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Music in the Lobby Concerts Return!

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:23

Join us! The popular Music in the Lobby mini-concerts return for the Spring semester on February 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Fenwick Lobby. Featuring Mason student musicians, these free performances are coordinated by the Mason School of Music and Fenwick Library. Refreshments are courtesy of Argo Tea Cafe. Take a break, relax, and enjoy.

Music in the Lobby is approved for MUSI 300 credit.

For more information about Music in the Lobby, contact Steve Gerber, Music Librarian,

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Librarians in The MIX: Entrepreneur Workshops

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:12

Join us for three workshops for entrepreneurs, presented by Mason Librarians. Offered on February 21 (Social Media Marketing), March 21 (Company & Industry Research), and April 18 (Introduction to Trademarks), all workshops are held in A214 The MIX@Fenwick from 3 – 4 p.m. Come to one – come to all!

For more information, contact Jo Ann Henson, Business & Economics Librarian,

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Speech Accent Archives Presentation 2/5

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 15:24

Join us for a DiSC Research Connections presentation “the sound of your voice: the speech accent archives” by stephen h. weinberger, associate professor of linguistics. Learn about the origin, development, use and maintenance of this unique resource – This event will be held February 5, 3-4 p.m., 2001 Fenwick Library.

For more information, please contact Wendy Mann,

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Mason Libraries participates in new, national initiative to make educational materials accessible

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 18:54


“Federating Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education” awarded a $1,000,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

FAIRFAX, VA – January 22, 2019: Joined by the Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics, the University Libraries is pleased to announce George Mason University’s participation in a new, national initiative to make educational materials accessible for students with print and learning disabilities at institutions of higher education. “Federating Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education” is a two-year project funded by a $1,000,000 grant from the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation to the University of Virginia.

George Mason will host the kick-off meeting for the new project on Friday, February 15, 2019, when representatives from all of the pilot participants will attend to plan activities within the scope of the project. In addition to representatives of the University of Virginia (the project PI), George Mason University will be joined by Texas A&M University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northern Arizona University, and Vanderbilt University. Additionally, representatives for three of the largest content repositories – HathiTrust, the Internet Archive, and Bookshare – will also attend and participate.

Such collaborations are vital to address the issue of duplicate efforts and delayed services that affect student success. Students with print disabilities require text to be reformatted for screen readers, text-to-speech software, or other forms of audio delivery, and often universities have few on staff to do this necessary work.

About the project, John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, remarks, “George Mason University is well positioned to engage with and contribute to this project of national significance due to its existing campus partnerships in this space and its innovative Assistive Technology Initiative that brings together Mason’s Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics; the Libraries; the Office of Digital Learning; Information Technology Services; the Purchasing Office; and the Office of University Counsel. We are excited to work together with our colleagues at the other institutions and to collaborate on this national pilot project for creating and sustaining a system of readily accessible learning materials that supports student success at all levels.”

The goal of this ambitious project is to establish a national platform for sharing learning materials that have been remediated for students with print disabilities, thus reducing duplication of efforts, allowing cumulative improvement of accessible texts, and decreasing turnaround time for delivery of texts to students and faculty. At all of the participating universities, the libraries and disability services offices will be included in the work and at four of the institutions (including Mason) the university presses will participate. The project aims to address the large gap between what the law requires of universities with respect to students with learning challenges and what staff members in supporting offices can provide.

Korey Singleton, Manager of the Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) notes, “Over the last twenty years, Mason has made significant strides towards ensuring students with disabilities are afforded equivalent and timely access to their educational materials. This is due not only to the dedicated staff within the ATI, Disability Services, and Compliance, Diversity and Ethics, but also, in large part, to the many university partners that have supported and championed these efforts. As Dean Zenelis commented, we are excited by the opportunity to extend these partnerships to our colleagues at other institutions and look forward to being a part of this cutting-edge pilot project.”

The project also depends on HathiTrust, the Internet Archive, and Bookshare – three large digital repositories, each of which already provides service to users with print disabilities – to provide a federated network of storage and delivery and to draw on their individual networks of social commitment and technical expertise. The Association of Research Libraries will also provide support for a meeting of legal experts at the outset of the project.

The grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund the creation of library infrastructure at UVA called EMMA (Educational Materials Made Accessible) which will handle authentication, search, selection, and download, while also providing an upload path for texts produced or remediated on the campuses of the seven participating universities. EMMA will connect university librarians or disability service officers operating on behalf of students (or faculty) with disabilities at any of the seven participating universities to materials created on any of their campuses or by any of the three repositories.

CONTACT:  Jessica Clark, Development and Communications Officer,, 703.993.2251

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[Land]scape: Artists’ Talk & Reception

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 12:56

Join us on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5 – 7 p.m. for the closing reception and artists’ talk for [Land]scape, an exhibition of works by current MFA students in Mason’s School of Art. [Land]scape is presented by Fenwick Gallery in partnership with ARTIFACT, a graduate student organization for MFA candidates in the School of Art.

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Shutdown: Alternative Resources

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:18

During a government shutdown, many publicly available government resources are not available. This InfoGuide offers alternatives to commonly used government resources.

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Grant opportunities for course redesign

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:02

We are excited to announce that the Request for Proposals for the first round of VIVA Course Redesign Grants officially opened this month. 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 new program will award 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

Applications are due January 31, 2019, and award notification will take place on March 1, 2019.

Webinars will be held at the following times, and will include a general introduction to the grants, the application process, and a Q&A:

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

*VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV). 

Questions about the program may be submitted to

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End of Semester Bubble Tea Party@Argo

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:13

Celebrate the end of the semester at Argo Tea Cafe’s Bubble Tea Party on Monday, December 17, Noon – 2 p.m. See you in Fenwick Lobby!

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New Fenwick Gallery Exhibit: [Land]scape

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:20

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host [Land]scape, an exhibition of works by current MFA students in Mason’s School of Art. The exhibition runs from December 3, 2018 – January 26, 2019, with a closing reception and artist panel talk on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in Fenwick Library 2001.

What is a landscape? A scenic countryside? A long-standing tradition in art history? The distant backdrop of our lives and memories? In the exhibition [Land]scape, artists ask us to engage the notion of landscape on multiple levels. Some pull imagery directly from observed physical, natural, and built surroundings to construct narratives, comment on social, political, and environmental issues, or use landscape as poetic metaphor. Others explore the unseen spaces we navigate: the mind, dreams, fears, desires, the space between people, between the past and present, between here and there. Featuring a range of painting, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and video works, the exhibition itself becomes a landscape revealing a strata of emerging art practices.

Participating artists include Jorge Bañales, Andrea Benge, Brigitte Caramanna, Danielle Dravenstadt, Kate Fitzpatrick, Emily Fussner, Kerrianne Hentges, Erica Hopkins, Strange Lens, Jennifer Lillis, Jayne Matricardi-Burke, Matt Nolan, Kevin Wallace, and Michael Walton.                                                                               

[Land]scape is presented by Fenwick Gallery in partnership with ARTIFACT, a graduate student organization for MFA candidates in Mason’s School of Art. ARTIFACT fosters connection, collaboration, and professional development within the MFA program and creates opportunities to share artists’ work with the Mason community and greater Washington DC area.

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 for the most accurate and up-to-date information. For additional information about the Gallery, visit For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at

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Music in the Lobby: Nov 28

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 09:39

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving & Holiday Hours

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:43

Happy Thanksgiving from Mason Libraries!

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.

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Poetry Daily finds new publishing home at Mason

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 17:15

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.

For additional information, please see the full press release from the Creative Writing Program. For your daily dose of poetry, visit

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Mason Libraries to host second annual Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:46

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

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November 14: GIS Day @ Fenwick

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 10:14

Celebrate GIS Day 2018 in the Digital Scholarship Center, 2700 Fenwick Library and 2001 Fenwick Library. Hosting with the Department of Geography and Geoinformation, GIS Day festivities include

  • Career and Internship Fair
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Networking Reception
  • Student Research Poster Competition
  • Student Map Competition

Come join us!!! Register Now:

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Archives Month Open House 10/31

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 16:06

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.

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Annual History Lecture 11/5/2018

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 12:50

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,

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Special Event on Nov 13: Civil Rights Memories + Moments

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 10:57

Please join us for “Memories + Moments 1968: The Local Civil Rights Movement” on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:30pm in Fenwick Library 2001.

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.

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It’s All About the Bass on Oct. 24

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:39

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,


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Monster Movie Night 10/24

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:12

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,, 703-993-3471.

1From 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.

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