The book loan period for Mason graduate students for Mason Libraries’ circulating books has changed. The new borrowing period for Mason graduate students is one academic term; due dates are May 31, September 30 and January 31. Books may be recalled after four (4) weeks and may be renewed three (3) times. For more information, contact your nearest Mason Library Circulation Desk.
Starting Fall Semester 2013, to help address the cost of required textbooks, Mason Libraries initiated TextSelect, a program to purchase required course textbooks (which cost $20.00 or more) in selected disciplines.
This popular service is expanding Spring Semester 2014 to include required textbooks that meet these criteria (expanded areas in bold):
- books required for courses that satisfy general education requirements across all disciplines (100, 200, 300 & 400 level required courses)
- books required for courses in the Volgenau School of Engineering
- books required for courses in the School of Management
GW Libraries is a large organization with many groups and departments within it, all with their own hours and open days. Currently the site relies on each group manually updating their posted hours and a separate group/staff person maintaining a "master" hours table. None of this is automated and there is duplication both within each group but also on the master table.
To solve this we're building a module for Drupal that is able to automate the process for both the groups themselves but also the combined master table.
The module (called "Libsite Hours") grabs and calculates the relevant information for use where needed on the site pages. In its current (early) draft it is only providing hours for one group (Special Collections Research Center). The content managers for that group input their hours on a node called SCRC Hours of Operation. We've created fields for each day's open and close time. The module collects the data in those fields and sets a variable with the current day's hours that can be called on any page. The variable is a string that reads "Wednesday's Hours: 10am - 8pm" where Wednesday is the current day of the week and the hours are the open and close hours set on the SCRC Hours of Operation page.
The next draft will include a variable that outputs the hours for the full week, and provides a "closed" checkbox option with a field for more information (e.g. "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day").
The final draft will include tools for all Library groups and the aggregated (and sortable) master table of hours.
The module is on GitHub: https://github.com/gwu-libraries/Libsite-Hours
Win $1000 for Outstanding Research! Enter A Paper/Project in the Annual AU Library Undergraduate Research Competition
Congratulations to our 2014 Dorothy Mohler Research Grant winners Jeanne Petit and Peter Cajka!
Jeanne Petit, Ph.D. is the recipient of a $500 Mohler Research Grant for her project “Protestants, Catholics, and Jews in World War I America: The 1918 United War Work Campaign.” Dr. Petit is professor of history at Hope College in Holland Michigan and the author of The Men and Women We Want: Gender, Race, and the Progressive Era Literacy Test Debate (2010, in the Race and Gender in American History Series, University of Rochester Press). She is currently working on a book on Catholic laywomen in World War I America.
Peter Cajka is the recipient of a $200 Mohler Research Grant for his project “The Greatest Awakening and Its Discontents: The Formation of Conscience and the Renewal of Moral Autonomy, 1939-1991.” Pete is a historian of religion and morality in postwar America whose work intersects often with political, legal and intellectual history. His main interests are in American religious history, the history of morality and ethics, the history of the American and Global Catholic Church, secularization and religious devotions. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Boston College. Pete’s dissertation, provisionally entitled “The Greatest Awakening and Its Discontents: The Formation of Conscience and the Renewal of Moral Autonomy, 1939-1991,” explains why during and just after the 1960s, the conscience became the premier moral and religious solution of its age.
Awarded yearly, the Dorothy Mohler Research Grants help defray research and travel costs for those using the collections at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives at The Catholic University of America (ACUA).
The newly designated Graduate Student Study Room opens today in Gelman Library, Room 503. This is a quiet space designated exclusively for use by graduate students. The Grad Student Study Room, a joint project of the GW Student Association and our Student Liaison, is based on extensive student feedback. Do you have a suggestions or ideas for improving Gelman? Please contact Student Liaison Ty Miranda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2014 Lockers Available to Graduate Students!
Mullen Library will be offering a limited number of lockers to all graduate-level students for the Spring 2014 semester. Please note the following schedule and come by the Circulation Desk to check out a locker key
Monday January 13, 2014:
Lockers will be made to all graduate-level students. First come, first serve
Saturday May 10, 201:
All lockers must be cleared out and keys returned to the Circulation Desk Note: lockers cannot be renewed
Questions? Please contact Mullen Library’s Circulation Desk (202-319-5060)