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Mason Author Series: Shelley Wong

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:58

Join us on Thursday, February 1, from 3 to 4:30pm in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, for our next Mason Author Series event. Shelley Wong, Associate Professor in Multicultural/ESL/Bilingual Education, will discuss her contributions to Teachers as Allies: Transformative Practices for Teaching DREAMers and Undocumented Students. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be provided.

From Teachers College Press: Learn how to engage and advocate for undocumented children and youth with this new resource written by and for teachers. Teachers as Allies provides educators with the information and tools they need to involve immigrant students and their American-born siblings and peers in inclusive and transformative classroom experiences. The authors show how immigration policies, ICE enforcement, and societal attitudes affect undocumented students and how teachers and school leaders can recognize these influences on the students’ day-to-day lives and learning. Offering teaching strategies that address the needs of DREAMers and undocumented youth as they move through their K–12 and college education, this timely book offers a broad range of curriculum connections and resources.

About Shelley Wong: Dr. Shelley Wong is an Associate Professor at George Mason University in Multicultural/ESL/Bilingual Education. She began her teaching career in teaching English at a girls middle school in Hong Kong where she went as a Chinese American to study Cantonese and learn about her cultural roots over thirty years ago. Before coming to George Mason, Shelley was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and an associate professor in the Foreign/Second Language Education with a Specialization in Language, Literacy and Culture at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She received her BA in Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz (U.C.S.C.), her California teaching credentials, TESL certificate and MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA, and her Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia Teachers College.

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, jwarre13@gmu.edu, or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw@gmu.edu.

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Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:28

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines (George Mason University Press, 2017) explores strategies for online teaching with an emphasis on distinct approaches for different academic disciplines. The book offers innovative, practical and successful teaching tools from Indiana University East faculty in a wide range of disciplines designed to keep students engaged. With detailed examples, charts and rubrics, Best Practices provides faculty members the tools to design better curriculum and enhance online learning for their students.

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines. Edited by Ross C. Alexander. Paperback. 300 pages. George Mason University Press. This book can be purchased from Amazon, or from your favorite independent bookseller. George Mason University Press titles are distributed by the University of Virginia 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. For more information, contact John W. Warren, Director, George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing Group, 703-993-3636, gmupress@gmu.edu

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Jan 9: Libraries Open at 10:30 a.m.

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:54

Mason Libraries will open at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9.

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Jan 8: Mason Libraries Close at 2 p.m.

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:03

Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries are closing at 2 p.m. Monday, January 8.

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There’s No Time Like the Present!

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 05:53

The Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR) offers all Mason graduate and professional students the opportunity to publish their work in an interdisciplinary, open-access venue. Manuscripts are published using the Open Journal System (OJS) hosted by Mason Publishing Group. Authors publish through JGMR at no cost.

Register and submit your work to journals.gmu.edu/jmgr. While submissions are welcome year-round, special priority for this year’s volume will be given to manuscripts received by January 31, 2018. Read more

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Reminder about NY Times Accounts

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:28

REMINDER: Mason Libraries provides Mason students, faculty, and staff with full, free online access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps, including Spanish and Chinese editions, breaking news articles, blogs, videos, and interactive features. Includes archives from 1851 to the present (articles from 1923 to 1980 are limited to five per day per user; unlimited access to the archives is available through ProQuest Historical Newspapers).

Users can share and comment on articles, set up daily or weekly email alerts by topic or keyword, and save articles or links for later reading. Users are also encouraged to download the NYTimes app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

You can create your NYTimes account with your Mason username and password. Once registered, you can access NYTimes.com directly from any location.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you’ve set up your account, you will need to renew it annually to confirm your Mason affiliation and to keep your account active.

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TEAR: TORN in the Fenwick Gallery

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:08

From December 11, 2017 through February 2, 2018, the Fenwick Gallery will host an exhibition of works by Erica Hopkins entitled TEAR: TORN.

About the Exhibition: TEAR: TORN is a collection of mixed media pieces by third-year MFA Painting candidate Erica Hopkins. The work exhibits the journey of self-discovery, defining “ecstasy” through the act of tearing in relationship to being torn. By collaging fragments of papers and photographs of everyday life, the series becomes an action of reconstructing chaos in the confinement of square panels. Buried in the layers of tearing, madness is brought to order, forming a portrait of the artist.

About the Artist: Erica Hopkins, originally from Anchorage, Alaska, has a BA in Art History, with an extensive background in theatre and music. While working on her undergraduate degree, she began creating her own art to better understand the artists she studied. Her work utilizes the various mediums of painting, alternative photography, mixed media, video, and sound art to explore themes of identity, psychology, beauty, and destruction. She is currently an MFA Visual Arts candidate in Painting at George Mason University.

About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. 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.

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Online Resources: Relax + Refresh!

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:39

Need to relax as you finish your papers and projects? Thinking about the winter break? Check out what Mason Libraries has for you:

  • Watch Oscar winning independent films, such as Twilight Samurai or The Scent of Green Papaya, in our New World Cinema database, which includes 200 full-length feature films and award-winning short films.
  • Stream a variety of documentaries and social issue films on Docuseek
  • Kick back with one of the 700 recent fiction and non-fiction books housed in Mason Libraries’ Recommended Reads collection in Gateway Library
  • Listen to the blues music of Muddy Waters or folk songs by Bob Dylan in Music Online: American Music.
  • Choose a classic Mozart symphony, holiday music from a dozen countries around the world, or one of the 44,000 tracks of blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, spoken word, and more – available in Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries. 

Mason Libraries’ online resources are available 24/7 – free – for all Mason faculty, students, and staff. For more information or more choices, browse our A-Z list or subject collections of online resources. Enjoy your break – short or long!

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De-Stress@The Library

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 06:27

Gatway Library is hosting De-Stress@The Library on December 7 from 3-7 p.m.Stop by for some Lego-ing and art therapy. Free! Fun! Relaxation and refreshments are yours to enjoy as you prepare for Final Exams. For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor at gmu.edu

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Forthcoming Mason Press Title: Playfair

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:33

William Playfair, when he is known today, is remembered as the inventor of “statistical graphics,” including the line, bar, and pie charts that we still use regularly today (and built into Microsoft Excel). He’s a sometime-hero of the Infogeek community. Edward Tufte cited him extensively in The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and called Playfair one of the great inventors of modern graphical design, who created the “first time series using economic data.” (Tufte, Edward, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, 1983, 9, 32-34, 64-65, 91-92)

In the George Mason University Press’ forthcoming titlePlayfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World, author Bruce Berkowitz reveals a journey to uncover a truth that is often hidden, opaque, distorted, refracted by lenses of luck, fate, and personal conflicts of interest.

Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World, by Bruce Berkowitz, will be published by the George Mason University Press in November 2017. It can be ordered from Amazon or from your favorite independent bookseller. George Mason University Press titles are distributed by University of Virginia Press and Longleaf Distribution.

For more information about the George Mason University Press, please contact John Warren, jwarre13@gmu.edu

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Finals@Fenwick: Open Hours Expand 12/1

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:40

Looking for more study time before – and during – finals? Find it at Fenwick! From December 1 through December 16, the Library increases Friday and Saturday evening open hours and will close at Midnight. From December 11 through December 19, Monday through Thursday, and Sunday, December 17, Fenwick Library will be open until 2 a.m. Plus, Fenwick Lobby is open 24/10 starting December 9! The detailed schedule of Fenwick finals hours is posted on library.gmu.edu. Good luck with your exams, papers and projects!

 

 

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Patriot Pantry Donation Drive

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:46

From November 27 through December 1, Gateway and Fenwick Libraries are collecting donations for Patriot Pantry. Drop off your items at either Gateway or Fenwick Library Service Desks. For each item you donate, you will receive one raffle ticket per item you bring – and the chance to win fun prizes! Winners will be contacted by e-mail. For more information, contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor@gmu.edu, 703-993-9055.  Patriot Pantry needs include:

Trail Mixes Nut Mixes Crackers with Cheese Crackers with                Peanut Butter Whole Grain Chips Canned           Chicken Shelf-stable Meals Multi-Grain Chips Lotion Pasta Laundry Soap Pasta Sauce Organic Items Body Wash Dryer Sheets Kleenex (Boxes)

 

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RFP for Course Redesign Using OER

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:17

Mason 4-VA, in collaboration with Mason Publishing in the University Libraries and the Office of Digital Learning in the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, has issued an RFP regarding Open Educational Resources (OER). This project is focused on innovative course redesign that reconsiders the materials currently used with the intent purpose to integrate digital materials. Courses of particular interest are those that 1) have high enrollment numbers, 2) are required courses for majors, 3) count in the Mason Core, or 4) carry high textbook costs.

Open Educational Resources are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.” Open Educational Resources. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 2016.

Redesigning courses to include open educational resources can accomplish the following:

  • reduce the cost of instruction for students
  • improve teaching and learning outcomes
  • create student economic opportunity through open access to quality educational resources

Who May Apply: Mason full-time faculty who 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.

Grant Amounts: Competitive grants will be awarded ranging from $1,000-$5,000, depending on the nature of the work and the level of team collaboration. Larger amounts will be considered for projects that develop original materials.

Application & Deadline: For application forms and requirements, see attached or visit the 4-VA site. Deadline is December 1, 2017.

NOTE: Mason Publishing is available to aid faculty in developing OER textbooks or workbooks as a part of this project. Telephone: (703) 993-3636, publish@gmu.edu.

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A few Mason Author titles to consider

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:02

This week, we are highlighting some recent publications by Mason authors, representing various academic disciplines and viewpoints. All are available for checkout from the Libraries! Remember, you can find more faculty and alumni publications and profiles over at the Mason Spirit. You can find more titles in the Libraries’ collection by checking out our Faculty Author Collection at bit.ly/masonauthors. And, don’t forget about the next Libraries’ Mason Author Series event on Thursday, November 16 at 3pm in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, where Patricia Donahue will discuss Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb.

The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in America
Lincoln A. Mullen, Assistant Professor, History and Art History

The Chance of Salvation (Harvard University Press, August 2017) offers a history of conversions in the United States which shows how religious identity came to be a matter of choice. By uncovering the way religious identity is structured as obligatory decision, this book explores why Americans change religions and why the U.S. is both highly religious in terms of religious affiliation and very secular in the sense that no religion is an unquestioned default.

Trump Effect 
Karina V. Korostelina, Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

In Trump Effect (Routledge, October 2016), Korostelina explains how the support for Trump among the American general public is based on three pillars: 1) Trump champions a specific conception of American national identity that empowers his supporters, 2) Trump’s leadership has been crafted from his ability to recognize where and with whom he can get the most return on his investment, and 3) Trump challenges the existing political balance of power within the United States and globally.

Governing Under Stress: The Implementation of Obama’s Economic Stimulus Program
Timothy J. Conlan, Priscilla M. Regan, and Paul L. Posner, Schar School of Policy and Government

Governing Under Stress (Georgetown University Press, January 2017) presents perspectives on the implementation and performance of President Obama’s economic stimulus program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). It explores the management of ARRA within all levels of government as well as its portrayals in the media and public perception. Contributors draw upon more than 200 interviews and nationwide field research to present insights into the challenges facing public policy and management.

Resolving Structural Conflicts: How Violent Systems Can Be Transformed
Richard E. Rubenstein, University Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Resolving Structural Conflicts (Routledge, January 2017) analyzes how certain social systems generate violent conflict and discusses how such systems can be transformed to create the conditions for positive peace. The book addresses a key issue in the field of conflict studies: what to do about violent conflicts that are not the results of misunderstanding, prejudice, or malice, but the products of a social system that generates violent conflict as part of its normal operations.

The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream
Tyler Cowen, BS Economics ’83, Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics; Distinguished Senior Fellow, F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; and General Director, Mercatus Center

In The Complacent Class (St. Martin’s Press, February 2017), Cowen examines the trend of Americans away from the traditionally mobile, risk-accepting, and adaptable tendencies that defined them for much of recent history, and toward stagnation and comfort. He argues that this development has the potential to make future changes more disruptive.

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Artists’ Book Vendors Visit

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:17

Interested in artists’ books and zine collections? Or how the University Libraries considers collection additions? Stop by Fenwick Library next week when the Libraries host two artists’ book vendors. The visits are open to the entire Mason community. Faculty are especially encouraged to attend and provide feedback on potential artists’ book purchases.

Booklyn Artist Alliance
Monday, November 13, 10am – 12pm
Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick Library, Room 2400), Seminar Room

Booklyn’s mission is to promote artists’ books as art and research material and to assist artists and organizations in documenting, exhibiting, and distributing their artworks and archives. Felice Tebbe will visiting us with the latest in artist’s books, print folios, and zines.

Vamp & Tramp Booksellers
Tuesday, November 14, 10:30am – 1pm
Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick Library, Room 2400), Seminar Room

Vamp & Tramp specialize in contemporary fine press and artists’ books representing a diverse body of artists and techniques, and will bring some of the newest arrivals to their collection for us to consider. Learn more at http://www.vampandtramp.com

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Libraries welcomes Mason Families!

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:51

The Mason Libraries welcomes families this week, with two special events as part of Mason’s Family Weekend (November 10-12, 2017).

On Friday, November 10, from 3pm to 4pm, join us in Gateway Library, Room 228 for “True or False? Uncovering Fake News” – a fun, family-friendly workshop on identifying fake news. This interactive session addresses the many faces of news today from the slightly misleading to the biased to the truly outrageous.

On Saturday, November 11, stop by between 3pm and 5pm in Fenwick Library, Room 1014B for “The Magical Art of Minicomics and Zines: a Quick Intro.” Ever wanted to make your own comic, but didn’t know where to start? What would you write about? How would you share it with other people? Come learn about minicomics and zines, two kinds of homemade or “do-it-yourself” publications. You’ll learn a few simple methods for folding and making 8-page booklets and ways to tell a story in eight short pages. This workshop is kid-friendly, drop-in, and hands on, so you can come and go as you like. Materials will be provided.

Since 2003, Mason has welcomed families to campus for Family Weekend with a variety of events that provide families the opportunity to connect, have fun, and make new memories. For more information and the full schedule, visit https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/.

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Mason Libraries are here for YOU

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:04

Are you taking advantage of the Mason Libraries’ numerous resources and activities? Don’t forget:

Need a break from studying and research? Like to read? Consider joining the Mason Libraries Book Club, or attending one of our upcoming special events:

  • Musical Rarities and Curiosities, Friday, November 3, 2pm Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick Library, Room 2400): Join Steven Gerber, Music Librarian, for an informal inspection of a dozen musical rarities acquired for Special Collections in the last year or two. These range from a 19th-century psalm setting in manuscript by Francesco Basili and costume designs for opera characters to the printed program of an 1850 Jenny Lind concert, a leaf from a medieval choir book, and limited-edition songs from Irving Berlin’s musical Top Hat.
  • Advances in Science 1586-1999: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Exhibition Reception, Tuesday, November 7, 3pm – 5pm, Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick Library, Room 2400): Visit SCRC to hear remarks about our current exhibit and enjoy refreshments generously provided by Argo Tea Café.
  • Music in the Lobby: Up Close + Classical, Wednesday, November 15, 1pm – 1:45pm: Join us in the Fenwick Lobby to hear the Mason Student Strings group perform selections by Bach and Dvorak. Refreshments generously provided by Argo Tea Café.
  • Mason Author Series: Patricia Donahue, Thursday, November 16, 3pm – 4:30pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room: Communities are the sum of myriad types of participation—positive, negative, formal, informal, direct, and indirect. Join us for a discussion with Patricia Donahue on her recent book, Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb, which challenges conventional wisdom about participation in modern American communities through the story of Northern Virginia’s Pimmit Hills.

Check out the Libraries calendar for more workshops and happenings, and visit our website to learn more about our resources and services!

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Mason Author Series: Patricia Donahue

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 09:22

Join the University Libraries for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, November 16, at 3pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room (2001). Patricia Donahue will discuss her recent book, Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb.

Communities are the sum of myriad types of participation—positive, negative, formal, informal, direct, and indirect. Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb challenges conventional wisdom about participation in modern American communities through the story of Northern Virginia’s Pimmit Hills. Participation is much more than the activities, such as voting or attending religious services, tracked by social surveys. Pimmit Hills’s story will be familiar to those who grew up in middle-class suburbs, even as its proximity to Washington, D.C. makes its story unique.

About the Author: Patricia Farrell Donahue received her M.A. in public policy from Georgetown University and Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University. She is the 2014 Recipient of Mason’s Robert L. Fisher Award for Best Dissertation and Academic Achievement. She has worked as a policy analyst in the federal government, on community and economic development, emergency management, and other topics. She also serves as a Policy Fellow at GMU’s Schar School of Government and Policy.

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, jwarre13@gmu.edu, or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw@gmu.edu.

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Kirker Named “Up & Comer”

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:34

Congratulations to Maoria Kirker, Mason Libraries’ Instruction and Assessment Coordinator, recognized by the organizers of the annual Charleston Conference for her promising achievements and contributions to the library profession. Selected as one of twenty “Up & Comers”, Maoria will be profiled in the December/January issue of Against the Grain (ATG,) and will also be interviewed for an upcoming ATG Media podcast.

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