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Music in the Lobby: Spring Mix April 4

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:09

Music in the Lobby returns in April with a Spring Mix of classical, jazz and vocal music – provided by the students in the Mason School of Music Strings Department. Join us in Fenwick Lobby, April 4, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.!  You could win a Fenwick Library study room to use during Spring Finals. Free refreshments courtesy of Argo Tea Cafe.

For more information, please contact Steve Gerber,

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Faculty: Apply for 2018-19 Fenwick Fellowship

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:06

University Libraries is now accepting applications for this year’s Fenwick Fellow competition. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field.

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’ activities in the area of digital scholarship.

Application deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by each Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

For more information, please contact Debra Hogan, dhogan1 at

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Research Reflections: Dr. Alexander Monea

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:21

On March 29, join us in 2001 Fenwick Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dr. Alexander Monea, Assistant Professor serving jointly in George Mason’s English Department and Cultural Studies Department, will present “I Know It When I See It” – An Overview of Google’s Safe Search & the Politics of Automating Judgment. In this presentation, he refers to such “I-know-it-when-I-see-it” concepts as extra-linguistic concepts because they contain an intuitive, inductive, and/or felt component in the classificatory logic that affords their generalization. This paper argues that contemporary machine learning applications have successfully operationalized this classificatory logic at mass scale, and he looks to Google’s work to filter Not Safe For Work (NSFW) images as a particularly compelling success story.

This presentation continues the Mason Libraries’ new Research Reflections series.

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Playfair Book Launch – March 22

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:05

Join the University Libraries on Thursday, March 22 for the George Mason University Press book launch for Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World. The event will take place in the Fenwick Library Main Reading room, from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

William Playfair may be the most famous person you have never heard of. Best known today as the inventor of “statistical graphics”—the line, bar, and pie charts we all use today—Playfair was also a pioneer in strategic analysis, and a secret agent who carried out espionage and subversion against France on behalf of Great Britain.

This is the first book to uncover the full, true account of this remarkable, colorful man—undeniably brilliant, hopelessly flawed, and fundamentally important. Its pages reveal the astounding inventions and adventures of this larger-than-life swashbuckler, rogue, genius, and patriot.

“In addition to being a draftsman, inventor, company promoter, land speculator, economist, patriotic pamphleteer and bank-note counterfeiter, Playfair was a secret agent and international conspirator… He was adept at ducking and weaving from the truth, covering his tracks, mystifying his motives, and protecting his sources. Mr. Berkowitz’s Playfair is above all a work of ingenious detection and reconstruction.” —The Wall Street Journal

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the University Bookstore.

About the Author: Bruce Berkowitz is the author of several books and articles about national security, history, and international relations.

About GMU 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. GMU Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education.

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Libraries hosts German Embassy Exhibition, Opening reception March 19

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:18

On March 19, all are invited to join the Libraries in the Fenwick Main Reading Room (on the second floor of Fenwick Library) to mark the opening of a new exhibition of posters related to the integration of immigrants and refugees into German society.

From 3 to 3:45pm, Christian Heusermann, Chief of Staff to the German Ambassador, will talk about the subject matter of the posters. A reception, sponsored by Mason’s Modern and Classical Languages, will follow.

The exhibition, on display in Fenwick Gallery from March 19 through April 6, was arranged in conjunction with the Modern and Classical Languages department and the German Embassy.

The posters, on loan from the German Embassy, provide a nice complement to the East German poster collections housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The collections feature posters from 1943-2009 on topics ranging from political to performing arts to culture and science to film and art exhibitions.

About the Fenwick Gallery: Fenwick Gallery is part of the University Libraries and is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting high quality works by students, faculty, staff, and other emerging and experienced artists. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see and for more information about hours and exhibitions.

About the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC): SCRC supports the research and teaching missions of the University by collecting, preserving and providing access to archival and rare book collections relevant to academic programs. SCRC librarians and archivists are dedicated to providing a secure and welcoming environment for researchers and encourage use of SCRC’s rare and primary source research materials. For more information about visiting SCRC and the collections housed there, see

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Artists’ Book Open House and Artist’s Talk – March 7

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:24

Join us for an Artists’ Book Open House and Artist’s Talk on Wednesday, March 7 from 1:30-3:00pm in our Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick 2400). For this open house, SCRC will artists’ books that center on themes of language, meditation, and the spatial elements of books arts, particularly as exemplified in Islamic and Indian arts and texts.

At 2:00pm, artist and current Mason MFA student Kate Fitzpatrick will lead a conversation on the selected artists’ books, and discuss how these works relate to her own artistic practice and interests. Fitzpatrick’s recent work, Asemic Manuscript, is on display in Fenwick Gallery through March 16th.

Curious about artists’ books? This is an opportunity to learn more about this unique publication medium, to have hands-on interaction with the collection, and to hear how current Mason students and researchers are using artists’ books as a source of visual, formal, and thematic inspiration. Learn more about artists’ books from the Mason Artists’ Book Infoguide.

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Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 14:40

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018 will take place from Monday, February 26 through Friday, March 2. Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual celebration, commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), designed the highlight, explain, and promote the doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. Check out their new infographic on how fair use promotes the creation of new knowledge!

More questions on fair use? Check out these resource pages compiled by our own Mason Publishing Group on Fair Use and on Open Access, OERs, Fair Use and Copyright.

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Protect Yourself from Fraud

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:29

Join us in observing National Consumer Protection Week. A representative from  Fairfax County Consumer Affairs will present “Protect Yourself from Fraud” on March 7 from 4 – 5 p.m., 1009 Fenwick Library. The Consumer Affairs Branch mediates and investigates consumer complaints against businesses, tenant-landlord disputes, and cable issues if the transaction occurred in Fairfax County. Services offered by this branch include answering advice inquiries, assisting consumers with pre-purchase information, and community outreach.

For more information, please contact Katara Hofmann,, 703-993-9061

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SP@RC Your Research!

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:30

Scholarly Productions @ the Research Commons (SP@RC) Lab provides point of need assistance for scholars in disseminating their research, regardless of format.  Through workshops and appointments, SP@RC’s goal is to create self-sufficient scholars – able to apply best practices in design and research presentation to their work. Come learn – and do – with us!

For more information, please contact Hannah McLaughlin,, 703-993-2236.


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SCRC Exhibit Reception on 2/19

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:44

Special Collections Research Center is hosting an exhibit reception for its current display, From Tintypes to .TIFFs – Life through the Lens, on Monday, February 19, 2-4 p.m., 2400 Fenwick Library.  Professor Vanessa Schulman of the History and Art History department will provide remarks about the exhibit, and refershments are provided by Argo Tea.

For more information, contact Liz Beckman,, 703-993-5282


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Intro to Pathway Studio Feb 20 & 22

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:34

By integrating a vast knowledgebase of biological relationships harvested from millions of published articles (full-text and abstracts) with analytical and visualization tools, Pathway Studio enables scientists to explore molecular interactions along with the cause and effect relationships associated with biological processes across multiple organisms. Register now to get an overview of this tool on February 20 (Fenwick Library) or February 22 (Colgan Hall, SciTech Campus). Come and learn how Pathway Studio can help you:

  • Analyze and interpret your experimental results in the context of published data with greater confidence
  • Rapidly develop and confirm experimental hypotheses for new drug targets, biomarkers and drug repurposing projects
  • Unravel cell and immunology interactions associated with disease biology
  • Understand the underlying biology that affects development, disease progression and drug responsiveness

For more information, contact Carl Leak,, 703-993-8347.

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Mason Author Series: Lincoln Mullen

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:03

Join us on Thursday, March 1, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, for our next Mason Author Series event with Dr. Lincoln Mullen, Assistant Professor, History and Art History.

While the United States has a long history of religious pluralism, Americans have often believed their faith determines their eternal destiny. The result is that Americans switch religions more often than any other nation. The Chance of Salvation traces the history of the distinctively American idea that religion is a matter of individual choice.

Lincoln Mullen shows how Americans’ willingness to change faiths has created a shared assumption that religious identity is a decision. As Americans confronted a growing array of religious options in the 19th century, pressures to convert altered the basis of American religion. Evangelical Protestants, Cherokees, enslaved and freed African Americans, Mormons, American Jews, and Catholics each experienced their own patterns of conversion.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Author: Lincoln A. Mullen is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Mullen is a historian of American religion and also teaches digital history, U.S. history, and the history of Christianity.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing,, or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer,

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Feb. 7: Libraries open at 10 a.m.

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:40

Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries will open at 10 a.m. today, February 7.

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Valentine’s Day: Music in the Lobby

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:59

Music + Food = Love. Play On!  At 12:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Mason Strings Department will perform selected pieces in Fenwick Lobby. Refreshments provided by Argo Tea Cafe. Join us – you’ll love it!

For more information, please contact Steve Gerber,

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Research Reflections with Dr. Jacquelyn Williamson

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:54

Join us at 2 p.m. on February 22, for our first Research Reflections in the Reading Room, a new Mason Libraries’ series this spring.

Professor Jacquelyn Williamson, an Egyptologist with a special focus on gender and religious power, will discuss her work and recent book, Nefertiti’s Sun Temple: A New Cult Complex at Tell el-Amarna. She is involved in the ongoing investigation of Kom el-Nana at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt, the site of a sun temple associated with Queen Nefertiti (the subject of her first book).

Professor Williamson has been a member of several archaeological missions in Egypt and has worked in many museums including the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the Harvard Semitic Museum, and has held teaching and research positions at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, and Brandeis University. Dr. Williamson teaches classes on the art and archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean World.

For more information, please contact Jen Stevens, Team Lead, Arts and Humanities, at

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Fenwick Elevator Closures

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:35

Graphics installation on Fenwick new edition and Wing C public elevators is ongoing and expected to be completed this week. Work on the new edition elevators will be completed today, and installation on the Wing C elevators will take place on Tuesday, January 30 and Wednesday, January 31 from 6am to 1:30pm each day. We apologize for any inconvenience!

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University Records Management Training Workshop

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 15:31

Questions about managing your physical and electronic records? Join University Records Management for a 2-hour training session from 10am to 12pm on Friday, February 16, bring your questions, and pick up boxes for records storage. The session will be hosted in the Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room (Fenwick Library 2400). Please RSVP at as seating is limited.

About University Records Management: University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”

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New Photography Exhibit Opens

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:38

From the early days of 19th century daguerreotypes and tintypes to current digital images captured on smartphones, photographers have documented human life and the world around us in vivid detail. The technologies and processes they use have changed dramatically over the years, but the desire to capture a moment with some degree of permanence remains the same.

Come visit our current exhibition in the Special Collections Research Center‘s exhibition space (located on the second floor of Fenwick Library), and trace the evolution of photographic processes and subject matter through our Special Collections Research Center’s holdings of amateur and professional photography. Items on display include Civil War-era tintypes; late 19th century cartes de visite; Vietnam war photographs from a U.S. military advisor; prints from Richard Nixon’s official White House photographer; examples of photographic tools from various eras; and more!

Exhibition Reception & Talk: Please join us on Monday, February 19 from 2-4 pm in the Special Collections Research Center seminar room (Fenwick Library 2400). Professor Vanessa Schulman of the History and Art History department will provide remarks, and Argo Tea will provide refreshments.

Exhibition on display through April 1, 2018.

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University Records Management Faculty Workshop

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:20

Are you faculty or adjunct faculty with questions about managing your records responsibilities? Join University Records Management for a 1-hour training session from 10am to 11am on Friday, February 9, bring your questions, and pick up boxes for records storage. The session will be hosted in the Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room (Fenwick Library 2400). Please RSVP at as seating is limited.

About University Records Management: University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”

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Welcome Back from the Mason Libraries

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:03

It’s a new semester! Don’t forget the Mason Libraries are here to help you succeed!

Mason Libraries offers free 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password. Check out our step-by-step guide to e-resource databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore our 775+ database subscriptions, start with the A-Z database list.

More information about the libraries’ collections are available online (including our special collections), as well as subject guides (a great starting point for research) and contact information for our subject librarians (subject experts who can provide personalized research assistance).

Need a quick refresher on where everything is in Fenwick Library? Check out our online tour guide. Not sure where a certain book might be located? Enter the call number and find it on this map of the Fenwick stacks. Looking for open educational resources? Check out our new OER Metafinder. Can’t find something you need at Mason? Use interlibrary loan to borrow materials from other academic institutions.

We’re here to help – come visit! Our hours are posted and updated regularly, including virtual reference hours if you have questions but are unable to stop by. We also host numerous instructional workshops and cultural events throughout the semester. Check our website and news blog for announcements.

We look forward to working with you and helping you succeed in your academic and professional careers!

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