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Blind Date with a Book

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:01

Interested in having a date with a book on Valentine’s Day? Stop by Fenwick or Gateway Library on February 14!

In Fenwick, browse the display of wrapped books in the Recommended Reads section of the atrium and judge each one-not by their cover, but by their descriptions. Once you have found a book that intrigues you, bring it to the Fenwick information desk with your Mason ID to check it out.

In Gateway, bring a book from home and swap it for a wrapped book from the Adopt-a-Book section on the first floor. Once you have found a book that peaks your interest, place the book that you brought from home on the shelf in exchange for the wrapped book. Then take that book home and enjoy!

Rate your date – was it a dud or a match made in heaven? Send photos using #BookBlindDate. to the @GMULibrary_TnL Twitter account or the Instagram account: _teachingandlearning_

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The Art of Children’s Literature: Juana Medina, Author & Illustrator

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 18:12

Join us on Thursday, February 20, 12-1:15 p.m., in Fenwick 2001, for a conversation with Juana Medina, a D.C.-area author and children’s book illustrator! This event is sponsored by Mason Creative Writing, the School of Art, and CVPA’s Global Arts Coffeehouse, and hosted by Mason Libraries.

Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the author and illustrator of the Pura Belpré Award-winning chapter book Juana & Lucas. Juana is also the author and illustrator for Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas1 Big SaladABC Pasta, and Sweet Shapes. She illustrated Smick! by Doreen Cronin, Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous by Keith Calabrese, and I’m a Baked Potato! by Elise Primavera; and has participated in two recent anthologies: The Hero Next Door (Crown Books, 2019) and We Are The Change (Chronicle Books, 2019). 

Juana has been lucky to earn recognitions from the Colombian Presidency, the National Cartoonists Society, the National Headliner Award, International Latino Book Awards, and Ridgway Award honors — which is quite impressive for someone who was a less-than-stellar student, who often got in trouble for drawing cartoons of her teachers. Despite all trouble caused, Juana studied and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), George Washington University, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design (all places where students had plenty of chances to draw cartoons of her). She lives with her wife, twin sons, and their dear dog, Rosita. Visit her work at

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Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War now on display

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 15:01

On display in Fenwick Library Atrium, February 3 – March 10, the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War 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.

Join us on Tuesday March 3 at 1:30 in 2001 Fenwick Library for a special presentation on Civil War medicine. Alyssa Fahringer, Digital Scholarship Consultant in the 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.

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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Mason Libraries Celebrates Engineers Week

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 10:59

In honor of National Engineers Week (February 16-22), Mason Engineering is hosting a number of events for students, alumni, and the local community, with the theme of “Patriots for Progress.” In conjunction, Mason Libraries is hosting an exhibition – Crunching Numbers + Gathering Data, highlighting items from the Sidney O. Dewberry Collection of Surveying & Engineering Technology.

Sidney Dewberry, co-founder of Dewberry (a nationwide firm of planning, design, and construction professionals) and generous philanthropist to George Mason University and other causes, is also a collector of antique surveying and engineering tools.

A number of these antique tools will be on display on the second floor of Fenwick Library, from February 6 through February 24, in honor of National Engineers Week. Included in the exhibit are a set of graduated railroad drafting curves, a Curta hand-crank mechanical calculator, a Buff & Berger water current meter, and other unique tools.

Items from Mr. Dewberry’s collection have been exhibited in the Library of Congress, the Library of Virginia, Mt. Vernon, and at National Society of Professional Surveyor’s conferences.

National Engineers Week, started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

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Cartoonists in Conversation on January 30

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 14:53

Join cartoonist Adam Griffiths and creative duo Kendra & Kat for a live comics reading and discussion of storytelling, community, and collaboration in comics on Thursday, January 30, from 3:30-5pm in Fenwick Library 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.

Adam Griffiths is a cartoonist, illustrator, and artist living in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. He earned a BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004. Adam’s work has been exhibited around DC at transformer, Flashpoint Gallery, The Fridge, Hillyer Art Space, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Pleasant Plains Workshop, Rhizome DC, School 33, and Washington Project for the Arts (WPA).

Kendra & Kat have been making comics together for 8 years, and plotting over cupcakes far longer. With comics and zines that run the gamut from queer space pirate shenanigans to illustrated cookbooks inspired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, they are driven by sparkles and fun. Their work has been featured in anthologies such as Coven and Purity, and they’ve been a staple in the DC-area comic scene since tabling at DC Zinefest back in 2012.

Learn more about this exhibition and related events at

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New exhibit on Performing Arts and the Human Experience

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 11:23

“Showing Us Our Own Face”: Performing Arts and the Human Experience is now on view through May 2020, in the Special Collection Research Center’s exhibition gallery on the second floor of Fenwick Library.

As Zelda Fichandler remarked, “the theater is capable of showing us our own face, plumbing for us the human heart, leading us to the edge of our own mind.” This exhibition celebrates the myriad faces and experiences of those who dedicate their lives to the performing arts. Through six disciplines – Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Music – the exhibition examines the power of the performing arts, and its ability to “show us our own face.”

The exhibition features items from SCRC’s major performing arts collections (as well as some smaller collections), including documents, photographs, playbills, programs, artist books, posters, rare books, and other objects. Fascinating objects on display range from an illuminated manuscript of choral music from the 1400s to East German posters advertising opera and ballet to a braille script for “All the King’s Men” from an Arena Stage production.

In conjunction with the exhibition, an opening reception will take place on Tuesday, February 11 at 2pm in Fenwick Library. Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will speak about the importance of performing arts, followed by a short tour of the exhibit. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Love Data Week Workshops 2/10 – 2/14

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:28
Love Data Week!

To celebrate Love Data Week, February 10 – February 14, 2020, Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) is offering a series of workshops focused on getting started with R, python, GIS, text analysis, using secondary data, and managing data projects. The workshops are held in the DiSC Lab, Room 2701A Fenwick Library. All are welcome to attend these workshops regardless of skill level. Registration is strongly encouraged. Click on the time links below to register.

  • Working With and Analyzing Secondary Data – Monday, February 10, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Using Voyant for Text Analysis – Tuesday, February 11, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • R/Python: How and Why to Get Started – Wednesday, February 12, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • OSF 101: Introduction to the Open Science Framework – Thursday, February 13, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Introduction to GIS and Mapping – Friday, February 14 at 1:00 PM

For more information, contact

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Calling Mason Engineering Faculty + Alumni Authors

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:40

The Volgenau School of Engineering and the University Libraries would like to recognize engineering faculty and alumni authors during Engineers Week 2020, February 16-22. 

Mason Libraries will add your book to the collection if you wish to donate a copy – and it is not already held by the Libraries. If you are interested in gifting your book to the George Mason University Libraries, please contact Jennifer Hamilton at

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Portable Chargers Available in Fenwick

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:00
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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