Congratulations to the following library faculty/staff for their service to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia. The awards will be presented next week at the University Day Service Awards celebrations on April 10 (5-15 years of service) and April 11 (20 and more years of service).
- Kathleen Butler, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library
- Samara Carter, Special Collections Research Center
- Raquel Duron, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library
- Jo Ann Henson, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library
- Helen McManus, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library
- Genya O’Gara, Virtual Library of Virginia
- Anne Osterman, Virtual Library of Virginia
- Michelle Polchow, Technical Services Group
- Elyse Becker, Gateway Library
- Theresa Calcagno, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library
- Jennifer Hamilton, Technical Services Group
- Nicholas Hofmann, Access Services
- Wendy Mann, Digital Scholarship Center
- Janna Mattson, Gateway Library
- Beth Roszkowski, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library
- Shannon Hogya, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library
- Lara Bushallow, Systems Group
- Phat Le, Systems Group
- John Walsh, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
- Wally Grotophorst, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
- Wendy Lim, Resource Acquisition, Technical Services Group
Mason’s second annual Giving Day is in two days – Thursday, April 5 – and we hope you will join us in making this day a success once again!
Last year, the Libraries launched a new initiative – the University Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship Endowment – to recognize and support student assistants who demonstrate outstanding work performance in the University Libraries while meeting the academic requirements of their coursework at Mason.
With your support on Giving Day, we will fully fund this endowment and begin awarding scholarships to help undergraduate student assistants with their educational expenses.
From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 5, make your mark by giving to Mason. With unit fundraising projects, challenge gifts, a visible on-campus presence in Fairfax, a happy hour watch party/reception in DC, and real-time updates, all are encouraged to show their Patriot pride by making a gift that will help Mason continue to thrive.
The Libraries’ focus on Giving Day is scholarships for students, but you can choose another program at the Libraries or Mason that you would like to support – every gift counts!
Another important step in the march toward reducing the cost of textbooks for Mason students has been achieved with the national release of a new search tool by the Mason Libraries. The Mason Open Educational Resources Metafinder (MOM) greatly simplifies the discovery process for existing Open Educational Resources (OER).
Created by Wally Grotophorst, Associate University Librarian for Digital Programs and Systems at Mason, the new OER Metafinder has been described by some as “the Google for Open Educational Resources.” Just a few months after its release, there are already more than 170 libraries, colleges and universities across North America linking directly to the MOM to help their faculty locate useful learning materials (https://publishing.gmu.edu/whos-using-the-mason-oer-metafinder/). Reflecting this national buzz, a recent Inside HigherEd article on the difficulty of finding OER materials recognized the Mason OER Metafinder as the “new kid on the block” that “yields more diverse results.” (https://insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/01/10/finding-oer-remains-challenging-solutions-abound).
Prior to the release of the MOM, discovery of open educational content began with a tedious dive in and out of open educational content silos. So many different collections, wildly different interfaces, no standard metadata – any and all conspiring to drain the educator’s enthusiasm for open educational resources. The Mason OER Metafinder breaks this paradigm by simultaneously searching in real-time across sixteen different OER sites, presenting the de-duplicated and ranked results drawn from these sites in a single, modern, easy-to-understand interface. As the Metafinder’s creator, Wally Grotophorst has observed, “What I keep hearing from the many colleges and universities using MOM is how it has opened up their discussions with their own faculty about the availability and quality of open resources. MOM shows in minutes results that once took hours of hit and miss searching to discover.”
Sally Evans, Coordinator, University Dissertation & Thesis Services, has been selected for the 2018 Distinguished Library Faculty Award.
Ms. Evans’ nomination packet included many glowing support letters from her colleagues in the Libraries and other Mason departments (including both instructional faculty and staff members), as well as her peers and colleagues outside of Mason. She has been cited as an “energetic, dynamic librarian,” “a credit to the profession,” and “an unflagging and passionate proponent of digital preservation.”
Evans joined the University Libraries in January 2011. Since that time, her dedication and hard work has earned the respect of many. She is praised for her expertise and her efficiency, particularly when it comes to the fact that she reviews format, accepts, processes, and archives over 500 theses and dissertations per year (in addition to other duties!). Many noted that Evans essentially runs a “one woman shop” and that they are amazed at everything she accomplishes while making every academic department feel they are provided with the support they need for their graduate students.