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Libraries Hours for Fall 2020

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 16:14

The Libraries’ locations hours will be modified once Mason campuses reopen for the Fall 2020 semester on Monday, August 24. For more information about library services, please see our Updates and FAQs pages.

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Contactless Pickup/Return at Mercer Library

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 13:34

Next week, Mason Libraries will begin contactless pickup and return at Mercer Library on the Science and Technology campus.

Starting Monday, August 10th, and continuing through Friday, August 21, a pickup/return location in the Colgan Hall lobby will be open (for pickup and return only) during the following days and times:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To checkout materials, log into your library account (http://library.gmu.edu/accounts) and place your request. Library staff will pull the requested materials and send an email when your requests are ready to be picked up. If you locate something you need, and it can’t be requested, please email merlib@gmu.edu for assistance.

When you arrive at Colgan Hall, call 703-993-8342 to let us know you are there and provide your name and G-Number. A library staff member will check out your materials and then bring them to the designated pickup location in the Colgan Hall lobby. Please wait until the staff member has returned inside the library to pick up your materials.

Returns will be accepted via a return bin at the pickup/return location during the hours listed. You do not need to call ahead to return books there.

Please note, Mercer Library will remain closed until August 24th. Only the lobby of Colgan Hall will be open for contactless pickup and return. The library is not currently open for study, gathering, or other use.

The contactless pickup/return will remain an option for patrons through the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester, and patrons are encouraged to make use of this service after the library opens on August 24th.

Per the university’s Safe Return to Campus guidelines (https://www2.gmu.edu/Safe-Return-Campus), all visitors must wear a mask and follow the appropriate safety guidelines when entering any George Mason University building, including lobby areas and for contactless return or pickup.

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Gateway Library Closure

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 13:31

In response to broader university space needs, library space in the Johnson Center has been reallocated for other purposes. During the last two years, the Gateway Library in that building gradually and significantly diminished in space, physical collections, and staffing. After twenty-five years, starting with the fall 2020 semester, the University Libraries will no longer have a physical presence in the Johnson Center.

The undergraduate learning and research support services, media collection, course reserves, and other programs that operated out of Gateway Library have gradually relocated over the 2019-20 academic year to Fenwick Library. Over the summer, all of the staff of the Libraries’ Teaching and Learning unit were also relocated to Fenwick Library. All former Gateway Library programs and services now operate from the central library location. 

Questions? Please contact the University Libraries.

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Course Reserves Update for Fall 2020

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 12:37

Due to safety concerns during COVID-19 and to ensure accessibility for both our on-campus and online learners, Course Reserves will be an electronic-only service for Fall 2020. Physical materials on course reserve will not be circulating from the Libraries’ information desks. Students that may need a selection from a physical item on reserve may request to have that section scanned and made digitally-available for controlled-student access via Interlibrary Loan. Faculty may request materials be made available digitally for controlled-student access via Course Reserves. All scanning services are subject to copyright limitations. Copyright permission will be sought where feasible in cases where the excerpt falls outside of fair use guidelines.

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Extended: library books available through HathiTrust

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 19:03

As announced earlier this year, thanks to a cooperative agreement between University Libraries and the HathiTrust, Mason students, faculty and staff have online access to over a million titles from our library’s collection even as access to the stacks is not possible. This virtual access to our collection has been extended as the pandemic continues. We will update the Mason community if the situation or access options change.

To access a digital scan of a book from Mason’s collection:

  • Begin a search in the library’s catalog
  • As you look through your results, books that offer a scanned copy of the text will be marked as shown in this illustration:

  • To view the scanned copy, click that link then make sure you sign in at the HathiTrust website (you will be authenticating via your Mason network credentials).  If you don’t sign in, you will not be able to view the text as the HathiTrust site will not know of your Mason affiliation.

You may request contact-less pickup of titles that are not available via the HathiTrust program.  To preserve access to our collection for the majority of our users who are not on campus at this time, we are not able to circulate the physical copy of a book owned by Mason that is represented in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service.

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Extended: library books available through HathiTrust

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:39

As announced earlier this year, thanks to a cooperative agreement between University Libraries and the HathiTrust, Mason students, faculty and staff have online access to hundreds of thousands of books from our libraries’ stacks. This access has been extended as the pandemic continues. We will update the Mason community if the situation or access options change.

To access a digital version of a book from Mason’s collection:

  • Sign in to the HathiTrust
    • Select George Mason University from the drop down list
    • Login with your Mason NetID and password
    • Search for the title(s) you are interested in reading
  • For those books where Mason also owns a copy of the title and HathiTrust offers a scanned version of the contents, a “Temporary Access” link will appear.  Click that link and you can “check out” the title for online viewing during a one hour “exclusive access” period (renewable under certain conditions).  Full details on this emergency temporary access service (ETAS) are available at https://www.hathitrust.org/ETAS-User-Information  

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Contactless Pickup/Return at Fenwick Library

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 11:41

This week, Mason Libraries will begin contactless pickup and return at Fenwick Library on the Fairfax campus.

Starting Friday, July 31, and continuing through Friday, August 21, the Fenwick Library lobby will be open (for pickup and return only) during the following days and times:

  • Monday: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To checkout materials, log into your library account (http://library.gmu.edu/accounts) and place your request. Library staff will pull the requested materials and send an email when your requests are ready to be picked up.

When you arrive onsite, please enter through the main doors (by Argo Tea and facing the Johnson Center) and call the phone number posted to let us know you are there. A library staff member will then bring the materials to the designated area in the lobby.

Returns will be accepted via the book drop in the Fenwick lobby.

Please note, Fenwick Library (and our locations on SciTech and Arlington) will remain closed. Only the lobby of Fenwick will be open for contactless pickup and return. The lobby is not currently open for study, gathering, or other use.

Per the university’s Safe Return to Campus guidelines (https://www2.gmu.edu/Safe-Return-Campus), all visitors must wear a mask and follow the appropriate safety guidelines when entering any George Mason University building, including lobby areas and for contactless return or pickup.

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Mason Libraries welcomes President Washington

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 00:18

The Libraries joins our Mason community in welcoming Dr. Washington!

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Dr. Gregory Washington begins his tenure as Mason’s 8th president. Throughout the day, he will host virtual meet and greets with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, which will be broadcast live on GMU-TV.

For more about President Washington:

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New Center for Mason Legacies

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 08:00
Undergraduate research guided by CHSS faculty and University Libraries librarian fueled the inspiration for the Memorial to the Enslaved People of George Mason.
Image: Rendering of the new memorial courtesy of Perkins & Will.

The University Libraries and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) are pleased to announce the newly established Center for Mason Legacies (CML) at George Mason University. CML will be led by George Oberle (History Librarian and faculty member in the Department of History and Art History), along with two associate directors, Wendi Manuel-Scott (professor of history, integrative studies, women and gender studies, and African and African-American Studies) and Benedict Carton (faculty member in the Department of History and Art History), and an advisory board of CHSS faculty.

This joint initiative unifies scholarly research, public history, teaching innovation, and community outreach by engaging student researchers in studying the past and present influences of the university’s namesake. Carton underscores the value of such exploration: “We are uncovering hidden histories of George Mason IV, the legal visionary, family man, and slaveowner. His life and example inform our nation’s founding concepts of liberty, justice, and property. What can we learn about his institution-building, opportunities and limitations, social and commercial networks, and what our Patriot intentionally and unintentionally imparted to America?”

CML is building and curating a significant archive of unique records generated by and about George Mason IV, his family, and their many associates. The historical coverage of this archive will span the period of the Virginia Colony through the Early Republic and Antebellum era to Jim Crow, civil rights, and the establishment of George Mason University. The pool of materials will include archaeological reports (e.g. plotting remnants of field dwellings, burial grounds, etc.); cultural artifacts; oral interviews with possible descendants of enslaved people from Gunston Hall and surrounding plantations in Virginia and Maryland; the collected testimonies of early African-American alumni remembering their experience at Mason and the meaning of their university namesake; and other sources. Building on these historical examinations, CML will look at the present and host events to facilitate critical conversations about freedom, slavery, and race in America and how we reckon with our past.

George Oberle, CML director, is enthusiastic about the prospects of engaging more university students in archival-based research and the center’s efforts in guiding and supporting historical and cultural documentation. He observes, “I love the work the center is exploring because it shows great potential to sustain years of student-driven research. Our initial experience with the Enslaved Children of George Mason (ECGM) pilot project led by Professor Manuel-Scott shows that undergraduates are excited to uncover and present histories with immediate meaning to wider audiences on campus and in communities beyond. We have not and are not defining topics. On the contrary, students are developing their interests and, in the process, broadening critical-thinking skills, for example, by conducting fieldwork in local archives. Their initiative promises to enhance the understanding of our university’s diverse, complicated, and still-unknown story.”

Wendi Manuel-Scott, who is also affiliated with the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, is deeply committed to scholar-community partnerships. She views the new center as a means of engaging student researchers in a critical dimension of university outreach, which seeks to connect and enrich the knowledge of wider worlds. “When pursuing public history such as the Enslaved Children of George Mason research,” she reminds us, “it becomes our institutional responsibility as a public university to engage with as many people as possible on and beyond the campus. Our student-faculty-administrative research has influenced not only Mason but also those around us. That is why we are committed to making our findings accessible – both in content and format – to our university and alumni as well as to scholars everywhere such as K-12 school teachers. The center should have lasting, meaningful impact that will embrace and inspire many others.” In this vein, CML will provide opportunities for research, teaching, and engagement with Northern Virginia communities around the history of slavery and its legacies in modern society.

John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, signals the vital importance of the shared goals animating the partnership of CHSS and the Libraries, “The center is a natural outcome of student success and scholarly research. I am pleased that the Libraries’ faculty and staff are both leading and supporting our university in a way that brings greater visibility to our institution’s premier academic contributions. The Libraries offer an ideal, curated repository for the center’s archive of collected materials, community records, and academic products, which will enhance administrative, faculty, and student commitments to diversifying and deepening collaborative learning at Mason.”

Ann Ardis, Dean of CHSS, notes that “this exciting new partnership between CHSS faculty and the University Libraries is bringing George Mason’s complicated legacies to digital life for a new generation of student-scholars and enabling important new dimensions of community engagement and K12 outreach. The work that Dr. Oberle, Professor Carton, and Professor Manuel-Scott and their teams of student researchers are undertaking is a great example of Mason’s trademark commitments to collaborative, project-based learning and research of consequence.”

For more about the CML’s ongoing projects and future plans, visit https://library.gmu.edu/legaciesofgeorgemason. The website showcases student analyses and projects, primary sources, and will be the home of an online academic journal promoting relevant scholarship.

Questions? Contact George Oberle, Director of the Center for Mason Legacies, at goberle@gmu.edu; or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, at jclarkw@gmu.edu.

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Seeking instructional faculty to serve on Fenwick Fellow review committee

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 09:49

The Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian is looking for three instructional faculty, including former Fenwick Fellows, to evaluate the 2020 Fenwick Fellowship proposals this summer. The exact time frame will be determined once the review committee is formed; however, the goal is that the Fellow selection process be completed by the first week in August. Ideally, we seek individuals from the university’s various schools and colleges (especially those that have been under-represented on the panel in the past), to work alongside three librarian evaluators.

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/her field. Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded for research materials and assistance; program guidelines include funding for a second fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ initiatives in the area of digital scholarship.

Judging proposals will not take up much of your time. This year faculty members are requested to review the applications and then virtually attend or call into a meeting lasting no more than one hour to choose the winning proposal(s). Please contact your subject specialist librarian if you would like to be considered or if you have any questions. 

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New Social Justice Research Guide

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 04:56

The Libraries has compiled a research guide on social justice, which highlights Mason Libraries’ holdings (including databases, books, journal articles, relevant catalog subject headings, and more) as well as statements and resources from our university colleagues. The guide also provides links to external websites, materials, and other academic institutions’ library research sources. For more resources or help, ask a librarian.

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Libraries’ Statement Against Racism and Violence

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 05:46

In our individual capacities as citizens and our collective roles as educators, we are appalled by the recent event in Minneapolis that tragically and brutally ended George Floyd’s life. Sadly, such events are not isolated in our nation, where racism and other forms of bigotry resurface, and which undermine our ideals of personal dignity, individual and collective freedoms, and rights to life and happiness.

Situated at the heart of the university, the Libraries must serve as a strong beacon for Mason’s motto of “freedom and learning” and support our academic community’s continual movement to advance racial equality and social justice, and enhance socio-economic mobility for our students through access to excellent education and learning resources. We take seriously our responsibility to the Mason community to aggressively address these societal ills by intensifying our efforts to foster a diverse, accessible, and inclusive environment. The Libraries has always been a place where all are welcome, served, and supported yet we are mindful that more could be done. We understand that commitment without deeds rings hollow, and we are examining our own programs, structures, and areas where we can be more proactive in addressing any inequities.

We join the many voices against racism, oppression, and injustice in all of its forms and manifestations. And, we endorse those statements of our professional colleagues and member organizations, including the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association, Virtual Library of Virginia (and SCHEV Library Advisory Committee) and Washington Research Library Consortium (both forthcoming), and others.

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Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 05:39

George Mason University Press has partnered with Project MUSE – a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content – to make one of our recent titles, Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines, available as a free resource during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about Project MUSE’s efforts here, and you can download the book here.

Published in 2017, Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines provides insights from experienced university teachers and scholars across multiple disciplines—including social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and professional programs such as nursing, education, and business administration—who share innovative practices, pedagogies, and instructional design techniques for online teaching and learning.

About the Press: The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership.

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The Libraries at Mason – Spring Issue

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 07:15

Our annual issue of The Libraries at Mason magazine is now available. Special features include our Oral History Program and partnership with the Mason Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; faculty research endeavours; and our inaugural Artist-in-Residence program. We hope you enjoy this issue!

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Tell your COVID-19 Story

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 05:46

Share your voice with SCRC’s latest project – the COVID-19 Mason Community Impact Project.

The George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), home of Mason’s Oral History Program and the University Archives, is actively documenting the COVID-19 impact on the Mason community by archiving materials related to the university’s communications and the broader community experience.

One facet of this endeavor is collecting community stories via the COVID-19 Mason Community Impact Project – an effort to preserve the thoughts and experiences of George Mason University students, faculty, staff, alumni and surrounding community members during this difficult period. Preserving these experiences – as reflective of the time in which we live – is a core tenet of the SCRC. SCRC faculty and staff, with the assistance of Web Applications and Services Librarian Andrew Stevens, have designed the project to allow for text, video, and other media submissions.

Bob Vay, Technology and Exhibitions Archivist, reflects, “As archivists it is not just our job but our passion to preserve resources that help explain our past to people in the future. A university, or any institution for that matter, is defined by the people that belong to it. We are finding out this semester just how strong a university we are in the efforts of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The coronavirus pandemic has been one of the most challenging, if not the most challenging issue with which the Mason community has ever had to deal. It has changed the way we educate, learn, interact with each other, and interact with our local and global communities as members of the Mason Nation.”

The development of the project was a team effort in SCRC, whose members are all invested in the documentation and preservation of historical and cultural moments, and who want to ensure that the collection of stories and reflections received represent the diversity of experiences. Liz Beckman, Manuscripts and Archives Librarian, remarks, “We want to make sure that the diverse voices of the Mason community are represented in the University Archives. Everyone is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects in a unique way, and we have the opportunity right now to document the variety of experiences of students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the midst of a time that will have a lasting effect on our world.”

Vay continues, “While faculty, students, and staff come and go, the university will continue to be a fixture in higher education for many years to come. Many years down the road, this unfortunate situation will be just a memory. Old newspaper articles, video clips, documentary films, and our fading memories will serve as the sources of information about this wide-reaching crisis. Recording our thoughts about this situation today is one way we can assure that people who come after us will understand what we experienced.”

Community members are invited to help in this endeavor by preserving a record of their personal experiences regarding the COVID-19 Crisis, whether in words, images, videos, or other media via this form. Questions? Please contact the Special Collections Research Center at speccoll@gmu.edu.

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Due dates for library materials extended to Sept. 30

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 10:34

In light of the continuing global health crisis and campus closure, the Libraries has extended due dates for all materials to September 30. Please continue to monitor all updates provided by the university and the Libraries. Stay safe and well!

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Libraries receives NEH grant

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 07:16

The Libraries is excited to be the recipient of a grant from the NEH’s Humanities Collection and Reference Resources program for the “Preserving the Legacy of James M. Buchanan” project.


James Buchanan receiving the Nobel Prize in Economics from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, December 10, 1986.

James McGill Buchanan papers, #C0247, Photographs. Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

The James M. Buchanan Papers chronicle the legacy of James M. Buchanan (1919-2013) – economist, Nobel Prize recipient, and National Humanities Medal awardee – whose theories had far-reaching influence on America’s national life. In addition to Buchanan’s extensive scholarship, the collection contains correspondence, memos, publications, photographs, and other ephemera related to his life and academic career. Spanning 282 linear feet, the collection is the largest and most significant holding in existence of unique, primary source material related to Dr. Buchanan. A completely processed collection will ensure consistent access for all scholars interested in examining Buchanan’s influence and enable the Libraries to effectively respond to numerous research inquiries from around the world.

Read the Press Release

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Scanning of physical materials suspended as of noon, April 4

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 06:47

Following Governor Northam’s Stay at Home order (Executive Order Fifty-Five) and subsequent communication to the Mason community by Drs. David Farris and Lisa Park (on 3/31/2020), and ever more heightened concern for the health and safety of library faculty and staff, the University Libraries is preparing to suspend those tasks which would require the on-site presence of library faculty and staff; among these, scanning of materials from our physical collections.

For continuity of instruction purposes, we request that faculty and students submit any remaining scanning requests by noon, Saturday, April 4  via ILLiad. Scanning of physical items will only be provided for Fenwick Library holdings. Items from our branch library locations on the Arlington and SciTech campuses, as well as any items in the collections of our Washington Research Library Consortium partners, are currently unavailable.

To serve the needs of both faculty and students, the Libraries has ramped up a “triage team” approach, where all requests received requiring staff inter-mediation will be reviewed by a team of specialists who will exhaust all available resources. While some traditional methods of fulfilling requests are not available to us at this time, we continue to explore and employ all possible options to provide needed access. We have also allocated additional financial resources to expand our options and ensure continuous operations and access during this most difficult time.

Per the university’s emergency plan and the Libraries’ continuity of operations plan, we will maintain network access to electronic resources and facilitate related service requests. 

The Libraries’ extended Virtual Reference hours, virtual research consultations, and other virtual activities will not cease. For more information, please see our FAQs.

We appreciate that this is a unique situation and will continue to support your academic/research needs to the best of our ability as you conclude the spring semester. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed.

Thank you for your understanding and we hope you continue to stay safe and healthy.

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New! Mason Libraries’ books available through HathiTrust

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 10:25

New!  Thanks to a cooperative agreement between University Libraries and the HathiTrust, Mason students, faculty and staff now have online access to hundreds of thousands of books from our libraries’ stacks.

To access a digital version of a book from Mason’s collection, you must sign in to the HathiTrust: select George Mason University from the drop down list; login with your Mason NetID and password, and search for the title(s) you are interested in reading.  

For those books where Mason also owns a copy of the title and HathiTrust offers a scanned version of the contents, a “Temporary Access” link will appear.  Click that link and you can “check out” the title for online viewing during a one hour “exclusive access” period (renewable under certain conditions).  Full details on this emergency temporary access service (ETAS) are available at https://www.hathitrust.org/ETAS-User-Information

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