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New Research Resources: June 2014

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 18:25

New online resources added to George Mason University Libraries’ collections are posted monthly: June 2014 e-Resources. You can also search for all recently added items via the Mason Classic Catalog. Mason students, faculty and staff are welcome to suggest library purchases.

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BrowZine for iPhone now available

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:54

BrowZine for iPhone is now available – expanding the ways you can use BrowZine to find, read and follow your favorite journals! With the new release, you have the option to create a BrowZine Account. If you already have BrowZine installed on your iPhone and iPad, you may now “sync” your My Bookshelf contents. If you add a journal to My Bookshelf or clear a new article notice from your iPad, it will automatically appear on your iPhone. Learn more about BrowZine!

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University Libraries Receives Set of Historic Books

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:56

George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives is now home to a three-volume set of the “Complete Works of John Locke,” published in 1714. Read more

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Archivist Robert Vay Receives University Libraries’ First Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:09

It seems appropriate that the library faculty member who has been referred to by his nominators as “the defacto university historian” and as “the archivist of the university” has been selected to make history as the first ever recipient of Mason’s Distinguished Library Faculty Award. Robert (Bob) Vay, digital collections and exhibitions archivist, Special Collections & Archives, received the inaugural award. Read more

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Kindle Fire + ebrary + Ebscohost books = Improved!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 17:47

Mason students, faculty and staff – it’s now easier to download ebrary and Ebscohost books to your Kindle Fire! No cords! No transferring from your computer to the Kindle! Check the Kindle section on the Tech Tips: eReaders InfoGuide for more information and step-by-step directions.

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Maintenance Alert: Taylor & Francis Online

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:08

Taylor & Francis Online will be unavailable during scheduled maintenance for two hours on Saturday, June 21, 9:30-11:30 am Eastern Time. (Taylor & Francis resources are available through inPrimo or the Libraries’ e-Journal Finder.) [Vendor Notice]

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Maintenance Alert: BioOne

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:01

The BioOne website will be undergoing maintenance on Friday, June 20. Scheduled downtime will begin at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time and may last up to 4 hours. During this time content and services on BioOne will be unavailable. [Vendor Notice]

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Libraries’ New Website Unveiled

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 13:07

Mason Libraries’ website, has been revamped and revised! You may note some content has moved or has changed. Broken links? Other issues?  Please alert the Libraries’ Web Team by sending a comment.

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June 1: Mason Network Maintenance & Library Resources Alert

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 13:29

On Sunday, June 1, from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, all Mason online services including systems, applications, websites, and services will be unavailable. Network engineers will be making critical changes to the firewall system during this extended maintenance period. No network-based system will be reachable from a device on the campus network. Off-campus access to Mason Libraries’ restricted content (e.g., databases, e-journals, e-books) will also be blocked until the Libraries’ proxy server returns to the network.

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Libraries Add Complete Taylor & Francis Online Journal Access

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 16:52

Mason Libraries recently added online access to the complete Taylor & Francis journal collection. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, Taylor & Francis content spans all areas of the humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, science, technology, and medicine. Mason users will now have access to 1,750 journals available in this collection, a substantial increase in content from our previously subscribed set of 500 titles. Access is generally provided to content from 1997 to present. Taylor & Francis resources may be located through inPrimo or the Libraries’ e-Journal Finder.

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TextSelect Textbooks Available This Summer!

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 16:49

Textbooks are now on reserve for many general education, business, and engineering courses. TextSelect books are on 2-hour Reserve in the Gateway Library@Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Students can locate TextSelect books in the Mason Classic Catalog, inPrimo or in the Course Reserve Catalog.

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Media Service Desk Closed

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 16:53

The Media Services Desk, 2nd Floor, Gateway Library@Johnson Center, is closed. Mason users needing assistance in accessing the Gateway Library’s media circulating collections may place a request in ILLiad to request an item. (Select the Document Delivery Book/Media form to request.) The item will be pulled by staff and placed on Hold at the Gateway Library Service desk.
Mason users may also ask for assistance at the Gateway Library Service Desk on the first floor.Staff will retrieve requested items on demand as quickly as possible. (If a patron requests a large number of items at one time, library staff may ask the patron to request the items through ILLiad or leave their list of items to be retrieved at a later time).

Questions? Need more information? Please contact Laura Jenemann, Film Studies/Media Services Librarian (703-993-7593 or

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Heads UP! Major Sprinkler System Work in Fenwick

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 16:48

On May 19, a significant construction work project will start in Fenwick Library, which involves installing a new sprinkler system on each floor in the existing B&C Wings. This new system will be integrated with the new addition and bring the existing Fenwick Library towers into compliance with current building code. The work involves covering book stacks, removing ceiling tiles, installing piping, connecting the sprinklers to fire alarm systems, testing the system, and then replacing the ceiling tiles. The last part of this project is to install a fire suppression system in Special Collections & Archives. The construction company’s goal is to complete this major project by the start of Fall Semester 2014.

What does this mean for you? Public access to book collections and study rooms/spaces on specific floors in Fenwick Library will be disrupted and will not be permitted as the construction crew works through each floor during May, June, July and August. The work starts on Floor 1, Wing C and continues throughout the two wings of the library through August 2014. The company’s sprinkler installation plan does not proceed in sequential order from floor to floor, and, as is the case with any renovation work, it is possible that unforeseen circumstances may cause delays in the work schedule. Users will be notified which floors are closed through notices on and by posted alerts in Fenwick.

Library staff will be permitted to access the restricted areas daily to pull books for users. If a user needs a book located in a restricted area, s/he will be instructed to complete an ILLiad document delivery request form. When the request is received, Library staff will pull the book(s), place the book(s) on hold at Fenwick’s main service desk, and send an email informing the user when the item is available. Please note: there will be no access to Special Collections & Archives services or its collections during most of August.

Library staff are striving to minimize the impact on library services at Fenwick. We are very grateful for your understanding and cooperation as we proceed through this important project. Please contact Diane Smith, Associate University Librarian, with questions or concerns ( or 703-993-3716)

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Mason Students, Mason Archivist featured at Libraries’ Reston Symposium

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:54

On April 28, 2014, the symposium “Reston at 50: Looking Back at Forward Thinking” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Reston, Virginia, and the 25th anniversary of Reston Town Center was held at The Reston Community Center, Reston, VA. Co-sponsored by George Mason University Libraries and the Reston Museum and Historic Trust and presented with the support of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the symposium featured a presentation by Jordan Patty, Archivist as well as other Mason students in history and art history. Read more…

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Preservation Week Exhibit: Reston@50

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 06:59

Come celebrate Preservation Week!

Documents and historical objects can last for generations if properly preserved. Reston was the first planned community in Virginia, and its rich and fascinating history is preserved in the Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives (SC&A). These collections offer a behind-the-scenes look at Reston from its beginning and into the future. To observe Preservation Week, SC&A and the Preservation Department have created an exhibit on Reston@50, which explores the history of Reston and the basics of preserving Mason’s Reston collections. Reston@50 is on display in Fenwick Library, Floor 2, Wings A & C. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 3:00-5:00pm.

For more information contact Lene Palmer,, 703-993-2667.

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Come to a Research Write-In Session!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:35

Time flies! Is your paper done? Gateway Library@Johnson Center, Mason’s Writing Center, and Mason’s Office of Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) are sponsoring two Undergraduate Research & Write-In sessions on April 24 and May 2. Gateway Library and Mason Writing Center staff will be available during each Research Write-In to assist undergrads with their specific research and writing needs in a structured environment. Gateway Library Instruction Room (Room 228) is the venue - a space for quiet work, free from distractions! Students should bring their own laptops; library laptops will be available, too. Registration is required. Space is limited to 25 students per session. Free meal provided for you!

April 24: 3 – 8 pm  Yes, I’m registering!  Registration Deadline: April 20
May 2: Noon – 5 pm  Yes, I’m registering!  Registration Deadline: April 29

For more information, contact Royce Gildersleeve,, 703-993-9867.

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Libraries’ Symposium on “Reston at 50: Looking Back at Forward Thinking”

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:21

George Mason University Libraries have organized the symposium “Reston at 50: Looking Back at Forward Thinking” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Reston, Virginia, and the 25th anniversary of Reston Town Center.  Presentations, focusing on diversity, planning, preservation, and scholarship, will be held Monday, April 28, from 7 to 9:30 pm, at The Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA.

Panel presentations include:

  • Ms. Lindsey Bestebreurtje, doctoral candidate in the George Mason University Department of History and Art History, will address the context of Reston’s groundbreaking policies of integration and diversity.
  • Dr. Harold Linton, Director of the School of Art at George Mason University, will provide a window into the development of the Reston Plan, and its seven principles of design, design/planning precedents, architecture, success, awards, and liabilities.
  • Mr. William Jordan Patty, doctoral student in the George Mason University Department of History and Art History and Archivist/Librarian with George Mason University Libraries, will highlight the history of the Planned Community Archives, a research collection developed by the community in Reston and donated to the George Mason University Libraries.
  • Dr. Zachary M. Schrag, Professor of U.S. History in the George Mason University Department of History and Art History, will introduce three students scholars selected to present their research on Reston history.
  • Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, Director of George Mason University’s African and African-American Studies, will moderate.

The symposium is cosponsored by George Mason University Libraries and the Reston Museum and Historic Trust and is presented with the generous support of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.This event is free and open to the public.

For information about the symposium, contact George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections at 703-993-2221 or


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It’s Crunch Time! Drop In Research Help@Fenwick

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:56

It’s Crunch Time! Need help finishing (or starting!) some research? Need help with your citation formatting? Want to learn the basics of Zotero? Drop in! The Crunch Time Research Lab offers you a space and people to help. Bring a topic, bring a friend!

  • Who:  You!
  • What: Get research help!
  • When: 3:00-5:00pm, April 14-18; April 21-25; April 28 – May 2
  • Where: A-214 Fenwick Library
  • How: Drop in! Fenwick Library Research Services subject librarians and reference staff will be available. MS Office tools will be available, too!
  • Why: To get it done!
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