George Mason University
Giving Day, on Thursday, April 6, 2017, is George Mason University’s first ever university-wide day of giving. This date was selected to coincide closely with the date Mason became an independent university (April 7, 1972). In 2017, Mason will celebrate 45 years as an independent institution.
From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 6, everyone is invited to make their mark by giving to Mason. With unit fundraising projects, challenge gifts, a visible on-campus presence in Fairfax, a social media ambassador challenge, and real-time updates, all are encouraged to show their Patriot pride by making a gift to Mason.
Giving Day will be a day for everyone to join together to support specific projects at Mason that resonate with them – or to support the university in general! As part of the Faster Farther campaign, all gifts, big and small, are welcome.
As part of Mason’s first annual Giving Day, the Libraries is launching a new initiative – the University Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship Endowment – in response to a challenge gift coming from a Mason alumna who was a former University Libraries’ student employee.
With the generosity of Mason alumni and friends, the Libraries will create an endowment to recognize and support student assistants who have demonstrated outstanding work performance in the University Libraries while meeting the academic requirements of their coursework at Mason. The purpose of the endowment will be to award a scholarship each year to provide assistance for an undergraduate student employee’s educational expenses at Mason.
Together, we can all make Mason’s first Giving Day a success and help support our students! Questions? Contact Kathleen Kehoe, Director of Development for the University Libraries, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason Libraries’ Science & Technology Subject Librarian Team and Roosevelt@Mason are co-sponsoring a screening of “A Sea Change”. The film will be shown in the Johnson Center Gold Room at 7 p.m. on April 11.
A life-long sportsman and retired educator, Sven Huseby considers himself a well-informed environmentalist. But he is caught by surprise when he reads about the effect of excess carbon dioxide on the ocean in Elizabeth Kolbert’s New Yorker article, “The Darkening Sea.” Sven embarks on a mission to learn more, wrestling with the possibility that his five-year-old grandson Elias will inherit an ocean bereft of the fish which have meant so much to their family. Sven uncovers research on the world’s acidifying seas and its dramatic implications for our culture and economy. – Written by Niiijii Films
For more information, please contact Kathy Butler, kbutle18 at gmu.edu.
Join the University Libraries on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room, for Dr. Kristina Olson‘s lecture, “Skirting the Issue: Clothing and Politics in 14th Century Italy,” where she will discuss her research findings from her 2015-2016 Fenwick fellowship.
Lecture Abstract: From the mid-13th to the end of the 14th century, an increase in mercantile activity in Florence and other cities in Italy witnessed the proliferation of new wealth among families that did not belong to the aristocracy. This economic development, together with other demographic shifts (such as those caused by the Black Death, ca.1350), caused many non-aristocratic families to climb in social and political power. One way in which they displayed their change in status was by means of their clothing and jewelry, thereby wearing their newfound gains on their persons. This drastic shift in social markers of status bred envy and confusion: families with long-standing claims to nobility appeared impoverished in comparison with these rising upstarts. Bitter feuding and acts of vengeance between the leading aristocratic and mercantile families ensued. In order to maintain social order, civic sumptuary legislation targeted various displays of luxury: excessive spending on clothing, jewelry, and rituals, such as funereal practices and exorbitant wedding dowries.
As clothing comprises a visual language signifying status, then, for many authors of the Italian Middle Ages clothing and luxury became an essential part of their poetic language, bound up with politics and civic identity. Dr. Olson’s book project, Sumptuous Literature: Clothing and Governance in Fourteenth-Century Italy, explores how authors interpret the relationship of wealth, politics and the body in terms that alternately target women (misogyny) or men (misandry) during this exceptional moment in economic and social history.
About the Fenwick Fellows: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in the faculty member’s field. Applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship are currently being accepted; the deadline is May 5, 2017.
Join the University Libraries, in conjunction with the Creative Writing Program’s New Leaves Festival, for a reading and signing by Helon Habila on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.
Helon Habila, an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Mason, will discuss The Chibok Girls, his compassionate and powerful account of one of the most horrific recent tragedies to occur in Nigeria: the kidnapping of 276 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in April 2014 by Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest terrorist group whose name translated into English means “western education is abhorrent.” Habila, a native of Nigeria, traveled to the country twice to track down some of the escaped girls and their families and reconstruct what happened on that fateful day and how the town is coping. He situates the kidnappings within the political and historical context of the rise of Islamist extremism in Nigeria, which is deeply rooted in its tragic history of colonialism.
The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. Upcoming readings include Associate Professor Jennifer Ritterhouse on April 26 and Visiting Professor Michael Hayden on May 4.
Celebrate International Week!
Bollywood Trivia April 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 228 Gateway Library
Test your Bollywood knowledge with Gateway Library staff in Room 228 Gateway Library. Fun, food and prizes are in store at this iWeek event. Join us April 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m.!
For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor at gmu.edu,703-993-9055
Celebrate Pride Week!
Dinner + A Movie: “Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger”
- April 7, 6-9 p.m. 228 Gateway Library
- Gateway Library is hosting a dinner and a movie for Pride Week 2017.
- Co-sponsored by Pride Alliance.
- For more information, please contact Izzie Hunsberger, msibley at gmu.edu
Film Screening: “Moonlight”
- April 13, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Johnson Center Cinema
- 2017 Oscar for Best Picture.
- Co-sponsored by University Libraries, Film & Media Studies, Film & Video Studies, ODIME, and African & African American Studies.
- For more information, please contact Patricia West, pwest6 at gmu.edu
Spring into Well-Being is here! Shake off the stress of spring semester and cultivate your physical, emotional, and community well-being with the following resources from the University Libraries.
NYTimes Food and Travel
Dig deeper than the front page and discover a world of food and travel. Strengthen your body with a wholesome loaf of Nordic whole-grain rye as you contemplate a hiking trip through remote Canada. Restore your spirit with a batch of chocolate ice cream profiteroles while planning a dream getaway to Barcelona. Explore new communities, learn new traditions, and recharge your batteries—all for free, from the comfort of home. NOTE: First time users must create a new account here using their GMU credentials to gain access.
Broaden your perspective and investigate the world with National Geographic online. Browse full-color issues from 1888 to the present; explore maps, images, and videos; or play with the interactive Term Frequency chart and watch the way we talk about our world shift through the years.
For those days when you just need to watch a movie, explore this rotating collection of 25 feature films and documentaries. Challenge yourself with films like An Inconvenient Truth or Malcolm X; watch a recent blockbuster like Inglourious Basterds; or kick back with a classic like The Breakfast Club or The Godfather. Specific titles may change over time. NOTE: Requires local installation of Widevine Media Optimizer; best accessed via Google Chrome.
These are just a few of the many resources available via the Libraries for Mason faculty, staff, and students. Just login with your Mason NetID and password. For more information on the resources available to you through the University Libraries, browse the Libraries’ subject lists of online resources or contact one of the subject specialists.
Help stock the Mason Pop-Up Pantry! Gateway Library is sponsoring a donation drive from March 31 through April 8. Drop off your pantry donations at either Gateway Library or Fenwick Library service desks. You will receive a chance to win a Panera Gift Certificate! (One chance per each item donated).
What does the Pantry need?
- Granola Bars
- Rice, Pasta
- Chips, Drinks, Soy Milk
- Crackers & Cereal
- Toiletries, Cleaning Supplies, Detergent, Dish Soap
- Pens, Pencils, Paper Clips
- Canned Fruit & Meat
- Paper Towels
- Tofu, Organic Items
- Pasta Sauce
- Bottled Water
- Kleenex (Boxes)
For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, Gateway Library, aoconnor @ gmu.edu
The University Libraries is excited to announce the opening of a major Gilbert & Sullivan exhibition, “Oh, Joy Unbounded…”: A Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring items from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert & Sullivan Collection.
The Mason community is invited to join us for an exhibition opening celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center on the second floor of Fenwick Library (Room 2400). The program will open with remarks by Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and will include a tour of the exhibition by David Stone, who we have to thank for amassing this stunning collection of Gilbert & Sullivan memorabilia.
Three galleries in Fenwick Library are dedicated to displaying items from the Stones’ remarkable collection, which will be on view through May. The exhibition is part of a larger celebration of the famous duo, which the Libraries and the College of Visual and Performing Arts are coordinating at Mason. In addition to the exhibition, there will be performances and a scholarly forum. Additional information about the exhibition may be found here, and tickets for performances and the forum may be purchased here.
Concerned about high textbook costs for your students? Frustrated with the limitations of the published textbook you have been using in your course?
Explore possible alternatives by attending a workshop and writing a book review of an open textbook. Receive a $250 stipend for your efforts!
Mason faculty and instructors are invited to attend an Open Textbook Workshop on Friday, March 24, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus, Room 1014 A & B. The University Libraries, Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence, and Office of Digital Learning proudly sponsor this workshop. Registration is required.
Stipends will be distributed to faculty based on the availability of open textbooks for review and a desire for wide representation of courses (discipline and level). Stipend recipients must write and submit a short book review (form provided) within six weeks after the Open Textbook Workshop.The reviews will benefit other faculty considering adoption of affordable course content. For examples of book reviews, please see those posted on the Open Textbook Library (OTL) website.
When you complete the Open Textbook Workshop Registration Form, please identify an open textbook in your discipline from the Open Textbook Library (OTL) that you are interested in exploring; search the OTL list for possible options.
If you have any questions about the Open Textbook Workshop, selecting a textbook for review, or Open Educational Resources in general, please contact Claudia Holland, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian in the Mason Publishing Group, University Libraries, at (703) 993-2544 or email@example.com.
Interested in publishing your scholarly work? Join the Libraries for an informative workshop on Thursday, April 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., in Fenwick Library Instruction Room 4010.
Collaborating with a publisher starts before your manuscript is submitted. Geared toward early career authors this workshop will explore a visual outline of the editorial and production process supporting the publication of your article or book, and discuss the benefits of electronic publishing’s global reach. The core of this workshop, conducted by Mitch Moulton from Springer/Nature, will highlight the online tools and services freely available throughout the publishing process including:
- How to develop wider relations by locating other experts in your field
- How to find the right journal or editorial contact
- Learning modules to help you write, submit, and publish your manuscript or become a peer reviewer.
Sponsored by SP@RC and Mason Publishing Group, the workshop will also feature a tour of SP@RC by Jason Byrd (Head, Information Services) and a discussion on the benefits of open access by Claudia Holland (Scholarly Communication and Copyright Officer).
If you plan to attend, please register at http://gmu.libcal.com/event/3234300.
When you think of a library, what comes to mind? Surely, seemingly endless rows of books make the top of the list, perhaps followed by computers overflowing with databases. But our librarians and staff will tell you that libraries offers even more.
University Libraries holds a number of workshops that help students hone research skills, polish theses and dissertations, and flex their writing muscles. And these workshops are taught by instructors who really know their stuff. Check out a few of our current opportunities!
University Dissertation and Thesis Services (UDTS)
UDTS offers workshops to help students reach their graduation goals.
“At our Process workshop, we’ll talk about deadlines, procedures, and steps you’ll need to undertake to make sure you graduate on time,” said Sally Evans, University Dissertation & Thesis Coordinator.
“We offer a workshop on our Interactive Template, which is a Word document designed to make formatting your document simpler. At the workshop, we’ll walk you through it and show you how to use it.”
To sum it all up, Sally offers this slogan to those who are still on the fence about scheduling their UDTS appointment: “UDTS Workshops: Making You 100% More Likely to Graduate on Time!”
From class papers to theses, creating citations is part of college life. Software programs like Zotero make the process go more smoothly.
“I wish I’d known about Zotero when I was in grad school,” said Zotero instructor Sarah Cocks. “When you’re juggling multiple research papers for different classes, it’s so important to keep up with all your research and resources, and Zotero is really effective for managing all these sources.”
But Zotero can do more for students than citation legwork. “Though the citation-generation aspect is useful, I value Zotero as an organizational tool even more,” said Sarah.
What better time to discover Rosetta Stone, the preferred program for learning 30 languages, than International Week (March 31-April 9)? That’s when Mercer Library will hold a Rosetta Stone workshop, where our instructor will have you up and running in no time. Please check back with our calendar for upcoming Rosetta Stone events.
Request a Workshop
If you don’t find what you’re looking for on our workshop calendar, our instructors will customize an instruction session for any group of three or more. And, professors can request a workshop to be held during any regularly scheduled class. Think of this service as an on-demand way to bring quality workshops into your classroom or study group. Follow this link to get started.
As you can see, our instructors are excited about the workshops we offer because we know they can have a huge impact on students’ academic goals. Check our workshop calendar often to see where our offerings match your needs.
~Meg Rayford, Resource and Research Support Specialist
Teachers of Tomorrow, a student-run organization dedicated to supporting future educators enrolled at George Mason University, has organized their first annual book drive. They are seeking book donations for students of all ages, which they will donate to schools in the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Books that are new or in good condition are preferred.
The book drive will run from March 3 until March 31. Blue decorated boxes are placed in five locations on Mason’s Fairfax campus, including Fenwick Library. If you have any questions about the book drive or how you can be a part of Teachers of Tomorrow, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start your job search at the University Libraries!
The Libraries provide full, complimentary access for all Mason students to a variety of career-related resources:
Research the companies you’re interested in using Mergent Online, a collection of financial information covering over 400,000 companies. Read in-depth reports, follow current company news, and investigate your prospective employer’s competitors in the public and private sectors.
Gear up for your new career with the Vault Online Career Library. Get industry-specific information and career advice; browse guides on resume-writing and cover letters; or search Vault’s job board for postings.
Organize your job search with CareerShift, a search tool that returns results from dozens of career sites and job boards. Search by job title, company name, keyword, and location—then save your results and manage your application documents in one place.
During Winter Break, all music collections (including books, scores, LPs, and CDs) were moved from their long-time home in Gateway Library to 2600 Fenwick Library. Please join the University Libraries on Tuesday, March 21, for a host of events to celebrate the Music Library’s new location on the second floor of Fenwick.
#MarchIntoMusic with a musical parade from DeLaski to Fenwick at 1:30 p.m.; performances by the Mason Traditional Jazz Ensemble from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the south lobby of Fenwick; a gallery talk at our new Gilbert and Sullivan exhibition from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and digital demos by Alexander Street Press and Oxford Music Online throughout the afternoon (from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
To get yourself in the mood, check out the Libraries’ host of music-related resources, available online 24/7 for Mason students, faculty, and staff. Use these resources to expand your study of music or for your own relaxation and enjoyment. Resources include:
- Music & Performing Arts Video Collection, by Alexander Street Press: Presents an extensive array of content in video, audio, and text, covering different time periods, artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Subjects include dance, film, music, and theater.
- Oxford Music Online: Features over 60,000 articles on all aspects of music, and includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
- Met Opera on Demand: Offers full-length performances from the Metropolitan Opera, including Live in HD productions, classic telecasts, and archival radio broadcast recordings for high-quality viewing and listening.
- Naxos Music Library Jazz: Offers a large selection of works by over 32,000 jazz legends and contemporary artists from over 200 labels, including Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy, and others.
For more information, contact Steve Gerber, Music and Theater Librarian, at email@example.com or 703-993-9051.
If you love researching local history or old newspapers, you’ll want to check out the Prince William County Historic Newspapers. Our Special Collections Research Center recently finished processing this new collection given to the University Libraries by the Prince William County Library. The papers in the collection span the years 1851 through 1992 and contain many interesting articles (such as the one pictured on the left) and fun advertisements. Read SCRC’s story and visit the newly created finding aid to learn more.
Learn more about Mason Libraries’ Artists’ Book Collection! Students, faculty and staff are invited to an Artists’ Book Open House on March 1, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick. This month’s Open House features a selection of artists’ books related to the themes of nature and discovery. A guided conversation between two current Mason graduate students on the selected books, and their own artistic practices, will start at 6 p.m. Join us!
You are cordially invited to the upcoming Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) Open House on Wednesday, February 22, 3 to 7 p.m. Located in 2400 Fenwick Library, SCRC supports academic research, teaching and learning at Mason by collecting preserving and providing access to primary research collections and documents, archival and rare book collections, and digitizing priority collections.
During the Open House, you can explore selected materials related to George Mason University, Northern Virginia, performing arts, transportation and planning, and photography. SCRC also collects oral histories pertaining to Northern Virginia, the Federal Theatre Project, Reston, Virginia, and George Mason University’s history. Learn about the George Mason University Archives and the University Records Management program, too.
For more information about the SCRC Open House, please contact Rebecca Bramlett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-993-2058.
Black/African Heritage Month is a time to remember the important contributions and achievements of Black/African Heritage cultures on campus, throughout history and their current contributions to the world. Explore Mason Libraries’ collections to learn more. Online resources are available – free – to Mason students, faculty and staff. Login with your Mason username and password. Some selected collections include:
- African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
Time travel into history with access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. Includes papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Also available to search is the wide-ranging magazine collection from 1825-1995.
- Black Studies in Video
Survey the evolution of black culture in the United States through documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage. Includes topics of history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
- Oxford African American Studies Center
Highlights the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. Content includes primary source documents, biographies, images, maps, film clips, sound recordings, and thematic timelines. The collection is continually updated and offers education and teacher resources.