display through May.

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Joy Suh to Receive 2015 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:17

Joy Suh, Geospatial Resources Librarian, Data Services Group, has been selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. Ms. Suh will be recognized for this outstanding achievement at  Mason’s  annual Celebration of Teaching event today, April 13, 2015, in the Center for the Arts.

Recognized by her colleagues for her enthusiastic and tireless support of Mason’s students, faculty, and staff, Ms. Suh truly embodies commitment to George Mason University and the academic research librarian profession. During her sixteen years of service at Mason she has fulfilled several professional roles with great success, starting as the Government Information librarian, expanding to Geography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and more recently into a broader role encompassing data management and curation, the closely aligned area of e-­research, and data analysis and representation in technical, social sciences and humanities disciplines. In all those endeavors, Ms. Suh Joy exemplified service-oriented librarianship informed by in­-depth expertise in the academic subject matter and her myriad professional skills.



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Enter The Book Stacks Poetry Challenge!

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:05

Celebrate National Library Week (April 12-18) and National Poetry Month! How? Enter the Book Stacks Poetry Challenge, April 12–24! Sponsored by Research Services, you could win the Grand Prize: exclusive use of a Fenwick Library Study Room (B203) during Finals (May 5–13)! 

Here’s how to enter!

  • Browse some bookshelves – in any Mason Library or your own
  • Select some titles
  • Stack the books to create an original poem that reads top to bottom
  • Photograph your Book Stacks Poem and tweet it to @fenrefstaff and tag it #StaxPoem

Note well!

  • The Book Stacks Poetry Challenge is open to all currently registered Mason students
    • The original book stack poem and original photograph must be created by a currently registered Mason student.
    • Mason students may enter more than once, but each entry must be a different book stack poem.
  • Entries must be received before Noon (EDT), April 24, 2015.
  • Grand Prize will be awarded to one winner only.
  • The winner will be notified by April 30.




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Verbal/Visual MFA Exhibit

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:30

What do artists read? Verbal/Visual: The Texts and Influences Behind Mason’s MFA Artists showcases work by six visual artists in Mason’s MFA program in the School of Art together with the books that have most informed the work.

All of the artists in this exhibit are graduating in May 2015 and have, over their time in the MFA program, developed a strong studio practice that includes both creating and reading. Each artist has selected a few books that have had a profound impact on their work. Visit the gallery to discover their visual work as well as some of their greatest influences found right here in the Mason Libraries’ collection. The exhibit runs through May 4, 2015.

In this exhibit are works by:

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The Pirates of Penzance Exhibit

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:17

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is the fifth of fourteen comic operas with music by Arthur Sullivan and book by W. S. Gilbert. Unlike all their other collaborations, which were first performed in London, Pirates received its official premiere in New York at the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 31 December 1879.  Well over a century later, The Pirates of Penzance remains one of the most popular of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, and indeed one of the most frequently performed works in all musical theatre. This exhibit traces its history from its earliest productions to the present day. The Pirates of Penzance will be performed April 24-26 by George Mason University’s School of Music in the Harris Theatre. The exhibit in Fenwick Library 2nd Floor, Wing A, runs from April 6-May 1.

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Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:19

Mason Libraries join the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Graduate Student Life in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2015!

Special thanks, recognition and shout-outs to the Mason Libraries’ current Graduate Research Assistants and Graduate Professional Assistants for their energy, efforts and enthusiasm!

  • Lindsey Bestebreurtje, Special Collections & Archives, Oral History Program Coordinator
  • Stephen DiOrio, Collection Development
  • Mika Endo, Gateway Library, Teaching & Learning Services
  • Nicole Gordon, Collection Development, University Libraries
  • Anup Kalburgi, Data Services
  • Lakishmi Mamidanna, Gateway Library, Teaching & Learning Services
  • Elizabeth Moore, Fenwick Research Services
  • Venkata Mukkavalli, Mercer Library
  • Maya Pham, Data Services
  • Anne Smith, Fenwick Gallery Assistant
  • Melanie Weyant, Arlington Campus Library
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Fenwick Fellow Lecture April 8

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:55

Mark Koyama, assistant professor in the Economics Department and Mercatus Center Senior Scholar, will present the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in 228 Gateway Library, Johnson Center at 2 p.m. Professor Koyama will present his findings on “The Birth of Religious Freedom: Liberalism, Rule of Law, and State Capacity, 1100–1800” which examined Western Europe as the birthplace of modern ideas of political freedom and religious toleration. His study uses a combination of new historical data and approaches from modern political economy. Professor Koyama’s research project was part of a larger endeavor, in collaboration with Professor Noel Johnson, Economics Department and Center for Study of Public Choice. They hope to publish the resulting monograph in 2016.

For more information about the Fenwick Fellow lecture and/or the fellowship program, please contact Debra Hogan, dhogan1, 7-3-993-2431.

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Two Spirits Film Screening 3/31

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 14:00

As part of Mason Pride Week 2015, Gateway Library is sponsoring a screening of the film, Two Spirits, on March 31 at 3 p.m. in the JC Cinema. Two Spirits
examines the role of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture in the context of the story of agay youth named Fred Martinez. Martinez was a nadleehi or a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, who was murdered at the age of sixteen. The film discusses the traditional Native American perspective on gender and sexuality and the need for a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and masculine.

For more information on this event, contact Kara Kiblinger, kkiblin2 @, 703-993-1142.

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Grant Writing Workshop March 17

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:59

University Libraries and University Life/Prince William rescheduled the grant-writing workshop, “Writing Winning Grants: A Primer for Grant-Seekers”. New date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 11 a.m -1 p.m. on the Prince William Campus, Beacon Hall, Room 1008 (Student Study Lounge). A few seats are still available: 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, register today.

For more information, please contact Teresa Kan, tkan @, 703-993-8358.

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All Mason Libraries Open at 10am 2/26

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 06:47

Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries will open at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, February 26.

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Apply for 2015-16 Fenwick Fellowship

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 16:07
The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. Tenured, tenure-track, and term (multi-year appointment) faculty at George Mason University are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. It is requested that previous Fenwick Fellow awardees do not submit proposals. The Fellowship provides
  • one award of $5,000 to be used for the acquisition of library research materials that may be needed for the Fellow’s research project, as well as associated research costs (e.g., research assistant support, survey costs, defrayal of conference costs when specifically required for the Fellow’s research project, and other related incidental costs).
  • use of an office in Fenwick Library for the term of the Fellowship (August 31, 2015 – August 12, 2016).
The Fenwick Fellowship application deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The 2015-2016 Fenwick Fellow will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

For additional information, please contact Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, 703-993-2491, dhogan1 at

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Mason Libraries CLOSING at 7pm 2/18

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:31

Due to an impending weather event, all Mason Libraries are closing at 7 pm tonight, Wednesday, February 18. IM reference is online until 10 pm tonight. e-Resources are currently available. Be safe, Patriots!

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Mason Libraries Hours: Feb 17

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 05:58

Fenwick Library will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb, 17. All other Mason Libraries are closed on Tuesday, Feb 17. Virtual Reference Service: online 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All e-Resources are currently available.

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POSTPONED: Writing Winning Grants Workshop

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:24

New date to be determined. The University Libraries and University Life/Prince William grant-writing workshop, Writing Winning Grants: A  Primer for Grant-Seekers, is postponed until further notice. (Was scheduled for February 17, 2015). Contact: Teresa Kan, tkan, 703-993-8358.


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All Mason Libraries closing at 5 p.m.

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 14:37

Due to the impending weather event, all Mason Libraries close at 5 p.m. today, Monday, February 16. Please note:

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Artifacts from the Cold War Exhibit

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 10:17
On Friday, February 20, from 2-3 p.m., Special Collections and Archives is hosting a reception for Artifacts from the Cold War: A Collaborative Exhibition between The Cold War Museum and Special Collections & Archives. The reception will be held in the Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Wing A, Fenwick Library.
After dropping two atomic bombs on Japan at the conclusion of World War II, fear of annihilation from the bomb heightened tensions world-wide. A struggle for influence, military superiority, and territory existed between the Western Bloc (the United States and its allies) and the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies), known as the “Cold War”. This played out in the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and other deadly crises. The Cold War came to an end with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The era passed without mutual nuclear devastation or a third World War. The Cold War Museum and the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives  collaborated on this exhibition to feature artifacts and research materials relating to the Cold War. The Cold War Museum is located in Vint Hill, near Warrenton, VA.
For more information, please contact Bob Vay, rvay, 703-993-9513.
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Academic Publishing for Grad Students

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 18:30

Grad Students! Are you interested in publishing your research but aren’t sure what that involves? Join us on March 3, 4-6 p.m., 228 Gateway Library, to learn more! The Academic Publishing workshop will give you the information you need to navigate the publication process from finding the right journal through the peer review process.  Registration is required for this event.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Finding the right publication for your article
  • What to expect for the peer review process (speed, feedback, etc.)
  • Why you were rejected and how to deal it
  • What you need to know about open access publishing
  • Ethics

For more information, contact Theresa Calcagno, Engineering Librarian, tcalcagn @, 703-993-3712.



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New Online Resources: January 2015

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:58

Check out the new online resources added to George Mason University Libraries’ collections in January 2015. You can also search for all recently added items via the Mason Classic Catalog. Mason students, faculty and staff are welcome to suggest library purchases.

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Love Mason Libraries!

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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