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Mason Libraries begin longer open hours this weekend. Good luck on finals!
Tempus fugit – carpe diem! Today, December 5, is the last day to
- Enter the JCL Library Deluxe Study Room drawing
- Register for the JCL Undergraduate Research & Write-In Day
From Wednesday, December 4 at 11:00 pm until Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 am, water will be shut down in Fenwick Library to cut, cap and remove a portion of the water main. In addition, Fenwick Library’s B-tower and C-tower heating and hot water systems will be shut down to install insolation valves for the current heating system. The water main shut down will also affect Robinson Hall.
These shut downs will not affect the fire alarm system.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Rick Jenson at 703-898-1641, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Garrett Vaughan at 703-568-1569.
C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) has gifted its organizational records and historical archive to the George Mason University Libraries. C-SPAN has also committed funding for a two-year project relating to the materials, which will encompass processing, physical and intellectual organization, selective digitization and construction of a scholarly research portal.
The C-SPAN collection comprises historically significant, unique and unpublished materials including both physical and digital records. Other materials include outreach and educational files, photographs, clippings and memorabilia. The libraries’ scholarly research portal will provide links to C-SPAN’s video library — its archive of televised programs — thus establishing connections between C-SPAN’s history and its public programming. Read more
Is your paper done? Johnson Center Library and The Writing Center are hosting an Undergraduate Research & Write-In Day on Monday, December 9, from Noon to 5:00pm. The Undergraduate Research & Write-in Day offers students a structured environment in which to write their final papers. The JC Library Instruction Room (Room 228) is the venue, allowing for quiet work, free from distractions. JC Library and Writing Center staff will be available to assist undergrads with research and writing needs during the event. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops or use one of the library’s laptops.
Fenwick Library is testing an added service for Mason students! During Reading Days and Final Exams, December 8 through 17, 2013, Fenwick will be open 24 hours on the days and dates as follows:
- Sunday, December 8 : Open at 9:00 am**
- Monday – Thursday, December 9 – 12: Open 24 Hours**
- Friday, December 13: Close at 11:00 pm**
- Saturday, December 14 : 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
- Sunday, December 15: Open at 9:00 am**
- Monday & Tuesday, December 16 – 17: Open 24 Hours**
- Wednesday, December 18: Close at 6:00 pm**
** During Midnight-7:30am:
- Mason security guards will be on duty in the building.
- ONLY Mason students, faculty and staff will be allowed to enter and are required to show a valid Mason ID card at the door.
- Regular Fenwick Library services including circulation, reference, interlibrary loan, data services, special collections, etc. will not be available.
- George Mason University Print Services will NOT be staffed.
- For more information, please call 703-993-2240.
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Forty-eight yearbooks chronicling the history of George Mason University have been added to the Libraries’ digital collections! All hardbound and video yearbooks were scanned and are available online. The yearbook collection ranges from 1965 to 2012 and is fully searchable. Check them out!
Data Services staff reports they’ve reached the maximum number of registrants for the Data Management Bootcamp (January 2014) and registration is now closed for this event.
In August 2013, the George Mason University Libraries published Mason’s 1,000th “ETD” or electronic thesis or dissertation in the Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS) operated by University Libraries.
The history-making dissertation was “An Approximate Dynamic Programming Approach to Financial Execution for Weapon System Programs” by Erich Morman, MS Operations Engineering ’02 and PhD Systems Engineering and Operations Research ’13. “The submission process was very straightforward,” says Morman. “I’m excited to have my dissertation in MARS where it’ll be easily accessible to my colleagues and future researchers.”
MARS exists to be a stable, well-managed, permanent archive for digital scholarly and research materials of enduring value produced by Mason faculty, staff and students. According to Wally Grotophorst, associate university librarian for Digital Programs and Systems, “MARS is also home to many of the University Libraries’ noteworthy digital collections — for example, Mason’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition or the Oliver Atkins Photography Collection.” Read More
Please join us in celebrating GIS Day@Mason at the Center for the Arts, Fairfax Campus, November 20, 2013 from 10:00 am to 3:30pm. This annual interactive showcase of cutting-edge research, using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial technologies, features Mason Libraries’ demonstration of Online GIS using ArcGIS.com. There will be other exciting GIS-related events at the Center as well: presentations, panel discussions, student research posters and bike map competitions, a career and internship fair…and…free lunch! For more information on all the activities for GIS Day 2013, please see the detailed program.
Mason Students! Be prepared – and get ready for finals! You can win the use of a Deluxe Study Room in the Johnson Center Library during Reading Days & Final Exams, December 9 – 18. How? Enter Johnson Center Library’s Study Room Drawing! Like us at facebook.com/johnsoncenterlibrary and/or follow us on twitter @thejclibrary. One very lucky Mason student winner will be drawn from our Likes and Followers on December 6, 2013. Questions? Contact Jason Byrd, email@example.com Good luck to one and all!
Registration now available for the Data Management Bootcamp!
Graduate students interested in learning more about data management issues and best practices are invited to participate in a Data Management Bootcamp sponsored by five Virginia institutions, January 8 – 10, 2014. This collaborative event will feature experts from across the state and will provide an opportunity for local, hands-on practical experience on the third day. Read more…
Two events tackling issues of copyright protection and public access to creative and scholarly works will take place this month during George Mason University’s International Open Access Week.
Jerry Brito, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center and director of its Technology Policy Program, will discuss how three upcoming reforms to the Copyright Act will promote greater public access to cultural and scholarly works and help to rebalance copyright protections in the digital age. Brito’s talk, Reforms to the Copyright Act, is hosted by the University Libraries. It will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 3:15–4:15 p.m. at the Arlington Campus in Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room 126. Light refreshments will be served.
On Oct. 23, Mason’s nationally ranked Forensics Team will hold a roundtable discussion on the challenges, merits and future of open access publishing. The forum, Open or Not? What You Need to Know about Open Access to Research, will focus on the risks of publishing in an open access journal, what is being done to combat predatory open access publishing, and whether open access will replace traditional scholarly publishing. Featured speakers include civil engineering major Amelia Martin, government and international politics majors AK Komanduri and Ian Birdwell, political science graduate student Joseph Dineen, and Middle East and Islamic studies graduate student Rob Warchol. Hosted by the University Libraries and the Department of Communication, the event will be held on the Fairfax Campus from noon to 1:15 p.m. in George’s restaurant on the third floor of the Johnson Center. A Q&A will follow the discussion. Participants may bring their lunch, and light refreshments will be served.
This will be Mason’s fifth year celebrating Open Access Week, which began as a student-led national day of action in 2007. For more information on these events or Open Access Week, visit openscholarship.gmu.edu or contact Claudia Holland at 703-993-2544; firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the federal government shutdown, most government resources are not accessible. What’s a researcher to do? Check out these selected Mason Libraries sources!
- FDsys(online but not updated)
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
- ProQuest Statistical Datasets
- ProQuest Statistical Insight
- ProQuest Congressional
- ProQuest Congressional Research Digital Collection
- ProQuest Legislative Insight
- Congressional Hearings Digital Collection
- Congressional Serial Set Maps Digital Collection
- Social Explorer
- and more!
- Mason Thesis & Dissertation Workshops
- Resources in Engineering
- Sources & Strategies in Business & Economics
- Research Reboot
- Zotero 101& BrowZine
- and more!
Welcome, Mason Alums! On Saturday, October 5, University Libraries will take you back in time as Yvonne Carignan, head of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), and staff share the recently-acquired, hand-written Mason Family Account Book kept by Stevens Thomson Mason (1760-1803) and Armistead Thompson Mason (1787-1819), the nephew and grandnephew of the university namesake George Mason. Other rare and antiquarian items from SC&A, such as a fine example of early printing, the 1515 Juvenalis Satirae, will be on display. Next stop, Bob Vay, digital collections and exhibitions archivist, brings you back to mid-20th century with the history of George Mason University Libraries. The last destination is the future as plans and renderings of the new and expanded Fenwick Library unfold. Please gather in the Fenwick Library foyer at 1:00 pm. Refreshments served.
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