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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For general inquiries about the University Libraries or George Mason University, contact Jessica Clark, Development and Communications Officer, at email@example.com.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
George Mason University Libraries is excited to announce a new venture: the Mason Libraries Artist-in-Residence Program. For our first (pilot) year, we’ve invited Adriana Monsalve, a photobook artist and publisher, to join us in a research and visual arts project.
Throughout April and May 2019, Monsalve will be dividing her residency between the Mason Libraries (particularly the Fenwick Gallery and the Special Collections Research Center in Fenwick Library) and the Mason School of Art to lead a series of in-class lectures and workshops, and to conduct research in the library’s photobook and artists’ book collections. The residency will conclude with an exhibition curated by Monsalve, a special artist’s talk, and the publication of a collaborative zine produced by Mason students and faculty.
About Adriana Monsalve: Adriana Monsalve is an artist and collaborative publisher working in the photo book medium. Together with Caterina Ragg, they run Homie House Press from Beltsville, MD and Lambrate, Milano, Italy. HHP is a radical cooperative platform where they challenge the ever-changing forms of storytelling with image + text.
Monsalve earned a Masters in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London in 2013. In 2018, she was awarded the Lucie Independent Photo Book Prize for her collaborative photo book, Femme Frontera, a project which was funded by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and was part of the Master Artist Grant for 2017.
The works of Homie House Press have been collected in the Library of Congress, the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Maryland Institute College of Art, among other private collections. At Mason, you can find Monsalve’s photobooks and HHP publications in the Mason Libraries Artists’ Book Collection, housed in the Special Collections Research Center.
See more on Monsalve’s work and HHP at http://www.adrianastories.com.
This residency is sponsored by the George Mason University Libraries, the Mason School of Art, and the Mason University Life Programming Fund. For more details about the program and upcoming events, visit the Fenwick Gallery website, http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/residency.
The George Mason University Press has released The Unlikely Reformer: Carter Glass and Financial Regulation by Matthew P. Fink.
Recently described as “the single most important lawmaker in the history of American finance,” Carter Glass nonetheless remains a much misunderstood and overlooked figure in that history. Glass is most widely remembered as the sponsor (with Henry Steagall) of the Glass-Steagall provisions of the U.S.A. Banking Act of 1933, which legally separated commercial and investment banking. But the Banking Act was the culminating achievement of a monumental career as a congressman, secretary of the Treasury, and senator—a career marked by ferocity and paradox.
Glass was a small-government conservative and vocal racist who was, however, also responsible for some of the most important progressive pieces of financial legislation in U.S. history, including the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which created mechanisms for addressing financial panics and managing the nation’s currency, and provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which created the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the model New Deal agency. In The Unlikely Reformer, Matthew Fink explains how these apparent contradictions emerged together at a pivotal moment in the modern American era. As the first new study dedicated to Carter Glass published in over seventy-five years, it updates our perspective on the welter of assumptions, beliefs, and motivations underpinning a regulatory project that continues to be topical in the tumultuous contemporary moment.
About the Author: Matthew P. Fink is the author of The Rise of Mutual Funds: An Insider’s View. He is Director of the Retirement Income Industry Association and former President of the Investment Company Institute.
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.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our very own take on March Madness, as curated by our Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) team! SCRC selected their staff favorites, and each week the voting commenced, bracket-style. The competition was fierce, but the people have chosen, and the winner is:
SCRC’s Staff Picks will remain on display through August 2019, so please come by and check them out in person. They are also available for viewing in SCRC’s Flickr album.
Statement from Deans and Directors of Virginia Research Libraries on the University of California System’s Termination of Contract with Elsevier
Dear Virginia research and learning community,
As Deans and Directors of Virginia research libraries, our core mission and our highest priority is to ensure that our research communities have access to a rich, diverse, and sustainable collection of information resources. Recently, our colleagues in the University of California system took an important stand in defense of that mission by refusing to renew their $50 million “Big Deal” contract with Elsevier, the world’s most profitable vendor of information products. We write to express our gratitude and our support for them and the brave step they have taken, the latest in a global trend of libraries rethinking their biggest expenditures.
Like our UC colleagues, we have serious concerns about continuing to support Big Deal journal bundles, whose initial value proposition has eroded steadily over time. After years of price inflation, these deals have become too costly, consuming more of our budgets each year, crowding out every other kind of information resource (including that most elemental library asset, books). Big Deals also seem to be more and more comprised of titles our campuses rarely or never use. In addition to cost, we are concerned that the subscription model locks away publicly-funded research, reducing the relative impact of scholars on our campuses at a time when other countries and research funders are increasingly requiring full and immediate public access. As the global research community reaches consensus that open access is the future, Big Deal vendors have worked to extract profits from fast-growing publishing fees, another unsustainable model. Firm, principled action is needed to steer our investments in these vendors in a responsible direction.
Like many of our colleagues who have already spoken publicly about this issue, we have begun conversations on our campuses about the costs of Big Deal journal packages and the concerns we have about their value. We, too, hope to find a way forward that will be transparent, affordable, and sustainable. The UC system’s stand and the growing chorus of support from other institutions strengthen our conviction that collectively, research institutions can find a new way forward, with or without the bundled journal deals that have seemed, in the past, too big to refuse.
Carrie Cooper, Dean of University Libraries, William and Mary
George Fowler, University Librarian, Old Dominion University
John Ulmschneider, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University
John Unsworth, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, University of Virginia
K.T. Vaughan, Associate Dean, and Bethany Nowviskie, incoming Dean of Libraries, James Madison University
Tyler Walters, Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech
John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, George Mason University
Monday, April 8, 7:30-9pm: Ed Roberson – Ed Roberson is the author of numerous books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World, which was a runner up for the Los Angeles Times Poetry Award; The New Wing of the Labyrinth; City Eclogue; Atmosphere Conditions, which was chosen for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award; Just In: Word of Navigational Change: New and Selected Work; and Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His most recent publication is the chapbook Closest Pronunciation. His earlier collections include Etai-Eken and When Thy King is a Boy. Roberson’s honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2016, the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award, and the 2016 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. His work has been included in Best American Poetry. Roberson has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University.
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9pm: Special Event with Susan Richards Shreve and Susan Tichy – On the eve of her retirement, Mason’s Creative Writing Program celebrates one of its longest-serving and most celebrated professors, Susan Tichy. Tichy’s most recent collection, The Avalanche Path in Summer, takes her “life-long experience of walking in mountains and stirs into it a mix of ideas about mountains from the European and Chinese traditions.” She is also the author of five additional collections of poetry, including A Smell of Burning Starts the Day; The Hands in Exile, which was selected for the National Poetry Series; Bone Pagoda; Gallowglass; and Trafficke. Tichy will be joined by J.K. Daniels, whose book Wedding Pulls was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize and published by Hub City Press. A Mason MA and MFA graduate, she serves as the College Dean of Languages and the Annandale Campus Dean of Languages, Arts, & Social Sciences for Northern Virginia Community College.
Wednesday, April 10, 7:30-9pm: Jane Brox – Jane Brox’s fifth book, Silence, was published in January 2019. Her book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine. She is also the author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm; Five Thousand Days Like This One, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has taught at Harvard University and Bowdoin College, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program.
Friday, April 12, 5-6:30pm: Jamel Brinkley – Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and other places. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.
The Creative Writing Program offers the Visiting Writers Series each semester. Mason Libraries is the new host this spring. All events will take place in Fenwick Library, Room 2001, and are free and open to the public.
Looking for more info about research concepts or the research process? Or have questions about finding materials or using the Libraries’ tools and services? Check out our updated Tutorials page at http://library.gmu.edu/tutorials and explore topics from Grey Literature to Hosting a Film Night to using Zotero!
Do you have other questions? Come visit one of our campus locations. Our hours are posted and updated regularly. Make an appointment with one of our subject librarians who can provide personalized research assistance. Or, if you have questions but are unable to stop by, use our virtual reference hours.
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