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Portable Chargers Available in Fenwick

1 hour 6 min ago
oomf charger station

Start the new year with a charge! portable chargers are now available in Fenwick Library. The charger station is located on the Information counter next to the Information Desk, First Floor, Fenwick. The basics:

  • Download the app at – use your Mason email only
  • Pick a charger from the station and press Activate
  • Use the charger anywhere – in library, on campus, wherever
  • Return device to Fenwick charger station via the oomf app within 24 hours – calculates and collects any late fees
  • The Fine Print
    • Neither the library nor the University collects or receives money from service
    • Service is managed entirely by through the app
    • Charger will not work unless you check it out with the app
    • All transactions, communications, billing, etc. are solely between and you
    • Service is free for 24 hours. You can return the charger to the Fenwick charger station and check it out again
    • Late fees: $20/day. $300 maximum fee. Fees are set and collected by – not the Library
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O’Reilly for Higher Education now available

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 15:32

On January 1, 2020, VIVA / Mason Libraries started a new contract for O’Reilly for Higher Education, which replaces Safari Tech Books Online.

The O’Reilly for Higher Education digital platform includes more than 38,000 book titles and more than 30,000 hours of video. Topics range from programming to IT networking to project management to graphic design to business strategy. The content includes code snippets, certification preparation materials, practice exercises, training videos, and much more. Users can search thousands of books simultaneously online. There are also proven learning paths, case studies, interactive tutorials and audio books.

Access: O’Reilly  for Higher Education *This resource requires a login using your email address. Find thousands of books + videos related to IT, programming, and business. You can also browse by topic, and, save content to your playlist to access it later. Get started with this guide to using the platform.

O’Reilly Mobile App

The O’Reilly app allows you to take your online learning with you on the go. Download as many books and videos as you would like. Start reading on one device, and pick up where you left off on another, with effortless syncing of highlights and position. Discover new content to add to your playlists. Learn during your commute, even when you can’t get a signal, with offline access. The O’Reilly app offers the full breadth of videos and books available with your O’Reilly subscription. Note: O’Reilly interactive training such as Oriole online tutorials and some Learning Paths are supported only through a web browser.

Can I use O’Reilly on my Kindle?
Amazon prevents the installation of third-party applications on its E-reader devices. Due to the nature of our business, we can only distribute content through our own apps—for more or less the same reason that Spotify songs can’t be played in iTunes, for

Can I sideload the Queue app onto my Android device or Amazon Tablet?
If your Android device cannot connect to the Google Play store, but otherwise meets the requirements for installation, you can download an APK for sideloading onto your device from this link. Please note that sideloaded apps do not automatically receive updates, so you’ll need to keep track of that yourself.

Links and other info:

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Winter Break: Relax + Refresh

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:41

Check out what Mason Libraries has for your relaxation and enjoyment over the Winter Break!

  • Films on Demand: World Cinema Video Collection offers feature films from renowned directors across the globe, including films from the silent era, international directors, American and European masterworks from the mid-20th century, and award-winning contemporary films featured by Global Lens.
  • Music Online: search music databases including African American Music Reference, American Song, Classical Music Library, Classical Music Reference Library, Classical Scores Library, Contemporary World Music, Dance in Video, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online, and  Opera in Video.
  • Naxos Music Library provides streaming access to both standard and rare repertoires of music. Included are classical, world, jazz, and pop/rock music.

Mason Libraries’ online resources are available 24/7 – free – for all Mason faculty, students, and staff. For more information or more choices, browse our A-Z list or subject collections of online resources. Enjoy your break!

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VIVA Course Redesign Grants: Call for Proposals

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:31

Request for Proposals for the next round of VIVA Course Redesign Grants is officially open! Applications are due February 28, 2020, and award notification will take place on May 15, 2020.

VIVA Course Redesign Grants are designed to empower Virginia faculty with the resources and time they need to redesign courses by swapping out commercial textbooks and other expensive course materials for open, no cost, or library options.

Awards will be made from $1,000-$30,000 to assist faculty members at any VIVA institution in transitioning to course materials available at no cost to students. Full or part-time faculty may apply. Proposals may involve one person or teams that include: teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, subject matter experts, editors, graphic designers, or others as needed.

More information, including the full Request for Proposals and application instructions, are available at

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De-Stress@Gateway Library 12/12

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:10

Creativity is a great stress reliever. Take time out and experience the positive effects of play. On December 12, from 2-5 p.m., drop by 227EB Gateway Library to color or build with LEGOS! Come and take a quick break or stay for hours – whatever works for you. Refreshments provided.

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Mason Libraries: Finals Hours

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:22

Mason Libraries hours for Fall Semester Reading Days and Final Exams Hours start December 9 and end December 18. Fenwick and Mercer Libraries are offering extended hours on specific dates. All library hours are posted on

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Libraries Book Sale: December 2-4, 2019

Sat, 11/23/2019 - 14:49

Ready for some holiday shopping? Come to the Mason Libraries Book Sale! The sale will take place December 2, 3, and 4 in Fenwick Library, Room 1014.

Book sale hours are:

  • Monday, December 2, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CASH ONLY accepted. Prices are:

  • Hardcover $3
  • Paperbacks $2
  • Media $1
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Opening Reception for D(C)MV COMICS

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 11:38

Join cartoonists Malaka Gharib and Athena Naylor for a discussion of autobiography and personal storytelling in comics at 4 p.m. today in Fenwick 2001. Moderated by Christopher Kardambikis (Asst. Professor, Printmaking), this conversation is presented as part of the exhibition D(C)MV Comics, currently on view in Fenwick Gallery, and will be recorded for the podcast series Papercuts. A light opening reception will follow in Fenwick Gallery from 5-7 p.m. Learn more about this exhibition and related events at   

About the Artists: Malaka Gharib is an artist and writer based in Washington, D.C. She is the author of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir, about being first generation Filipino Egyptian American. She is a journalist on NPR’s science desk, covering global health and development. Malaka is the founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair and a food zine called The Runcible Spoon. In her free time, she likes drawing comics and making zines, and her work has been featured in The NibCatapultThe New York TimesThe Washington Post and The New York Times Style Magazine. Athena Naylor is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Washington, D.C, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She specializes in autobiographical comics and illustration. She also specializes in being a giant nerd. Athena received a Master’s in Art History from The George Washington University in 2017 and, unsurprisingly, wrote her thesis on comics.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:49

Mason Libraries will be closed Wednesday, November 27; Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving. For the full schedule of Mason Libraries’ holiday and holiday weekend hours, please visit

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Music in the Lobby November 20

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:17

The last Music in the Lobby concert of the Fall semester is set for November 20. “Brought to You by The Letter H” features selections by Haydn and Handel – and includes a harp! Join us in Fenwick Lobby from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and support your local Mason Music students – refreshments provided by Argo Tea Cafe.

Music in the Lobby is a partnership of Mason School of Music, Fenwick Library and Argo Tea Cafe. Coordinators are Professor June Huang, Director of Strings, Mason School of Music and Steve Gerber, Music Librarian, Mason Libraries. Music in the Lobby treats are provided by Argo Tea Cafe. Music in the Lobby concerts are approved for MUSI 300 credit.

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Doing Digital History: Text Mining Presentation

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:20

The next DiSC Research Connections presentation, “Text Mining the Indian Claims Commission: Doing Digital History” will be held Tuesday, November 19, in 2001 Fenwick Library. Peter Jones, a doctoral student in History at Mason is the featured speaker.

Jones’ research analyzed the decisions of the Indian Claims Commission, a judicial body that operated from 1946 through about 1978 and attempted to right legal wrongs perpetrated by the United States on indigenous tribes. Analysis of these thousands of complex legal decisions also provide a case study in using online archival sources. In addition to discussing the history of the Indian Claims Commission, Jones will provide lessons from his workflow that may apply in your own research.

For more information, contact Wendy Mann,

DiSC Research Connections are organized by Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC).

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Web Usability Study 11/13-11/25

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 11:51
help us help you!

Periodically, Mason Libraries conducts tests of our website to make sure it is working and helping you with your needs. All current Mason students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate.  Participants can enter the drawing for a private study room in Fenwick Library during Finals!

what you’ll do
You’ll simply be asked to browse the libraries’ website for 15-20 minutes and asked for your opinion of your experience on the site.

where and when
Testing will occur periodically throughout November 2019. Visit and schedule a time to participate or provide your contact information to be added our list of potential participants. We will contact you at the beginning of each week that testing is happening to inform you of the dates, locations and times – so you can participate if interested.

more information: contact Janna Mattson,, 703-993-5874 or visit

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Patriot Pantry Donation Drive 11/1 – 11/25

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 07:04

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Mason Libraries are collecting donations for the Patriot Pantry. Donation boxes are available at all four campus libraries: Gateway, Fenwick, Mercer, and Arlington. Donations will be collected from November 1 through November 25, 2019.

Patriot Pantry specifically requests the following items: granola bars; Pop Tarts; pasta; gluten free items and Kosher items. Please note: Patriot Pantry does NOT need canned vegetables, canned soups or feminine hygiene products.

Visit Patriot Pantry’s Amazon Wish List if you are interested in donating items online. Items purchased via this Wish List are shipped directly to the Student Support and Advocacy Center on the Fairfax campus.

For more information, please contact one of the following Library coordinators:

  • Gateway:  Anna Murphy-Lang ( or Sarah Burner (
  • Fenwick:  Kaitlyn Kinney (
  • Mercer: John Sherman (
  • Arlington Campus: Beth Roszkowski ( )
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Memories+Moments from the Vietnam War

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 16:35

Join the Libraries for “Memories + Moments from the Vietnam War,” presented by the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and sponsored by the Mason branch of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

A panel from OLLI – featuring John Ware, Charley Otstott, and Bob Shaffer – will share their individual experiences with the conflict in Vietnam. The panel will be moderated by Meredith Lair, Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History at Mason, and will include time for Q&A. The event will be recorded and added to SCRC’s Oral History Program collection.

Light refreshments will be provided, and all attendees are invited to visit SCRC’s current exhibition on Vietnam.

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GIS Day on November 13

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 15:42

GIS Day, an annual event hosted by the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, will take place on Wednesday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fenwick Library.

This year’s theme is “The Intersection of GIS and Drones,” and will feature student work and competitions, employer vendors, and guest speakers.

For a full schedule of events, visit

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Mason Author Series: Dark Commerce

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:36

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. We will be joined by Louise Shelley, Professor at Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government, who will discuss her recent book, Dark Commerce: How a New Illicity Economy is Threatening our Future. Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments provided.

About the Author: Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor at George Mason University, where she teaches for the Schar School of Policy and Government and directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). She is a leading expert on the relationship among terrorism, organized crime and corruption as well as human trafficking, transnational crime and terrorism with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union. She also specializes in illicit financial flows and money laundering. Dr. Shelley received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Cornell University in Penology and Russian literature. She holds an M.A. in Criminology and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Mason Author Series: The Mason Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit

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George Washington & Medicine Exhibit Presentation 11/5

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 15:27

On display in Fenwick Library Atrium October 22 – November 30, the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of his family, staff, slaves, and troops. Washington’s story also illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice of medicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.

Join us on Tuesday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m., 2001 Fenwick Library, for a special presentation by two speakers. George Oberle, PhD, History Librarian, will discuss relevant primary sources from the era, highlighting resources in Mason Libraries’ digital collections. Sara Collini, PhD candidate in History at Mason and author of “George Washington’s Midwives: The Economics of Childbirth Under Slavery” (Lapham’s Quarterly, June 19, 2019), will discuss medical practices of enslaved women at Mount Vernon. Refreshments courtesy of Gale. 

Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens.

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Roll Over Beethoven!

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 15:15

Join us on Wednesday, October 30 for our next Music in the Lobby concert, from 12:30-1:30pm in the Fenwick Library Lobby. Wednesday’s concert will feature:

Sonata for Two Violins op. 2 TWV 40:103 by Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767); I. Dolce and II. Allegro with Jenn Di Nino and Victoria Behrens, violins.

“Quinten” (“Fifths”) Quartet, op. 76, no. 2 in D Minor by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809); I. Allegro with Joy Lee and Devon Guice, violins; Jaclyn Kitcoff, viola; and Andrew Ryan, cello.

Canción para Carla by Alfonso Montes (b. 1955) with Calvin Zubaly and Nick Vellanikaran, guitars.

Trio for Clarinets, op. 7, no. 1 in B-flat Major by Jacques Bouffil (1783-1868); I. Allegro moderato with Maya Fisher, Teresa Jenkins, and Erie Liang, clarinets.

Quartet op. 59, no. 1 in F Major, by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827); I. Allegro with Elizabeth Leung and Victoria Behrens, violins; Nicholas McKee, viola; and Eddie Adams, cello.

Terzetto: Hen, Cuckoo, and Donkey by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812); arr. Carolyn White; with Nathan Graham, Brian Bera, and John Wehmeyer, double basses.          

Music in the Lobby Coordinators: Professor June Huang, Director of Strings, Mason School of Music; Professor Kathleen Mulcahy, Director of Woodwinds, Mason School of Music; Steve Gerber, Music Librarian, Mason Libraries.

Music in the Lobby concerts are approved for MUSI 300 credit. Refreshments courtesy of Argo Tea Café. Learn more! Visit

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Changes to Kanopy

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 10:20

As of 10/11/2019, George Mason University Libraries has limited access to Kanopy’s video collection, and some videos must now be individually requested to access. This decision was made after careful determination that the Libraries is unable to sustain full access to Kanopy’s video collection.

Note to faculty members: Please lookup any Kanopy films you are using in the Kanopy database to ensure you can view them. If a message appears on the video player that says “This film is not available at your library yet,” please fill out the form below it and state that you are a faculty member and the reason you need the video. The Library is typically able to gain access to requested films in 2 business days and will send you an email confirming your request.

Please address any questions or concerns to Heather Darnell, Librarian for Dance, Film, and Multimedia Literacy:

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For Mason Graduate Students: GRADReCon 2019

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:25

Graduate Student Life and Mason Libraries have partnered with other departments on campus to once again offer the annual Graduate Research Connections (GRADReCon) workshops on Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1 in Fenwick Library.

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills with a smorgasbord of workshops on topics essential to your graduate study success at Mason. Topics include funding, writing literature reviews, publishing, grant writing, data management, and more. Learn, share, and meet old and new colleagues. Bring a laptop – bring a friend!

Attendance also provides opportunities to win a drawing for a Spring 2020 reserved graduate study carrel. For more details and the full two-day schedule, visit

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