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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 library.gmu.edu/ask
Summer hours for all Mason Libraries are posted. Please note exceptions for Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Class of 2015!
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 @ gmu.edu
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 gmu.edu, 703-993-2207. Good luck!
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
- twitter @gatewaylib
- Instagram @gatewaylib
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 gmu.edu, 703-993-3471.
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
Celebrate Preservation Week! On Monday, April 27, The University Libraries’ Preservation Department is showcasing “The Conservation of John Green’s A Short History of the English People.” Part of a gift from Philip M. Teigen, who donated a substantial collection of rare John Richard Green volumes to the Libraries in 2008, the exhibit highlights the work of conservator Ethel Hellman in restoring these unique and valuable items. Ms. Hellman will speak about this project on Monday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m in Special Collections and Archives, Floor 2, Wing C, Fenwick Library. The exhibit is on display through May.
Joy Suh, Geospatial Resources Librarian, Data Services Group, has been selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. Ms. Suh will be recognized for this outstanding achievement at Mason’s annual Celebration of Teaching event today, April 13, 2015, in the Center for the Arts.
Recognized by her colleagues for her enthusiastic and tireless support of Mason’s students, faculty, and staff, Ms. Suh truly embodies commitment to George Mason University and the academic research librarian profession. During her sixteen years of service at Mason she has fulfilled several professional roles with great success, starting as the Government Information librarian, expanding to Geography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and more recently into a broader role encompassing data management and curation, the closely aligned area of e-research, and data analysis and representation in technical, social sciences and humanities disciplines. In all those endeavors, Ms. Suh Joy exemplified service-oriented librarianship informed by in-depth expertise in the academic subject matter and her myriad professional skills.
Celebrate National Library Week (April 12-18) and National Poetry Month! How? Enter the Book Stacks Poetry Challenge, April 12–24! Sponsored by Research Services, you could win the Grand Prize: exclusive use of a Fenwick Library Study Room (B203) during Finals (May 5–13)!
Here’s how to enter!
- Browse some bookshelves – in any Mason Library or your own
- Select some titles
- Stack the books to create an original poem that reads top to bottom
- Photograph your Book Stacks Poem and tweet it to @fenrefstaff and tag it #StaxPoem
- The Book Stacks Poetry Challenge is open to all currently registered Mason students
- The original book stack poem and original photograph must be created by a currently registered Mason student.
- Mason students may enter more than once, but each entry must be a different book stack poem.
- Entries must be received before Noon (EDT), April 24, 2015.
- Grand Prize will be awarded to one winner only.
- The winner will be notified by April 30.
What do artists read? Verbal/Visual: The Texts and Influences Behind Mason’s MFA Artists showcases work by six visual artists in Mason’s MFA program in the School of Art together with the books that have most informed the work.
All of the artists in this exhibit are graduating in May 2015 and have, over their time in the MFA program, developed a strong studio practice that includes both creating and reading. Each artist has selected a few books that have had a profound impact on their work. Visit the gallery to discover their visual work as well as some of their greatest influences found right here in the Mason Libraries’ collection. The exhibit runs through May 4, 2015.
In this exhibit are works by:
The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is the fifth of fourteen comic operas with music by Arthur Sullivan and book by W. S. Gilbert. Unlike all their other collaborations, which were first performed in London, Pirates received its official premiere in New York at the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 31 December 1879. Well over a century later, The Pirates of Penzance remains one of the most popular of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, and indeed one of the most frequently performed works in all musical theatre. This exhibit traces its history from its earliest productions to the present day. The Pirates of Penzance will be performed April 24-26 by George Mason University’s School of Music in the Harris Theatre. The exhibit in Fenwick Library 2nd Floor, Wing A, runs from April 6-May 1.
Special thanks, recognition and shout-outs to the Mason Libraries’ current Graduate Research Assistants and Graduate Professional Assistants for their energy, efforts and enthusiasm!
- Lindsey Bestebreurtje, Special Collections & Archives, Oral History Program Coordinator
- Stephen DiOrio, Collection Development
- Mika Endo, Gateway Library, Teaching & Learning Services
- Nicole Gordon, Collection Development, University Libraries
- Anup Kalburgi, Data Services
- Lakishmi Mamidanna, Gateway Library, Teaching & Learning Services
- Elizabeth Moore, Fenwick Research Services
- Venkata Mukkavalli, Mercer Library
- Maya Pham, Data Services
- Anne Smith, Fenwick Gallery Assistant
- Melanie Weyant, Arlington Campus Library
Mark Koyama, assistant professor in the Economics Department and Mercatus Center Senior Scholar, will present the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in 228 Gateway Library, Johnson Center at 2 p.m. Professor Koyama will present his findings on “The Birth of Religious Freedom: Liberalism, Rule of Law, and State Capacity, 1100–1800” which examined Western Europe as the birthplace of modern ideas of political freedom and religious toleration. His study uses a combination of new historical data and approaches from modern political economy. Professor Koyama’s research project was part of a larger endeavor, in collaboration with Professor Noel Johnson, Economics Department and Center for Study of Public Choice. They hope to publish the resulting monograph in 2016.
For more information about the Fenwick Fellow lecture and/or the fellowship program, please contact Debra Hogan, dhogan1 @gmu.edu, 7-3-993-2431.
As part of Mason Pride Week 2015, Gateway Library is sponsoring a screening of the film, Two Spirits, on March 31 at 3 p.m. in the JC Cinema. Two Spirits
examines the role of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture in the context of the story of agay youth named Fred Martinez. Martinez was a nadleehi or a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, who was murdered at the age of sixteen. The film discusses the traditional Native American perspective on gender and sexuality and the need for a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and masculine.
For more information on this event, contact Kara Kiblinger, kkiblin2 @ gmu.edu, 703-993-1142.
University Libraries and University Life/Prince William rescheduled the grant-writing workshop, “Writing Winning Grants: A Primer for Grant-Seekers”. New date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 11 a.m -1 p.m. on the Prince William Campus, Beacon Hall, Room 1008 (Student Study Lounge). A few seats are still available: RSVP now!
The workshop aims to assist Mason graduate students and faculty who want to learn fundamental strategies for successful grant writing. With the expert assistance of Mason’s research librarians, you’ll discover top grant finding resources. The workshop will explore the full cycle of grant development from an idea to a proposal, from searching for funding, completing the application, and to managing an award.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and can use their Mason’s parking passes for parking at Beacon Hall. Lunch is provided by University Life/Prince William. To reserve your space, register today.
For more information, please contact Teresa Kan, tkan @ gmu.edu, 703-993-8358.
Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries will open at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, February 26.