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Arlington Campus Library is hosting a trial session of a graduate writing group on Friday, December 4, 9:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Modeled on the popular Friday writing group on the Fairfax Campus, the Arlington Graduate Writing Group is designed for all Mason PhD and Masters students from all disciplines who seek group accountability as well as a quiet space to write. Students should bring their coffee, laptop, a set of goals, and a commitment to arrive on time and stay for the entire session. The group will begin with a short conversation about goals, and end with a short wrap-up on accomplishments. The remaining time is dedicated to writing. Learn more about it!
By registering for this event, you are committing to:
- Arrive on time at 9:30 a.m. and to stay for the session’s duration until 1:00 p.m.
- Turn off access to Facebook, online games, and other computer/online-based distractions during writing time
- Minimize phone distractions by limiting texting and phone calls to scheduled break times
- Contribute to a supportive writing community among fellow participants
- Register Now!
Helen McManus, Public Policy, Government & International Affairs Librarian, will coordinate the December session. The library is planning to hold a weekly Arlington writing group beginning in January 2016.
Happy Thanksgiving, Mason Nation! Mason Libraries Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
Wednesday, November 25
- Fenwick Library 8:00 a.m. to NOON
- Gateway Library 8:00 a.m. to NOON
- Mercer Library 8:00 a.m. to NOON
- Arlington Campus Library 9:00 a.m. to NOON
Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving Holiday
- All Mason Libraries CLOSED
Friday, November 27, Thanksgiving Holiday
- All Mason Libraries CLOSED
On November 16, 2015, University Libraries starts the move of more than one million books and bound journals, current periodicals, microforms, special collections and archives, government publications, various equipment, and nearly 100 library staff into the new Fenwick Library facility. Comprised of the newly constructed space and existing wings B and C, almost everything in the current library will be relocated to the new Fenwick Library. The original Fenwick building (Wing A, where the main service desk, reference books, public workstations, periodicals/microforms are now located) is not part of the new library. With the massive amount of items involved, it is anticipated that the move will not be entirely completed until February 2016. Keep up to date with what’s happening where and when with the Fenwick move at fenwickfocus.gmu.edu. You can also follow on twitter @fenrefstaff #FenwickOnTheMove
Join Mason Publishing Group and University Libraries in celebrating University Press Week! In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a University Press Week “in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship.”
That influence continues today, as does the increasing vitality of university press publishing programs, the many ways and means by which works are now produced and distributed, and the urgent need for articulate discourse in times pervaded by sound bites. Today, a renewed University Press Week highlights the extraordinary work of nonprofit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society.
Special Collections & Archives presents Excerpts from a Life Well Traveled: The University Libraries’ Jan Morris Collection. The current exhibition combines images with excerpts from selected works in the collection.
George Mason University Libraries acquired a collection of rare Jan Morris first editions and pre-release review copies in 2010. The collection consists of 135 books and one rare signed poster from the 1940s. Born James Morris in 1926 in Somerset England, Morris underwent gender re-assignment surgery in 1972. In her highly personal work Conundrum: From James to Jan – An Extraordinary Personal Narrative of Transsexualism, Morris describes her life and sexual reassignment. Morris began as a newspaper writer, working on the editorial staff of The Guardian from 1957 to 1962 and was the first journalist to report the conquest of Mount Everest.
Morris also served in the military, was married, and has 5 children. One of her children is Twm Morris, the musician and poet. Her most famous work is arguably the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire. She is also widely acclaimed for her travel writing, which includes famous profiles of Oxford, Venice, Wales, Hong Kong, and New York City. The collection is the generous gift of Philip M. Teigen. Teigen also donated a substantial collection of rare John Richard Green volumes to the Libraries in 2008. Teigen’s interest in collecting Morris’ works stems from his development of the John Richard Green Collection. He wrote in a letter to the Libraries that he views Morris as Green’s “20th century intellectual heir.”
As Fenwick Gallery prepares to move to its new location in the Fenwick Library addition, the latest exhibition is a collection of online video art by Mason students. Fenwick Gallery challenged students to submit a video, created exclusively with a smartphone with a running time under one minute, on the theme Interlude. These virtual pieces provide a digital “interlude” between the old and new gallery spaces.
The selected works are by Orin Adcox (1st Place), William Dickson (2nd Place), Manavi Singh (Honorable Mention), Sarah Zuckerman, and Erica Hopkins.
Mason Graduate Students! Make plans to attend Graduate Research Connections – GRADReCon – on November 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of experts from across the University are offering drop in research and productivity sessions. Find out how to write a literature review; manage large projects; manage data; find funding; get published; keep current in your field; use research tools such as Zotero, GIS, Omeka – and – MORE! Come for one, or stay for all! Check the GRADReCon schedule of sessions, times and locations. GRADReCon is also a good day to schedule a research appointment with your subject librarian, too! Join us on November 6 – discover what you need to succeed!
GRADReCon is a joint project of Mason’s Graduate Student Life Office, University Libraries, Writing Center, Learning Support Services, and the Graduate Fellowship Office.
Special Collections & Archives Fall exhibition, A Life in Focus, takes a look at The Oliver F. Atkins Photograph Collection. A Life in Focus: A Look at the Oliver F. Atkins Photograph Collection exhibition runs through December 2015 in Fenwick Library, Wing A, 2nd Floor.Oliver F. Atkins was a professional photographer from the 1930s until the late 1970s. During his prolific career, Atkins worked for several news organizations, the American Red Cross, The Saturday Evening Post, and the White House. He also covered the Second World War and Korea as well as the American political and cultural landscape during the 1950s and 1960s. Some of his subjects included several American presidents and other world leaders.
In 1969, Atkins became the personal photographer of President Richard M. Nixon and Chief White House Photographer. Of his many images of President Nixon, the series documenting Nixon’s White House meeting with Elvis Presley on December 18, 1970, is the most famous and the most frequently requested item from this collection. Held in the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives Department, Fenwick Library, The Oliver F Atkins Photography Collection covers the years 1943-1975, and contains more than 60,000 images. The digitized collection is available bit.ly/AtkinsExhibitionSCA
For more information, please contact sca.gmu.edu
George Mason University will celebrate International Open Access Week, October 19-25, 2015. This will be Mason’s 7th observance of Open Access Week, which began as a student-led national day of action in 2007. Exciting and interesting workshops, presentations, and activities are planned for each day – join us at any or all of these events!
Mason Publishing Group recently partnered with the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) to publish the proceedings from this year’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning Conference. The event, which was sponsored in part by the University Libraries and Mason Publishing Group, was very successful, with more than 300 attendees. The conference also featured the scholarship of several library faculty.
Mason Publishing Group provides services to support the creation, curation, dissemination, and preservation of scholarly, creative, and educational works by and for the Mason community.
BrowZine web version is now available! BrowZine for laptop or desktop computers is supported by the following browsers: Chrome version 43+, Safari version 8+, Firefox version 31+, and Internet Explorer version 11+.
Currently, BrowZine is available for all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini running iOS 5.1 or later, and on Android tablets running Android 4.1+, including the Google Nexus 7 or 10, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the Kindle Fire HD. thirdiron.com/download
BrowZine is available from Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Kindle App Store. It’s a free download, but make sure to choose “George Mason University” from the list of libraries so you have access to the Mason Libraries’ journal collections.
Reading list, citation and other BrowZine features are coming soon. Learn more about BrowZine!
What tools do you use in your research workflow? Web of Science or Google Scholar? Zotero or Papers? ORCID or ResearchGate? JCR or Altmetric?
As part of an Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) scholarly communication project, George Mason University faculty and graduate students are invited to take this graphical survey – 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication – about research tool use. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, and you can opt to receive a visual characterization of your workflow compared to that of your peer group via email.
George Mason University’s survey link:
- You will learn how your use of digital research tools compares to that of your peers, and you may discover some new tools.
- You’ll inform Mason’s University Libraries about what you use so that we can optimize library services and resources to suit your needs.
- By taking this survey, developed by librarians at Utrecht University, you are also contributing to a global effort to chart the evolving landscape of scholarly communication.
- The survey will investigate how tool usage varies by discipline, country, and research role.
The survey will run until February 2016. Preliminary results of this international survey, as well as the final dataset, will be posted on the 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication site. The University Libraries will also share our community’s dataset and produce a publicly available report.
For more information, please contact Jeri Wieringa, jwiering @gmu.edu, 703-993-3742.
SERVING LIFE documents an extraordinary hospice program in which hardened criminals care for dying fellow inmates. Narrated and executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker, the film takes viewers inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison at Angola, where the average prison sentence is more than 90 years.
A discussion of the film will follow and be led by Professor Giovanna Chesler, Director, Film and Video Studies (FAVS), George Mason University.
For more information, please contact Maoria Kirker, mkirker @gmu.edu, 703-993-9059.
Arlington Campus Library is hosting its regular Library of Congress orientation and tour session on Friday, October 16, 2015. Join us to learn about conducting research at the Library of Congress with special guest instructor Darren Jones, a librarian at the Library of Congress.
Attendees will be able to get Library of Congress ID cards to access the Readers Room, learn about the research services available, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library. Registration is required; save your spot now!
For more information, please contact Beth Roszkowski, broszkow @ gmu.edu, 703-993-9864.
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 some out – and relax between some covers!
For the seventh Call & Response, visual artists and writers collaborated along the theme of Lineage. Lineage, applied to the conversation between art, literature, culture, and self, asks the question: what is the legacy of art and speech in our everyday lives? In society? How does artistic expression in and alongside social movements result in a solidarity of tradition, a larger communal identity?
The exhibition of the created works will be held in Fenwick Gallery, September 20 – October 30. On September 30, the artists and writers will discuss their works in the Fenwick Library 2nd Floor Conference Room, 2-4pm. This event is part of the annual Fall for the Book festival.
University Career Services and University Libraries invite all students to drop in for career planning and job hunting research help on Fridays, 10am. to Noon, in Gateway Library ( Johnson Center). A Career Services peer adviser and library research staff will be on hand to help you with resume reviews, career questions, business research, job search techniques and interview skills. Appointments are drop in only and are first come, first served.
For more information, please contact Raechel Hester, rhester at gmu.edu, 703-993-4021. See you there!
Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis has announced the 2015-2016 Fenwick Fellow is Dr. Kristina M. Olson, Assistant Professor of Italian and the Coordinator of the Italian Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
Professor Olson’s research proposal, Sumptuous Literature: Clothing and Governance in Fourteenth Century Italy, is a current book project that investigates the intersection of history and literature in the works of medieval and early modern Italian authors. In her research, she will explore the impact of the displays of new wealth in clothing and jewelry and the restrictions imposed upon such social practices as expressed in the literary works of the Italian middle ages—namely those of Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch, the “three crowns” of Italian literature. Ultimately, Sumptuous Literature seeks to show how characterizations of fashion in literature shed new light upon our understanding of the simultaneous rise of capitalism and of fashion, and how these phenomena are first articulated in terms of gender and the body.
During her fellowship, Professor Olson plans to complete the historical and literary research for this project and write the first chapters of her book. Another expected product of this project will be the compilation of a database of the leading families of this period that will be featured on the Digital Dante project at Columbia University. Finally, her research will result in acquisition of research materials to expand the University Libraries’ holdings in medieval and early Renaissance history and literature.
Professor Olson will present the results of her work in spring 2017 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries.
Happy New (School) Year! Mason Libraries faculty and staff at Fenwick Library, Gateway Library, Arlington Campus Library, and Mercer Library welcome you to the Libraries and the University. We look forward to working with you on your papers, projects and other research needs…just ask! We’re at your fingertips!