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Mason Libraries Finals Hours

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 22:31

Mason Libraries Finals Hours. Please note that Fenwick Lobby will be open 24/7 from 9 a.m. December 10 to 6 p.m. December 20. Good luck with Finals!

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Relax with Online Resources!

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 13:38

Shake off the stress of finals with a good book, a classic movie, or some relaxing music. Watch The Blob, Seven Samurai, or The League of Gentlemen. Kick back with Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s annotated Hamilton libretto. Listen to the folk music of Woody Guthrie, a classic Mozart symphony, or holiday music from more than a dozen countries around the world. Mason Libraries acquires these resources – and more (all free to use!) for research and enjoyment by current Mason faculty, students, and staff. Just login with your Mason NetID and password.

Recommended Reads is a collection of 800 recent fiction and non-fiction books. Housed in Gateway Library (Johnson Center), these titles received favorable reviews by National Public Radio, The New York Times, and other reputable sources. Recommended Reads have a three-week borrowing period; books may be renewed once. Browse the collection, check some out, and relax between the covers!

Criterion Collection is a database of 300 of the most influential films of the 20th century, covering the history of cinema from early silent films to the end of the century. It features works from directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Albert Maysles, Francois Truffaut and Orson Welles.

Music Online:                                   Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Over 44,000 tracks of music, spoken word, and other sound from the Smithsonian archives and audio archives in Asia and Africa. Browse by musical instrument, geographical area, or cultural group. Includes folk, instrumental, protest, blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, and more. Free access for Mason faculty, students, and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.

For more information or to find other library resources to relax with, browse our Film & Media resources, Music & Performing Arts resources, search our catalog, or contact one of your subject specialists. Good luck with finals!

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Plan Ahead – Submit ILL Requests Now

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:22
Many libraries across the country curtail their Interlibrary Loan services now through the winter holidays. Because this can limit your access to resources and may affect your research, we recommend submitting all of your ILLiad requests as soon as possible. Interlibrary Loan requests submitted to our office after December 9, 2016 may experience shipping delays through early January 2017. Document Delivery books requested from any George Mason University library may also experience delays. Expect Document Delivery items to take 2 or more business days for delivery. George Mason Interlibrary Loan & Reserves Office will be closed December 22, 2016 through January 4, 2017. Processing ILLiad requests will begin when the office opens on January 5, 2017. If you have any questions, you may contact the Interlibrary Loan & Reserves Office at or 703-993-2228, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Mason Law School students, faculty and staff should use the Law Library services.


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De-stress at Gateway Library 12/8

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 15:51

Need to relax and refresh as you prepare for Finals? De-stress at Gateway Library on Thursday, December 8! Between 3 and 7 p.m., you can color, build Legos, and enjoy some refreshments. Join us!

For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, Gateway Library,

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Research Rescue!

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:12

On Monday, December 5, Off-campus Student Programs and Services is sponsoring Research Rescue. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fenwick Library Lobby, you can meet with Writing Center staff as well as Mason Libraries’ Research Services staff to get answers to last minute questions about final papers, research and prepping for Finals. Hot drinks and food will be offered, too!

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Artist’s Talk November 29

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 07:52

On November 29, Fenwick Gallery is hosting an Artist’s Talk by Professor Christopher Kardambikis on his current exhibition End Cycle. The Artist’s Talk will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 1014B, Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus. Join us.

End Cycle Catalog


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Libraries’ Thanksgiving Break Hours

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:33

Mason Libraries’ hours will vary during the Thanksgiving break, November 23 – 27. Happy Thanksgiving, Mason Nation!


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Donate to Mason Pop-Up Pantry

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:13

Help stock the Mason Pop-Up Pantry! Gateway Library is sponsoring a donation drive from November 28 through December 2.  Drop off your pantry donations at either Gateway Library or Fenwick Library service desks. You will receive a chance to win raffle prizes! (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 @

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SP@RC Your Research!

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 14:12

As finals approach, get help with producing your research projects. Scholarly Productions @ The Research Commons (SP@RC) is a new service unit, combining various campus offices to support student scholarship. Located in 2100 Fenwick Library, SP@RC offers drop-in help with writing, creating and producing research papers; documents; posters; presentations; bibliographies – and more! Drop in to use InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop or visit to schedule an appointment with SP@RC staff, book time on a computer, and see what workshops are coming up.

SP@RC partners are University Libraries, OSCAR, Writing Center, Mason Publishing Group, the Department of Communication and Star Lab.

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GIS Day@Mason 11/16

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:02

Want to learn more about Big Data? Join Mason Libraries and Mason academic units as well as area businesses and government agencies for GIS Day@Mason, November 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for the Arts, Fairfax Campus.

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Focus on: Conflict & Civil Rights

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 16:29

Explore the life and times of struggle, conflict and change in North America, through first-person documentation from those who lived and made history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Use your Mason NetID to examine diaries, letters, books and records of those who shaped history – they’re just a click away. Step back in time using these searchable archives to expolre a wide range of issues from immigration, African American studies, elections, labor, history, political science, social behavior, women’s studies and more.

American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism
American Indian Movement (AIM) database documents a time of continuing social change and protest (1968-1979). The radical approach AIM adopted was based on its leaders’ perceptions that early Indian advocacy had failed to achieve any tangible results through lobbying activities with Congress and state legislatures. The digitized FBI library files document the evolution of the organization’s social protest as well as the development of Native American radicalism.

ProQuest History Vault: Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle
Primary source accounts provide insight into the 20th century Black freedom struggle.  Highlighted collections of organizational records and leaders’ personal papers include the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and Claude A. Barnett’s Associated Negro Press. Federal government documents record the political movement, the push for civil rights legislation, and the interaction between African Americans and the federal government in the 20th century.

Women & Social Movements in the U.S.
The history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000 is chronicled by the works of 2,600 primary authors. Additionally, the database contains scholarly essays from leading contemporary historians which illuminate key historical issues and provide entry points for accessing digitized materials such as books, films, web site reviews, news from the archives as well as teaching tools for women’s studies and women’s history. The collection continues to grow with two new issues of peer-reviewed work released annually.

For more information  and resources on these topics, search the subject guides, Mason Libraries’ database list or contact George Oberle, History Librarian or Mary Oberlies, Conflict and Peace Studies Librarian.

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Film Screening: City of Trees

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 10:31

Please join us for a screening with local roots: City of Trees. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the documentary makers Lance Kramer, Brandon Kramer, and Professor Rutledge Dennis. Mason students, faculty, and staff are all invited to attend.

City of Trees (2015) follows the nonprofit Washington Parks & People, which tries to reduce poverty and violence in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods by improving parks. At the height of the recession, the organization received a stimulus grant to create a “green” job-training program in the hardest hit communities in D.C. This film shows what happens during the two years that the organization had to help unemployed people find jobs and improve parks in their neighborhoods.

This event is presented by Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, Mason Reads, University Libraries, Honors College, Off Campus Student Programs and Services, Center for Climate Change Communication, African and African American Studies, English Department, BSA, DKA, and University Life.

For more information, please visit out the FAMS website or contact

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Lecture: Securing the People’s Liberties

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 10:02

Jeff Broadwater will present Securing the People’s Liberties: George Mason, James Madison, and the Idea of a Bill of Rights on Wednesday, November 9, 2016,
Noon to 1 p.m., Main Reading Room, 2001 Fenwick Library.The lecture is free and open to the public.

When George Mason wrote one of the first Anti-Federalist attacks on the U.S. Constitution, he began his list of grievances with the complaint, “There is no Declaration of Rights.” As the primary author of Virginia’s landmark bill of rights, Mason commanded considerable credibility, and the Constitution’s failure to guarantee certain fundamental liberties became its most vulnerable point. The Constitution nevertheless won ratification, but opposition to the new government lingered. To reassure skeptics, James Madison introduced in the first Congress amendments that eventually became the Bill of Rights. This lecture will explore how the idea for a bill of rights evolved from a political statement of broad republican principles to a specific set of judicially enforceable personal freedoms.

Jeff Broadwater is a professor of history at Barton College. He is the author of George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006), and James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation (2012).

For more information, contact George Oberle, History Librarian, goberle @

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Click it. Take it. Send it.

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 02:00

The LibQUAL+® survey is now live, and will be open through November 21. Check your e-mail to see if you were chosen to help the University Libraries measure our service quality and identify best practices. Please see our story, Will You Be Chosen?, for additional information, and please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions.

We appreciate the participation of the Mason community and value your feedback – thank you!

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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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