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Will You Be Chosen?

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:12

During the first three weeks of November, the University Libraries will be conducting a short LibQUAL+® survey to measure library service quality and identify best practices.

Please help us so we can help you. When you voiced your concerns about noise levels in the new Fenwick Library building, we listened – the Pick Your Spot campaign and designated study zones were the result. We would like you to share your thoughts with us again.

The goal of the University Libraries is to foster innovation, originality, and imagination by qualitatively managing access to scholarship and information, providing expert consultation in the research process, actively teaching the effective and critical use of information, and disseminating research and scholarship through publishing endeavors.

We appreciate your honest assessment on whether we are achieving these goals, and LibQUAL+® is one tool that will help us measure our impact.

LibQUAL+® was developed by the Association of Research Libraries to help libraries better understand user perceptions of library service quality. Since 2000, more than 1,200 libraries have participated in LibQUAL+® (including Mason), which enables us to assess our service quality in comparison with that of our peer institutions. As an institution designated with the highest Carnegie Research classification, this input is vital.

Mason faculty and students will be randomly selected to take the survey. The data collected from the surveys will be held confidentially and reported to the University Libraries anonymously.

Check your e-mail on November 1 to see if you were chosen.

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Focus on: Political Science Resources

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:07

Elections in the United States are right around the corner. Catch up with political news, views and analyses through these selected databases and journals provided by Mason Libraries. Free access for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.

National Review
U.S. journal offers political commentary and opinion dating back to 1955.  First hand reports on national, international, and cultural affairs with focus on Washington and other political hot spots.



The New Republic
In this U.S. journal, Reports and essays on topics ranging from politics and economics to literature and cinema from 1914 to the present. Political and social commentary and opinions are also included.



Factiva News Pages
Catch the headlines from newspapers including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and more.  The database’s “news pages” displays the front page of the subscription to today’s edition of top newspapers.   The full content of the Factiva database provides international business and news coverage from more than 8,000 sources including newspapers, newswires, magazines, trade journals, radio and television transcripts, and websites. You will also find company information;  up to 5 years of historical market data; and photographs and pictures from Reuters and Knight Ridder in this database from Dow Jones.

CQ Press Library Voting and Elections Collection
Learn about U.S. election processes, campaigns, & voter behavior.  Find data on election results, voter turnout, and more.




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

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Celebrating Nobelity: A Buchanan Retrospective

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 14:17

You are cordially invited to a discussion and reception commemorating the 30th anniversary of Dr. James M. Buchanan’s Nobel Prize in Economics Tuesday, October 25, 5 p.m., Fenwick Library Main Reading Room (2001).

Peter J. Boettke, University Professor of Economics and Philosophy; Solomon Stein, Postdoctoral Fellow, Economics, and Elizabeth Beckman, Manuscripts and Archives Librarian will provide remarks on Buchanan’s influence and the Buchanan Collection at Mason.

The program includea a viewing of the University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center’s exhibition, Celebrating “Nobelity”: Thirty Years Later, which features materials from the George Mason University Archives as well as selections from the newly-acquired James M. Buchanan Papers, tracing the life and work of one of George Mason University’s most renowned scholars.

Please RSVP at

For more information, please contact Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw @, 703-993-2251.



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Biodiversity Transcription Blitz 10/21

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 14:18 is an international event (October 20-23, 2016) that raises awareness of the importance of biodiversity research collections and engages volunteers in liberating data from these collections so that more people can access them for research and educational purposes. On October 21, we are holding a 4-hour blitz at George Mason University to contribute to this effort. The Blitz is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2001 Fenwick Library (Main Reading Room).

We welcome Mason participants to sign up for one of four time-slots and bring a laptop with wireless capability to the event. Tickets are free and limited to 80 participants per time slot.

Mason participants will be transcribing label information from very high-resolution images of natural history collections via a user-friendly web interface called Many of the specimens are from Virginia and from Mason research collections. Each 40 minute time slot will include an introduction to the field of biodiversity informatics, the Notes from Nature project, and the opportunity for participants to build the global research database with their transcriptions. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided.

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Tuesday Tune Ups Start 10/18

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 12:47

Does your resume or cover letter need a quick tune up? Starting Tuesday, October 18 through December 6, University Career Services is offering 15 minute walk-in review sessions on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. in 1201 Fenwick Library. (The last walk-in session will take place at 6:45 p.m.)

During the Tuesday Tune Up, a Peer Career Advisor can review your resume or cover letter, answer your HireMason questions, provide you with internship search tips, and so much more. Please bring a printed copy of your resume/cover letter for review. No reservation required for this event.

For more information about Tuesday Tune Up, please contact Raechel Timbers, University Career Services,, 703-993-4021.


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Celebrating “Nobelity” – James Buchanan Exhibition

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 18:05

On the morning of October 16, 1986, Dr. James M. Buchanan received a phone call from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences – informing him that he had been selected as the winner of the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Nearly fifty years had passed since he started his academic career as a student at a small college in Tennessee, and now, a faculty member at George Mason University, Buchanan was selected for the most prestigious award given to a scholar.

Some years after being awarded the Nobel Prize, Dr. Buchanan shared his thoughts on the award in an essay entitled “Notes on Nobelity”. The essay became a chapter in his 1992 autobiography, Better than Plowing. From a humble background, Buchanan felt slightly uncomfortable with the status conferred upon him by this honor. He believed that he was not an elite academic, and he found it gratifying that he was put in a position to represent the “outsider” and “[the] great unwashed scattered throughout the academic boondocks”. Professor Buchanan died in 2013.

Now on display in the Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick Library, Celebrating “Nobelity” recognizes the 30th anniversary of Buchanan’s achievement by tracing his life and work.Featuring materials from various collections of the George Mason University Archives, his Nobel Prize medal, and selected materials from the newly-acquired James M. Buchanan Papers.

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Focus on: Language Resources

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 09:44

Mason Libraries acquire a variety of online resources for students, faculty and staff to learn and succeed, including a wide variety of foreign language resources, ranging from books, e-books, scholarly journals, juvenile literaturemusic and movies. Use Quick Search,the Libraries’ Catalog, Subject Guides, or the Database List to browse, locate and use the materials. A sample of what’s recently been added to the collections include:

Rosetta Stone
Language software provides learning support for 30 different languages, including 50 hours of foundational instructions; core lessons to build on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills; and grammar and vocabulary activities.


CAIRN.Info Journals
Comprehensive online collection of French-language journals and e-books in social sciences and humanities, combined with an English-language database where abstracts and selected articles from key journals are translated from French into English.

Kotobarabia Arabic eLibrary
The Kotobarabia E-Library consists of more than3,500 contemporary and classic Arabic books from Egypt in e-bookformat and are full-image and full-text searchable. The collection is divided into 29 thematic categories.


e-libro coleccion: Catedra
e-libro is a Spanish-language research database. Search, browse, and preview e-books and other research material.



For more information about the Libraries’ foreign languages collections, please contact Elena Landry, Global Programs and Foreign Languages Librarian.

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Doctoral Student Writing Spaces Available

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:21

Nine spaces are available in Fenwick Library for Mason PhD students admitted to candidacy and working on their research. Spaces are assigned first-come, first-served. Consult the application form for details.

For more information on Fenwick Library Dissertation Writers spaces, please contact Cynthia Bentley, 703-993-9057,


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Mason Author Series Book Talk 9/26

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:38

The Mason Author Series, which highlights significant publications of George Mason University faculty and alumni, is pleased to feature Professor A. Alonso Aguirre, Chair of Mason’s Environmental Science and Policy Department, who will discuss Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities.The book talk will be held Monday, September 26, in Fenwick Library Main Reading Room (2001 Fenwick), 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

In Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities, Professor Aguirre brings together experts who primarily work in Africa, Latin America, and Asia to introduce important conservation concepts and real world applications to issues that affect the tropics and subtropics; a region with 75% of the world’s human population as well as 90% of its biodiversity. These issues, such as climate change, environmental sustainability, and emerging diseases must be studied and addressed on a global scale. Aguirre is joined by his contributors, Thomas Lovejoy who coined the term “biological diversity”; Larry Gorenflo, who focuses on how people adapt to their natural and cultural surroundings; Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, whose research centers on international biodiversity governance; Harald Beck, who studies mammal-plant interaction and ecosystem engineering in temperate and tropical ecosystems; Andrew Taber, an environmental pioneer and authority on Neotropical wildlife; Elizabeth Loh, who studies anthropogenic land-use change; and wildlife biologist and veterinarian, Iga Stasiak.

For more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press, jwarren13 @

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Gateway Library Closed/Inaccessible September 16

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 13:29

The Johnson Center is the site for a University event on Friday, September 16. Gateway Library will be closed, and all services and all collections in the Johnson Center will be inaccessible. Please note and plan accordingly:

  • Users will not be able to access any Gateway Library collections including circulating books, print course reserve materials, textbooks, music or media collections.
  • Reference service and information will be available at the Fenwick Library Information Desk or through Virtual Reference 
  • Gateway Library will reopen on Saturday at 10 a.m.
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Do you want to join a Book Club?

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 08:18

Mason Libraries are establishing a Book Club. Interested? Join us on Tuesday, September 20,                         2 – 2:30 p.m., 1014A Fenwick Library, for an brief meeting to discuss the possibilities! For more information, visit 
George Mason Libraries Book Club
 or contact Sara Hudson, shudson7 @

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Fenwick Gallery Artist’s Talk 9/15

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 08:12

Artist Jonathan Lee will discuss his work, Renewables, at an Artist’s Talk on Thursday, September 15, 4-5 p.m., Main Reading Room (2001), Fenwick Library. Renewables is currently on exhibit in Fenwick Gallery. Join us!

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Pick Your Spot!

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:04

You asked. We answered!  Areas throughout Fenwick Library are now arranged to accommodate various study needs and research interactions. As a member of the Mason community, we are also encouraging you to help maintain a pleasant, productive facility in which to work. Pick Your Spot operates on the principle of think globally, act locally: kindly ask those who may not be respecting the designated space to please do so. Protect Fenwick’s environment, too! Eat food in Fenwick Lobby only. Keep feet off furniture, window ledges, furniture. Protect your valuables. Respect others.

Know where to go – to study and succeed. Pick Your Spot!


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Special Collections Open House 9/7, 9/8

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 10:56
Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is hosting an open house September 7, 2016, 10:00  a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and tomorrow, September 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the public are all invited to stop by and learn about SCRC’s collections, how to use the materials, and how to search finding aids. A number of materials will be placed in the Special Collections seminar room for viewing. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact speccoll @ or visit
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2016-17 Fenwick Fellows Announced

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 13:00

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis has announced that, due to the exceptionally high caliber of the applicant pool’s research proposals, the Fenwick Fellow committee selected two recipients to receive the award for 2016-2017. The new Fenwick Fellows are Dr. John G. Turner, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dr. Edward Rhodes, Professor of Government and International Affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government.

Professor Turner’s research proposal, They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Making of American Liberty, is a current book project under contract with Yale University Press and set for publication in 2020, the four hundredth anniversary of the Mayflower landing. The project uses the history of the Plymouth Colony Pilgrims to explore themes such as religious persecution and refugees, religious and political liberty, and conflict between Christian purity and religious pluralism.

With his project, Digital Curatorship of Historical Documentation: The Rise and Fall of Liberal Republican Foreign Policy, 1920-1932, Professor Rhodes anticipates creating a fully searchable digital collection of primary documents dealing with American foreign policy during the 1920-1932 period; an edited and annotated compilation of key documents from this period, designed for pedagogical purposes as well as research, and a scholarly monograph documenting and explaining the intellectual roots and principle policy features of American foreign policy during this period.

Professors Turner and Rhodes will present the results of their work in spring 2018 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries.

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. The winning proposal(s) is recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipient(s) is provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project.  The terms for this year’s Fellows begin on August 29, 2016 and end on August 11, 2017.

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Film Screening: End of the Line

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:04

The Honors College, Mason Reads, University Libraries, Film & Media Studies and Film and Video Studies are presenting a free film screening of The End of the Line on Wednesday, September 7, 5 p.m. in the JC Cinema. Directed by Rupert Murray, The End of the Line (82 minutes) explores overfishing and its impact on the Bluefin tuna.

A discussion following the film will be led by Reid Schwebach, STEM Accelerator and Biology Department.

For more information, contact Todd Stafford

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Virginia University Libraries: Copyright Rewrite Could Harm Mission

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 21:27

Five Virginia university library directors are telling Congress that copyright revision could threaten the core mission of the Commonwealth’s academic research libraries.

As stated in a UVA Libraries news release, the Copyright Office is set to unveil a potentially damaging rewrite of key parts of the Copyright Act despite stiff opposition from libraries themselves. The Library Deans and Directors at five Virginia universities—John Unsworth of the University of Virginia, Carrie Cooper of the College of William and Mary, John Zenelis of George Mason University, John Ulmschneider of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Tyler Walters of Virginia Tech—urged caution in a letter sent this week to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The letter warns that a Copyright Office proposal could trigger a lengthy, costly, and contentious legislative process not justified by library needs.



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TextSelect: Required Textbooks on Reserve

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 08:21

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, 703-993-2849, or your subject librarian.

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Course Reserves: Faculty Information

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 06:50

Mason faculty may place books, media and readings on reserve for student use in their courses. Physical course reserve items are located at Gateway Library (Johnson Center). Arlington Campus and Mercer Libraries also offer reserve services. Typically, print reserves do not circulate outside of the library. e-Reserves are accessible to students via their course pages in Blackboard.

Questions? Need more information about reserves? Please contact the Mason Libraries Reserves Team at


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Apply for Grad Student Reserved Carrels

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 11:29

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., August 31. 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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