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Come to a Research Write-In Session!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:35

Time flies! Is your paper done? Gateway Library@Johnson Center, Mason’s Writing Center and the Office of Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) are sponsoring two Undergraduate Research & Write-In sessions on April 24 and May 2. Gateway Library and Mason Writing Center staff will be available during each Research Write-In to assist undergrads with their specific research and writing needs in a structured environment. Gateway Library Instruction Room (Room 228) is the venue - a space for quiet work, free from distractions! Students should bring their own laptops; library laptops will be available, too. Registration is required. Space is limited to 25 students per session. Free meal provided for you!

April 24: 3 – 8 pm  Yes, I’m registering!  Registration Deadline: April 20
May 2: Noon – 5 pm  Yes, I’m registering!  Registration Deadline: April 29

For more information, contact Royce Gildersleeve, rgilders@gmu.edu, 703-993-9867.

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Libraries’ Symposium on “Reston at 50: Looking Back at Forward Thinking”

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:21

George Mason University Libraries have organized the symposium “Reston at 50: Looking Back at Forward Thinking” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Reston, Virginia, and the 25th anniversary of Reston Town Center.  Presentations, focusing on diversity, planning, preservation, and scholarship, will be held Monday, April 28, from 7 to 9:30 pm, at The Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA.

Panel presentations include:

  • Ms. Lindsey Bestebreurtje, doctoral candidate in the George Mason University Department of History and Art History, will address the context of Reston’s groundbreaking policies of integration and diversity.
  • Dr. Harold Linton, Director of the School of Art at George Mason University, will provide a window into the development of the Reston Plan, and its seven principles of design, design/planning precedents, architecture, success, awards, and liabilities.
  • Mr. William Jordan Patty, doctoral student in the George Mason University Department of History and Art History and Archivist/Librarian with George Mason University Libraries, will highlight the history of the Planned Community Archives, a research collection developed by the community in Reston and donated to the George Mason University Libraries.
  • Dr. Zachary M. Schrag, Professor of U.S. History in the George Mason University Department of History and Art History, will introduce three students scholars selected to present their research on Reston history.
  • Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, Director of George Mason University’s African and African-American Studies, will moderate.

The symposium is cosponsored by George Mason University Libraries and the Reston Museum and Historic Trust and is presented with the generous support of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.This event is free and open to the public.

For information about the symposium, contact George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections at 703-993-2221 or speccoll@gmu.edu.

 

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It’s Crunch Time! Drop In Research Help@Fenwick

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:56

It’s Crunch Time! Need help finishing (or starting!) some research? Need help with your citation formatting? Want to learn the basics of Zotero? Drop in! The Crunch Time Research Lab offers you a space and people to help. Bring a topic, bring a friend!

  • Who:  You!
  • What: Get research help!
  • When: 3:00-5:00pm, April 14-18; April 21-25; April 28 – May 2
  • Where: A-214 Fenwick Library
  • How: Drop in! Fenwick Library Research Services subject librarians and reference staff will be available. MS Office tools will be available, too!
  • Why: To get it done!
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Fenwick Library open March 17 10am-5pm

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:04

Today, Monday, March 17, Fenwick Library is open from 10am – 5pm. All other libraries are closed.

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March 17: Reference service online today

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:30

Mason Libraries’ online reference service is available between 10am-10pm today, March 17. Slainte!

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2014-15 Fenwick Fellow Program

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:50

Applications for 2014-2015 Fenwick Fellow Program Now Being Accepted

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. Tenured, tenure-track, and term (multi-year appointment) faculty at George Mason University are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. It is requested that previous Fenwick Fellow awardees do not submit proposals.

The Fellowship provides

  • one award of $5,000 to be used for the acquisition of library research materials that may be needed for the Fellow’s research project, as well as associated research costs (e.g., research assistant support, survey costs, defrayal of conference costs when specifically required for the Fellow’s research project, and other related incidental costs).
  • use of an office in Fenwick Library for the term of the Fellowship (August 25, 2014 – August 7, 2015).

The Fenwick Fellowship application deadline is Friday, April 25, 2014. The 2014-2015 Fenwick Fellow will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

For additional information, please contact Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the University Librarian, at 703-993-2491 or dhogan1 at gmu.edu.

University Librarian’s annoucement of selection process for the 2014-2015 Fenwick Fellow.

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Spring Break Hours…

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:56

are posted. Enjoy your break!

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Mason Libraries OPEN March 4

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:01

Mason Libraries open at 11:30 am today, March 4.  IM reference service will be online Noon – 10pm.

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Fenwick OPEN March 3; Online Reference 10am-10pm

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 07:52

Fenwick Library is open 10am-5pm Monday, March 3. All other Mason Libraries are closed. Online Reference services is available between 10am-10pm on March 3.

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Mason Libraries closed March 3; Reference Online 10am – 10pm

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 22:15

All libraries are closed Monday, March 3. Online Reference is available 10am – 10pm

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Broadside Images in Context & What’s in a Name? Exhibit & Reception

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:16

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) is hosting a reception in Fenwick Library (Fairfax campus) on Thursday, February 27, 1 to 2 pm, for its new exhibitionfeaturing archived materials from George Mason University’s student newspapers. Divided into two parts, the displays of What’s in a Name? and Broadside Images in Context, the display draws on materials from the University Archives’ student newspaper collection and the George Mason University Broadside Photograph collection.

What’s in a Name? explores the history of Mason’s student newspaper, focusing on the changes in the names of the paper: The Gunston Ledger (1963 – 1969), Broadside (1969 – 2013), and Fourth Estate (2013 – present)Broadside Images in Context explores Broadside through the eyes of seven student photographers, using images from the 1970s.  What’s in a Name? and Broadside Photographs in Context are on view in Fenwick Library, 2nd Floor, Wings A and C, until April 2014.  For more information about the exhibition, collections or reception, please contact SC&A at speccoll@gmu.edu or 703-993-2220.

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New. Now. Wow! Writing Space for Mason Doctoral Students!

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 16:50

Mason PhD students seeking dedicated space for dissertation work on the Fairfax campus may now apply for exclusive use of the new Dissertation Writers Room (DWR) in Fenwick Library. Located in Room 518, Wing C, the room features eleven assigned carrels and shelves to store research materials. Students are provided a unique door code to access the DWR.

Mason doctoral students, who have passed their comprehensive exams and are in good standing with the University and the University Libraries, are eligible to request a space.  Spaces in the DWR are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis (based on date/time submitted) until room capacity is filled. Doctoral students will have use of the DWR through mid-August 2014.

A student’s academic standing must be verified by his/her department; this verification is required to complete the DWR Request Form. Download the form and return it to the Fenwick Library Circulation Desk; applications are also available at the Fenwick Circulation Desk.

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Feb 14: Fenwick Open & Reference Online 10am-5pm

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 06:11

Fenwick Library and online reference service will be open today, February 14, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. All other Mason Libraries are closed (includes Law Library).

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Feb 13: Fenwick open 10am – 5pm; IM Reference Online

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 05:43

Fenwick Library will be open today, February 13, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. All other Mason Libraries are closed (includes Law Library).  IM Reference service will be online today from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

 

 

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Mason Firewall Maintenance: Many Library Systems DOWN February 9

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:39

Mason ITU network engineers will reconfigure the campus firewall on Sunday, February 9, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. Departmental servers hosted in the Aquia data center will be unavailable while they work on the firewall.

This directly affects many library systems and access to online resources. Please note: The main library website (library.gmu.edu) and off-campus access via the proxy server (mutex.gmu.edu) to restricted databases and e-journals will be DOWN until the work is completed. inPrimo will continue to function but it cannot connect off-campus users to subscription content until the Mason campus firewall work is finished. Mason Libraries’ catalog will not be affected.

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Mason Libraries Open at 10:00 am TODAY

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 07:13

Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries will open at 10:00 am today, February 5, 2014.

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New Exhibit: What’s in a Name?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:25

A new exhibit is on display in Fenwick Library featuring materials from the University Archives. The exhibit is divided into two parts: What’s in a Name? and Broadside Images in Context. This exhibit draws on materials from the George Mason University Broadside photograph collection and issues of The Gunston Ledger, Broadside, and Fourth Estate student newspapers.

What’s in a Name? explores the history of the student newspaper at Mason from 1963 to the present by focusing on the name changes of the paper. The newspaper that represents the student voice at Mason has always picked its name carefully. It has changed names three times: The Gunston Ledger (1963-1969), Broadside (1969-2013), and Fourth Estate (2013-present). The second part of the exhibit investigates the Broadside student newspaper in detail, looking at photographs taken by Broadside staff. Thanks to a donation from the Office of Student Media of thousands of negatives taken by Broadside photographers, Special Collections & Archives holds a vast pool of images that accompany the collection of student newspapers. Displaying both the newspapers and the photographs provides a deeper look into how the Mason student body has changed over time. Read more…

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Spring Library Workshops – by Schedule and now by Request!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:06

Drop by and discover what you can do! Mason Libraries offers a variety of free workshops for students, faculty, and staff on all Mason campuses. Check our current calendar to see what’s scheduled.

During Spring 2014, Mason Libraries are piloting a new service: Workshops-by-Request! If you don’t see a workshop scheduled at a time or date convenient for you or your group, use Workshops-by-Request and either choose from the workshop topics already offered OR suggest a customized workshop for you or your group on a library research-related topic of your choice. A librarian or staff member with expertise and/or interest in your topic will contact you about the time, date, place, topic and/or area of research interest, and conduct the workshop. Just ask!

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Try It! Workshops-by-Request

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:02

Drop by and discover what you can do! Mason Libraries offers a variety of free workshops for students, faculty, and staff on all Mason campuses. Check our current calendar to see what’s scheduled.

During Spring 2014, Mason Libraries are piloting a new service: Workshops-by-Request! If you don’t see a workshop scheduled at a time or date convenient for you or your group, use Workshops-by-Request and either choose from the workshop topics already offered OR suggest a customized workshop for you or your group on a library research-related topic of your choice. A librarian or staff member with expertise and/or interest in your topic will contact you about the time, date, place, topic and/or area of research interest, and conduct the workshop. Try it!

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Streaming Video Explodes at the Libraries!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:09

Mason students, faculty and staff are now able to stream all of Alexander Street Press’s video content, including 32 full video collections.

Mason Libraries became the first institution in North America to join the Alexander Street Press pilot program for evidence-based acquisitions (EBA) of video resources. For one year, authorized Mason users have unlimited access to Alexander Street’s complete suite of streaming video content, which includes 28,000 titles, with more than 1,000 added annually. At the end of the year, librarians will select the videos the Mason Libraries should own in perpetuity.

Collections include Filmmakers Library Online, Meet the Press, and many more. For a full list, log on to Academic Video Online, and click on “View your collections” at the top, or just start browsing by subject area.

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