George Mason University
Mark Koyama, assistant professor in the Economics Department and Mercatus Center Senior Scholar, is the University Libraries’ Fenwick Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year, John Zenelis, university librarian, has announced.
Koyama’s research project, The Rise and Fall of the Persecuting Statewillexamine Western Europe as the birthplace of modern ideas of political freedom and religious toleration. His project sets out to investigate minority group persecution in medieval and early modern Europe, what economic and political changes faced rulers of the period, and how the idea of religious toleration emerged during the 17th century. The study will explore these questions using a combination of new historical data and approaches from modern political economy. Koyama’s research project is part of a larger endeavor, in collaboration with Dr. Noel Johnson, also a Mason faculty member, which will result in the publication of a monograph likely with the same title.
“The University Libraries is looking forward to supporting such an important study in the field of religious and related politico-economic tolerance, and sponsoring a public lecture during the Spring semester 2015 when Professor Koyama will present the results of his research,” says Zenelis.
The annual Fenwick Fellow program assists research by Mason faculty members and enhances the University Libraries. The fellowship provides a $5,000 award for research materials and assistance, along with a fully equipped office in the Fenwick Library, to support a research project. Conducted each spring, the competition is open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty members at Mason.
Mason Libraries student assistant Elizabeth Bass entered a “create-your-own-comic-book-character” sponsored by Marvel Comics and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and won an all-expense-paid trip to Comic-Con International: San Diego, often dubbed the largest comic book convention in the world. Bass’s entry included a photo of herself, to be used for the actual look of the new character, and a concise description as pithy as any annotation in a scholarly bibliography:
“Backfire stands at the ready, always prepared to fly into battle on her tricked-out Street Bob at a moment’s notice. With a custom exhaust system sporting her favorite flame thrower, her baby’s powerful and dangerous backfire has earned her the reputation as an explosive new superhero.”
“I wanted to create a hard-core female character who was empowered on a motorcycle,” says Bass, a history major interested in Greek and Roman classics. “What’s cool about Marvel comics is that many of their female characters are complicated and realistic.” Read more…
- Proquest will be conducting database maintenance on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 22:00 for four (4) hours.[Vendor Notice]
- Wiley Online Library and The Cochrane Library will be down on September 28, 2013 for approximately 4 hours between 09:00 EDT and 14:00 EDT. There will also be some delays to online publishing between September 25 to 28, 2013. [Vendor Notice]
Fenwick LIbrary and Johnson Center Library are CLOSED until Noon due to campus power outages.
Please join us for Special Collections & Archives’ Multidisciplinary exhibit reception on Wednesday, September 11, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The reception will be held in Fenwick Library, second floor A and C wings; refreshments will be served. The Multidisciplinary exhibition highlights the variety of collections held in Special Collections & Archives, showcasing the multifaceted scholarly resources available for researchers. For more information about this exhibit, please visit Multidisciplinary.
Mason 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 on 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.
Data management is an important topic for researchers and scholars across domains, especially as funding agencies increasingly require submission of data management plans with grant proposals. Essentially, data management plans are documents that describe the data and metadata that will be gathered in a study, and the processes for preserving and sharing that information. These new requirements encourage researchers to plan ahead for data management and sharing and help to promote practices that facilitate reproducible research, data use and reuse, and interoperability among distributed systems.
Topics will include: Understanding Research Data, Organizing Data, File Formats and Transformation, Documentation and Metadata, Storage and Security, Data Protection, Rights and Access, and Preservation, Sharing and Licensing. A detailed agenda will be forthcoming.This event is free and offered to graduate students in any discipline or academic program. The Bootcamp is broadcast via the 4VA telepresence system, across five sites: University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, George Mason University, and Old Dominion University. Space is limited at each campus location. Light refreshments will be provided.
Mark your calendar and look for registration opportunities in October!
The Data Management Bootcamp is a collaborative initiative of Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, sponsored by Virginia Tech’s University Libraries, Graduate School, and Office of the Vice President for Research and by University of Virginia’s Library and Office of the Vice President for Research. For more information, contact Wendy Mann, Head, Data Services: wmann at gmu.edu
Mason Libraries’ popular chat reference service, iMasonLibraries, is back online for Fall Semester 2013 with expanded service hours. In addition to our Monday through Friday schedule, we will also be online on Saturdays from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. iMasonLibraries provides brief answers and/or quick research tips to get you where you need to be – or what you want to find. You may also text us at 703-291-1GMU (703-291-1468).
- Mason Libraries’ hours will vary over the Labor Day weekend, August 30 – September 2.
- All Mason Libraries will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.
Happy New (School) Year! Mason Libraries staff at Fenwick, Johnson Center, Arlington Campus and Mercer Library/Prince William look forward to working with you on your papers, projects and other research needs. Look what’s in it for you:
- Mason Libraries purchase required class textbooks costing more than $20 for
- Required General Education 100- and 200-level courses
- English 302
- At least one copy of the required textbooks for these selected courses are placed on 2 Hour Reserve in the Johnson Center Library, Fairfax Campus
- Students can locate TextSelect textbooks in the Mason Libraries Classic Catalog or in the Course Reserve catalog
Due to continuing interior firewall construction in Fenwick Library, several study rooms in Fenwick Library will not be available for student use at the beginning of Fall Semester. Why?
- Some Fenwick Library staff had to be relocated to study rooms during the firewall construction work this summer. The work is not completed yet.
- The library staff will move back to their regular office/work spaces when the interior firewall construction is done.
- Study rooms currently occupied by library staff will be available by the end of September.
Fenwick staff appreciate your patience, as the firewall work is critical for the safety of all Mason students, faculty and staff for the duration of the New Fenwick Addition construction.
Water has been shut off in Fenwick Library, Wing B. It will be off until further notice.