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Mason 4-VA, in collaboration with the University Libraries and Mason Online, invites Mason faculty to submit a proposal for innovative redesign of a course that integrates digital (and accessible) materials. That is, you supplant expensive textbooks either with digital works that you create, or with existing digital content that is in the public domain, licensed Creative Commons, or available in databases to which the University Libraries subscribes. To that end, you are reducing the cost of instruction to students and improving learning outcomes.
Courses of particular interest are those that:
- have high enrollment,
- are required for majors,
- count in the Mason Core, or
- carry high textbook costs.
This initiative is a Mason 4-VA pilot project. Any Mason full-time instructional faculty who teach high demand, heavily populated courses are eligible to apply, as are adjunct faculty who are part of a team proposal. Competitive grants will be awarded ranging from $1500-$5000, depending on the nature of the work and the level of team collaboration. Proposals due: March 18, 2016. Award notification: April 4, 2016.
Library faculty are poised to assist you with locating quality OER content, as well as answering questions related to copyright and Creative Commons licensing of your own materials. Mason Publishing Group, a department of the University Libraries, is available to aid faculty in developing OER textbooks or workbooks as a part of this pilot project. Let us know how we may help you! Contact your subject librarian, Claudia Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org), or John Warren (email@example.com), Head, Mason Publishing.
Join George Mason University Libraries in celebrating the new Fenwick Library addition.The highlight of the week’s events will be the Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Atrium. You are cordially invited to attend! Join us and #CelebrateFenwick2016!
March 25-31 Exhibit: Mason Collections of Distinction
Special Collections Research Center and Fenwick Gallery
Floors 1 and 2, Fenwick Library
March 29, 2:30 p.m.
Mason Author Series
Main Reading Room
This new series features the work of Mason scholars. Giorgio Ascoli, University Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Department and founding Director of the Center for Neural Informatics, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, is the inaugural author. Professor Ascoli will discuss his book, Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind. The Mason Author Series is sponsored by the George Mason University Bookstore. Light refreshments will be served.
March 30, 2 p.m.
2016 Fenwick Fellow Lecture
Main Reading Room
Colin Reagle, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, presents findings from his Fenwick Fellow research project, The Role of Renewables in George Mason’s Future Energy Portfolio. Light refreshments will be served.
March 31, 4:30 p.m.
Grand Opening Celebration
Fenwick Library Atrium
Join University President Ángel Cabrera, Rector Tom Davis, and Members of the George Mason University Board of Visitors at the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Fenwick Library. The Keynote Speaker is Brian Lamb, Founder and Chairman, Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Networks (C-SPAN). Light refreshments will be served.
“Who will be this year’s George Mason?” is now a standard question asked during NCAA March Madness. Ten years ago, the George Mason University Men’s Basketball team received what was seen by many as a generous at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots turned it into an historic Final Four run, defeating Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State, and Connecticut, with their only loss to the eventual national champion, Florida. The Patriots’ appearance in the Final Four unquestionably affected the way Mason students, faculty and staff, as well as the nation, regarded the university. A seminal event in Mason history, the 2006 NCAA Tournament put George Mason University “on the map” and riveted the country throughout the tournament.
We were “This Year’s George Mason” exhibit features archival materials and artifacts pertaining to the George Mason University Men’s Basketball Team’s 2006 Final Four appearance. It opens on Wednesday, March 2, with a reception at 2:00 P.M. in the Exhibition space, Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick Library.
For more information, please contact Bob Vay, rvay at gmu.edu
- one award of $5,000 to be used for the acquisition of library research materials that may be needed for the Fellow’s research project, as well as associated research costs (e.g., research assistant support, survey costs, defrayal of conference costs when specifically required for the Fellow’s research project, and other related incidental costs).
- use of an office in Fenwick Library for the term of the Fellowship (August 29, 2016 – August 11, 2017).
In March, University Libraries’ Data Services Group is offering several special events for Mason graduate students, faculty and staff. All events are scheduled on the Fairfax campus; registration is required, and attendees should bring their own laptop to the sessions.
George Mason graduate students, faculty, administrators, and staff interested in learning more about data management issues, best practices and tools are invited to participate in a Data Management Bootcamp sponsored by seven Virginia institutions, March 9 & 10, 2016. This free, collaborative event will feature experts from across the state and will provide opportunities for local, hands-on practical experience. Presenters will be from remote and local locations. The Bootcamp will take place on the Fairfax campus. Registration is limited to current George Mason University students, staff and faculty.
- March 9 / Day One / 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Topics will include: Data Organization, Data Documentation, Rights and Access, Copyright, Finding and Reusing Data, and Sharing Data. These are all basic, foundational concepts for working with research data. Day One is designed for full-day participation.
- Registration is required
- Register: Working with Research Data (Full Day)
- March 10 / Day Two / 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Select a workshop! Please bring your own laptop, and attend one, two, or all three workshops.
- 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Register: Cleaning Data with Open Refine
- 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Register: R from Scratch
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Register: Creating Data Management Plans with the DMPTool
The Data Management Bootcamp is a collaborative initiative of the College of William & Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech.
Learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish. This workshop is aimed at faculty, staff, and students across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows. This workshop is hands-on; attendees should bring their own laptops. Speaker April Clyburne-Sherin, MSc will cover these topics: Project Documentation; Version Control; Pre-analysis Plans, and Open Source Tools such as the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow. Registration Required: RSVP Here
For more information about any of these upcoming events, please contact Wendy Mann, Head, Data Services, firstname.lastname@example.org background source: http://www.sas.com/content/dam/SAS/en_us/image/sas-com/backgrounds/textures/data-visualization-primer.jpg
Due to inclement weather, all Mason Libraries will open at 11:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, February 16.
Due to inclement weather, all Mason Libraries are closed today, Monday, February 15. Online collections and services are available via library.gmu.edu. Virtual reference service will be online as regularly scheduled.
George Mason University Libraries invites you to join the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Fenwick Library by participating in a Student Video Competition. This competition highlights the transformative role that the Mason Libraries play in the living and learning environment on campus. All university students are invited to enter and are eligible to win amazing prizes!
To participate, submit a video (not to exceed 60 seconds) themed “Top 3 Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Library.” Students are encouraged, but not required, to use smartphones for creating videos. Recording studios are available for use in the Gateway Library (One Button Studio) and Fenwick Library (Presentation Practice Rooms). Videos must incorporate and feature a library/or libraries on any of the Mason campuses. Work will be featured online, as well as on digital displays at the new Fenwick Library. Winning videos will be announced and screened at the Fenwick Library Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Submit your entry by 5 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday, March 15. For more information, visit library.gmu.edu/top3
University Libraries welcome all Mason alums home this weekend! While you’re meandering through memories, places and spaces on the Fairfax Campus, be sure to visit the new Fenwick Library! Then head over to the Johnson Center and see what’s new in Gateway Library.
More items of interest for alumni include these selected online collections:
- A History of Mason
- George Mason University Yearbook Collection
- GM View: Video Yearbooks 1990-2011
- George Mason University Facilities Planning Documents, 1960-2007
- Physical and digital documents from George Mason University Facilities Planning Department, many of which are held in Special Collections & Archives, University Libraries.
- The Life and Work of Dr. John Warfield
- Madness@Mason: Documenting a Dream Season
- President Lorin Thompson Scrapbooks
- Dr. Thompson served first as Chancellor (1966-1972) of George Mason College of the University of Virginia and then President of George Mason University (1972-1973). Two scrapbooks compiled by Thompson contain newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, invitations, other documents, and ephemera.
Mason alumni are welcome to use the Libraries‘ physical and online collections in person at any Mason Library: Fenwick, Gateway, Arlington Campus and Mercer. We welcome you back, and welcome your continued interest and support. Go Mason!
The University Libraries, the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology present a screening of THE ANTHROPOLOGIST, a documentary by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. This event will be held Wednesday, February 24, 3 to 5 pm, JC Cinema, Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Light refreshments will be provided! A Q&A session hosted by Dr. Susie Crate will follow.
“Climate change forces us to have to learn the family business,” says Mary Catherine Bateson, the daughter of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead.
And so begins the story of Katie Yegorov-Crate, a thirteen-year-old girl from Fairfax, Virginia. She is carted around the globe by her mother, noted environmental anthropologist Susie Crate. Susie studies the effects of climate change on centuries-old indigenous communities.
Margaret Mead also analyzed how communities confront change which results from war and modernity. Her daughter Mary Catherine Bateson, now 76 and a cultural anthropologist in her own right, provides extraordinary insight into what Susie and Katie discover.
Filmed over the course of five years, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST is a meditation on change, both individual and societal. Susie and Katie work with people in Siberia, the South Pacific, the Andes, and the nearby Chesapeake Bay, who struggle to reconfigure how and where they live.
In Siberia, where Susie met Katie’s father while doing research, Katie’s relatives can no longer farm on land they’ve occupied for generations. Katie’s roots are also threatened by the inhospitable soil.
“I don’t think we can change the world,” counsels Susie. “I think that we change, and that changes the world.” Katie’s plan as she sets out on her own will test her mother’s theory.
For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 at gmu.edu.
February 26, 2016 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Fenwick Library, Room 1014A, Fairfax Campus
- Jane Rosecrans, Karyn Pallay and Josh Watson, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
- Claudia Holland, George Mason University Libraries
Online access to free learning materials has allowed educators, like you, more freedom and creativity than ever to tailor their courses. You have the freedom to reuse all types of media, to modify content to suit your pedagogy and your students’ learning styles, and to create completely new material.
Furthermore, you have the opportunity to reduce textbook costs for your students!
But how do you know when content on the web can be modified and reused? Can you rely on the purported quality of, for example, open textbooks? What can you do to share materials you create with a broader audience and still get credit for the time and effort you put into them? Why consider using anything but the traditional textbook you have selected for a course? You might already be using open resources in your courses. Are you making this cost-savings known to potential enrollees?
The Virginia Community College System is a nationally recognized leader in using and building open educational resources. Join this experienced team of faculty in an interactive two-hour workshop to explore answers to these questions and learn more about the following topics:
- Why OER?
- Defining OER Terms and Concepts
- Finding and Evaluating OER and free course materials
- Building an OER Course
- Understanding Creative Commons Licenses and applying them to your own course materials
- Evaluating the Quality and Effectiveness of OER materials in your course
- OER and Student Success and Retention
The University Libraries wants to hear how your use of open resources can be supported. Only 35 seats are available! Please register for this workshop today to save your place!
For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 at gmu.edu
By popular demand, GRADReCon, Graduate Research Connections, is set for Friday, February 19. A variety of workshops to increase and enhance grad students’ research skills and productivity will be offered. Sponsored by Mason Libraries, Mason Grad Life, and Mason Learning Support Services. More details forthcoming.
Mason Libraries’ TextSelect program provides required textbooks for selected required classes. Through TextSelect, textbooks which cost more than $50.00 are purchased by the libraries. This popular collection now includes required textbooks for the following selected 100, 200, 300 & 400 level required courses:
- Required General Education classes
- Required School of Business classes
- Required Conflict Resolution classes
- Required Economics classes
- Required Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health and Nursing classes
TextSelect also includes selected textbooks under $50.00 as well as selected graduate-level textbooks in these class subject areas (above). TextSelect textbooks are placed on 2-hour reserve in the Gateway Library, located in the Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Check the the Mason Libraries Catalog or the Course Reserve Catalog to find TextSelect textbooks on reserve. Students may also suggest a textbook purchase.
For more information on TextSelect, please contact Madeline Kelly, mkelly25 at gmu.edu, 703-993-2849, or your subject librarian.
Come and see what’s new – and what’s in it for you! Take a guided tour of the new Fenwick Library. All tours start in the Fenwick Library Atrium; dates and times are posted on the tour schedule. For more information, please contact Chris Magee, email@example.com
- Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm
- Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
- Saturday: Noon – 4 pm
One Button Studio is a simplified video recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience. The studio’s design allows you to create high-quality and polished video projects without having to know anything about lights and cameras. You only need to bring a flash drive with you — and push a single button.The lights, camera, and microphone are preconfigured, making it easy to record high quality video presentations.
For more information, please contact Sara Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason researchers! What research tools do you use to accomplish your work? How do your research habits compare with those of scholars in other parts of the world? To identify trends at Mason, we seek your participation in the 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication Survey.
Mason Libraries will share our community’s anonymized dataset and produce a publicly available report. In addition, survey results will help Mason Publishing, part of the Mason Libraries, evaluate alternative metric (altmetric) services we might offer to help you track the attention your scholarship receives.
Mason Libraries open at 10 am today, Friday, January 29.
On Wednesday, January 27, all Mason Libraries will open at Noon. Virtual reference service will be online 10 am to 10 pm.
On Tuesday, January 26, Gateway Library (Johnson Center) will be open 10 am – 4 pm. All other Mason Libraries are closed. Virtual reference service will be available 10 am – 10 pm. Online resources are available at library.gmu.edu