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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

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

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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

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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!

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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Fenwick Fellow Applications Due May 7

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:22

The deadline to apply for the 2018-19 Fenwick Fellowship is approaching! Mason faculty are invited to apply for the Libraries’ annual fellowship, which is awarded to a Mason faculty member to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in the faculty member’s chosen field.

Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded; expanded program guidelines include funding for an additional fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ activities in the area of digital scholarship. Read more: 2018-19 Fenwick Fellowship Announcement.

Application deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall 2018 academic term. For more information, please contact Debra Hogan,

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Mason Libraries Spring Finals Hours

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 07:43

Mason Libraries finals hours are posted. Please note

  • Finals@Fenwick extended hours begin April 29.
  • Mercer Library extended hours begin May 4.

Good luck with Finals!

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Libraries Book Sale: May 7-9

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:33

The Libraries is having a book sale! The sale will take place May 7-9 in Fenwick Library, Room 1014.

Book sale hours are:
Monday, May 7, 10am – 7pm
Tuesday, May 8, 10am – 7pm
Wednesday, May 9, 10am – 4pm

CASH ONLY accepted. Prices are:
Hardcover $3
Paperbacks $2
Media $1
$5 for an entire bag of books on Wednesday!

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Music in the Lobby: Today!

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:30

Our final “Music in the Lobby” program for the spring semester will take place today, Wednesday, April 25 at 12:30pm. Come support our Mason student musicians and enjoy string music, a soprano aria, and clarinet quartet numbers.

Refreshments provided by Argo Tea.

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Earth Day & Environmental Resources

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:49

For Earth Day, check out online resources at the Mason Libraries! Interested in up to date information on environmental issues like climate change, air quality, deforestation, endangered species, or more?

Start with our Sustainable Goals and Climate Change Infoguides. These will help you identify background information, relevant articles and books, and reputable news sources. Want to dig a little deeper? Check out ScienceCinema and Docuseek’s Earth Day Sampler that will both inspire you and make you think!

Interested in learning more about Earth Day? Be sure to visit the Library’s ENVIROnetBASE and GreenFILE databases to learn more about the relationship between human beings and the environment, with topics including global warming, recycling, alternate fuel sources, and more.

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SCRC Open House 4/26

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:01

From Noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, stop by Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick Library. Selected items from their manuscript and rare book collections will be on display at this Open House.

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Exhibition Opening: Origins

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:21

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host “Origins,” an exhibition of prints and works on paper from the Mason printmaking collective ELEMENTS. The exhibition runs from Monday, April 16, 2018 through Friday, May 18, 2018.

“Origins” examines creation myths focusing on the genesis of man, the material world, and the role of divine beings. The four participating artists and the curator, representing the classical elements of earth, air, fire, water, and æther, create a body of work in response to the role of the natural elements in the formation of the universe. Participating artists include Brigitte Caramanna (Earth); Mike Walton (Aether); Melvin Parada (Water); Emily Fussner (Fire); and Jennifer Lillis, Curator (Air).

An artists’ talk is scheduled on Wednesday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.

About the Fenwick Gallery: Fenwick Gallery is part of the University Libraries and is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting high quality works by students, faculty, staff, and other emerging and experienced artists. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see and for more information about hours and exhibitions, or contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at

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Mason Author Series: Bryan Caplan

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:06

Join us for our last Mason Author Series event of the spring semester on Thursday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Fenwick Main Reading Room. Our featured faculty author is Bryan Caplan, who will be discussing his recent book, The Case Against Education.

In this explosive book, Bryan Caplan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students’ skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conformity—in other words, to signal the qualities of a good employee. Learn why students hunt for easy As and casually forget most of what they learn after the final exam, why decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for the average worker but instead in runaway credential inflation, how employers reward workers for costly schooling they rarely if ever use, and why cutting education spending is the best remedy.

Caplan draws on the latest social science to show how the labor market values grades over knowledge, and why the more education your rivals have, the more you need to impress employers. He explains why graduation is our society’s top conformity signal, and why even the most useless degrees can certify employability. He advocates two major policy responses. The first is educational austerity. Government needs to sharply cut education funding to curb this wasteful rat race. The second is more vocational education, because practical skills are more socially valuable than teaching students how to outshine their peers.

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

About the Author: Bryan Caplan is professor of economics at George Mason University and a blogger at EconLog. He is the author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun than You Think and The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies (Princeton).

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 more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing,

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Fenwick Fellow Lectures: April 25

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:17

Join the University Libraries on Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room, when Professors Edward Rhodes and John Turner will discuss their research findings from their 2016-2017 fellowships.

Edward Rhodes, Professor, Government & International Affairs, Schar School of Policy & Government

Lecture Title:  “Normalcy”: Rediscovering the Curious Brilliance of Warren G. Harding

Abstract: Dismissed by biographers as an intellectual nullity, mocked by critics for what H.L. Mencken famously described as his “Gamalielese” prose, and remembered in history texts principally for his notably corrupt Secretary of the Interior and for his illegitimate daughter, Warren G. Harding has escaped serious academic scrutiny, living on largely as an easy target for late-night comedians. Harding’s own writings –which were generally in the form of speeches – have gone not only unread but uncollected. For the most part they are, even in this time of widespread digitization, extremely difficult to locate or to access. This is unfortunate because a close reading of Harding reveals not only a clear, sophisticated, and internally consistent vision of America but a deep understanding of the challenges facing a liberal, democratic republic in a period of rapid economic and social change. Forgotten, too, is the fact that Harding was, in his three years in office, extraordinarily successful in advancing his policy agenda, particularly in the realm of foreign policy. Even more interesting, however, is how strongly some of the key elements in Harding’s vision and strategic approach resonate in today’s world.

John Turner, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Lecture Title:  Plymouth Colony and the Making of American Liberty

Abstract: Over the last two centuries, Americans have celebrated “the Pilgrims” as the progenitors of democracy and liberty. At the same time, the Mayflower leaders and their successors in Plymouth Colony imprisoned, tortured, and expelled religious and political dissenters. Were the Pilgrims rank hypocrites, denying others the freedom they desired for themselves? The answer is more complicated. The Pilgrims had a very specific understanding of “Christian liberty,” which essentially meant an obligation to have church according to their understanding of the Bible. While their leaders did not favor a broader “freedom of religion,” Plymouth Colony was riven by debates over the meaning and extent of liberty over its seventy year history.

About the Fenwick Fellows: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to Mason faculty member(s) to pursue research project(s) that use and enhance the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in the faculty members’ field. Applications for the 2018-2019 fellowship are currently being accepted; the deadline is May 7, 2018.

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Explore Global Perspectives during iWeek

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:06

Mason’s annual International Week takes place from Friday, April 6 until Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Mason Libraries is committed to exploring global perspectives! One way the Libraries achieves this is by acquiring a variety of online resources for students, faculty and staff to help them learn, teach, and succeed. Resources include a wide array of foreign language resources, ranging from books, e-books, scholarly journals, juvenile literaturemusic and movies. Use Quick Search, the Libraries’ CatalogSubject Guides, or the Database List to browse, locate and use the materials.

Explore these resources and more with the Mason Libraries!

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