George Mason University
Mason Libraries welcome the Mason Nation to a new academic year, and we’re ready to help you succeed.
Mason Libraries provides free 24/7 access to thousands of online resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password to discover what’s in Mason Libraries’ collections for you. Highlights include:
- More than 750 databases for research, teaching, learning – and relaxing! Explore the Libraries A-Z Database List to find journals, newspapers, books, music, media and more.
- Subject librarians provide focused expertise through personalized research assistance
- Subject guides – great starting points for research
- Workshops, Events & Exhibits – learning, research and cultural opportunities are offered at all Mason Libraries throughout the year.
- Special Collections Research Center, Digital Scholarship Center, Mason Publishing, Teaching & Learning Services – and more.
Visit library.gmu.edu to discover what the Libraries offer to support and enhance your learning, teaching, and research at Mason. We’re at your fingertips!
Get ready to research! Stop by SmartStart + Fenwick Open House on September 3! From 1 – 4 p.m., library staff will be available in Fenwick Library Atrium at our SmartStart Event Hub to show you how Mason Libraries can help you succeed. Learn about subject librarians, course reserves, TextSelect, checking out books, searching for articles, and more. Stop into the Library 100 workshop (2 – 3 p.m.) and learn the basics about navigating the Libraries’ resources and services.
Be sure to explore Fenwick during the Open House! Learn about Special Collections Research Center, Digital Scholarship Center, Music Library, Fenwick Gallery, Media, Interlibrary Loan, SP@RC Lab – and meet subject librarians. There will be a drawing for THREE SmartStart PRIZES, so come and see what’s in Mason Libraries for you!
Teaching with Primary Source Databases workshop will offer insight into how primary sources can be used in multiple disciplinary contexts, for teaching qualitative and quantitative research methods, and for diverse projects and research outputs. Attendees can expect to learn about:
- Approaches to research from varied disciplines
- Different types of primary sources
- Creative ideas for teaching with primary sources
- Data mining and visualization with archives
- Widening the scope of usage for digital library collections
- HTR (Handwritten Text Recognition) Technology for DHI efforts related to Full-Text Search in Manuscript Documents
This workshop will be held Tuesday, September 10, Noon to 1 p.m., 1014A&B Fenwick Library. For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Skeen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how to use Pathway Studio – an online research solution that combines a vast knowledgebase of literature extracted molecular facts with powerful analytical and visualization tools to better understand the underlying biology from experimental, clinical and literature-based evidence. Pathway Studio training sessions’ focus will be on de novo pathway building, high-throughput data analysis, and variant analysis. Two sessions are offered:
- Monday, September 16, 110H Colgan Hall, SciTech Campus, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
- Tuesday, September 16, 1014A&B Fenwick, Fairfax Campus, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Skeen, email@example.com
Applications are now being accepted for reserved Graduate Study carrels/spaces in both Fenwick and Arlington Campus Libraries. For details and application forms, please visit library.gmu.edu/for/students/dwr
Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host Extended Image: The Allure of the Locale, an exhibition of Mason student artists from the ‘Extended Image’ AVT Study Abroad program in Tuscany, Italy. The exhibition will run from August 1 – September 27, 2019, with an artists’ talk on Wednesday, September 11, at 2pm in Fenwick Library.
Allure: a noun expressing a quality of a place and experience that has the presence to powerfully and mysteriously be attractive or fascinating.
Locale: a place, environment, or setting where something special has happened; as a scene or setting in a story, play, or film.
Works in The Allure of Locale were created by student artists participating in ‘Extended Image,’ a course in Mason’s Art & Visual Technology Study Abroad program in Tuscany, Italy. Their mission was to incorporate an experimental mixed-media approach to their art process, embracing the concept of response to the environment through their personal experience. Their inspiration is a land renowned for its richness of art in both traditional and contemporary history, from the landscape of Tuscany, to the ancient wonders of Rome, to the 21st-century contemporary art museum, the MAXXI.
The resulting artworks are distinct, produced through varied practices including painting, photography, collage, printmaking, as well as video and 3D story-making. This exhibit represents the visions of five artists: Lauren Patrizi Carpenter, Kime Howard, Michaela Japec, Rachel Quinn, and Setareh Sabti, their art forming individualized yet cohesive bodies of work.
Details about the artist talk and further information about Fenwick Gallery are available on the gallery website, http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/.
The Arlington Campus Library will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, for an offsite staff training event.
The library will open at 2 p.m. and close as usual at 9 p.m. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
For questions, contact Beth Roszkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to announce that the Request for Proposals for the second round of VIVA Course Redesign Grants is now open. These grants are designed to empower faculty at Virginia higher education institutions with the resources and time they need to redesign courses by swapping out expensive textbooks for open, no cost, or library options. These materials may be adopted as is, adapted, or created from scratch.
This program awards grants from $1,000-$30,000 to assist faculty members at any VIVA institution in transitioning to course materials available at no cost to students, such as open educational textbooks and/or library resources. 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. Applications that include multi-institutional partnerships are encouraged.
More information, including the full Request for Proposals, application details, and the evaluation rubric are available at http://vivalib.org/courseredesign.
Applications are due September 30, 2019, and award notification will take place on December 9, 2019.
Informational webinars will be held at the following times, and will include a general introduction to the grants, the application process, and a Q&A:
- August 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m.: Register at https://vivalib.libcal.com/event/5492726.
- September 26, 2019, 1:00 p.m.: Register at https://vivalib.libcal.com/event/5492759.
Successful applications will be selected on the basis of:
- Potential for student savings, including class enrollment and existing resource costs
- Use of Open Educational Resources (freely available and free to be modified)
- Frequency of course offering, with a preference for high-enrollment, required courses, and/or courses that are part of the SCHEV Passport Program
- Impact of the project on open education, such as the development of high quality resources in areas for which no other open content is currently available
- Preference for statewide reach through multi-institutional efforts
- Commitment to continue offering the course for future years
- Agreement to the terms of the grant and required activities
Questions about the program may be submitted to email@example.com.
George Mason University faculty interested in VIVA’s program or, more generally, in utilizing Open Educational Resources and no-cost or low-cost learning resources can find additional information about support provided by the University Libraries at the following site: https://library.gmu.edu/oer
*VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).
Join our Special Collections Research Center from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in their seminar room (Fenwick 2306) on Tuesday, July 16 for a special presentation by Ben Brands, inaugural L. Claire Kincannon Graduate Intern and Ph.D. candidate in History at Mason.
Brands’ presentation will explore the process and results of using digital tools to display and make accessible a series of World War II letters from the Jerome Epstein papers. Ben will discuss the various challenges and discoveries of this project, as well as showcase the final results, a website hosted on the Library’s Omeka-S server.
About the Speaker: Ben Brands was the 2018 L. Claire Kincannon Intern at the George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center. He holds a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in History from George Mason University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University. He has previously served as an infantry officer in the United States Army and as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Brands has written previously about his experiences working with the Epstein papers on SCRC’s blog.
About the Kincannon Graduate Internship: The L. Claire Kincannon Graduate Internship Endowment for the Libraries was created by philanthropist Claire Kincannon in 2016 to provide paid learning opportunities for graduate students with interests, career goals, and skills related to archives. In addition to the notable theatre-related collection that she gifted to the University Libraries, Kincannon donated the Jerome Epstein papers in 2015, which documents the civilian and military career of an army private in the Second World War from 1943-45, as well as other items related to the Epstein family’s history. Epstein, who passed away in 2002, was Kincannon’s cousin.
Musical Rarities II: A Sampling from Mason Libraries Special Collections is now on display in the Music Library (Fenwick Library, Second Floor). Curated by Steve Gerber, Music & Theater Librarian, this exhibit features facsimiles of rare, music-related items from the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center.
What is a musical rarity? It’s a music-related item (e.g. manuscript, printed book or score, image, or object) that is scarce – it might be curious, remarkable, valuable, or worth collecting for some reason (such as its usefulness in exemplifying an aspect of music history). Our musical rarities on display include:
- a first edition of the world’s #1 jazz standard, “Body and Soul” (London, 1930)
- a “Trauermarsch” (Grief March), memorializing Jewish victims of a 1905 massacre
- an illustrated “how-to” book on dancing the tarantella, lithographed in Naples ca. 1845
- a manuscript of a Latin offertory for three solo voices with organ, composed by Francesco Basili (Italian, early 19th century)
For further information, contact Steve Gerber, Music & Theater Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University presents Diaspora Diction, an exhibition of photography from artist Adriana Monsalve. The exhibition will run from May 28 through July 26, 2019, with an opening artist’s talk and reception on May 28 at 2:00pm in Fenwick Library. This exhibition is presented as part of the Mason Libraries Artist-in-Residence pilot program.
The first artist to participate in this pilot residency, Adriana Monsalve is a Maryland-based artist and collaborative publisher working in the photobook medium. Along with Caterina Ragg, Monsalve is co-founder of Homie House Press, a radical cooperative platform that challenges the ever-changing forms of storytelling with image and text.
Diaspora Diction collects Monsalve’s photographs, photobooks, and ongoing research into identity—and illusions of identity—in the African and Latinx diaspora. The exhibition features images from Monsalve’s first photobook, Clear as Black, a deeply personal and investigative documentary of the community and stories of individuals with a rare type of albinism found in Puerto Rico. Home to a vast hybridity of people, Puerto Rico is also the capital of the world for albinism. “There are layers upon layers that make up how albinism manifests physically, inside and out,” said Monsalve. “Albinism is not just white on this island, it’s black too. There are people who have the condition of albinism, but do not display the physical characteristics commonly known of a person with albinism. They are black, white and everything in between, and they are all people with albinism.”
Diaspora Diction also includes a second, separate body of work in progress, tentatively titled Novena. Photographed during a subsequent visit to Puerto Rico, Novena follows the family of Ricardito, one of subjects of Clear as Black, in the days immediately following the death of his grandfather, the family patriarch.
During the residency at Mason, Monsalve continued her research into these questions of identity, expanding her scope to the Melungeon communities in Appalachia. “This is investigative research in the greater world of the African diaspora. There are communities world-wide, past and present whose blackness was hidden to assimilate, prosper, and ultimately to survive. There are more that simply have no idea they are connected to something other than what mainstream world refers to as ‘white-passing.’ Folks that happen to be white aren’t taught to question that whiteness when speaking about identity, so the fact that these things fall under the scope of investigation is a wild assumption. They are never questioned, and don’t inquire about the self. The continuing research of Clear As Black, moving forward, is about this buried blackness in the North American region of Appalachia.”
The Mason Libraries Artist-in-Residence program, currently in its pilot year, invites an artist to expand or develop a project through research in the libraries’ collections and dialogue with Mason students, faculty, and library staff. More information on the Mason Libraries Artist-in-Residence program is available on the Fenwick Gallery website, http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/residency.
Diaspora Diction will be on display in Fenwick Gallery, located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus, from May 28 to July 26, 2019. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at http://library.gmu.edu for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
For more information on this exhibition at Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at email@example.com. For general inquiries about the University Libraries or George Mason University, contact Jessica Clark, Development and Communications Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mason Libraries Professional Development Committee announces a Research + Scholarship Showcase, to take place on June 11, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon in Fenwick Library, Room 2001. The event is open to all, and students are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
The showcase will highlight a number of interesting, innovative, and informative research and scholarship projects covering the gamut of librarianship and technology that library faculty and staff members are currently engaged with. The showcase will feature a lightning round presentation and Q&A, as well a number of “poster presentations” with opportunities to talk with the poster creators in an open setting.
We look forward to celebrating Mason Libraries Research + Scholarship with you!
Fenwick Gallery will present Diaspora Diction, an exhibition of photography from Adriana Monsalve, Mason Libraries’ first Artist-in-Residence. The exhibition will be on display from May 28 through July 26, 2019. Please join us for an opening artist’s talk and reception on Tuesday, May 28 at 2 p.m. in Fenwick 2001. As part of her artist’s talk, Monsalve will discuss the works included in Diaspora Diction as well as the research conducted during her residency at Mason, where she has continued her exploration of questions of identity.
University Records Management is hosting workshops for newly assigned Records Coordinators to completely their mandatory training, as outlined in University Policy 1102. University Records Management governs this compliance area for Mason; improper handling of University records can affect audits, accreditation, litigation, and more. The Records Coordinator role is responsible for communication between their department and University Records Management.
This workshop will cover records management basics, a review of local and federal laws that govern information management within the University, services available to University departments and offices, electronic records and data management, and creating internal records policies for individual departments. Records Coordinators will receive materials from this workshop to share with their departments.
Workshops will take place in the Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room (Fenwick Library, Room 2400), from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
- Tuesday, May 21, 2019
- Thursday, May 23, 2019
- Thursday, June 6, 2019
- Wednesday, June 12, 2019
- Tuesday, June 18, 2019
- Thursday, June 20, 2019
Creativity is a great stress reliever. Take some time out and experience the positive effects of play. Come color or build with LEGOS!
On Thursday, May 9, 3:30 – 7 p.m., First Floor, Gateway Library, drop in for a quick break or stay for hours, whatever works for you. Refreshments provided.
Established in 1964 in honor of the 200th anniversary of the first music engraving in America by the famous silversmith Paul Revere, these awards were initially given as a means of alerting the music industry to the advantages of providing the best possible publication from the viewpoint of engraving, graphic arts and production standards. Today the awards still recognize outstanding examples of graphic design, with an emphasis on usability for orchestras, educators, libraries and individuals.
For more information, please contact Steve Gerber, email@example.com.
Due to construction related to the Core Campus Project, water will be cut off to all of Fenwick (including the Library and The MIX) from 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 until 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 2. Fenwick Library (and the entire building) will be closed during this time.
Elementary Calculus, through a series of portraits, landscapes and still life photographs, observes the publicly private moments of migrants and refugees in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as they attempt to connect back to their homes. In photographing these peregrine foreigners, the project explores the distance between reality and desire – the want for what was and the hope for what will be – and traces the manner in which we navigate this desolate geography. The photographs resonate with the sense that in a foreign landscape distance loses its physical measure and home feels like a hazy memory, a half-remembered dream.
Elementary Calculus was published by MACK in September, 2012, and selected for numerous year end “best of” lists and was also included in the 2013 International Center of Photography Triennial. Work from J Carrier’s recent projects, Mi´raj and In Circles, will also be published by MACK in the coming year.
Elementary Calculus will be on display April 24 – May 24, 2019, in Fenwick Gallery. Please join us on Tuesday, April 30, from 11am to 12pm in Fenwick 2001 for an artist talk with J Carrier.
About the artist: J Carrier (b. Biloxi, Mississippi) spent a decade living and working in Africa and the Middle East, and after a five year stint in Brooklyn, returned home to Washington D.C where he lives with his wife and kids. Carrier is an assistant professor at George Mason University. He formerly taught at Cornell University, the International Center of Photography (NYC), and Western Connecticut State. He has a BS in wildlife & fisheries science and forestry from the Pennsylvania State University (1996) and an MFA from the Hartford Art School (2012). Carrier’s commissioned work has appeared in the New York Times magazine, National Geographic, Time, Fortune, CNN, Newsweek, Men’s Journal, XXL, Dazed and Confused, Le Monde, and The Financial Times and has won many awards. He was nominated for PDN30 (2016), the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship (2013 & 2012), and the Santa Fe Prize for Photography (2011).
About Fenwick Gallery: Fenwick Gallery is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at http://library.gmu.edu for the most accurate and up-to-date information. For additional information about the Gallery, visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/. For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for our last Music in the Lobby concert of the spring semester on Wednesday, April 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Lobby. “Beat of a Different Drummer” will feature string chamber music and solo drumming by Mason students! The full program is available at: https://gmu.libcal.com/event/4210434. Refreshments will be provided by Argo Tea.