George Mason University
George Mason University Libraries invites you to join the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Fenwick Library by participating in a Student Video Competition. This competition highlights the transformative role that the Mason Libraries play in the living and learning environment on campus. All university students are invited to enter and are eligible to win amazing prizes!
To participate, submit a video (not to exceed 60 seconds) themed “Top 3 Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Library.” Students are encouraged, but not required, to use smartphones for creating videos. Recording studios are available for use in the Gateway Library (One Button Studio) and Fenwick Library (Presentation Practice Rooms). Videos must incorporate and feature a library/or libraries on any of the Mason campuses. Work will be featured online, as well as on digital displays at the new Fenwick Library. Winning videos will be announced and screened at the Fenwick Library Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Submit your entry by 5 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday, March 15. For more information, visit library.gmu.edu/top3
University Libraries welcome all Mason alums home this weekend! While you’re meandering through memories, places and spaces on the Fairfax Campus, be sure to visit the new Fenwick Library! Then 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:
- A History of Mason
- George Mason University Yearbook Collection
- GM View: Video Yearbooks 1990-2011
- George Mason University Facilities Planning Documents, 1960-2007
- Physical and digital documents from George Mason University Facilities Planning Department, many of which are held in Special Collections & Archives, University Libraries.
- The Life and Work of Dr. John Warfield
- Madness@Mason: Documenting a Dream Season
- President Lorin Thompson Scrapbooks
- Dr. Thompson served first as Chancellor (1966-1972) of George Mason College of the University of Virginia and then President of George Mason University (1972-1973). Two scrapbooks compiled by Thompson contain newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, invitations, other documents, and ephemera.
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!
The University Libraries, the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology present a screening of THE ANTHROPOLOGIST, a documentary by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. This event will be held Wednesday, February 24, 3 to 5 pm, JC Cinema, Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Light refreshments will be provided! A Q&A session hosted by Dr. Susie Crate will follow.
“Climate change forces us to have to learn the family business,” says Mary Catherine Bateson, the daughter of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead.
And so begins the story of Katie Yegorov-Crate, a thirteen-year-old girl from Fairfax, Virginia. She is carted around the globe by her mother, noted environmental anthropologist Susie Crate. Susie studies the effects of climate change on centuries-old indigenous communities.
Margaret Mead also analyzed how communities confront change which results from war and modernity. Her daughter Mary Catherine Bateson, now 76 and a cultural anthropologist in her own right, provides extraordinary insight into what Susie and Katie discover.
Filmed over the course of five years, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST is a meditation on change, both individual and societal. Susie and Katie work with people in Siberia, the South Pacific, the Andes, and the nearby Chesapeake Bay, who struggle to reconfigure how and where they live.
In Siberia, where Susie met Katie’s father while doing research, Katie’s relatives can no longer farm on land they’ve occupied for generations. Katie’s roots are also threatened by the inhospitable soil.
“I don’t think we can change the world,” counsels Susie. “I think that we change, and that changes the world.” Katie’s plan as she sets out on her own will test her mother’s theory.
For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 at gmu.edu.
February 26, 2016 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Fenwick Library, Room 1014A, Fairfax Campus
- Jane Rosecrans, Karyn Pallay and Josh Watson, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
- Claudia Holland, George Mason University Libraries
Online access to free learning materials has allowed educators, like you, more freedom and creativity than ever to tailor their courses. You have the freedom to reuse all types of media, to modify content to suit your pedagogy and your students’ learning styles, and to create completely new material.
Furthermore, you have the opportunity to reduce textbook costs for your students!
But how do you know when content on the web can be modified and reused? Can you rely on the purported quality of, for example, open textbooks? What can you do to share materials you create with a broader audience and still get credit for the time and effort you put into them? Why consider using anything but the traditional textbook you have selected for a course? You might already be using open resources in your courses. Are you making this cost-savings known to potential enrollees?
The Virginia Community College System is a nationally recognized leader in using and building open educational resources. Join this experienced team of faculty in an interactive two-hour workshop to explore answers to these questions and learn more about the following topics:
- Why OER?
- Defining OER Terms and Concepts
- Finding and Evaluating OER and free course materials
- Building an OER Course
- Understanding Creative Commons Licenses and applying them to your own course materials
- Evaluating the Quality and Effectiveness of OER materials in your course
- OER and Student Success and Retention
The University Libraries wants to hear how your use of open resources can be supported. Only 35 seats are available! Please register for this workshop today to save your place!
For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 at gmu.edu
By popular demand, GRADReCon, Graduate Research Connections, is set for Friday, February 19. A variety of workshops to increase and enhance grad students’ research skills and productivity will be offered. Sponsored by Mason Libraries, Mason Grad Life, and Mason Learning Support Services. More details forthcoming.
Mason Libraries’ TextSelect program provides required textbooks for selected required classes. Through TextSelect, textbooks which cost more than $50.00 are purchased by the libraries. This popular collection now includes required textbooks for the following selected 100, 200, 300 & 400 level required courses:
- Required General Education classes
- Required School of Business classes
- Required Conflict Resolution classes
- Required Economics classes
- Required Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health and Nursing classes
TextSelect also includes selected textbooks under $50.00 as well as selected graduate-level textbooks in these class subject areas (above). TextSelect textbooks are placed on 2-hour reserve in the Gateway Library, located in the Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Check the the Mason Libraries Catalog or the Course Reserve Catalog to find TextSelect textbooks on reserve. Students may also suggest a textbook purchase.
For more information on TextSelect, please contact Madeline Kelly, mkelly25 at gmu.edu, 703-993-2849, or your subject librarian.
Come and see what’s new – and what’s in it for you! Take a guided tour of the new Fenwick Library. All tours start in the Fenwick Library Atrium; dates and times are posted on the tour schedule. For more information, please contact Chris Magee, email@example.com
- Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm
- Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
- Saturday: Noon – 4 pm
One Button Studio is a simplified video recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience. The studio’s design allows you to create high-quality and polished video projects without having to know anything about lights and cameras. You only need to bring a flash drive with you — and push a single button.The lights, camera, and microphone are preconfigured, making it easy to record high quality video presentations.
For more information, please contact Sara Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason researchers! What research tools do you use to accomplish your work? How do your research habits compare with those of scholars in other parts of the world? To identify trends at Mason, we seek your participation in the 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication Survey.
Mason Libraries will share our community’s anonymized dataset and produce a publicly available report. In addition, survey results will help Mason Publishing, part of the Mason Libraries, evaluate alternative metric (altmetric) services we might offer to help you track the attention your scholarship receives.
Mason Libraries open at 10 am today, Friday, January 29.
On Wednesday, January 27, all Mason Libraries will open at Noon. Virtual reference service will be online 10 am to 10 pm.
On Tuesday, January 26, Gateway Library (Johnson Center) will be open 10 am – 4 pm. All other Mason Libraries are closed. Virtual reference service will be available 10 am – 10 pm. Online resources are available at library.gmu.edu
All Mason Libraries are closed January 22 through January 24, 2016.
Stay safe and warm, Mason Nation!
New year, new Fenwick! The new Fenwick Library opens January 19. After weeks of moving collections, equipment and staff, the facility provides
- One unified full-service assistance desk, located in the first floor Atrium
- A variety of new group study spaces and rooms which can be reserved for
your use – equipped with white boards and monitors
- Compact shelving for increased storage for print collections
- MediaScape collaboration study rooms, in which up to 4 students can share their screens simultaneously
- Self-serve laptop dispenser to check out computers for use in the library
- State-of-the-art Special Collections Research Center
- Enhanced device-charging capabilities throughout the library
- Presentation practice rooms equipped with technology (similar
to the Gateway Library’s One Button Studio)
- The Research Commons, featuring programming and support
for individual and collaborative projects
- Two exhibition/gallery areas for student and faculty art, as well as items from the Special Collections Research Center
The full move will be completed by March 2016, and the Cafe will open sometime in the Spring. Come in, explore, learn – see what’s in the new Fenwick Library for you!
Mason Libraries offer a variety of workshops to refresh and enhance research skills. In addition, tours of the new Fenwick Library will be offered. Check them out!
Glimpse some of the new spaces in Fenwick! Learn about the move and more at fenwickfocus.gmu.edu
Congratulations & Best Wishes from the University Libraries.
Mason Libraries are going cashless on January 19, 2016, and will accept Mason Money only for
Mason Money is operated by the Mason Card Office. Mason Money Stations are located in each library. You can add on your Mason ID, or purchase a visitor’s card at a Mason Money Station. Visa, MasterCard, and cash denominations of $1, $5, $10, & $20 are accepted at Mason Money Stations only, and not library service desks. Questions? Contact the Mason Card Office.
University Holiday Break, December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016
- All Mason Libraries are closed
Winter Intersession, January 4 – 15, 2016
- Gateway Library (Johnson Center), Arlington Campus Library and Mercer Library (Science & Technology Campus) will be open Monday through Friday, January 4 – 8 and January 11 – 15, 2016.
- Fenwick Library will be CLOSED January 4 – 18 and is expected to open on January 19, 2016.
- All Mason Libraries are closed on Monday, January 18, 2016.
Library Services Available: January 4-8 and January 11-15, 2016
Check Out / Pick Up / Return / Reference
- Gateway Library: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Arlington Campus Library: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Mercer Library: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Virtual Reference: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Online Resources & Services