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Reception & Curator’s Talk Tonight!

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:32

Our Comics, Ourselves is officially underway! Join us as we host artists, writers, comics shop owners, and the exhibition’s curators throughout the month of September and early October. All are welcome to join us this evening for:

Curator’s Talk, Opening Reception, and Print Shop Jam
Friday, September 14, 6:00pm
Fenwick Library Main Reading Room / Mason School of Art

Jan Descartes (she/her) and Monica McKelvey Johnson (she/her) will give a curator’s talk on the latest iteration of the traveling exhibition, Our Comics, Ourselves, which originated at Interference Archive in Brooklyn, NY. Focusing on themes of authorship and identity, they will talk about the major works on view, and discuss the process of organizing Our Comics, Ourselves through their method of feminist curating. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion.

Event to be followed by an opening reception and comics and printmaking jam at the Mason School of Art, beginning at 7:30pm.

A sign language interpreter will be present at this event.

This presentation is part of Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art, on display now through October 6 at Fenwick Gallery. Visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/our-comics-ourselves/ for more details.

About the curators: Jan Descartes is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator and curator. She is a graduate of Syracuse University (BA), Carnegie Melon University (MFA) and anticipated graduate of CUNY Graduate Center, with a degree focus on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (MLS). She currently co-curates the Our Comics, Ourselves exhibition with Monica McKelvey Johnson, which focuses on identity and representation. Through her artistic, academic and professional life, art and accessibility has been a major theme, culminating in her current thesis regarding trauma and memory in public aesthetic spaces. Jan is co-creator and artist for the webcomic Heartland Comic, where personal memoir and identity politics meet comix. She is currently involved with planning/organizing outreach projects in NYC, where she hopes to facilitate DIY comic-making as an accessible means to explore personal experience and resistance in the everyday. She also lives with a sweet dog and an angry cat.

Monica McKelvey Johnson is a comic artist, writer, and curator living in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University (BA), and CUNY Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program (MFA). She authored the web comic The Adventures of Dorrit Little, a story about the average student debtor in the United States today, and founded the student debtor support group, EDU Debtors Union. She writes about comics from an intersectional feminist perspective for The Rumpus and The Comics Journal, and has co-organized several exhibitions at Interference Archive—including Our Comics, Ourselves,Take Back the Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up, and an upcoming exhibition focusing on Deaf culture. She is a practitioner of “feminist curation,” a methodology she continues to develop with Jan Descartes.

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Mason Author Series: Free Speech and Unfree News

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:33

Join the University Libraries for our next Mason Author Series event, featuring a discussion with Sam Lebovic, Assistant Professor of History, about his recent book, Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America. The reading and discussion will take place at 3pm on Thursday, October 5 in the Fenwick Library’s Main Reading Room (Room 2001).

About Free Speech and Unfree News: Does America have a free press? Many who answer yes appeal to First Amendment protections that shield the press from government censorship. But in this comprehensive history of American press freedom as it has existed in theory, law, and practice, Sam Lebovic shows that, on its own, the right of free speech has been insufficient to guarantee a free press.

Lebovic recovers a vision of press freedom, prevalent in the mid-twentieth century, based on the idea of unfettered public access to accurate information. This “right to the news” responded to persistent worries about the quality and diversity of the information circulating in the nation’s news. Yet as the meaning of press freedom was contested in various arenas—Supreme Court cases on government censorship, efforts to regulate the corporate newspaper industry, the drafting of state secrecy and freedom of information laws, the unionization of journalists, and the rise of the New Journalism—Americans chose to define freedom of the press as nothing more than the right to publish without government censorship. The idea of a public right to all the news and information was abandoned, and is today largely forgotten.

Free Speech and Unfree News compels us to reexamine assumptions about what freedom of the press means in a democratic society—and helps us make better sense of the crises that beset the press in an age of aggressive corporate consolidation in media industries, an increasingly secretive national security state, and the daily newspaper’s continued decline.

About the Author: Sam Lebovic is Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University, where he directs the PhD program in History and serves as associate editor of the Journal of Social History. He is the author of Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America (Harvard, 2016), which was awarded the 2017 Ellis W. Hawley Prize by the Organization of American Historians, and was a finalist for the 2016 Frank Luther Mott award. His research focuses on the history of American politics, culture, and media, and has been supported by fellowships from the American Society for Legal History, the NYU Center for the Cold War and the US, the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers, the Truman Library Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Lebovic’s essays and articles have been published in Diplomatic History, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of American Studies, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Boston GlobePolitico, and other journals and edited volumes.  He teaches courses on a wide range of subjects in modern American and global history, and is currently researching the mid-century history of cultural globalization.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing, jwarre13@gmu.edu, or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw@gmu.edu.

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Records Management Workshops

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:44

University Records Center Update: The University Records Center, which was closed in July and August for renovations, has re-opened. Have records to store or dispose? Check out the Records Management website for more information or RSVP for one of our upcoming training workshops.

University Records Management Training: Questions about managing your physical and electronic records? Join University Records Management for a 2-hour training session, bring your questions, and pick up boxes for records storage. Training sessions will be hosted from 10am to 12pm in the Special Collections Research Seminar Room (Fenwick Library 2400) on September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15. Please RSVP at recmgt@gmu.edu as seating is limited.

About University Records Management: University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”

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Join the Libraries Book Club!

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:10

Enjoy meeting new people? Like exchanging ideas and insights? Love reading books? Join the Mason Libraries Book Club!

Mason Libraries Book Club meets monthly to discuss the group’s selected book. An informal club, you don’t need a background in literary criticism to attend! The book club is open to the whole Mason community, everyone is welcome.

Our first meeting of the academic year will be Wednesday, September 13 at 2pm in Fenwick 1009. At this meeting, we’ll discuss our theme for our first read of the year (Banned Books), select a book, and set future meeting dates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Looking for ideas on Banned Books? Banned Books Week takes place September 24-27 this year, and their website highlights banned books that shaped America. The American Library Association also tracks the most frequently challenged books from the past few decades. The World Library has a selected list of books banned by various governments around the world.

Questions? Contact one of the club’s organizers: Sarah Hudson at shudson7@gmu.edu or Anna Murphy-Lang at amurph2@gmu.edu. Information and announcements about the book club will be posted at library.gmu.edu/bookclub.

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Workshops Galore!

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 14:14

Mason Libraries are offering a plethora of workshops this semester. From research skills to productivity tools, we are covering the waterfront to help you succeed. Take a look at our whole schedule – and take a class. Bring a laptop – bring a friend!

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2017-18 Fenwick Fellows Announced!

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 09:51

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis announced that the Fenwick Fellow Selection Committee recommended two recipients to receive the award for 2017-2018. Beginning this academic year, up to two fellowships may be awarded, one for a project proposal that aligns with the libraries’ ever-increasing activities in the area of digital scholarship.

The Fenwick Fellows for academic year 2017-18 are Dr. Jennifer Ashley, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Dr. Alok Yadav, Associate Professor of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Ashley’s research proposal, The Political Afterlife of Chile’s 1988 Plebiscite, is a retrospective analysis of the Chilean plebiscite and an exploration of the response of those who participated in the democracy campaigns to recent efforts by the post-transition generation to move the country towards the Chile promised in those campaigns. The research is part of a larger book project and accompanying digital humanities project. The book chapter (“Political Afterlife”) will form part of a monograph titled The Politics of Resolution: Television, Protest, and Democracy in Chile. The digital humanities project will focus on the plebiscite campaign, bringing together (for both display and analysis) oral histories, interviews with activists and political leaders, and video footage from the campaign.

With his project, Anthologies of African American Literature: An Online Bibliography, Professor Yadav envisions creating a fully searchable and comprehensive bibliographic database of African American Literature anthologies. Such anthologies have played a crucial role in the effort to claim and construct an African American literary tradition, serving as venues for critical discussion and scholarship on African American literature; yet despite recognition of their cultural significance, there is a dearth of adequate reference sources on these important vehicles for literary, cultural, and political movements. Professor Yadav’s project seeks to rectify this deficit.

Zenelis commented that both faculty members’ research projects “promise to make excellent and mutually beneficial use of the Libraries’ resources, especially, our newest program – the Digital Scholarship Center.”

Professors Ashley and Yadav will present the results of their work in spring 2019 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries.

ABOUT THE FENWICK FELLOWSHIP: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to up to two Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty members to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in their fields. The winning proposals are recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipients are provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project. The terms for this year’s Fellows begin on August 28, 2017 and will end on August 10, 2018.

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New Exhibition: Our Comics, Ourselves

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:44

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host “Our Comics, Ourselves,” an exhibition highlighting themes of identity, expression, and representation in comic books and graphic novels. The exhibition will run from August 21, 2017 through October 6, 2017, with an opening reception and curator’s talk on Friday, September 15th.

“Our Comics, Ourselves” features comic books, graphic novels, DIY comics, and various comics paraphernalia primarily from the United States, from 1945 to present. The works range from autobiographical to sheer fantasy, and explore feminism, abortion, racism, cultural identity, social activism, labor unions, veterans of war, sexual abuse, student debt, immigration, public health, civil rights, gender and sexual identity, and more. “Our Comics, Ourselves” presents the graphic stories that describe the complexity and diversity of our collective experience, and examines the social and historical contexts within which they emerged.

“Our Comics, Ourselves” will be on display in Fenwick Gallery and the Special Collections Research Center in Fenwick Library. In conjunction with this exhibition, Fenwick Library and various departments within Mason will host a series of presentations, workshops, and readings to further the discussion about the exhibition and its associated themes. More information will be available on the Fenwick Gallery website as events are scheduled.

This exhibition is organized and made possible by Jan Descartes and Monica McKelvey Johnson of Interference Archive in NYC, and supported by many Mason faculty partners and departments, including Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, University Libraries; Christopher Kardambikis, Assistant Professor of Printmaking, School of Art; Angela Hattery, Professor and Director, Women & Gender Studies; Mika’il Petin, Professor, African and African American Studies.

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Artists’ Book Open House August 29

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:37

What kind of book has no pages, no spine, or no cover?

On Tuesday, August 29, Special Collections Research Center is hosting “That’s Not a Book!,” the first artists’ book open house of the academic year. Join us from 2 – 4 p.m to see some of the unusual and hard-to-classify objects in Mason’s Artists’ Book Collection, and challenge your notions of what, exactly, makes a book. Special Collections Research Center is located in 2400 Fenwick Library.

Visitors will have an opportunity for hands-on interaction with these materials, and to learn how Mason students and researchers can use artists’ books as a source of visual, formal, and thematic inspiration.

For more information, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art & Art History Librarian, sgrimm@gmu.edu

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Welcome to Mason Libraries!

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:39

Welcome to Mason, and welcome back to those who are returning!

Mason Libraries offers free 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.

Check out this step-by-step guide to e-resource databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore the 775+ databases we subscribe to, start with the A-Z database list.

More information about the libraries’ collections are available online (including our special collections), as well as subject guides (a great starting point for research) and contact information for our subject librarians (subject experts who can provide personalized research assistance). Can’t find something you need at Mason? Use interlibrary loan to borrow materials from other academic institutions.

We’re here to help – come visit! Our hours are posted and updated regularly, including virtual reference hours if you have questions but are unable to stop by. We also host numerous instructional workshops and cultural events throughout the semester. Check our website and news blog for announcements.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you along your academic and professional careers.

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Apply for Graduate Reserved Carrels

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:07

Mason graduate students seeking a reserved research/writing carrel in Fenwick Library and Arlington Campus Library can apply now for a space for the current academic term. Fenwick reserved graduate carrels are allocated by a drawing. Dissertation Writers Room spaces in Fenwick and Arlington Campus Libraries are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Details about the Fenwick and Arlington spaces, as well as the application forms and deadline, are online.

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Research/Writing Consults@Mercer

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 18:17

Mercer Library now offers writing support on the SciTech campus! Sarah Cocks, Research and Instructional Support Specialist at Mercer, is available by appointment for individualized instruction and assistance with any step of the paper-writing process, from preliminary research to your final draft.

Sarah recently received her M.A. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota. In addition to serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant during grad school, she also worked as a writing consultant at the University of Oklahoma. To schedule your personal consultation, please visit infoguides.gmu.edu/sciwriting For more information about this new program, contact Sarah at scocks@gmu.edu

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“Process Logs” Exhibition Lecture, July 13

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:30

Navigation Press at Mason: Fenwick Gallery Exhibition Lecture
Helen Frederick, Professor Emeritus, School of Art
Thursday, July 13, 2pm – 3pm
Fenwick Library Reading Room (Room 2001)

The artistic process is often perceived as a solitary act, with an artist independently researching, developing, and executing their ideas. In the history of printmaking, however, the atelier, or workshop model is a longstanding tradition, with artists and apprentices working closely together to complete a finished masterwork. Professor Helen Frederick (School of Art) will present a lecture on the foundations of Navigation Press, a printmaking residency program at Mason, and the artistic and learning opportunities afforded by the workshop model. The lecture will conclude with a walk-through of “Process Logs: Prints, Plates, and Sketches from Navigation Press at Mason,” currently on display in the Fenwick Gallery.

About Navigation Press

Navigation Press is a master printmaking residency within the School of Art (SOA) at George Mason University, established in 2006 by Helen Frederick and Harold Linton. Each year, a visiting artist spends a week in the print studio with students and a master printmaker to complete a limited-edition print, while also participating in lectures, workshops, and critiques. While many are master printmakers themselves, the visiting artists of Navigation Press have represented a variety of artistic backgrounds and media, including painting, sculpture, book art, and zines.

About Helen Frederick

Helen Frederick is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects. As an advocate for and an active participant in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area arts scene, she has served on the directorial boards of alternative art spaces, various local and national boards and national peer-review panels. She is founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a center for artistic collaboration and support of printmakers, papermakers, and book artists. In 2006, she co-founded Navigation Press with Harold Linton, a printmaking residency program within Mason’s School of Art.

Frederick has won numerous awards and accolades, including NEA/Mid-Atlantic Residency grants and a Fulbright scholarship, and her works are held the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum in Stockholm, and the Kyoto Municipal Museum, among others.

Helen Frederick is a Professor Emeritus of School of Art at Mason, where she previously served as coordinator of the Printmaking program and director of Navigation Press.

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University Records Center Closed July-August

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:10

The University Records Center will close for renovations starting in July 2017. If you are currently prepping boxes for storage or disposal, box labels must be submitted to University Records Management no later than COB on July 5, 2017. During the closure, University Records Management will not be able to accept new records for storage or shredding. Loan services will be available, but turnaround time will take longer than usual. The University Records Center expects to open again in August 2017. For current information about University Records Management services, please visit their website or e-mail recmgt@gmu.edu with any questions.

About University Records Management: University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”

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Register Now: UNIV 370

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:03

Are you a Mason undergraduate student working on an original research, independent study, senior design or capstone project? Are you thinking about submitting your research for publication? Would you like to learn more about the publication process? UNIV 370: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process is the class for you! By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • identify and select appropriate publication/presentation venues
  • prepare a publication proposal
  • prepare a paper for publication/presentation
  • survive the peer review process
  • identify and avoid ethical issues related to publication and copyright

Register Now! UNIV 370: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process 

  • When: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Where: Fenwick Library, Rm 1014A
  • Credits: 0 to 1 credits
  • Instructor: Theresa Calcagno, Research Librarian

For more information, please contact Theresa Calcagno, tcalcagn at gmu.edu

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Travel the Globe with Special Collections

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:09

Summer is approaching and travel plans have been made! Special Collections Research Center holds many images and books that represent great travel destinations in the United States and around the world. The current exhibit, Around the World in (Almost) Eighty Days: Traveling the Globe with Special Collections, features wonderful selections, and might even help those who are still trying to figure out where to travel in the upcoming months. The exhibit runs from June 5 through mid-August. Join us at a reception on June 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick. Hope to see you there – Bon Voyage!

For more information, please contact Brittney Falter, bfalter@gmu.edu

 

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Updates from University Records Management

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:38

Questions about managing your physical and electronic records?

Join University Records Management for a 1-hour training session, bring your questions, and pick up boxes for records storage. Sessions will be offered this summer from 10am to 11am on Friday, May 26; Friday, June 9; and Friday, June 23 in the Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room (Fenwick Library 2306). Please RSVP to Samara Carter at recmgt@gmu.edu.

University Records Center Closure: Plan Ahead!

The University Records Center will close for renovations during summer 2017. If you are currently prepping boxes for storage or disposal, box labels must be submitted to University Records Management at least two weeks prior to the Center’s closure. Exact closure dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. During the closure, University Records Management will not be able to accept new boxes for storage or shredding. Loan services will be available, but turnaround time will take longer than usual. For current information about University Records Management services, please visit their website or e-mail recmgt@gmu.edu with any questions.

More About University Records Management

University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”

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Mason Libraries Summer Hours

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:43

All Mason Libraries are closed Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. Mason Libraries Summer Session Hours start on Monday, May 22.

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Gaudeamus Igitur!

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:28

Best Wishes to the Class of 2017 from the University Libraries!

FESTIVE MUSIC

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H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Award Recipients Announced

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 15:37

We are delighted to announce that two of our Libraries’ faculty members – Janna Mattson (Instructional and Social Sciences Librarian) and Michael English (Online Learning Coordinator and Instructional Librarian) – have been selected to receive the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant, administered by the American Library Association (ALA).

Janna and Michael’s proposal, “13 Things in Blackboard: A Self-paced Online Learning Professional Development Program,” aims to foster Mason Libraries’ faculty/staff knowledge and collaboration in supporting online education.

Please see the press release from the ALA – the award will be presented on Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago – and also join us in congratulating Janna and Michael on their successful initiative, which directly aligns their program with George Mason University’s strategic plan.

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Congratulations to Libraries’ Faculty, Staff, and Students!

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 15:13

Faculty/Staff Awards & Accolades

We have a group of very talented faculty and staff here at the Libraries. We are pleased to announce that Jessica Bowdoin (Head, Access Services) received the 2017 Distinguished Librarian Faculty Award; Katara Wright (Information Servies) received the 2017 Library Staff Excellence Award; and that Jib Vititpongs (Resource Description & Metadata Services) also received the 2017 Library Staff Excellence Award.

Recently, many of our faculty and staff were recognized for their years of service (from five to twenty-five) to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To read about the numerous activities of the Libraries’ faculty and staff, please visit our Accolades page.

Congratulations to the Libraries’ Student Assistants who are Graduating!

Our Libraries’ student assistants, both undergraduate and graduate, perform essential services and support to our Libraries’ faculty/staff and patrons. We wish those who are moving on to the next phase of their educational or professional careers best wishes and success!

  • From Access Services: Gillia Baatai, Rachelle Faust, Harrison Peek, Mason Seaman
  • From Gateway: Sarah Ho
  • From Information Services: Megan (Meggie) Nelson, Angela Anniballi, Pratik Shinde
  • From Resource Description & Metadata Services: Youssef Faragalla, Nam Nguyen
  • From Special Collections Research Center: Emily Curley, Brittney Falter*

*Brittney, who began her work with us in August 2015, accepted a full-time staff position with us earlier this semester – we are excited to have her on board in this new capacity!

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