George Mason University
Congratulations & Best Wishes to all George Mason University December 2014 graduates from the University Libraries.
We’re settling our brains for a long winter’s nap! Mason Libraries are closed Saturday, December 20, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015. The Libraries’ Winter Break hours start on January 5, 2015. Season’s Greetings!
You do us proud, sir! David Stone spent years collecting Gilbert and Sullivan memorabilia: original manuscripts, production materials, letters and personal effects of dramatist/librettist W.S. Gilbert, composer Arthur Sullivan and impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte. Mr. Stone and his wife, Ann, are giving their massive collection to the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. “The University Libraries is honored to be the future home of this collection with its inestimable research value for Mason faculty and students as well as scholars world-wide. The collection complements existing strengths in performing arts collections such as the Arena Stage Archives and Federal Theatre Project Collections,” said Yvonne Carignan, Head, Special Collections & Archives. The Stones also created the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert and Sullivan Endowed Fund for cataloging and preserving the collection. Read more!
Gateway Library is sponsoring a Research Write-In is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, from Noon to 5 p.m. in Room 228 Gateway Library. The drop in event is first-come, first-served. Stop by! Registration is not required – you can meet with library staff and Writing Center tutors who will be available to help you get it all done. Light refreshments will be on hand, too!
Questions? Need more information? Contact Kara Kiblinger, kkiblin2 @gmu.edu, 703-993-1142.
Fenwick Library will be open extended hours December 7 through December 15 for final exams:Sunday, December 7 Open 10 am – 24 hours Monday, December 8 Open 24 hours Tuesday, December 9 Open 24 hours Wednesday, December 10 Open 24 hours Thursday, December 11 Open 24 hours Friday, December 12 Close at 7:00 pm Saturday, December 13 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Sunday, December 14 Open 10 am – 24 hours Monday, December 15 Open 24 hours Tuesday, December 16 7:30 am – 12:00 am (regular hours)
Mason Students, it’s time for The Great Gateway Giveaway! Win the exclusive use of a Deluxe Library Study Room in Gateway Library (Johnson Center) during Final Exams, December 7-16. How do you enter The Great Gateway Giveaway? Like us at facebook.com/gatewaylib and/or follow us on Twitter @gatewaylib. One very lucky Mason student winner will be drawn from our Likes and Followers on December 5, 2014. Questions? Contact Jason Byrd, firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck to one and all!
Mason Libraries’ new course reserves process simplifies student access to e-Reserves and provides consistent course reserve service across all campuses. Didn’t use Course Reserves for Fall 2014 classes but will in Spring 2015? Some changes include:
- Faculty now place all course reserve requests through ILLiad.
- Students now access their e-Reserves directly through their course pages on Blackboard.
More detailed information for faculty on using the Course Reserve service is available at Course Reserves (Instructors).
Questions? Need assistance? Please contact your campus reserves staff:
- Nicholas Hofmann or Vittoria Perrone (Fairfax)
- 703-993-9043, ereserve @ gmu.edu
- Richard Plaskus (Prince William)
- 703-993-7539, pwlres @ gmu.edu
- Jane Zhang (Arlington)
- 703-993-8229, aclres @ gmu.edu
Check out the new online resources added to George Mason University Libraries’ collections in October 2014. 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.
Dour Hernandez, Reference and Instruction Support Specialist, Mercer Library and Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, received Exceptional Support Awards on November 4, 2014. Criteria for this award include “Provides support to ensure that the functions and operations of the nominee’s department run smoothly. Contributes to the success of colleagues by sharing applicable knowledge and expertise; Demonstrates quality customer service to internal and external customers with responsiveness in a timely and appropriate manner, and Gets results by identifying, creating, and implementing innovative solutions to improve the way work is done, making it easier, more efficient and/or less costly.” Sponsored by George Mason University’s Human Resources department, the awards were presented by President Angel Cabrera in a a ceremony held at the Mason Global Center Ballroom (formerly the Mason Inn).
In addition, at the September 2014 All Staff Meeting, Hernandez received the Fall 2014 George Mason University Libraries’ Staff Excellence Award, “a semi-annual award presented to a library staff member in recognition of their outstanding contribution to fostering an environment of collegiality and teamwork, and ensuring library services exceed faculty and students expectations.”
Congratulations to Doug and Debra!
Search. Write. Cite. Succeed! Need help researching your topic? Can’t find what you need? Would you like to write – and get help with your citations, too? Mercer Library is hosting a Research Drop In session on Wednesday, November 19 from 1-5 pm. Library staff will be on hand to assist you with your research and writing during this event. See you there!
For more information, please contact Janna Mattson, jmattso1 @ gmu.edu, 703-993-8348.
Graduate students, faculty, administrators, and staff interested in learning more about data management issues and best practices are invited to participate in a Data Management Bootcamp sponsored by seven Virginia institutions, January 7-9, 2015. This free collaborative event features experts from across the state and will provide opportunities for local, hands-on practical experience.
Topics include: Finding and Reusing Data, Documentation and Metadata, Data Wrangling, Rights and Access, Data Visualization, Database Creation, and more. The Bootcamp is a combination of on-site activities and presentations offered through the 4-VA Telepresence system. Registration for the Data Management Bootcamp is required.
The Data Management Bootcamp is a collaborative initiative of Virginia Tech, George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Virginia.
Special Collections & Archives latest exhibition “East German Poster Collection: Themes from the Early Years, 1940s-1960s” features selected posters from George Mason University Libraries’ East German Poster Collection. The exhibition is located on Floor 2, Wing C of Fenwick Library and is part of the campus-wide observance of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Acquired by the Mason Libraries in 2010, the East German Poster Collection encompasses more than 7,500 posters from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), more commonly known as East Germany. George Mason is the only university in North or South America to house such a large collection of cultural and political GDR posters.
“East German Poster Collection: Themes from the Early Years, 1940s-1960s” displays selected posters reflecting specific aspects of GDR life as well as the collection. Special Collections & Archives finding aids describe the various components of this collection:
- East German Poster Collection Culture and Science Series, 1952-1991
- East German Poster Collection Film Series, 1947-1995
- East German Poster Collection Art Exhibitions Series, 1955-1994
- East German Poster Collection Performing Arts Series, 1955-1997
- East German Poster Collection Political Series, 1943-2009
For more information about this exhibition, the East German Poster Collection, or Special Collections & Archives, please contact Yvonne Carignan, ycarigna @gmu.edu
Looking for a cool space to work with your group? Gateway Library now offers two Media:scape collaboration rooms. Media:scape rooms are located on First Floor, Gateway Library – in the alcoves on either side of the atrium behind the Gateway Service Desk. Media:scape space is great – you can work on group projects or assignments, and the spaces are equipped with hardware which connects up to 4 laptops to the LCD in each room. Moveable whiteboards are also available! Media:scape rooms can be reserved using the Group Study Room Reservation System – they’re listed under Gateway Library. Check ‘em out!
Two databases are affected:
BioOne: maintenance activities are planned for the website bioone.org on Friday, October 24, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Content and services may be intermittently unavailable for up to four hours. [Vendor notice]
Emerald Insight: maintenance is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 24, between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. During this maintenance window, Emerald Insight will be unavailable for up to 1 hour. Please note that this may also affect some functionality on emeraldgrouppublishing.com. [Vendor notice]
On November 9th, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down, reuniting people who had been separated since 1961 and beginning a process through which the starkly divided East and West Germany would be made one country again.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of this momentous event, Fenwick Gallery’s current exhibit, Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany 1989/90, features a selection of photographs by Page Chichester (who grew up in Culpeper, Virginia) and German photographer Helmut Brinkmann. Read more
Fenwick Gallery is located on First Floor, Wing A, Fenwick Library. For more information about Fenwick Gallery, please visit fenwickgallery.gmu.edu
The Undergraduate Research & Write-in Day provides undergraduate students a quiet environment in which to write. A spacious room in the Gateway Library, Johnson Center, is the venue, allowing for quiet work, free from distractions. Support is available from both the Writing Center and Gateway Library staff to assist with research and writing needs during this event. Bring your own laptop, or use one of ours. Coffee, water, and snacks will be available. Registration required.
For more information, please contact Kara Kiblinger, kkiblin2 at gmu.edu, 703-993-1142.
Davie Stone and his wife, Ann, are giving their collection of Gilbert and Sullivan memorabilia, from original manuscripts to production materials to letters and personal effects of the two men and their partner, Richard D’Oyly Carte, to the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. The couple has also created the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert and Sullivan Endowed Fund for cataloging and preserving the collection. Read more
Sign up for the Arlington Campus Library’s Writing & Productivity Day! This half-day program will give you space to work along other Mason graduate students who are also serious about completing writing projects. A Learning Specialist from Mason’s Learning Services will give a brief presentation on writing productivity, and will be available for 15-minute one-on-one consultations to offer tips and strategies to increase your individual writing productivity. Topics can include improving concentration, goal setting, time management, and more.
Arlington Campus Library’s Writing Productivity Day will be held on Saturday, October 18. Space is limited to 10 participants; all graduate-degree-seeking George Mason students at the Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun campuses are eligible to attend. To participate, please complete the registration form.
The event will be held in the Arlington Campus Library’s instruction room. Please bring your computer, any other research materials you may need, and most importantly, your personal commitment to working diligently and productively.
For more information, please contact April Kelly,
George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus turned fifty years old on September 14! On that day, George Mason College of the University of Virginia opened its doors to 356 freshman and sophomores. The faculty, which numbered fifteen, comprised seven full-time and eight part-time professors. Read more
Have you heard about the reproducibility crisis in science (e.g, in AAAS and The Economist) and worry about false positive results? Ever wondered how you could increase the reproducibility of your own work? Join us for a workshop on reproducible research, hosted by the Center for Open Science (and other collaborators as applicable). Learn about factors that contribute to the reproducibility crisis, and techniques and tools you can incorporate into your workflow to increase the openness and reproducibility of your work.
- Date: Monday, October 6, 2014
- Time: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
- Location: Gateway Library (Johnson Center), Room A-228
- RSVP recommended; space is limited
For more information, contact Wendy Mann, wmann at gmu.edu