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Two major renovation and move projects are set for Fenwick Library this summer. Starting on May 16, Floors 2B and 2C will be closed for remodeling to accomodate expanding library services, collections and programs. What’s happening?
- Floors 2B and 2C will be closed to the public.
- Music Collection & Services remains open in Gateway Library until they are relocated to Fenwick 2B later this summer.
- Data Services is temporarily located in 4607 Fenwick and will move to remodeled 2C space as a key part of Fenwick’s new Digital Scholarship Center later this summer.
The work and moves are expected to be completed by Fall Semester 2016.
- Fenwick Lobby: same open hours as Fenwick Library
- Renovation of Fenwick Library Floors 2B & 2C starts May 16 and is anticipated to be completed by Fall Semester 2016. Floors 2B and 2C are closed to the public during that time.
Congratulations and best wishes to all Spring 2016 graduates from the George Mason University Libraries. Excelsior!
The annual Verbal/Visual exhibit, featuring art and research by Mason’s MFA candidates, is now on display in Fenwick Gallery. Creative practice is driven by input or research, even though it is defined by the resulting output or product. The combination of these three aspects prompts new methods of creating, and provides alternate routes to acquire knowledge and insight. Verbal/Visual 2016 presents all elements of the creative process as one. Research and artwork, conducted and created by MFA candidates Ben Ashworth, Sarah Zuckerman Dolan, Sarah Irvin and Patrick Sargeant, show these corresponding parts of a whole. The students will graduate from Mason’s School of Art in May 2016.
For more information about Fenwick Gallery, please contact Jenna Rinalducci, jrinaldu @ gmu.edu.
Fenwick Library Lobby is open 24/7 through May 11, 2016. Good luck with final papers, projects and exams, Mason Nation!
On Tuesday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mercer Library and University Life at the Science and Technology Campus are hosting Grant Development: A Process Primer for Graduate Students + Faculty. This workshop, geared to graduate students and early career faculty, provides an overview of the grant development process as well as an open Q&A with University Professor Dr. June P. Tangney and Associate Professor Dr. Keith D. Renshaw from the Department of Psychology. Lunch provided. Register now!
For more information, please contact Teresa Kan, tkan @ gmu.edu
Exams are approaching! Relax and revive at these upcoming events:
Monday, April 25 Stop by Arlington Campus Library (ACL) for an afternoon of adult coloring from 3 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in ACL Study Room 329. Coffee and snacks, provided by GAPSA, will be available. Colored pencils and coloring sheets will be on hand; you’re welcome to bring your favorite coloring books or supplies, too. From Monday, April 25 to Thursday, April 28, Arlington Campus Library will offer coffee each evening from 4 p.m. until it’s gone – drop in! For more information, please contact April Kelley, akelley3 @ gmu.edu
Monday, April 25 Need help finding GIS datasets for your final projects, using GIS software to analyze your data, creating a map using ArcGIS, QGIS, and more? Joy Suh (hsuh1 @ gmu.edu), Geospatial Resources Librarian, will be available by appointment from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Arlington Campus Library to assist you with your project/paper. Register now.
Thursday, April 28 De-stress at the Library: Coloring + Legos! Gateway Library and the Office of Off-Campus Student Programs & Services are sponsoring two ways to de-stress from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in Gateway Library, Johnson Center. Refreshments provided! For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor @ gmu.edu
The deadline for applications for 2016-2017 Fenwick Fellow Program is being EXTENDED until MAY 6th (from the original April 20 deadline).
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 29, 2016 – August 11, 2017).
The Fenwick Fellowship application deadline is EXTENDED to FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016. The 2016-2017 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, at 703-993-2491 or email@example.com.
Beth Roszkowski, Head, Arlington Campus Library, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. Ms. Roszkowski truly embodies commitment to George Mason University and the profession of academic research librarianship. With this award, she is being recognized for her enthusiastic and tireless support of Mason’s students, faculty, and staff.
Ms. Roszkowski has a strong record as a skilled manager of complex functions, programs and services as well as noteworthy professional accomplishments which encompass all three areas of library professional faculty responsibilities at Mason – professional expertise and competence, scholarship, and service.
The award will be presented to Ms. Roszkowski at Mason’s Celebration of Teaching Excellence ceremony on Monday, April 11, 2015, 3:30pm, at the Center for the Arts, Concert Hall Main Lobby, Fairfax campus.
Congratulations to our library colleagues who were recognized for their service to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia. The recipients were presented with their awards on April 6 and April 7 at the University Day Service awards celebrations.
- Steve Dang, Resource Description & Metadata Services, Technical Services Group
- Cynthia Bentley, Access Services, Fenwick and Gateway Libraries
- William Perrin, Access Services, Fenwick and Gateway Libraries
- Chandararith Chet, Systems Group
- Karen Jacobs, Payments, Technical Services Group
- Susan Stockwell, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
- Steven Gerber, Research Services, Fenwick Library, RES
- Meaghan O’Malley, Resource Acquisition, Technical Services Group
- Joyce Price, Resource Description & Metadata Services, Technical Services Group
- Andrew Stevens, Web Services, Systems Group
- Jason Byrd, Information Services Team, Fenwick Library
- Anne Driscoll, Research Services, Fenwick Library, RES
- Sally Evans, University Dissertations and Theses, Mason Publishing Group
- Margaret Lam, Research Services, Fenwick Library, RES
- Katara Wright, Information Services Team, Fenwick Library
One of the events included in the Grand Opening Celebration of Fenwick Library was the Student Video Competition. Mason students created videos, with run times of less than a minute, on the theme “Top 3 Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Library.” The videos had to incorporate and feature a library/or libraries on any of the Mason campuses, and highlight the transformative role that the Mason Libraries play in the living and learning environment at Mason. The winning videos were announced and screened at the Fenwick Library Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and are available online. Congratulations to
Grand Prize Winner: Samuel Robbins, Sophomore, Communications
Interested in business research? Area university students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Capital Area Business Librarians (CABL) for a workshop on various Mergent databases. This session will be held April 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at George Mason University Arlington Campus, 206 Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA. Light refreshments will be provided by Mergent. Register today to reserve your spot!
For more information, please contact Jo Ann Henson, Business Librarian, George Mason University Libraries, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-993-2213
Arlington Campus Library will be hosting its regular Library of Congress orientation and tour session on Friday, April 8. Join us and learn how to conduct research at the Library of Congress with special guest instructor, Library of Congress Librarian Darren Jones. Attendees will be able to get ID cards to access the Readers Room, learn about the research services available, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library of Congress. Registration is required, so please save your spot today! For more information, please contact Beth Roszkowski, broszkow @ gmu.edu
The University Libraries offers financial support to eligible members of the Mason community to offset the costs of publishing in scholarly open access (OA) journals that charge author fees. Complete and submit the Open Access Publishing Fund (OAP Fund) application on the University Libraries’ website to apply for funds. Please read the journal eligibility requirements before applying. Contact Claudia Holland (email@example.com) with any questions.
The Arlington Campus Library is conducting a survey over the next few weeks to better understand graduate student research needs, and how the Library can be improved to support your productivity and success. The online survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Your responses are voluntary and confidential.
For more information or any questions about your rights as a participant, please contact Mary Oberlies or Beth Roszkowski at 703-993-4121 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. This project has been reviewed and approved by the Mason Institutional Review Board (IRBnet number: 881461-1).
University Professor Rosemarie Zagarri will be guest speaker at the book launch of The Five George Masons: Patriots and Planters of Virginia and Maryland, by Pamela C. Copeland and Richard K. MacMaster, recently published in a new, second edition by the George Mason University Press. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 6th, at 3:00 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.
Dr. Zagarri will speak about “George Mason in History and Memory” as part of the Mason Author Series, sponsored by the University Libraries and the University Bookstore. The Mason Author Series highlights significant publications of George Mason University faculty and alumni.
Rosemarie Zagarri received her Ph.D. from Yale University and is currently University Professor and Professor of History at George Mason University. She is the author of several books, has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, and received a number of national fellowships and awards. In 2009, she was elected President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), the national organization for early Americanists.
First published in 1975, the second edition of The Five George Masons has been published in collaboration with the Board of Regents of Gunston Hall, and features an introductory note by George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera; a foreword by Scott Stroh, Executive Director of Gunston Hall; and new images and maps.
The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
For more information, contact: John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press, University Libraries, George Mason University
Office: 703-993-3636 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Reagle, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, presents the 2016 Fenwick Fellow Lecture on Wednesday, March 30 in the Main Reading Room, Fenwick Library at 2 p.m. Professor Reagle will present the findings of his research project The Role of Renewables in George Mason’s Future Energy Portfolio in which he examined the hurdles the university faces toward reaching the 2025 Virginia renewable energy mandate’s statewide goal of 15 percent, and then exceeding the state’s minimum beyond 2025. In addition, with this study, he plans to provide a “roadmap for other regional institutions that consume power on a large scale to diversify their energy portfolios in a responsible manner.” Please join us at this Fenwick Library Grand Opening Week Event!
For more information about the Fenwick Fellow lecture and/or the fellowship program, please contact Diana Tippett, 703-993-2223, email@example.com.
During Fenwick Library’s Grand Opening Celebration Week, the University Libraries are initiating a new program: the Mason Author Series. Featuring the work of Mason scholars, the inaugural author is Giorgio Ascoli, University Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Department and founding Director of the Center for Neural Informatics, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. Professor Ascoli will discuss his book, Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind. The Mason Author Series is sponsored by the George Mason University Bookstore and coordinated by the Libraries’ Mason Publishing Group. Join us on March 29, 2:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room for the first Mason Author Series event. Light refreshments will be served.
Mason 4-VA, in collaboration with the University Libraries and Mason Online, invites Mason faculty to submit a proposal for innovative redesign of a course that integrates digital (and accessible) materials. That is, you supplant expensive textbooks either with digital works that you create, or with existing digital content that is in the public domain, licensed Creative Commons, or available in databases to which the University Libraries subscribes. To that end, you are reducing the cost of instruction to students and improving learning outcomes.
Courses of particular interest are those that:
- have high enrollment,
- are required for majors,
- count in the Mason Core, or
- carry high textbook costs.
This initiative is a Mason 4-VA pilot project. Any Mason full-time instructional faculty who teach high demand, heavily populated courses are eligible to apply, as are adjunct faculty who are part of a team proposal. Competitive grants will be awarded ranging from $1500-$5000, depending on the nature of the work and the level of team collaboration. Proposals due: March 18, 2016. Award notification: April 4, 2016.
Library faculty are poised to assist you with locating quality OER content, as well as answering questions related to copyright and Creative Commons licensing of your own materials. Mason Publishing Group, a department of the University Libraries, is available to aid faculty in developing OER textbooks or workbooks as a part of this pilot project. Let us know how we may help you! Contact your subject librarian, Claudia Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org), or John Warren (email@example.com), Head, Mason Publishing.