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Research Reflections with Dr. Jacquelyn Williamson

2 years 7 months ago

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 jsteven7@gmu.edu.

Jessica Clark

Fenwick Elevator Closures

2 years 7 months ago

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!

Jessica Clark

University Records Management Training Workshop

2 years 7 months ago

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 recmgt@gmu.edu 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.”

Jessica Clark

New Photography Exhibit Opens

2 years 7 months ago

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.

Jessica Clark

University Records Management Faculty Workshop

2 years 7 months ago

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 recmgt@gmu.edu 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.”

Jessica Clark

Welcome Back from the Mason Libraries

2 years 7 months ago

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!

Jessica Clark

Mason Author Series: Shelley Wong

2 years 8 months ago

Join us on Thursday, February 1, from 3 to 4:30pm in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, for our next Mason Author Series event. Shelley Wong, Associate Professor in Multicultural/ESL/Bilingual Education, will discuss her contributions to Teachers as Allies: Transformative Practices for Teaching DREAMers and Undocumented Students. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be provided.

From Teachers College Press: Learn how to engage and advocate for undocumented children and youth with this new resource written by and for teachers. Teachers as Allies provides educators with the information and tools they need to involve immigrant students and their American-born siblings and peers in inclusive and transformative classroom experiences. The authors show how immigration policies, ICE enforcement, and societal attitudes affect undocumented students and how teachers and school leaders can recognize these influences on the students’ day-to-day lives and learning. Offering teaching strategies that address the needs of DREAMers and undocumented youth as they move through their K–12 and college education, this timely book offers a broad range of curriculum connections and resources.

About Shelley Wong: Dr. Shelley Wong is an Associate Professor at George Mason University in Multicultural/ESL/Bilingual Education. She began her teaching career in teaching English at a girls middle school in Hong Kong where she went as a Chinese American to study Cantonese and learn about her cultural roots over thirty years ago. Before coming to George Mason, Shelley was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and an associate professor in the Foreign/Second Language Education with a Specialization in Language, Literacy and Culture at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She received her BA in Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz (U.C.S.C.), her California teaching credentials, TESL certificate and MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA, and her Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia Teachers College.

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, jwarre13@gmu.edu, or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw@gmu.edu.

Jessica Clark

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning

2 years 8 months ago

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines (George Mason University Press, 2017) explores strategies for online teaching with an emphasis on distinct approaches for different academic disciplines. The book offers innovative, practical and successful teaching tools from Indiana University East faculty in a wide range of disciplines designed to keep students engaged. With detailed examples, charts and rubrics, Best Practices provides faculty members the tools to design better curriculum and enhance online learning for their students.

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines. Edited by Ross C. Alexander. Paperback. 300 pages. George Mason University Press. This book can be purchased from Amazon, or from your favorite independent bookseller. George Mason University Press titles are distributed by the University of Virginia 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. For more information, contact John W. Warren, Director, George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing Group, 703-993-3636, gmupress@gmu.edu

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There’s No Time Like the Present!

2 years 9 months ago

The Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR) offers all Mason graduate and professional students the opportunity to publish their work in an interdisciplinary, open-access venue. Manuscripts are published using the Open Journal System (OJS) hosted by Mason Publishing Group. Authors publish through JGMR at no cost.

Register and submit your work to journals.gmu.edu/jmgr. While submissions are welcome year-round, special priority for this year’s volume will be given to manuscripts received by January 31, 2018. Read more

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Reminder about NY Times Accounts

2 years 9 months ago

REMINDER: Mason Libraries provides Mason students, faculty, and staff with full, free online access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps, including Spanish and Chinese editions, breaking news articles, blogs, videos, and interactive features. Includes archives from 1851 to the present (articles from 1923 to 1980 are limited to five per day per user; unlimited access to the archives is available through ProQuest Historical Newspapers).

Users can share and comment on articles, set up daily or weekly email alerts by topic or keyword, and save articles or links for later reading. Users are also encouraged to download the NYTimes app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

You can create your NYTimes account with your Mason username and password. Once registered, you can access NYTimes.com directly from any location.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you’ve set up your account, you will need to renew it annually to confirm your Mason affiliation and to keep your account active.

Jessica Clark

TEAR: TORN in the Fenwick Gallery

2 years 9 months ago

From December 11, 2017 through February 2, 2018, the Fenwick Gallery will host an exhibition of works by Erica Hopkins entitled TEAR: TORN.

About the Exhibition: TEAR: TORN is a collection of mixed media pieces by third-year MFA Painting candidate Erica Hopkins. The work exhibits the journey of self-discovery, defining “ecstasy” through the act of tearing in relationship to being torn. By collaging fragments of papers and photographs of everyday life, the series becomes an action of reconstructing chaos in the confinement of square panels. Buried in the layers of tearing, madness is brought to order, forming a portrait of the artist.

About the Artist: Erica Hopkins, originally from Anchorage, Alaska, has a BA in Art History, with an extensive background in theatre and music. While working on her undergraduate degree, she began creating her own art to better understand the artists she studied. Her work utilizes the various mediums of painting, alternative photography, mixed media, video, and sound art to explore themes of identity, psychology, beauty, and destruction. She is currently an MFA Visual Arts candidate in Painting at George Mason University.

About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. The space is dedicated to exhibiting high quality works by students, faculty, staff and other emerging and experienced artists that highlight aspects of the Libraries’ collections and support Mason’s curriculum and cultural initiatives.

Jessica Clark

Online Resources: Relax + Refresh!

2 years 9 months ago

Need to relax as you finish your papers and projects? Thinking about the winter break? Check out what Mason Libraries has for you:

  • Watch Oscar winning independent films, such as Twilight Samurai or The Scent of Green Papaya, in our New World Cinema database, which includes 200 full-length feature films and award-winning short films.
  • Stream a variety of documentaries and social issue films on Docuseek
  • Kick back with one of the 700 recent fiction and non-fiction books housed in Mason Libraries’ Recommended Reads collection in Gateway Library
  • Listen to the blues music of Muddy Waters or folk songs by Bob Dylan in Music Online: American Music.
  • Choose a classic Mozart symphony, holiday music from a dozen countries around the world, or one of the 44,000 tracks of blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, spoken word, and more – available in Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries. 

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 – short or long!

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De-Stress@The Library

2 years 9 months ago

Gatway Library is hosting De-Stress@The Library on December 7 from 3-7 p.m.Stop by for some Lego-ing and art therapy. Free! Fun! Relaxation and refreshments are yours to enjoy as you prepare for Final Exams. For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor at gmu.edu

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Forthcoming Mason Press Title: Playfair

2 years 9 months ago

William Playfair, when he is known today, is remembered as the inventor of “statistical graphics,” including the line, bar, and pie charts that we still use regularly today (and built into Microsoft Excel). He’s a sometime-hero of the Infogeek community. Edward Tufte cited him extensively in The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and called Playfair one of the great inventors of modern graphical design, who created the “first time series using economic data.” (Tufte, Edward, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, 1983, 9, 32-34, 64-65, 91-92)

In the George Mason University Press’ forthcoming titlePlayfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World, author Bruce Berkowitz reveals a journey to uncover a truth that is often hidden, opaque, distorted, refracted by lenses of luck, fate, and personal conflicts of interest.

Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World, by Bruce Berkowitz, will be published by the George Mason University Press in November 2017. It can be ordered from Amazon or from your favorite independent bookseller. George Mason University Press titles are distributed by University of Virginia Press and Longleaf Distribution.

For more information about the George Mason University Press, please contact John Warren, jwarre13@gmu.edu

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Finals@Fenwick: Open Hours Expand 12/1

2 years 9 months ago

Looking for more study time before – and during – finals? Find it at Fenwick! From December 1 through December 16, the Library increases Friday and Saturday evening open hours and will close at Midnight. From December 11 through December 19, Monday through Thursday, and Sunday, December 17, Fenwick Library will be open until 2 a.m. Plus, Fenwick Lobby is open 24/10 starting December 9! The detailed schedule of Fenwick finals hours is posted on library.gmu.edu. Good luck with your exams, papers and projects!

 

 

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Patriot Pantry Donation Drive

2 years 10 months ago

From November 27 through December 1, Gateway and Fenwick Libraries are collecting donations for Patriot Pantry. Drop off your items at either Gateway or Fenwick Library Service Desks. For each item you donate, you will receive one raffle ticket per item you bring – and the chance to win fun prizes! Winners will be contacted by e-mail. For more information, contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor@gmu.edu, 703-993-9055.  Patriot Pantry needs include:

Trail Mixes Nut Mixes Crackers with Cheese Crackers with                Peanut Butter Whole Grain Chips Canned           Chicken Shelf-stable Meals Multi-Grain Chips Lotion Pasta Laundry Soap Pasta Sauce Organic Items Body Wash Dryer Sheets Kleenex (Boxes)

 

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RFP for Course Redesign Using OER

2 years 10 months ago

Mason 4-VA, in collaboration with Mason Publishing in the University Libraries and the Office of Digital Learning in the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, has issued an RFP regarding Open Educational Resources (OER). This project is focused on innovative course redesign that reconsiders the materials currently used with the intent purpose to integrate digital materials. Courses of particular interest are those that 1) have high enrollment numbers, 2) are required courses for majors, 3) count in the Mason Core, or 4) carry high textbook costs.

Open Educational Resources are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.” Open Educational Resources. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 2016.

Redesigning courses to include open educational resources can accomplish the following:

  • reduce the cost of instruction for students
  • improve teaching and learning outcomes
  • create student economic opportunity through open access to quality educational resources

Who May Apply: Mason full-time faculty who teach high demand, highly populated courses. Adjunct faculty may apply as part of a team. For example, a group proposal may contain an adjunct instructor and full-time faculty from a department. Teams representing multiple sections of a course are encouraged to apply.

Grant Amounts: Competitive grants will be awarded ranging from $1,000-$5,000, depending on the nature of the work and the level of team collaboration. Larger amounts will be considered for projects that develop original materials.

Application & Deadline: For application forms and requirements, see attached or visit the 4-VA site. Deadline is December 1, 2017.

NOTE: Mason Publishing is available to aid faculty in developing OER textbooks or workbooks as a part of this project. Telephone: (703) 993-3636, publish@gmu.edu.

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