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Virginia University Libraries: Copyright Rewrite Could Harm Mission

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 21:27

Five Virginia university library directors are telling Congress that copyright revision could threaten the core mission of the Commonwealth’s academic research libraries.

As stated in a UVA Libraries news release, the Copyright Office is set to unveil a potentially damaging rewrite of key parts of the Copyright Act despite stiff opposition from libraries themselves. The Library Deans and Directors at five Virginia universities—John Unsworth of the University of Virginia, Carrie Cooper of the College of William and Mary, John Zenelis of George Mason University, John Ulmschneider of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Tyler Walters of Virginia Tech—urged caution in a letter sent this week to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The letter warns that a Copyright Office proposal could trigger a lengthy, costly, and contentious legislative process not justified by library needs.



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TextSelect: Required Textbooks on Reserve

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 08:21

Mason Libraries’ TextSelect program provides required textbooks for selected required  classes.Through TextSelect, textbooks which cost more than $50.00 are purchased by the libraries. This popular collection now includes required textbooks for the following selected 100, 200, 300 & 400 level required courses:

  • Required General Education classes
  • Required School of Business classes
  • Required Conflict Resolution classes
  • Required Economics classes
  • Required Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health and Nursing classes

TextSelect also includes selected textbooks under $50.00 as well as selected graduate-level textbooks in these class subject areas (above). TextSelect textbooks are placed on 2-hour reserve in the Gateway Library, located in the Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Check the the Mason Libraries Catalog or the Course Reserve Catalog to find TextSelect textbooks on reserve. Students may also suggest a textbook purchase.

For more information on TextSelect, please contact Madeline Kelly, mkelly25 at, 703-993-2849, or your subject librarian.

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Course Reserves: Faculty Information

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 06:50

Mason faculty may place books, media and readings on reserve for student use in their courses. Physical course reserve items are located at Gateway Library (Johnson Center). Arlington Campus and Mercer Libraries also offer reserve services. Typically, print reserves do not circulate outside of the library. e-Reserves are accessible to students via their course pages in Blackboard.

Questions? Need more information about reserves? Please contact the Mason Libraries Reserves Team at


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Apply for Grad Student Reserved Carrels

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 11:29

Mason graduate students seeking a reserved research/writing carrel in Fenwick Library’s Graduate Study Zone can enter the Graduate Student Reserved Carrel Drawing. Entries are due by 5 p.m., August 31. Spaces are allocated for one academic term.

Eligible doctoral students can apply for Fenwick Dissertation Writers Room and Arlington Campus Library Dissertation Writers Room spaces. Carrels are allocated for one academic term on a first-come, first-served basis.

Details about the Fenwick and Arlington spaces, as well as the entry/application forms, are online.

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Fall 2016: New Undergraduate Class

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:16

Are you a Mason undergraduate student working on an original research, independent study, senior design or capstone project? Are you thinking about submitting your research for publication? Would you like to learn more about the publication process?  UNIV 370: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process is the class for you! By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • identify and select appropriate publication/presentation venues
  • prepare a publication proposal
  • prepare a paper for publication/presentation
  • survive the peer review process
  • identify and avoid ethical issues related to publication and copyright

UNIV 370: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process details

  • When: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Where: Fenwick Library, Rm 1014A
  • Credits: 0 to 1 credits
  • Instructor: Theresa Calcagno, Research Librarian

Need more information? Contact Theresa Calcagno, tcalcagn at

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Go global – with Rosetta Stone

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 13:38

Mason Libraries offer 24/7 online access to Rosetta Stone, the premier software for language learning. Acquire a new language or brush up your skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening as well as grammar and vocabulary.

  • Thirty languages available: Arabic. Chinese (Mandarin). Dari. Dutch. English (American). English (British). Filipino (Tagalog). French. German. Greek. Hebrew. Hindi. Indonesian. Irish. Italian. Japanese. Korean. Latin. Pashto. Persian (Farsi). Polish. Portuguese (Brazil). Russian. Spanish (Latin America). Spanish (Spain). Swahili. Swedish. Turkish. Urdu. Vietnamese.
  • Free access to this Mason Libraries’ database for Mason students, faculty and staff.
  • Users must create a free login account to access Mason Libraries’ Rosetta Stone language collection.

login. learn.


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FenRen 2016: Renovation Projects

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 16:32

Two major renovation and move projects are set for Fenwick Library this summer. Starting on May 16, Floors 2B and 2C will be closed for remodeling to accomodate expanding library services, collections and programs. What’s happening?

  • Floors 2B and 2C will be closed to the public.
  • Music Collection & Services remains open in Gateway Library until they are relocated to Fenwick 2B later this summer.
  • Data Services is temporarily located in 4607 Fenwick and will move to remodeled 2C space as a key part of Fenwick’s new Digital Scholarship Center later this summer.

The work and moves are expected to be completed by Fall Semester 2016.

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Mason Libraries Summer Hours

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:13

Welcome, summer students! Mason Libraries Summer Session hours for Fairfax, Arlington and the Science + Technology Campuses are posted. Virtual Reference service hours are also online.


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Gaudeamus igitur!

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:51

Congratulations and best wishes to all Spring 2016 graduates from the George Mason University Libraries. Excelsior!

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Verbal/Visual 2016: MFA Exhibit

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:21

The annual Verbal/Visual exhibit, featuring art and research by Mason’s MFA candidates, is now on display in Fenwick Gallery. Creative practice is driven by input or research, even though it is defined by the resulting output or product. The combination of these three aspects prompts new methods of creating, and provides alternate routes to acquire knowledge and insight.  Verbal/Visual 2016 presents all elements of the creative process as one. Research and artwork, conducted and created by MFA candidates Ben Ashworth, Sarah Zuckerman Dolan, Sarah Irvin and Patrick Sargeant, show these corresponding parts of a whole. The students will graduate from Mason’s School of Art in May 2016.

For more information about Fenwick Gallery, please contact Jenna Rinalducci, jrinaldu @


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Fenwick Lobby Open 24/7

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:54

Fenwick Library Lobby is open 24/7 through May 11, 2016. Good luck with final papers, projects and exams, Mason Nation!

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Grant Development Workshop 4/26

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 06:56

On Tuesday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mercer Library and University Life at the Science and Technology Campus are hosting Grant Development: A Process Primer for Graduate Students + Faculty. This workshop, geared to graduate students and early career faculty, provides an overview of the grant development process as well as an open Q&A with University Professor Dr. June P. Tangney and Associate Professor Dr. Keith D. Renshaw from the Department of Psychology. Lunch provided. Register now!

For more information, please contact Teresa Kan, tkan @

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Fri, 04/22/2016 - 06:43

Exams are approaching! Relax and revive at these upcoming events:

Arlington Campus

Monday, April 25  Stop by Arlington Campus Library (ACL) for an afternoon of adult coloring from 3 p.m. to  7:00 p.m. in ACL Study Room 329. Coffee and snacks, provided by GAPSA, will be available. Colored pencils and coloring sheets will be on hand; you’re welcome to bring your favorite coloring books or supplies, too. From Monday, April 25 to Thursday, April 28, Arlington Campus Library will offer coffee each evening from 4 p.m. until it’s gone – drop in! For more information, please contact April Kelley, akelley3 @

Monday, April 25 Need help finding GIS datasets for your final projects, using GIS software to analyze your data, creating a map using ArcGIS, QGIS, and more? Joy Suh (hsuh1 @, Geospatial Resources Librarian, will be available by appointment from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Arlington Campus Library to assist you with your project/paper. Register now.

Fairfax Campus

Thursday, April 28  De-stress at the Library: Coloring + Legos!  Gateway Library and the Office of Off-Campus Student Programs & Services are sponsoring two ways to de-stress from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in Gateway Library, Johnson Center. Refreshments provided! For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor @


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Fenwick Fellowship Deadline Extended

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:31

The deadline for applications for 2016-2017 Fenwick Fellow Program is being EXTENDED until MAY 6th (from the original April 20 deadline).

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. Tenured, tenure-track, and term (multi-year appointment) faculty at George Mason University are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. It is requested that previous Fenwick Fellow awardees do not submit proposals.

The Fellowship provides

  • one award of $5,000 to be used for the acquisition of library research materials that may be needed for the Fellow’s research project, as well as associated research costs (e.g., research assistant support, survey costs, defrayal of conference costs when specifically required for the Fellow’s research project, and other related incidental costs).
  • use of an office in Fenwick Library for the term of the Fellowship (August 29, 2016 – August 11, 2017).

The Fenwick Fellowship application deadline is EXTENDED to FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016.  The 2016-2017 Fenwick Fellow will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

For additional information, please contact Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, at 703-993-2491 or

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2016 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:10

Beth Roszkowski, Head, Arlington Campus Library, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. Ms. Roszkowski truly embodies commitment to George Mason University and the profession of academic research librarianship. With this award, she is being recognized for her enthusiastic and tireless support of Mason’s students, faculty, and staff.

Ms. Roszkowski has a strong record as a skilled manager of complex functions, programs and services as well as noteworthy professional accomplishments which encompass all three areas of library professional faculty responsibilities at Mason – professional expertise and competence, scholarship, and service.

The award will be presented to Ms. Roszkowski at Mason’s Celebration of Teaching Excellence ceremony on Monday, April 11, 2015, 3:30pm, at the Center for the Arts, Concert Hall Main Lobby, Fairfax campus.



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Library Staff Recognized for Service

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:05

Congratulations to our library colleagues who were recognized for their service to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia. The recipients were presented with their awards on April 6 and April 7 at the University Day Service awards celebrations.

30 years

  • Steve Dang, Resource Description & Metadata Services, Technical Services Group

20 years

  • Cynthia Bentley, Access Services, Fenwick and Gateway Libraries
  • William Perrin, Access Services, Fenwick and Gateway Libraries

15 years

  • Chandararith Chet, Systems Group
  • Karen Jacobs, Payments, Technical Services Group
  • Susan Stockwell, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

10 years

  • Steven Gerber, Research Services, Fenwick Library, RES
  • Meaghan O’Malley, Resource Acquisition, Technical Services Group
  • Joyce Price, Resource Description & Metadata Services, Technical Services Group
  • Andrew Stevens, Web Services, Systems Group

5 years

  • Jason Byrd, Information Services Team, Fenwick Library
  • Anne Driscoll, Research Services, Fenwick Library, RES
  • Sally Evans, University Dissertations and Theses, Mason Publishing Group
  • Margaret Lam, Research Services, Fenwick Library, RES
  • Katara Wright, Information Services Team, Fenwick Library
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Student Video Competition Winners!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 16:26

One of the events included in the Grand Opening Celebration of Fenwick Library was the Student Video Competition. Mason students created videos, with run times of less than a minute, on the theme “Top 3 Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Library.”  The videos had to  incorporate and feature a library/or libraries on any of the Mason campuses, and highlight the transformative role that the Mason Libraries play in the living and learning environment at Mason. The winning videos were announced and screened at the Fenwick Library Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and are available online. Congratulations to

Grand Prize Winner: Samuel Robbins, Sophomore, Communications

Runners Up

Honorable Mention


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Company + Industry Research Workshop

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:47

Interested in business research? Area university students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Capital Area Business Librarians (CABL) for a workshop on various Mergent databases. This session will be held April 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at George Mason University Arlington Campus, 206 Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA. Light refreshments will be provided by Mergent. Register today to reserve your spot!

For more information, please contact Jo Ann Henson, Business Librarian, George Mason University Libraries,, 703-993-2213

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Library of Congress Orientation 4/8/16

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:43

Arlington Campus Library will be hosting its regular Library of Congress orientation and tour session on Friday, April 8. Join us and learn how to conduct research at the Library of Congress with special guest instructor, Library of Congress Librarian Darren Jones. Attendees will be able to get ID cards to access the Readers Room, learn about the research services available, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library of Congress. Registration is required, so please save your spot today!  For more information, please contact Beth Roszkowski, broszkow @

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Open Access Publishing Fund

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 11:08

The University Libraries offers financial support to eligible members of the Mason community to offset the costs of publishing in scholarly open access (OA) journals that charge author fees. Complete and submit the Open Access Publishing Fund (OAP Fund) application on the University Libraries’ website to apply for funds. Please read the journal eligibility requirements before applying. Contact Claudia Holland ( with any questions.

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