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Gastronomy in the Gallery

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 16:04

From the ubiquitous red and white checks of Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book to the amazing photography found in Modernist Cuisine, cookbooks are so much more than a collection of recipes. Cookbooks provide insight into a culture, a region, a time period or a cuisine. They are timeless and completely outdated, often at the same time. And, sometimes they are not even books.

Highlighting the Mason Libraries’ unique collection of cookbooks, Gastronomy in the Gallery is a brief tour of this distinctive cultural and social art form. The resources featured in the exhibit come from the circulation collections, rare and historical items from Special Collections & Archives, and the growing artists’ books collection of the University Libraries. The exhibit runs July 13 – August 12, 2015 in Fenwick Gallery.

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VIVA Provides Mason with Six New Databases

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:17

Thanks to Mason’s membership in VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, Mason users now have access to six additional databases in the social sciences:

  • Political Science Complete
  • SocIndex with Full Text
  • Child Development & Adolescent Studies
  • Race Relations Abstracts
  • Urban Studies Abstracts
  • Violence & Abuse Abstracts

All of these new electronic resources are based on the EBSCO platform and can be accessed through the Libraries’ Database Portal and the New e-Resources page of the Libraries’ website, 

VIVA’s subscription to EconLit, formerly based on the ProQuest platform, has moved to EBSCO and is now available with full text. EconLit is also accessible through the Libraries’ Database Portal.

VIVA, located at Mason’s Arlington campus, is the consortium of nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Members include all 39 state-assisted colleges and universities (ranging from doctoral schools to community colleges), as well as 32 independent institutions and the Library of Virginia. VIVA contributes to higher education in Virginia by – among other roles – providing shared access to online library resources.

For more information about the Libraries’ electronic resources, please contact Madeline Kelly, Head, Collection Development, 703-993-2849.

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Johnson Center 3rd Floor Library Book Access

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 09:51

Library books located on the 3rd floor of the Johnson Center (call numbers ML-Z) are temporarily unavailable due to the roof construction work. Access to other Mason Libraries collections is not affected.

If you need the print version of a 3rd floor Johnson Center library book, use Interlibrary Loan to request it. Mason Libraries’ e-books can be located through inPrimo and the catalog. The Johnson Center roof project is expected to be completed in October.

For more information, please contact Gateway Library Service Desk, 703-993-9060, or email fencirc at

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Independence Day Holiday Hours

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 21:14

Mason Libraries are closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

On Sunday, July 5, Fenwick and Gateway Libraries are open Noon to 6pm. Mercer and Arlington Campus Libraries are closed July 5.

All libraries resume regular summer session hours on Monday, July 6.

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Independence Day Hours

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:01

Mason Libraries are closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. On Sunday, July 5, Fenwick and Gateway Libraries are open Noon to 6pm. Mercer and Arlington Campus Libraries are closed July 5. All libraries resume regular summer session hours on Monday, July 6.

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Fri, 06/26/2015 - 13:23

Mason Libraries welcomes all #Mason2019 students and families to summer orientation! Stop by and see us – and what’s in it for you!

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Fall Course Reserves

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:46

The Fenwick Library Addition is anticipated to open in late January 2016. Library materials will start to be moved into new library space by late October. This massive project will affect all areas and items in the existing Fenwick Library. Faculty should plan ahead for fall course reserve needs and place Fall Semester 2015 reserve requests now.

For more information, please contact Laura Ramos, lramos8, 703-933-3493.

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Exploring Suburbia

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:06
Suburbs are residential or mixed-use areas, either existing as outlying parts of cities or urban areas or as separate residential communities within commuting distance of a city. Suburbs first developed on a large scale in the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of improved rail and road infrastructure. With the advent of the suburb, commuting took root –  traveling by a mode of transport (train, trolley, automobile, boat, etc.) to and from a place of employment. In general, suburbs have lower population densities than inner city neighborhoods, and most of their residents commute to cities. Exploring Suburbia: Housing and Transportation features materials housed in Special Collections & Archives. The exhibition looks at four areas with regard to the rise of suburbia: the effects of advances in transportation; federal government support of suburbs; standardization of construction and materials, and the backlash against the suburban model of stripping the land and building identical houses all in rows. The exhibit is now on display in Fenwick Library, Floor 2, Wing A.



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Increase + Multiply: SC+A Summer Exhibit

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:43

Now on exhibit in Special Collections + Archives, Increase + Multiply: The Story of Publishers’ Bindings traces the effects of technology on book publishing. The display is in Fenwick Library, Floor 2, Wing C, and is on exhibit through the summer.

From the time of the Roman codex until about 1830, the technique of binding continued virtually the same — a unique, handmade craft passed down through the centuries.  Then, in the 1830s, a short cut was invented.  “Casing-in” allowed covers to be made separately and only later attached to the book.  The new process meant that cover decoration could be mechanized.  The publishing business then grew to combine the old separate crafts of printing and binding to create a finished product – the book – for sale.  Through this century, books included the publishers’ branding as cloth colors, stamped designs, spine labels, and other evidence linked books to their publishers. Thus the term “publishers’ bindings” was used for this new era of book production.

Once the manufacture of covers became a separate task from binding the pages, design developments followed quickly throughout the nineteenth century. Experimental graining and embossing of cloth in the 1830s was adopted so quickly that smooth cloth book bindings are rare for many decades of the nineteenth century.  Soon to follow were blind-stamped curling ornament and small generalized vignettes in the 1840s.  The 1850s saw more generous use of gold leaf stamping, with larger, content specific vignettes.  The 1860s, at lease in Civil War torn America, brought in minimal decoration, with limited cloth graining and colors, and emblematic pictorials on book bindings. The 1870s saw the return of exuberance, with asymmetry, black ink as well as gold stamping, and Eastlake designs.  During the 1880s, new colors of ink emerged along with the use of crowded, overlapping bulletin board designs.  Lettering tended to be expressive or flowing.  By the 1890s and into the twentieth century, artist-signed –or un-signed–book bindings are often found.  Artist bindings are characterized by highly professional layout, ungrained book cloth, and a flat, poster style.  By the 1920s, printed paper book jackets – not book bindings–began to be the focus of design. The era of decorated publishers bindings came to an end.

For more information about this exhibit, contact Yvonne Carignan, ycarignan


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Virtual Reference Summer Hours

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:32

Mason LIbraries is providing its popular virtual reference service throughout the summer.  Staff are online Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find us at

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Mason Libraries Summer Hours

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 07:11

Summer hours for all Mason Libraries are posted. Please note exceptions for Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays.

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Gaudeamus Igitur!

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:11

Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Class of 2015!

Festive Music Link

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Gallery Exhibit: The Sleep Series

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:52

Visit Fenwick Gallery between now and the end of June, and you will encounter a long series of methodical watercolors spanning the entire length of Fenwick Gallery.

The exhibit is called The Sleep Series and it is one series in a larger project by Mason MFA candidate Sarah Irvin. The watercolors are composed of a series of blue lines like tick marks, marking the the time Irvin’s infant daughter spent napping on various occasions. Installed in a row approximately 50 feet long, the work is a powerful meditation on the time, waiting and work involved in caring for a child.

The show is up through June 26th, 2015. For more information about Fenwick Gallery, please contact Jenna Rinalducci, Art + Art History Librarian, jrinaldu @

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ACL Used Books + Media Drive

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:43

Arlington Campus Library is currently collecting used books, CDs, and DVDs in support of Turning the Page, a nonprofit organization that works to engage and empower parents of D.C. public school students. To raise funds for programs, Turning the Page collects and sells donated items of all genres and for all ages.

A bin for donations is located inside the Arlington Campus Library in Founders Hal. Donations are accepted through May 12, 2015. With the semester’s end, it’s a great time to do some spring cleaning at home or in your office and donate to a good cause.

For questions, contact Beth Roszskowski at

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Spring Semester Finals Hours

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 13:10

Mason Libraries Finals Hours for all locations. Note that Fenwick Library is open 24 hours on selected dates; Mason ID required to enter Fenwick after midnight on those dates.

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Fall 2015: Dissertation Writers Rooms

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 08:07

Applications for Fall 2015 now being accepted.

Mason PhD students needing dedicated space for dissertation work on the Fairfax or Arlington campuses may apply to use space in a Dissertation Writers Room (DWR) in either Fenwick or Arlington Campus Libraries. Mason doctoral students, who’ve passed their comprehensive exams and are in good standing with the University and the University Libraries, are eligible to request a space to use and store research materials in an assigned DWR space for one term.  Spaces in each of the DWRs are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis (based on date/time submitted) until room capacity is filled.

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Recommended Reads – for You!

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 18:45

Mason Libraries’ Recommended Reads collection consists of approximately 700 recent fiction and non-fiction books. Housed in Gateway Library (located in the Johnson Center), these titles are favorably reviewed 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 a few out – and relax between some covers!


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Take A Guess – Win Fenwick Study Room

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:32

Guess the Building – win a Fenwick Study Room!

Mason students! Win a Fenwick Study Room for Finals! How?

  • Tell us the name of this Fairfax Campus building
  • Tweet your answer to @fenrefstaff and tag it #FenwickFinals
  • Deadline for entries: May 3
  • Winner will be randomly selected from all entries
  • Mason ID required to claim prize

Need more info? Contact Jamie Coniglio, jconigli at, 703-993-2207. Good luck!


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#StudyingAtMason: Win Gateway Study Room

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 18:55

Mason students! Win a Gateway Study Room! How? Take a selfie in your favorite study space/place, tag it with with #StudyingAtMason and post it on

Deadline is May 4. The winner will be selected at random from all submissions on May 5. Need more information? Contact Sara Hudson, shudson7 at, 703-993-3471.

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#FenwickSneakPeeps are here!

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:08

It’s Mason Day – and look who’s here! Heading to the #Mason50 celebration, George Mason and his Mason Peeps dropped by to see how the new Fenwick Library Addition is coming along. First things first for the Mason Peeps: George is showing them floor plans and renderings to get them ready to tour the new space. Stay tuned for more adventures! #FenwickSneakPeeps #GetReady2Move

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