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Pop-Up Pantry Donation Drive

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 14:28

Help stock the Mason Pop-Up Pantry! Gateway Library is sponsoring a donation drive from March 31 through April 8.  Drop off your pantry donations at either Gateway Library or Fenwick Library service desks. You will receive a chance to win a Panera Gift Certificate! (One chance per each item donated).

What does the Pantry need?

  • Granola Bars
  • Rice, Pasta
  • Chips, Drinks, Soy Milk
  • Crackers & Cereal
  • Seasonings
  • Toiletries, Cleaning Supplies, Detergent, Dish Soap
  • Pens, Pencils, Paper Clips
  • Canned Fruit & Meat
  • Gummies
  • Paper Towels
  • Tofu, Organic Items
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Bottled Water
  • Gloves
  • Kleenex (Boxes)

For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, Gateway Library, aoconnor @ gmu.edu

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Gilbert & Sullivan Exhibition Opening and Reception: Join us on March 30!

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:12

The University Libraries is excited to announce the opening of a major Gilbert & Sullivan exhibition, “Oh, Joy Unbounded…”: A Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring items from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert & Sullivan Collection.

The Mason community is invited to join us for an exhibition opening celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center on the second floor of Fenwick Library (Room 2400). The program will open with remarks by Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and will include a tour of the exhibition by David Stone, who we have to thank for amassing this stunning collection of Gilbert & Sullivan memorabilia.

Three galleries in Fenwick Library are dedicated to displaying items from the Stones’ remarkable collection, which will be on view through May. The exhibition is part of a larger celebration of the famous duo, which the Libraries and the College of Visual and Performing Arts are coordinating at Mason. In addition to the exhibition, there will be performances and a scholarly forum. Additional information about the exhibition may be found here, and tickets for performances and the forum may be purchased here.

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Faculty Workshop: Open Educational Resources

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:53

Concerned about high textbook costs for your students? Frustrated with the limitations of the published textbook you have been using in your course?

Explore possible alternatives by attending a workshop and writing a book review of an open textbook. Receive a $250 stipend for your efforts!

Mason faculty and instructors are invited to attend an Open Textbook Workshop on Friday, March 24, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus, Room 1014 A & B. The University Libraries, Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence, and Office of Digital Learning proudly sponsor this workshop. Registration is required.

Stipends will be distributed to faculty based on the availability of open textbooks for review and a desire for wide representation of courses (discipline and level). Stipend recipients must write and submit a short book review (form provided) within six weeks after the Open Textbook Workshop.The reviews will benefit other faculty considering adoption of affordable course content. For examples of book reviews, please see those posted on the Open Textbook Library (OTL) website.

When you complete the Open Textbook Workshop Registration Form, please identify an open textbook in your discipline from the Open Textbook Library (OTL) that you are interested in exploring; search the OTL list for possible options.

If you have any questions about the Open Textbook Workshop, selecting a textbook for review, or Open Educational Resources in general, please contact Claudia Holland, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian in the Mason Publishing Group, University Libraries, at (703) 993-2544 or chollan3@gmu.edu.

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Workshop: Publishing Strategies, Tools, and Services

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:23

Interested in publishing your scholarly work? Join the Libraries for an informative workshop on Thursday, April 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., in Fenwick Library Instruction Room 4010.

Collaborating with a publisher starts before your manuscript is submitted. Geared toward early career authors this workshop will explore a visual outline of the editorial and production process supporting the publication of your article or book, and discuss the benefits of electronic publishing’s global reach. The core of this workshop, conducted by Mitch Moulton from Springer/Nature, will highlight the online tools and services freely available throughout the publishing process including:

  • How to develop wider relations by locating other experts in your field
  • How to find the right journal or editorial contact
  • Learning modules to help you write, submit, and publish your manuscript or become a peer reviewer.

Sponsored by SP@RC and Mason Publishing Group, the workshop will also feature a tour of SP@RC by Jason Byrd (Head, Information Services) and a discussion on the benefits of open access by Claudia Holland (Scholarly Communication and Copyright Officer).

If you plan to attend, please register at http://gmu.libcal.com/event/3234300.

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Fenwick Fellow Program Expands

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 14:36
Beginning with the 2017 cycle, the Fenwick Fellow program will expand beyond the single faculty award. University Libraries will offer an additional fellowship to fund a Mason faculty project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ ever-increasing activities in the area of digital scholarship (e.g., digital humanities, data-focused research, development of digital content and curation). Each Fenwick Fellow will receive $5,000, exclusive use of a furnished and equipped office in Fenwick Library as well as access to our Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC).

Revised guidelines for Fenwick Fellow applications are forthcoming.  
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Service Beyond Books: Workshops in Mercer Library

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:57

When you think of a library, what comes to mind? Surely, seemingly endless rows of books make the top of the list, perhaps followed by computers overflowing with databases. But our librarians and staff will tell you that libraries offers even more.

University Libraries holds a number of workshops that help students hone research skills, polish theses and dissertations, and flex their writing muscles. And these workshops are taught by instructors who really know their stuff. Check out a few of our current opportunities!

University Dissertation and Thesis Services (UDTS)

UDTS offers workshops to help students reach their graduation goals.

“At our Process workshop, we’ll talk about deadlines, procedures, and steps you’ll need to undertake to make sure you graduate on time,” said Sally Evans, University Dissertation & Thesis Coordinator.

“We offer a workshop on our Interactive Template, which is a Word document designed to make formatting your document simpler. At the workshop, we’ll walk you through it and show you how to use it.”

To sum it all up, Sally offers this slogan to those who are still on the fence about scheduling their UDTS appointment: “UDTS Workshops: Making You 100% More Likely to Graduate on Time!”

Zotero

From class papers to theses, creating citations is part of college life. Software programs like Zotero make the process go more smoothly.

“I wish I’d known about Zotero when I was in grad school,” said Zotero instructor Sarah Cocks. “When you’re juggling multiple research papers for different classes, it’s so important to keep up with all your research and resources, and Zotero is really effective for managing all these sources.”

But Zotero can do more for students than citation legwork. “Though the citation-generation aspect is useful, I value Zotero as an organizational tool even more,” said Sarah.

Rosetta Stone

What better time to discover Rosetta Stone, the preferred program for learning 30 languages, than International Week (March 31-April 9)? That’s when Mercer Library will hold a Rosetta Stone workshop, where our instructor will have you up and running in no time. Please check back with our calendar for upcoming Rosetta Stone events.

Request a Workshop

If you don’t find what you’re looking for on our workshop calendar, our instructors will customize an instruction session for any group of three or more. And, professors can request a workshop to be held during any regularly scheduled class. Think of this service as an on-demand way to bring quality workshops into your classroom or study group. Follow this link to get started.

As you can see, our instructors are excited about the workshops we offer because we know they can have a huge impact on students’ academic goals. Check our workshop calendar often to see where our offerings match your needs.

~Meg Rayford, Resource and Research Support Specialist

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Teachers of Tomorrow: Book Drive, March 3-31

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:33

Teachers of Tomorrow, a student-run organization dedicated to supporting future educators enrolled at George Mason University, has organized their first annual book drive. They are seeking book donations for students of all ages, which they will donate to schools in the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Books that are new or in good condition are preferred.

The book drive will run from March 3 until March 31. Blue decorated boxes are placed in five locations on Mason’s Fairfax campus, including Fenwick Library. If you have any questions about the book drive or how you can be a part of Teachers of Tomorrow, contact teachersoftomorrowgmu@gmail.com.

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Focus on: Career Resources

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 09:52

Start your job search at the University Libraries!

The Libraries provide full, complimentary access for all Mason students to a variety of career-related resources:

Research the companies you’re interested in using Mergent Online, a collection of financial information covering over 400,000 companies. Read in-depth reports, follow current company news, and investigate your prospective employer’s competitors in the public and private sectors.

Gear up for your new career with the Vault Online Career Library. Get industry-specific information and career advice; browse guides on resume-writing and cover letters; or search Vault’s job board for postings.

Organize your job search with CareerShift, a search tool that returns results from dozens of career sites and job boards. Search by job title, company name, keyword, and location—then save your results and manage your application documents in one place.

For more information on career resources available to you during your search, consult the University Libraries Career Resources guide or reach out to University Career Services.

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Music Library Grand Opening

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 13:20

During Winter Break, all music collections (including books, scores, LPs, and CDs) were moved from their long-time home in Gateway Library to 2600 Fenwick Library. Please join the University Libraries on Tuesday, March 21, for a host of events to celebrate the Music Library’s new location on the second floor of Fenwick.

#MarchIntoMusic with a musical parade from DeLaski to Fenwick at 1:30 p.m.; performances by the Mason Traditional Jazz Ensemble from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the south lobby of Fenwick; a gallery talk at our new Gilbert and Sullivan exhibition from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and digital demos by Alexander Street Press and Oxford Music Online throughout the afternoon (from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

To get yourself in the mood, check out the Libraries’ host of music-related resources, available online 24/7 for Mason students, faculty, and staff. Use these resources to expand your study of music or for your own relaxation and enjoyment. Resources include:

  • Music & Performing Arts Video Collection, by Alexander Street Press: Presents an extensive array of content in video, audio, and text, covering different time periods, artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Subjects include dance, film, music, and theater.
  • Oxford Music Online: Features over 60,000 articles on all aspects of music, and includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Met Opera on Demand: Offers full-length performances from the Metropolitan Opera, including Live in HD productions, classic telecasts, and archival radio broadcast recordings for high-quality viewing and listening.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz: Offers a large selection of works by over 32,000 jazz legends and contemporary artists from over 200 labels, including Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy, and others.

For more information, contact Steve Gerber, Music and Theater Librarian, at sgerber@gmu.edu or 703-993-9051.

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Out of the Box: Prince William County Historic Newspapers

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:20

If you love researching local history or old newspapers, you’ll want to check out the Prince William County Historic Newspapers. Our Special Collections Research Center recently finished processing this new collection given to the University Libraries by the Prince William County Library. The papers in the collection span the years 1851 through 1992 and contain many interesting articles (such as the one pictured on the left) and fun advertisements. Read SCRC’s story and visit the newly created finding aid to learn more.

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Artists’ Book Open House: Nature & Discovery

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 13:17

Learn more about Mason Libraries’ Artists’ Book Collection! Students, faculty and staff are invited to an Artists’ Book Open House on March 1, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick. This month’s Open House features a selection of artists’ books related to the themes of nature and discovery. A guided conversation between two current Mason graduate students on the selected books, and their own artistic practices, will start at 6 p.m. Join us!

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SCRC Open House February 22

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:33

You are cordially invited to the upcoming Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) Open House on Wednesday, February 22, 3 to 7 p.m. Located in 2400 Fenwick Library, SCRC supports academic research, teaching and learning at Mason by collecting preserving and providing access to primary research collections and documents, archival and rare book collections, and digitizing priority collections.

During the Open House, you can explore selected materials related to George Mason University, Northern Virginia, performing arts, transportation and planning, and photography. SCRC also collects oral histories pertaining to Northern Virginia, the Federal Theatre Project, Reston, Virginia, and George Mason University’s history. Learn about the George Mason University Archives and the University Records Management program, too.

For more information about the SCRC Open House, please contact Rebecca Bramlett, rbramlet@gmu.edu, 703-993-2058.

 

 

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Focus on: Black/African Heritage Month

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:50

Black/African Heritage Month is a time to remember the important contributions and achievements of Black/African Heritage cultures on campus, throughout history and their current contributions to the world. Explore Mason Libraries’ collections to learn more. Online resources are available – free – to Mason students, faculty and staff. Login with your Mason username and password. Some selected collections include:

  • African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
    Time travel into history with access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. Includes papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Also available to search is the wide-ranging magazine collection from 1825-1995.
  • Black Studies in Video
    Survey the evolution of black culture in the United States through documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage.  Includes topics of history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
  • Oxford African American Studies Center
    Highlights the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.  Content includes primary source documents, biographies, images, maps, film clips, sound recordings, and thematic timelines. The collection is continually updated and offers education and teacher resources.

For more information, search the Libraries’ subject guides, database list or contact

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Libraries Sponsor Summer Undergrad Research Project

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 13:45

In conjunction with OSCAR, Mason Libraries are sponsoring and funding an Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) intensive research project during Summer 2017. Potential project ideas:

  • Research on individual book artists; copyright and Artist Books; working with metadata; researching planning and mounting an exhibit, or researching and creating your own Artist Book.
  • Researching how Congressional hearings have been managed historically, and whether majority bias results in legislative action.
  • Text mining and examining the use of particular words in public domain texts.

Basic details:

  • You must be a Mason undergraduate student
  • You must attend one of two proposal workshops (mandatory)
    • February 1, 2017 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., Fenwick Library Room 1014A
    • February 16, 2017 from 10 – 11:30 a.m., Fenwick Library Room 1014A
  • You must apply to OSCAR by February 22, 2017
  • You must be able to work 360 hours on the project during Summer 2017
  • Successful applicant receives $4,000 stipend during Summer 2017

Undergraduate students who have a research idea or are interested in working on a research project using library resources are encouraged to Diane Smith, Associate University Librarian, dsmth36@gmu.edu for more information.

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Zotero Spring Workshops

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:25

Mason Libraries are offering Zotero workshops on various days and at various times during the Spring Semester. Learn how to use this tool to collect, organize, cite and share research resources. Workshop registration is preferred. See the Mason Libraries Workshops calendar for days, dates, times and locations. 

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Libraries Provide NY Times Online

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:40

Mason Libraries now provides Mason students, faculty, and staff with full and free online access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps. Access includes the International, Spanish, and Chinese editions; breaking news articles; blogs; videos, and interactive features. Users can share and comment on articles, set up daily or weekly email alerts by topic or keyword, and save articles or links for later reading. Users are also encouraged to download the NYTimes app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Get started!  Create your NYTimes account with your Mason username and password. Once registered, you can access NYTimes.com directly from any location, around campus, the Commonwealth, the country or the world.

Note: Mason Libraries provide access to other current newspaper holdings, which include the Financial Times’ FT.com (first-time users register here), Dow Jones’ Factiva News Page, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Economist Online.

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Focus on: Music Online

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 15:45

During the Winter Break, all music collections (including books, scores, LPs and CDs) left their long-time home in Gateway Library and were moved to 2600 Fenwick Library (second floor). In addition to the physical collections, a host of music-related resources are available online 24/7, free to Mason students, faculty, and staff. Use these resources to expand your study of music—or for your own relaxation and enjoyment. The choice is yours!

Met Opera on Demand
Offers full-length performances from the Metropolitan Opera, including Live in HD productions, classic telecasts, and archival radio broadcast recordings, for high-quality viewing and listening.

Naxos Music Library Jazz
Offers a large selection of works by over 32,000 jazz legends and contemporary artists, from over 200 labels, including Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy and others.

Music & Performing Arts Video Collection
Presents an extensive array of content in video, audio and text, covering different time periods, artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Subjects include dance, film, music, and theatre.

For more information or to find other music resources, try browsing our Music & Performing Arts database list or contact Steve Gerber, Music Librarian.

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Black/African Heritage Month Resources

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 14:39

Black/African Heritage Month is a time to remember the important contributions and achievements of Black/African Heritage cultures on campus, throughout history and their current contributions to the world. Explore Mason Libraries’ collections to learn more. Online resources are available – free – to Mason students, faculty and staff. Login with your Mason username and password. Some selected collections include:

  • African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
    Time travel into history with access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. Includes papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Also available to search is the wide-ranging magazine collection from 1825-1995.
  • Black Studies in Video
    Survey the evolution of black culture in the United States through documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage.  Includes topics of history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
  • Oxford African American Studies Center
    Highlights the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.  Content includes primary source documents, biographies, images, maps, film clips, sound recordings, and thematic timelines. The collection is continually updated and offers education and teacher resources.

For more information, search the Libraries’ subject guides, database list or contact

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Winter Break Hours

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 15:28

Mason Libraries Winter Break Hours, January 2017

Please note the Libraries are closed January 16 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The Libraries are open on January 20, Inauguration Day.

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Fenwick Reserved Carrel Drawing

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:12

Mason graduate students seeking a reserved research/writing carrel in Fenwick Library’s Graduate Study Zone can enter the Graduate Student Reserved Carrel Drawing. Entries are due by 5 p.m., January 18. Spaces are allocated for one academic term.

Eligible doctoral students can apply for Fenwick Dissertation Writers Room and Arlington Campus Library Dissertation Writers Room spaces. Carrels are allocated for one academic term on a first-come, first-served basis.

Details about the Fenwick and Arlington spaces, as well as the entry/application forms, are online.

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