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Join us for the last Music in the Lobby concert of the fall semester on Wednesday, November 28 at 12:30pm in the Fenwick Lobby. Take a break to listen to beautiful music performed by Mason’s School of Music students and enjoy some delicious treats from Argo Tea. Music in the Lobby concerts will resume in February 2019.
Be sure to check our holiday hours for our operating status and hours at each library location.
Extended hours at Fenwick Library for the final exam season will begin Friday, December 7 and run through Tuesday, December 18.
Poetry Daily, a web-based journal launched in 1997 to promote poetry, has found a new home at George Mason University. The Poetry Daily Association, the nonprofit organization currently publishing the journal, has formed a new partnership with the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program and the George Mason University Libraries’ Publishing Group. Effective January 1, 2019, Mason faculty, staff, and students will take over the daily production of the journal here at Mason – an exciting opportunity for all involved.
The journal’s new editorial directors will be Sally Keith, professor of English, and Peter Streckfus, associate professor of English. Aaron McCoullough, interim head of the Mason Publishing Group within the Mason Libraries, will serve as an associate editor of the journal, sharing his extensive publication and production experience. Keith, Streckfus, and McCoullough are all published poets.
Mason Libraries is pleased to host the second annual Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit on Friday, November 30, 2018. A shared effort between the University of Virginia Law Library, George Mason University Libraries, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Summit will serve as a forum for the impressive efforts of those within the Commonwealth contributing to or interested in the digitization and interpretation of archival materials.
The summit will take place from 8:30am to 4pm in Fenwick Library 2001 and will be followed by a social hour at Oh, George! Registration for the conference is free. To view the full agenda and register, visit https://oieahc.wm.edu/events/conferences/supported/dasummit2018/.
- Career and Internship Fair
- Keynote Presentations
- Networking Reception
- Student Research Poster Competition
- Student Map Competition
Come join us!!! Register Now: ggs.gmu.edu/gis-day
On Wednesday, October 31 from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Special Collections Research Center is holding an Archives Month Open House with a display of some of their archival oddities as well as Archives Month themed materials (including the announcement of the REMIX contest winners). Everyone and anyone is encouraged to attend! Light refreshments will be served outside of the seminar room.
Fenwick Library is the site of the Third Annual Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia Lecture on Monday, November 5, 2018, 5-7 p.m., Room 2001 Fenwick. Professor Robert G. Parkinson, Binghamton University, will present “Making ‘The Cause’ Common: Fear, Prejudice, and the Making of the American Union”. The lecture is based on his recent book, The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution. The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception follows the presentation. The lecture is sponsored by the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia and Mason’s Department of History & Art History. Students and alums of the department are especially welcome!
For more information, please contact Professor Cindy Kierner, email@example.com
A panel from Mason’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) – Bob Coffin, Bob Frye, Marguerite Johnson, and Jeremy Remson – will focus on the pivotal year 1968 and share their individual, first-hand experiences at civil rights events in Northern Virginia and the DC area.
The panel will be moderated by Zach Schrag, Professor of History, Department of History & Art History at Mason. The event will be recorded and added to our Special Collection Research Center’s (SCRC) Oral History Program collection.
Following the panel discussion, all attendees are invited to remain for a reception and visit to SCRC’s current exhibition – Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America.
This month’s Music in the Lobby concert highlights bass-register instruments (cellos, double basses, bass clarinet). Join us – It’s All About the Bass! Fenwick Lobby, Wednesday, October 24, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Free!
Plus – exciting news – Music in the Lobby concerts are now approved by the School of Music for MUSI 300 credit! Score – so to speak!
Hosted by Fenwick Library, Music in the Lobby features Mason student performances. Music in the Lobby is coordinated by Professor June Huang, School of Music, and Steve Gerber, Music Librarian. Refreshments provided by Argo Tea Cafe.
For more information about Music in the Lobby, contact Steve Gerber, Music Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Monster Movie Night!
Join us for the cult classic of gooey greatness—THE BLOB. The film follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae. Steve McQueen plays the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader.1 Plus, there’s MORE! Costume Contest: wear your best! Halloween Snacks + Treats! Prizes! For more information, contact Anna Murphy-Lang, email@example.com, 703-993-3471.
1From Kanopy.com: THE BLOB is available to the Mason Community through one of #MasonLibraries’ streaming video databases, Kanopy. Kanopy provides a collection of over 26,000 films including documentaries, indie and foreign films, as well as classic and feature films. Producers include the Criterion Collection, New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, The Great Courses, and many more.
The Mason Publishing Group, within the Mason Libraries, is hosting a film screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. The screening will take place at 12pm on Thursday, October 25 in Fenwick Library Room 4008.
Paywall is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research, questions the rationale behind the multi-billion per year industry that is for-profit academic publishing, and examines the profit margin associated with the top academic publishers.
Interested in learning more about open access publishing? Visit Mason Publishing Group’s open access resource page.
Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, November 1 at 3pm in Fenwick Library 2001. We will be joined by Michael Summers, Professor, Astronomy and James Trefil, University Professor, Physics for a discussion of their book, Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond our Solar System.
About the book: “The past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety. In Exoplanets, astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space. This captivating book reveals the latest discoveries and argues that the incredible richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in our questions and mental paradigms. In short, we have to change how we think about the universe and our place in it, because it is stranger and more interesting than we could have imagined.”
Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.
About the Mason Author Series: The Mason Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit http://library.gmu.edu/masonauthorseries.
This exhibition, through sometimes plain (and often painful) documents, attempts to illuminate aspects of three civil rights movements: African American, Women, and LGBTQ+. The items in the cases are from the holdings of the George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The displayed pieces were created between the 19th through 21st century, and originate primarily in the United States.
Every movement has multiples arguments and ways to inform about a shared code of beliefs or values. Photographs educate and, sometimes, inspire one to action. Reports present researched facts. Letters reveal personal opinions. Plays and books interpret past and present realities, or anticipate future ones. The actions of people – of our fellow citizens – reflects the times in which they lived, their individual challenges, the choices made, their perspectives and vision for the future. Although incomplete, this exhibit is an invitation to more deeply examine the long, slow march of civil rights history in the United States.
“Before and Beyond 1968” is curated by Lynn Eaton (Director, Special Collections Research Center) and Bob Vay (Digital Collections and Exhibition Archivist, Special Collections Research Center). Consultation provided by Spencer Crew (Robinson Professor of African American and Public History). The exhibition will be on display through January 2019.
Mason Undergraduate Students! Do you love music? Are you interested in music? Are you studying music? Enter the Music Poster Contest!
How to Enter
- Create a display poster for Mason Libraries’ Music Library.
- Do some biographical or historical research on a music topic of personal interest – choose a subject from any era or genre of music. Use the Music InfoGuide – infoguides.gmu.edu/music – as a starting point.
- Then TELL a very short music-related story or EXPLAIN a music-related event on your poster.
- Any Mason undergrad can submit an entry – no need to be a music major.
- Stop by the Music Library, 2600 Fenwick, and look at the current exhibit for ideas of how the posters can be designed and are displayed.
- Contest deadline: November 19, 2018. Winning posters will be displayed in the Music Library, 2600 Fenwick Library from December 3, 2018 to February 15, 2019.
- Grand Prize = $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
- 3 Runners-up = $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Cards
Details + More Information
- Visit infoguides.gmu.edu/musicposter for complete details about your poster entry: font, layout, graphics, how to submit poster, etc.
- Questions? Stop by and visit your friendly, approachable Music Librarian, Steve Gerber, 2604 Fenwick.
It’s that time of year! Alumni Weekend, the annual reunion weekend held each fall, will take place this week: October 11-14, 2018. #MasonAW is a great opportunity to visit campus, reconnect with fellow alumni, show your alma mater off to your family, and enjoy lots of fun activities hosted by a variety of academic and cultural alumni chapters, as well as the GMUAA. We hope you will join us!
Swing by Fenwick Library during your time on campus to view two unique exhibits featuring items from our Special Collections Research Center:
- First Class: George Mason’s Class of 1968 (Atrium, 1st Floor)
- Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America (Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 2nd Floor)
Fenwick Library will be open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday, October 13.
For the full Alumni Weekend schedule and more information, visit http://alumniweekend.gmu.edu.
The 20th annual Fall for the Book begins this Wednesday, October 11 and runs through Saturday, October 13. What does that mean? 4 Days of readings, discussions, performances, and more by 150 authors!
The Libraries is pleased to once again provide sponsorship for the capstone event for this year’s Mason Reads program (March by Congressman John Lewis) as well as provide space in Fenwick Library for additional Fall for the Book events.
Congressman Lewis will speak at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 11, in the Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts, to discuss his memoir, March: Book One, along with his co-writer Andrew Aydin. March is a #1 New York Times Bestselling series of graphic novels, which have won honors from the Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, among many others.
Two of Mason Libraries’ faculty will also be featured at Fall for the Book events. Lynn Eaton, Director, Special Collections Research Center will join a panel discussion on “The Secret History of a Modern Suburb” on Thursday, October 11 at 4:30pm in Fenwick Library Room 2001. Aaron McCollough, Interim Head of Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press will join three other poets for a reading at “Poetry Night Out” on Friday, October 12 at 6pm at Epicure Cafe.
The following Fall for the book events will be held in Fenwick Library Room 2001:
Call & Response: “Borders”
Wednesday, October 10, 1:30-2:45pm
Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home
Carrie A. Meyer
Wednesday, October 10, 3-4:15pm
The Secret History of a Modern Suburb
Patricia Farrell Donahue, Lynn Eaton, and Laura Wickstead
Thursday, October 11, 4:30-5:45pm
Writing about the Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson
Tim Denevi, Margaret A. Harrell, William McKeen, and Juan F. Thompson
Thursday, October 11, 6-7:15pm
Alumni Reading (Poetry & Prose)
Lucy Biederman, John Copenhaver, Joe Hall, Alyse Knorr, and Kate Partridge
Friday, October 12, 4-5:15pm
Writing Through Identity
Sandy Allen, Rachel Z. Arndt, Dave Madden, and Sarah Viren
Friday, October 12, 6-7:15pm
For more information, visit fallforthebook.org.
Call & Response, an annual exhibition of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which ones calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for the twelfth annual Call & Response is Borders.
Call & Response: Borders is on display from Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Fenwick Gallery, housed in Fenwick Library on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. An opening reception and panel discussion with the artists is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Reception refreshments provided by Argo Tea Cafe.
For more information, visit at http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/borders.
Mark your calendars and join us at Arlington Campus Grad Research Day, Monday, October 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A variety of workshops will be offered on Data, Zotero, Graduate Research, Graduate Writing, Publication Opportunities, University Dissertation & Thesis Services, Career Services – and more! The workshops are open to Mason grad students in all disciplines. Come to one, come to some, come to all – bring your laptop and bring your friends!
Brought to you by S-CAR Grad Office and Arlington Campus Library. For more information, contact Chris Magee, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-993-8267.
To celebrate Virginia Archives Month, Mason Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center hosts its first Archives Fair on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, 2001 Fenwick Library, October 5 from 1 – 3:30 pm. This is your opportunity to see what local Virginia archival repositories have to offer, speak to archivists, learn more about archives and archival services, and to see what interesting records they hold! The following institutions will be at the Archives Fair:
- The Virginia Room
- Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center
- Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library
- Truban Archives, Shenandoah County Library
- Thomas Balch Library
- Local History and Special Collections, Alexandria Library
- Center for Local History and Arlington Community Archives, Arlington Public Library
- Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University
For more information about the Archives Fair, contact Brittney Falter, email@example.com, 703-993-2058.
How can you, as an educator, have increased control over your teaching materials, be more creative in the classroom, AND lower student costs? Use existing open educational resources (OER) or create your own materials!
Mason 4-VA, a state-funded initiative to support innovative and forward-thinking education, invites Mason faculty to submit a proposal for course redesign that integrates digital and freely accessible materials. The effort encourages the reduction or elimination of expensive textbooks either with individual or team produced digital works, or with existing digital content that is in the public domain, licensed Creative Commons, or available in databases to which the University Libraries subscribes.
Courses of particular interest are those that:
- have high enrollment,
- are required for majors,
- count in the Mason Core, or
- carry high textbook costs.
Applicants must be Mason full-time faculty that 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.
Competitive grants will be awarded ranging from $1000-$5000, depending on the nature of the work and the level of team collaboration. Greater amounts will be considered for projects that develop original materials and have larger teams.
Proposal deadline: October 15, 2018
Award notification: December 15, 2018
Funds distribution: January 15, 2019
Project completion: June 30, 2019
The library is ready to support your use of OER content or answer your questions related to copyright and the Creative Commons licensing of your own materials. Contact your subject librarian or Aaron S. McCollough, Interim Director, George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing.
For more information and the link to the RFP visit: https://4va.gmu.edu/course_redesign/