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Brown-Bag Discussion: How GW’s Open-Access Policy Works for You

The George Washington University - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:16
February 27, 2015

Tuesday March 17 from 12-1
Wednesday March 25 from 12-1
Gelman Library, Room 219

Join us for a Brown-bag discussion of the Open-Access Policy. Learn how it works with your publishing practices and how it helps disseminate your work to the academic community and beyond.

The GW Faculty Senate recently passed a resolution to make faculty publications accessible through GW's institutional repository. This resolution, which establishes an open-access policy for the university, has received the Provost's support and approval. 

GW’s new Open-Access Policy is designed to be fully compatible with scholarly publication in print and online. The policy will further GW's commitment to promoting innovative research that makes a positive impact on society. 

Grant Writing Workshop March 17

George Mason University - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:59

University Libraries and University Life/Prince William rescheduled the grant-writing workshop, “Writing Winning Grants: A Primer for Grant-Seekers”. New date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 11 a.m -1 p.m. on the Prince William Campus, Beacon Hall, Room 1008 (Student Study Lounge). A few seats are still available: RSVP now!

The workshop aims to assist Mason graduate students and faculty who want to learn fundamental strategies for successful grant writing. With the expert assistance of Mason’s research librarians, you’ll discover top grant finding resources. The workshop will explore the full cycle of grant development from an idea to a proposal, from searching for funding, completing the application, and to managing an award.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and can use their Mason’s parking passes for parking at Beacon Hall. Lunch is provided by University Life/Prince William. To reserve your space, register today.

For more information, please contact Teresa Kan, tkan @ gmu.edu, 703-993-8358.

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All Mason Libraries Open at 10am 2/26

George Mason University - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 06:47

Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries will open at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, February 26.

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Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at the Special Collections Research Center

The George Washington University - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:47
February 25, 2015

Horse hair, glass, metal screws, handmade paper, a cotton t-shirt—these are just some of the materials that compose the nearly three hundred artists’ books housed in the Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at GW Libraries. Conceived by renowned artists such as Ed Ruscha or by up-and-coming artists from the Corcoran’s MA Art and the Book program, these art objects stretch the boundaries of what ‘book’ can mean: Alice Austin’s Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004) resembles a codex, but when opened reveals its accordion folds with illustrations of domestic scenes; Beth Thielen’s The Tower (2007) appears largely sculptural until small booklets unfold from its architectural, watch-tower-like form.   Thielen’s work, made in collaboration with women prisoners from San Quentin State Prison and the California Rehabilitation Centers, embodies the collection’s thematic focus of social justice and consciousness.

Now through March 20th, you can view a selection of nineteen artists’ books from the Corcoran collection at GW’s Luther W. Brady Gallery. The exhibit entitled “Paper Window” presents a wide range of artist book categories, including photobooks, pop-ups, mixed media books, and altered books. The exhibit also features customized book housings and book-making tools on loan from the Art and the Book graduate program. Visit often as paged books will periodically have new spreads on display. Located on the second floor of GW’s Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st Street, NW), the Brady Gallery is free and open to the public.

Learn more about this unique teaching collection for book arts students in this blog post by Art & Design Librarian Shira Loev Eller.  

A Reading by Teddy Wayne

The George Washington University - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:01
February 25, 2015

The GW English Department invites you to:

A Reading by Teddy Wayne

Gelman Library, Room 702
Thursday, February 26
7:30 PM

Novelist Teddy Wayne is the author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil. His nonfiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

This reading is part of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series. 

“American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present” – Thursday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Caldwell Auditorium

Catholic University - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:32

The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (CUA), in conjunction with The American Catholic History Research Center & University Archives (CUA) and the Office of Migration and Refugee Policy (USCCB), will be hosting a conference entitled American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present on Thursday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Caldwell Auditorium. The purpose o the conference is to “bring historians and policy experts together to compare how Catholics in the United States have responded to new immigrant groups, from the nineteenth century to the present.” Three panels f experts will discuss such issues as national policy debates, culture and religious life, and immigrant workers.

For more information, including a detailed schedule of events and a link to R.s.v.p., please visit the event website.

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Apply for 2015-16 Fenwick Fellowship

George Mason University - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 16:07
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 his or her field. Tenured, tenure-track, and term (multi-year appointment) faculty at George Mason University are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. It is requested that previous Fenwick Fellow awardees do not submit proposals. The Fellowship provides
  • 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 31, 2015 – August 12, 2016).
The Fenwick Fellowship application deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The 2015-2016 Fenwick Fellow will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

For additional information, please contact Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, 703-993-2491, dhogan1 at gmu.edu.

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Newest in Popular Reading: Boston Girl, Strange Library, Gateway to Freedom, American Dreams, Robert E. Lee, Comfortable Wife

Catholic University - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:46

We hope the first half of your semester at The Catholic University of America has been as fruitful as ours. As Spring Break approaches, we wanted to let you know of some of the great books that we have here in Mullen Libraries’ Popular Reading Program located on the first floor of Mullen Library near the Reference Reading Room.
The popular reading collection is located on the 1st floor of Mullen Library.

Some of our newest titles are listed below. Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status The Boston Girl: a novel Diamant, Anita Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii Haley, James L Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age Doctorow, Cory When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II Manning, Molly Guptill Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician’s Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More Parker, Matt Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva Voigt, Deborah The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History Horn, Jonathan Tales From Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience Gazzaniga, Michael S. Holy Cow Duchovny, David A Comfortable Wife Laurens, Stephanie Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains Greenfield, Susan American Dreams: Restarting the Economy and Restoring the Land of Opportunity Rubio, Marco The Skeleton Road McDermid, Val Moriarty Horowitz, Anthony Perfect Sins Bannister, Jo The Strange Library Murakami, Haruki 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success Morin, Amy Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad Crummey, Michael It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War Addario, Lynsey Funny Girl Hornby, Nick

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.” Happy reading!

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University Libraries Closing at 1 PM on Saturday, February 21

Catholic University - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:32

Due to adverse weather and road conditions in the Washington, D.C., area,  the University Libraries will close today, Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m.



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Student Web Producer

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:14
February 19, 2015Christian Aldridge, Web Developer GW Libraries

The Scholarly Technology Group at GW Libraries is looking for a student to work with us as a Web Producer. We need someone with a good eye for design to help with our web content.

The job posting at gwork.gwu.edu is Job ID #814940 


Designer needed to maintain and create web content and graphic assets for the web. Work with a dynamic and supportive web development team, grow your technical skills and boost your resume.

  • Check content for compliance with web standards and style guidelines
  • Design graphic assets for web apps and content
  • Assist Libraries staff with content layout and style guidelines
  • Run reports to check for broken links and orphaned content
  • Run reports on site usage (Google Analytics) to prioritize content and improve usability

Let the Sun Shine: FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Requests for Journalists and Researchers

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:39
February 19, 2015

Thursday, March 19
Gelman Library, Room 702

Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project Nate Jones of the non-government, non-profit National Security Archive will lead a workshop on how journalists, historians, or any person can file successful FOIA requests to the federal government. His two-hour workshop will share the tactics the Archive has learned from the 50,000-plus FOIA requests and appeals that it has submitted. Jones will utilize real examples of FOIA requests, appeals, and releases to demonstrate how to pry government documents into the public domain and allow Americans to know what their government is up to.

This event is part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Mason Libraries CLOSING at 7pm 2/18

George Mason University - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:31

Due to an impending weather event, all Mason Libraries are closing at 7 pm tonight, Wednesday, February 18. IM reference is online until 10 pm tonight. e-Resources are currently available. Be safe, Patriots!

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Mason Libraries Hours: Feb 17

George Mason University - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 05:58

Fenwick Library will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb, 17. All other Mason Libraries are closed on Tuesday, Feb 17. Virtual Reference Service: online 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All e-Resources are currently available.

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University Libraries closed Tuesday, February 17

Catholic University - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 05:10

The University Libraries (Mullen Library and Campus Libraries) are closed on Tuesday, February 17, due  to adverse weather and road conditions in the Washington, D.C. area.

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POSTPONED: Writing Winning Grants Workshop

George Mason University - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:24

New date to be determined. The University Libraries and University Life/Prince William grant-writing workshop, Writing Winning Grants: A  Primer for Grant-Seekers, is postponed until further notice. (Was scheduled for February 17, 2015). Contact: Teresa Kan, tkan @gmu.edu, 703-993-8358.


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University Libraries Close at 5 PM on 2/16

Catholic University - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 15:11

Due to the pending storm and anticipated hazardous road conditions, The University Libraries (Mullen Library and Campus Libraries) will close at 5 PM on Monday, February 16.

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All Mason Libraries closing at 5 p.m.

George Mason University - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 14:37

Due to the impending weather event, all Mason Libraries close at 5 p.m. today, Monday, February 16. Please note:

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Artifacts from the Cold War Exhibit

George Mason University - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 10:17
On Friday, February 20, from 2-3 p.m., Special Collections and Archives is hosting a reception for Artifacts from the Cold War: A Collaborative Exhibition between The Cold War Museum and Special Collections & Archives. The reception will be held in the Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Wing A, Fenwick Library.
After dropping two atomic bombs on Japan at the conclusion of World War II, fear of annihilation from the bomb heightened tensions world-wide. A struggle for influence, military superiority, and territory existed between the Western Bloc (the United States and its allies) and the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies), known as the “Cold War”. This played out in the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and other deadly crises. The Cold War came to an end with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The era passed without mutual nuclear devastation or a third World War. The Cold War Museum and the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives  collaborated on this exhibition to feature artifacts and research materials relating to the Cold War. The Cold War Museum is located in Vint Hill, near Warrenton, VA.
For more information, please contact Bob Vay, rvay @gmu.edu, 703-993-9513.
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Academic Publishing for Grad Students

George Mason University - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 18:30

Grad Students! Are you interested in publishing your research but aren’t sure what that involves? Join us on March 3, 4-6 p.m., 228 Gateway Library, to learn more! The Academic Publishing workshop will give you the information you need to navigate the publication process from finding the right journal through the peer review process.  Registration is required for this event.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Finding the right publication for your article
  • What to expect for the peer review process (speed, feedback, etc.)
  • Why you were rejected and how to deal it
  • What you need to know about open access publishing
  • Ethics

For more information, contact Theresa Calcagno, Engineering Librarian, tcalcagn @ gmu.edu, 703-993-3712.



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Community Town Halls on the Future of GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:35
February 13, 2015

Monday, March 2 -and- Tuesday, March 3
Gelman Room 219

What will the GW Libraries look like in 2020?  How are we preparing now for the scholarship of the future?  

Create the future with us!  The GW Libraries are working on a new Vision and Strategic Plan which aligns with GW's Strategic Plan and will guide our priorities and actions in the coming 5-7 years. GW faculty and staff are invited to a brief presentation by Vice Provost for Libraries Geneva Henry on this new plan, followed by a discussion. Bring us your comments, questions, and concerns to help us understand your needs, both now and in the years to come.  

It is only with the insight and feedback of our faculty and staff that we can truly live up to our new vision and become "a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens."