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Gerber to receive 2020 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 03:40

Steve Gerber, Music, Theater and Philosophy Librarian, has been selected for the 2020 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. For the fifteen years Steve has been with Mason’s libraries, he has distinguished himself through his work within the University Libraries, his scholarly and professional contributions to librarianship alongside the discipline of music, his strong record of teaching graduate and undergraduate students as well as his creative output. Steve will be recognized for this outstanding achievement at  Mason’s  annual Celebration of Teaching event, to be held in fall 2020.


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National Emergency Library

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:13

The Internet Archive has suspended waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in its lending library by creating a National Emergency Library. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. For more information, see the Internet Archive’s announcement.

When you use the Mason OER Metafinder search tool, you will now have the option to include this expansive resource in your search parameters.

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Mason Libraries Closed; Services Continue

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 21:48

All Mason Libraries are closed effective Monday March 23, 2020.  Library services will continue to operate, will expand virtual access as feasible, and will be available virtually to support faculty and students in accessing needed materials for online classes and assisting with other resources and services.  For more details about library services during this period, please see detailed information below.

Please refer to Mason’s covid-19 website for current university information.

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Virtual Reference Hours Extended

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 17:14

Mason Libraries Virtual Reference is available during these times:

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday + Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Noon – 6 p.m

We’re at your fingertips!

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Publishers/Vendors Extend Content Access

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 13:50

A number of publishers are temporarily loosening restrictions on subsets of content which we are tracking here:

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Mason Libraries Hours Change March 23-27

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 12:06

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Mason Libraries COVID Updates

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:22

To help minimize spread of the present Coronavirus pandemic, protect our university community,and foster social distancing, all Mason Libraries have adjusted our face-to-face services and hours.

  • All libraries’ study rooms are closed.
  • Library access is limited to Mason students,faculty and staff only.

Please refer to Mason’s covid-19 website for current university information.

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Mason Libraries Modifications

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 14:06

To help minimize spread of the present Coronavirus pandemic, protect our university community, and foster social distancing, all Mason Libraries have adjusted our face-to-face services and hours. Library access is limited to Mason students, faculty and staff only during this time.

Please refer to Mason’s coronavirus website for university updates.

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Libraries’ Hours Modified

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 10:17

University Libraries have modified their open hours from March 14 to April 3. These hours are subject to change and/or extension. Please refer to Mason’s coronavirus website for university updates.

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2020-21 Fenwick Fellowship Competition Announced

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 13:50

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis has announced that University Libraries is now accepting applications for this year’s Fenwick Fellow competition. The Fellowship is awarded annually to eligible Mason faculty members to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. View list of past recipients and their research projects.

Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded; expanded program guidelines include funding for an additional fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ initiatives in the area of digital scholarship.

Application period is Monday, March 23 through Monday, May 11, 2020. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the  Fenwick Fellow(s) in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

Guidelines and information are available at

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Library Events/Workshops Cancellations + Changes

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 11:12

The following Library Events/Workshops are now cancelled.

  • March 17, Sharin’ of the Zines, Fenwick
  • March 25, Music in the Lobby, Fenwick
  • April 1, Edible Book Festival, Fenwick

The following Library Events/Workshops are postponed. Please check back for updates.

  • March 24, DiSC Research Connections, Noel Johnson presentation, Fenwick

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Notice: Fenwick Library HVAC Work

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 15:58

Mason Facilities is upgrading the HVAC system in Fenwick Library Wing C. Two HVAC projects will start in Wing C on Monday, March 9, 2020.

Duct Cleaning:  March 9 – 13, 2020

o   Contractor will clean all Wing C vents during this time. The work starts on the 5th Floor Wing C, and progresses down the building. There may be noise, and there may be minimal residual dust. Stacks and furnishings will be protected with with plastic draping.

Wing C HVAC Replacement: March 9 – April 16, 2020 (end date estimate)

o   Wing C air circulation will be reduced during this time. This project is expected to take six (6) weeks.

o   Library users/staff may experience some discomfort with temperature fluctuation in Wing C. University Facilities will attempt to maintain normal temperature throughout the project.

o   Wing C noise level will vary – library users are encouraged to study elsewhere in Fenwick during this time.

Please contact Susan Stockwell,, or, Amy Sullivan,, if you have further questions.

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Book Launch, April 6: The Silent Prologue

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 17:41

On Monday, April 6, University Libraries’ George Mason University Press proudly presents Ofer Raban’s The Silent Prologue: How Judicial Philosophies Shape Our Constitutional Rights (2020) which stands at the intersection of three academic disciplines: legal philosophy, constitutional law, and political theory. Professor Raban will give a presentation from 3 to 4 p.m. in Fenwick Library’s Main Reading Room (2001 Fenwick).  

About the author: Professor Ofer Raban is a renowned expert in constitutional law and legal philosophy. His writings on legal philosophy and constitutional law appeared in many law review journals and in the popular press, and have been translated into five languages. Professor Raban holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a doctorate in legal philosophy from Oxford University (where he was the recipient of a British Government Research Award). He is Professor and Elmer Sahlstrom Senior Faculty Fellow at the University of Oregon School of Law.

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Spring Edible Book Festival

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 10:06

On April 1, celebrate the book arts through food! Mason Libraries’ Edible Book Festival features creative culinary projects inspired by books and stories. Entrants compete in fun prize categories – visitors eat the results!

Spring 2020 Festival Schedule

Monday, March 23         Edible Book Entry Deadline

Wednesday, April 1 | Festival Day | 1014 A+B Fenwick Library

  • 11 a.m. – 12 :30 p.m. ~  Edible Book public viewing + voting
  • 12:30 p.m. ~ Award Ceremony
  • 12:30 – 2 p.m. ~ Eat + enjoy the Edible Books

Deadline for entering your creation for the festival is March 23, 2020.

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Visiting Writer Series: Kaveh Akbar, Poet

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 09:46

Poet Kaveh Akbar is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf. He is also the author of a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic. Akbar is the recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, Pushcart Prize, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He’s the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he writes a weekly column for the Paris Review called “Poetry RX.” Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. His poems appear in The New YorkerPoetry, PBS NewsHour, The New RepublicBest American PoetryThe New York Times, and elsewhere.

Mason’s Creative Writing Program welcomes Visiting Writers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction to give readings and craft talks during fall and spring semesters. The series is hosted by Mason Libraries. For more information, contact Professor Art Taylor, 703-993-1160,

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DiSC Research Connections: Noel Johnson

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 09:40

Join us for the next DiSC Research Connections presentation on Tuesday, March 24, 3 – 4 p.m. Noel Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Economics will present “Using GIS to Uncover the History of Persecution and Toleration in Europe” in 2001 Fenwick Library (Main Reading Room). This event is hosted by Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC).

For most of European history, religious minorities were in a precarious position. Toleration was conditional and could fall apart quite easily. Jewish communities, for example, were more likely to be persecuted when environmental shocks such as the Black Death or bad weather occurred. Dr. Johnson will discuss how tools from GIS have played a vital role in his study of religious minorities in Europe and the gradual emergence of religious freedom.

For more information, please contact Wendy Mann,

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Fake News Workshop 2/26

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:12

Register now! Join us on Wednesday, February 26, 3-4 p.m., 4010 Fenwick Library to learn tips and tricks to sift through fake and biased news sources to find the truth at the Fake News Workshop. If you are unable to attend in person, take advantage of our new hybrid workshop format and attend via webex. Watch for an invitation link. If registration is full add yourself to the waitlist and feel free to come by the event and check for stand-by availability. 

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Level Up Your 302 Research

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 10:48

Mason Libraries’ Teaching & Learning Team is offering English 302 Drop-In Sessions over the course of Spring semester to help you get the research assistance you need. Drop in for a minute – or sit down and stay awhile. Librarians are available to help you with your research questions. Bring your English 302 assignment and get help picking a topic, developing research questions, finding sources in your discipline, and more! Visit for the schedule.

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Mythbusting: The True Story of Civil War Medicine

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 10:26

Join us on Tuesday, March 3, 1:30 p.m., 2001 Fenwick Library. for a special presentation “Mythbusting: The True Story of Civil War Medicine”. Alyssa Fahringer, Digital Scholarship Consultant in Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center, will discuss relevant primary sources from the era, highlighting resources in Mason Libraries’ online collections. Jake Wynn, the Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will describe how the innovations of Civil War medicine paved the way for our modern emergency medical system.

This presentation is in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil Waron display in Fenwick Library Atrium February 3 – March 12. This exhibit explores the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Of the three million soldiers who fought in the war from 1861-1865, hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery. This exhibition focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.

Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

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Music in the Lobby: string things

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 13:12

Join us for the first Music in the Lobby mini-concert of the spring semester on February 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Fenwick Library Lobby. string things is a bonanza of cellos, violins, double basses, harps, and electric guitars! Stop by and enjoy the performances of Mason music students. See you there!

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