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Mason Author Series: Policing Black Bodies

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:08

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, October 4 at 3:30pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room. We will be joined by Angela J. Hattery, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies, and Earl Smith, Adjunct Faculty, Sociology for a discussion of their book, Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change.

In Policing Black Bodies the authors make a compelling case that the policing of Black bodies goes far beyond individual stories and isolated incidents of brutality. They connect the regulation of African American people in many settings, including the public education system and the criminal justice system, into a powerful narrative about the myriad ways Black bodies are policed.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Authors: Angela J. Hattery (BA Carleton College, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a sociologist and serves as the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at George Mason University. Her research focuses on social stratification, gender, family, and race. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including her latest book Policing Black Bodies (January 2018), African American Families: Myths and Realities (2012/2016), The Social Dynamics of Family Violence (2012/2016), Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital (2010), Interracial Intimacies (2009); Interracial Relationships (2009); Intimate Partner Violence (2008); African American Families (2007) and Women, Work, and Family (2001). She teaches classes in gender and sexuality, intersections of race, class and gender, gender based violence and feminist methods.

Earl Smith is Emeritus Professor of American Ethnic Studies and Sociology at Wake Forest University. He currently teaches classes in Sociology, African and African American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. He earned his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. His teaching and research focuses on urban sociology, sociology of sport, criminal justice, and race. He is the author of 11 books, including his most recent book, published in 2018, Policing the Black Body, as well as dozens of book chapters and peer reviewed articles. He has written several books on the impact of social inequality on Black families. His book Race, Sport and the American Dream, which has been published in 3 editions, remains the only book on the market that examines structural racism in SportsWorld. On a regular basis he is consulted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, and a variety of other news outlets. He teaches courses on race and ethnicity, social problems, and race, gender, sexuality and sport.

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 upcoming events, visit http://library.gmu.edu/masonauthorseries.

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Libraries Book Club: Meeting this Thursday

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 09:32

Interested in joining the Mason Libraries Book Club? Join the first meeting of the year this Thursday, September 20 at 6pm in the Gateway Library, Room 134 G (Literacy Lab). We’ll talk about what everyone read over the summer and suggestions for what to read this year. Please bring your ideas – genre, theme, or book recommendations welcome! Check out the Book Club website for more details at https://masonlibrariesbookclub.wordpress.com/.

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Research Reflections: Seth Hudson

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 16:10

Seth Hudson is an assistant professor of game writing in the Computer Game Design program in Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. On September 25, 3-4 p.m., in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, Professor Hudson will present “Theoretical Approaches to Developing Industry-Relevant Pedagogy
in Computer Game Design”. He will discuss his research on pedagogy in computer game design programs, presenting a framework for course and curriculum development for computer game design in higher education and methodologies that leverage the actual experiences of practitioners in the games industry.

Professor Hudson teaches story design for computer games, critical studies, and the history of computer games. His continuing interests lie in narrative, critical theory, the teaching of writing, and research to improve teacher practice in higher education — all in relation to the emerging field of game studies and game design.

Research Reflections in the Reading Room highlights Mason faculty research interests and foci.

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Welcome to Mason Libraries!

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:51

Did you miss the Fenwick Library open house last week? Don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the Mason Libraries and our resources! Check out our workshops and events calendar for more opportunities. In addition, we have a number of online resource guides to help you start that important research project you have coming up.

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 to know 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 an item at one of our other campus locations? Click here for more information. Looking for open educational resources? Check out our OER Metafinder. Need help with a digital research project? Visit our Digital Scholarship Center. 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!

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#archivesmonth Information Session

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:52

“Archivists bring the past to the present. They’re records collectors and protectors,
keepers of memory. They organize unique, historical materials, making them available
for current and future research.” – Lisa Lewis

Get ready for Archives Month! On Thursday, September 27, from 1-4 p.m., Special Collections Research Center archivists will be in the Fenwick Atrium to highlight 2018 Archives Month events, Mason Libraries’ archival resources, and what archivists do. Archival Oddities is the theme for this year’s celebration, October 1-31. For more information, contact Brittney Falter, bfalter@gmu.adu #archivesmonth #archivaloddities #scrc

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2018-19 Fenwick Fellows Announced

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:17

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis is pleased to announce the annual Fenwick Fellow awards for 2018-19, based on the recommendations of the Fenwick Fellow Selection Committee. For the third year in a row, two fellowships are being awarded, with one award for a project proposal that aligns with the libraries’ ever-increasing activities in the area of digital scholarship.

The Fenwick Fellows for academic year 2018-19 are Jacqueline M. Burek, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Mills Kelly, Professor of History, Department of History and Art History – both from Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Burek’s research proposal, Mending a Broken Chain: Continuous History and Literary Form in England and Wales, 1125-1450, focuses on the relationship between historiographical narrative and literary form in late medieval Britain. Working with Middle English, Anglo-Norman French, Medieval Latin, and Middle Welsh historiography, she examines how authors conceptualize and write about the past. In her current work, she argues that medieval British historians develop the genre of ‘continuous history’ as a way of coming to terms with the conquest of England in 1066.

For his project, Mapping the Built Environment of the Appalachian Trail, Professor Kelly will utilize the resources of the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center to complete a digital humanities research project on the built environment of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The project’s goal is to create a digital map of all the versions of the AT (which has changed significantly over time) and offer a complete inventory of the built environment along AT routes (ranging from simple lean-to structures to elaborate hostels). In collaboration with his undergraduate students, Professor Kelly also plans to develop an analog exhibition of this work to be staged in Fall 2019.

Zenelis commented, “It is exciting each year to see the variety of proposals from Mason faculty members and how they plan to make use of the Libraries’ many resources, from more traditional types of research to new explorations in digital humanities. We look forward to the final products created by our two newest fellows.”

Professors Burek and Kelly will present the results of their work in spring 2020 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries. 

ABOUT THE FENWICK FELLOWSHIP: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to up to two Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty members to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in their fields. The winning proposals are recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipients are provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project. The terms for this year’s Fellows begin on August 27, 2018 and will end on August 9, 2019.

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New Exhibition Opens: Rethinking Lines

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 09:14

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host Mel Parada’s Rethinking Lines, an exhibition of typographic prints and drawings on paper. The exhibition opens Monday, August 27 and will close Saturday, October 6, 2018. An artist’s talk will be scheduled in mid-September.

About the Exhibition: Today’s communication landscape is saturated with narrative driven design. What we see and experience through our everyday communication channels are often assigned specific meaning, purpose, and intent, leaving very little room for interpretation by the viewer. Rethinking Lines examines the possibilities of meaning making and attempts to remove narrative from communication design through visual treatments that involve the deconstruction of typography, reconfigured grid systems, scale, and color theory. The work embodies theoretical approaches found in the Minimalist movement as well as abstraction movements like De Stijl and Constructivism. The printed works in Rethinking Lines provide a visual representation that shifts the inception of meaning and its making from the design phase to the experience phase while introducing a means of disrupting the reliance of narrative in all forms of visual communication to include fine art.

About the Artist: Mel Parada holds an MFA from George Mason University’s School of Art. He is a Resident Artist (2018-2019) with Discover Graphics Atelier located in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, and he also serves as a graphic design adjunct professor with Mason’s School of Art. Parada is an active member of the Chesapeake Chapter, American Printing History Association (APHA), and he was a Denker Fellow (2016). His current work involves traditional printmaking methods, specifically stone lithography and screen printing.

About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. A partnership with Mason’s School of Art, 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. For more information about the Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art & Art History Librarian, sgrimm@gmu.edu

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SmartStart + Fenwick Open House

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:37

Get ready to research! Stop by SmartStart + Fenwick Open House on September 4 from 1-5 p.m. and discover how Mason Libraries can help you succeed. Learn about subject librarians, course reserves, checking out books, searching for articles, and more. Visit departments, too: Special Collections Research Center, Digital Scholarship Center, Music Library, and SP@RC Lab.

There will be a drawing for a prize, so be sure to come and see what’s in Mason Libraries for you!

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Mason Author Series: Robin Hanson

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:16

Join us in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room on Thursday, September 6 at 3:30pm for our first Mason Author Series event of the new academic year!

Robin Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics, will discuss his work on The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, which he co-authored with Kevin Simler. In their book, the authors aim to confront our hidden motives directly in an effort to better understand human nature – both in our personal lives and in large-scale social institutions.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Author: Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He received his PhD in 1997 in social sciences from Caltech, and he joined Mason’s economics faculty in 1999 after completing a two-year post-doc at UC Berkeley. His major fields of interest include health policy, regulation, and formal political theory.

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.

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New library services platform now live!

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:04

The new Mason Libraries Search is now live! Mason Libraries Search allows you to search hundreds of millions of items simultaneously from the following:

MasonCatalog

  • The books, e-books and media we’ve always had in our catalog
  • Mason’s digital collections in MARS and LUNA
  • Mason’s Electronic Dissertations and Theses

MasonCatalog + Articles and More (includes all the above and adds…)

  • Research databases and E-Journal collections like ERIC, MEDLINE, JSTOR and many others.
  • Legal, governmental and archival materials

WRLC Members (includes Mason and adds)

  • Library catalogs of all members of the Washington Research Library Consortium

Using Mason Libraries Search

Mason Libraries Search retrieves items that satisfy your search terms from the collections of Mason’s libraries, from individual publishers and from open-access scholarly repositories. You may also expand your search results to include items where immediate access is not possible by using the “Expand My Results” option on the search results page. For more in-depth research, you’ll also want to consult our Database Portal to search content that isn’t necessarily included within Libraries Search.

You can access items held by other institutions via our Interlibrary Loan Service, or in-person visits to Washington Research Library Consortium member libraries.

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Change is coming: new library services platform

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:39

Next week, Mason Libraries will launch a new library services platform as part of a multi-university implementation undertaken through the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). We will be retiring our Voyager system, replacing a number of back-end systems with the Alma platform, and introducing a powerful, next-generation discovery system as well.

We are excited by the capabilities these new systems will put in the hands of Mason’s researchers. By virtue of our closer collaboration with the WRLC, we will also dramatically improve access to the collections and resources of all other Consortium member libraries, including several law libraries at member institutions that were previously outside the WRLC.

WRLC member libraries include: American University, Catholic University, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University and the University of the District of Columbia.

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Artist’s Talk on July 25

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:19

Join artist Nikki Brugnoli and curator Jennifer Lillis on Wednesday, July 25, 1:30pm in the Fenwick Main Reading Room for a discussion of Convergence, our current Fenwick Gallery exhibition. For more information, visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/convergence/

Convergence focuses on the intersecting and overlapping lines of artist Brugnoli’s research over the last four years in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Disregarded, post-industrial structures from her past and present as well as widening horizons converge through a series of mixed media drawings, screen prints and photographs. These investigations are engaged meditations on memory and loss, abandonment and reconciliation.

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Summer at the Libraries

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:59

Summer term has started, and Mason Libraries is here to support you with places to study and resources to explore (in our library locations and online). Be sure to make note of our updated summer hours.

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First Class: Mason ’68 and Beyond

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:17

“First Class: Mason ’68 and Beyond” is now on display in the Special Collections Research Center’s exhibition gallery through September 2018.

“First Class” is an exploration of Mason’s history and a celebration of Mason’s students over the decades. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the class of 1968, four cases in the gallery are dedicated to the 1960s, with the remaining four cases dedicated to the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. On display are photographs, articles, and various memorabilia reflecting the growth and history of George Mason University.

“First Class” is curated by Bob Vay, Digital Collections and Exhibitions Archivist at the Special Collections Research Center. Bob has a BA in American Studies and an MA in History, both from Mason.

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New in Fenwick Gallery: “Convergence”

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:03

Convergence – a new exhibition by Nikki Brugnoli – opens today in Fenwick Gallery.

Convergence focuses on the intersecting and overlapping lines of artist Brugnoli’s research over the last four years in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Disregarded, post-industrial structures from her past and present as well as widening horizons converge through a series of mixed media drawings, screen prints and photographs. These investigations are engaged meditations on memory and loss, abandonment and reconciliation.

The exhibition will run through August 17. For more information, visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/convergence/.

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Libraries sponsors 2018 Computers and Writing Conference

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:10

The University Libraries is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2018 Computers and Writing Conference, which will take place May 24 – 27 at George Mason University.

Computers and Writing is an annual conference dedicated to the study of the intersections between digital technologies, literacy, and writing. The theme for this year’s conference is Digital Phronesis: Culture/Code/Play. Often described as “practical wisdom,” phronesis represents an enactment of good judgment guided by both learned knowledge and lived experience. Phronesis comes from our histories, our education, and reflections on our experiences.

In addition to the Libraries providing sponsorship and space in Fenwick Library for conference sessions, Jen Stevens (Lead, Arts and Humanities Team) and George Oberle (History Librarian) were members of the planning committee for the conference.

Registration, schedule, and additional details at http://candwcon.org/2018/computers-and-writing-2018.

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Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 09:00

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ACRL releases Framing Information Literacy

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:06

The Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of a six-volume set, Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice, by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

The series is edited by Janna Mattson, Instructional & Social Sciences Librarian at Mason, and Mary Oberlies, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian and Assistant Librarian at University of Oregon (and former Peace and Conflict Studies Librarian at Mason).

In conjunction with the release of Framing Information Literacy, ACRL is offering a series of six webinars corresponding with the topics of each volume. Mason Libraries’ Janna Mattson, Maoria Kirker, and Helen McManus are among the presenters.

Framing Information Literacy aims to address the teaching anxiety and insecurity librarians often experience in relation to providing instruction on information literacy. The series captures the knowledge and practice of fifty-eight teacher librarians and five teaching faculty from forty-one institutions – an invaluable tool to help others form their own approaches to teaching information literacy.

For more information, see ACRL’s recent press release and eLearning announcement.

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The price of going paperless

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 11:04

Ever wonder how much it costs to digitize materials? Or how many documents the University Records Center manages? Check out this recent article by Samara Carter, University Records Manager!

“Despite the increasing amount of businesses using digital platforms, paper still exists in massive quantities in the records management world. The University Records Center here at Mason houses 12,500 boxes of paper records. In terms of the individual sheets of paper, some calculations estimate we have more than 30 million documents.

In spite of the large number of boxes and the even more staggering number of individual documents housed therein, University Records Management frequently fields the question, “why can’t you just scan it all?” If we leave aside the question of ownership and confidentiality of the records (no small part of the equation, but this is not the topic today), the largest factor to consider is the cost…”

Read more on the Special Collections Research blog!

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OER Metafinder continues to receive positive reviews

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:36

Five months after its launch, the OER Metafinder continues to receive favorable attention! The expanding list of libraries and other organizations linking to the Metafinder is now at 188 (and may be viewed at https://publishing.gmu.edu/whos-using-the-mason-oer-metafinder/)!

Just last week, we received a great review from the editor of Best of the Business Web, who called it “a fabulous site for locating top-notch open educational resources (OER) on countless topics, including, of course, business.”

For more information and reviews, see our previous press release.

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