George Mason University
Congratulations to the following library faculty/staff for their service to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia. The awards will be presented next week at the University Day Service Awards celebrations on April 10 (5-15 years of service) and April 11 (20 and more years of service).
- Kathleen Butler, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library
- Samara Carter, Special Collections Research Center
- Raquel Duron, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library
- Jo Ann Henson, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library
- Helen McManus, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library
- Genya O’Gara, Virtual Library of Virginia
- Anne Osterman, Virtual Library of Virginia
- Michelle Polchow, Technical Services Group
- Elyse Becker, Gateway Library
- Theresa Calcagno, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library
- Jennifer Hamilton, Technical Services Group
- Nicholas Hofmann, Access Services
- Wendy Mann, Digital Scholarship Center
- Janna Mattson, Gateway Library
- Beth Roszkowski, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library
- Shannon Hogya, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library
- Lara Bushallow, Systems Group
- Phat Le, Systems Group
- John Walsh, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
- Wally Grotophorst, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
- Wendy Lim, Resource Acquisition, Technical Services Group
Mason’s second annual Giving Day is in two days – Thursday, April 5 – and we hope you will join us in making this day a success once again!
Last year, the Libraries launched a new initiative – the University Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship Endowment – to recognize and support student assistants who demonstrate outstanding work performance in the University Libraries while meeting the academic requirements of their coursework at Mason.
With your support on Giving Day, we will fully fund this endowment and begin awarding scholarships to help undergraduate student assistants with their educational expenses.
From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 5, make your mark by giving to Mason. With unit fundraising projects, challenge gifts, a visible on-campus presence in Fairfax, a happy hour watch party/reception in DC, and real-time updates, all are encouraged to show their Patriot pride by making a gift that will help Mason continue to thrive.
The Libraries’ focus on Giving Day is scholarships for students, but you can choose another program at the Libraries or Mason that you would like to support – every gift counts!
Another important step in the march toward reducing the cost of textbooks for Mason students has been achieved with the national release of a new search tool by the Mason Libraries. The Mason Open Educational Resources Metafinder (MOM) greatly simplifies the discovery process for existing Open Educational Resources (OER).
Created by Wally Grotophorst, Associate University Librarian for Digital Programs and Systems at Mason, the new OER Metafinder has been described by some as “the Google for Open Educational Resources.” Just a few months after its release, there are already more than 170 libraries, colleges and universities across North America linking directly to the MOM to help their faculty locate useful learning materials (https://publishing.gmu.edu/whos-using-the-mason-oer-metafinder/). Reflecting this national buzz, a recent Inside HigherEd article on the difficulty of finding OER materials recognized the Mason OER Metafinder as the “new kid on the block” that “yields more diverse results.” (https://insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/01/10/finding-oer-remains-challenging-solutions-abound).
Prior to the release of the MOM, discovery of open educational content began with a tedious dive in and out of open educational content silos. So many different collections, wildly different interfaces, no standard metadata – any and all conspiring to drain the educator’s enthusiasm for open educational resources. The Mason OER Metafinder breaks this paradigm by simultaneously searching in real-time across sixteen different OER sites, presenting the de-duplicated and ranked results drawn from these sites in a single, modern, easy-to-understand interface. As the Metafinder’s creator, Wally Grotophorst has observed, “What I keep hearing from the many colleges and universities using MOM is how it has opened up their discussions with their own faculty about the availability and quality of open resources. MOM shows in minutes results that once took hours of hit and miss searching to discover.”
Sally Evans, Coordinator, University Dissertation & Thesis Services, has been selected for the 2018 Distinguished Library Faculty Award.
Ms. Evans’ nomination packet included many glowing support letters from her colleagues in the Libraries and other Mason departments (including both instructional faculty and staff members), as well as her peers and colleagues outside of Mason. She has been cited as an “energetic, dynamic librarian,” “a credit to the profession,” and “an unflagging and passionate proponent of digital preservation.”
Evans joined the University Libraries in January 2011. Since that time, her dedication and hard work has earned the respect of many. She is praised for her expertise and her efficiency, particularly when it comes to the fact that she reviews format, accepts, processes, and archives over 500 theses and dissertations per year (in addition to other duties!). Many noted that Evans essentially runs a “one woman shop” and that they are amazed at everything she accomplishes while making every academic department feel they are provided with the support they need for their graduate students.
Join us as we launch George Mason University Press’ new book: Virginia Wine: Four Centuries of Change
No state can claim a longer history of experimenting with and promoting viticulture than Virginia—nor does any state’s history demonstrate a more astounding record of initial failure and ultimate success. Virginia Wine: Four Centuries of Change, a new book written by Andrew Painter and published by George Mason University Press, presents a comprehensive record of the Virginia wine industry, from the earliest Spanish accounts describing Native American vineyards in 1570 through its astonishing rebirth in the modern era. Grape cultivation—for agriculture, horticultural curiosity, and wine production—has absorbed ambitious Virginians since April 1607, when a few casks of European wine washed ashore onto the dunes of Cape Henry in the company of a band of travel-weary English settlers. The author chronicles the dynamic personalities, diverse places, and engrossing personal and political struggles that have established the Old Dominion as one of the nation’s preeminent wine regions. Virginia’s wine industry now accounts for nearly $1 billion in annual sales, with more than 275 wineries growing more than 30 varieties of grapes.
Join us to hear Andrew Painter discuss a multitude of wine industry trends, events, secondary industries, and jobs that have revolved around the growing of grapes and the making and promotion of wine. To that end, the book emphasizes the unique aspects of the wine industry’s role in Virginia’s history and culture—a history that continues to be made in an agricultural and industrial sector that is itself unique among world commerce and society. Refreshments courtesy of Mason Bookstore.
About the author: Andrew A. Painter is an attorney specializing in land use and zoning. A Virginia native, Andrew has spent more than eight years researching the growth of its wine industry. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, the University of Virginia, and the University of Richmond.
For more information, contact John Warren, Director, George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing Group, email@example.com
From April 4-20, the Music Library, 2600 Fenwick Library, is hosting an exhibit of the Music Publishers Association 2017 Paul Revere Award Winners.
Established in 1964 in honor of the 200th anniversary of the first music engraving in America by the famous silversmith Paul Revere, these awards were initially given as a means of alerting the music industry to the advantages of providing the best possible publication from the viewpoint of engraving, graphic arts and production standards. Today the awards still recognize outstanding examples of graphic design, with an emphasis on usability for orchestras, educators, libraries and individuals. Read more
For more information, please contact Steve Gerber, firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Libraries open at 10 a.m. today, March 22.
University Libraries are closed Wednesday, March 21. Virtual reference will be online as scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Due to inclement weather, all Mason Libraries will close at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. Visit library.gmu.edu for updates.
Finish strong this semester: learn at the Libraries! Attend a free workshop to sharpen your research and production skills. Visit an exhibit to learn about something new – attend an event to see and hear new insights and perspectives. Join us!
Music in the Lobby returns in April with a Spring Mix of classical, jazz and vocal music – provided by the students in the Mason School of Music Strings Department. Join us in Fenwick Lobby, April 4, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.! You could win a Fenwick Library study room to use during Spring Finals. Free refreshments courtesy of Argo Tea Cafe.
For more information, please contact Steve Gerber, email@example.com
University Libraries is now accepting applications for this year’s Fenwick Fellow competition. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her 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.
Application deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by each Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.
For more information, please contact Debra Hogan, dhogan1 at gmu.edu
On March 29, join us in 2001 Fenwick Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dr. Alexander Monea, Assistant Professor serving jointly in George Mason’s English Department and Cultural Studies Department, will present “I Know It When I See It” – An Overview of Google’s Safe Search & the Politics of Automating Judgment. In this presentation, he refers to such “I-know-it-when-I-see-it” concepts as extra-linguistic concepts because they contain an intuitive, inductive, and/or felt component in the classificatory logic that affords their generalization. This paper argues that contemporary machine learning applications have successfully operationalized this classificatory logic at mass scale, and he looks to Google’s work to filter Not Safe For Work (NSFW) images as a particularly compelling success story.
This presentation continues the Mason Libraries’ new Research Reflections series.
Join the University Libraries on Thursday, March 22 for the George Mason University Press book launch for Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World. The event will take place in the Fenwick Library Main Reading room, from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
William Playfair may be the most famous person you have never heard of. Best known today as the inventor of “statistical graphics”—the line, bar, and pie charts we all use today—Playfair was also a pioneer in strategic analysis, and a secret agent who carried out espionage and subversion against France on behalf of Great Britain.
This is the first book to uncover the full, true account of this remarkable, colorful man—undeniably brilliant, hopelessly flawed, and fundamentally important. Its pages reveal the astounding inventions and adventures of this larger-than-life swashbuckler, rogue, genius, and patriot.
“In addition to being a draftsman, inventor, company promoter, land speculator, economist, patriotic pamphleteer and bank-note counterfeiter, Playfair was a secret agent and international conspirator… He was adept at ducking and weaving from the truth, covering his tracks, mystifying his motives, and protecting his sources. Mr. Berkowitz’s Playfair is above all a work of ingenious detection and reconstruction.” —The Wall Street Journal
Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the University Bookstore.
About the Author: Bruce Berkowitz is the author of several books and articles about national security, history, and international relations.
About GMU 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. GMU Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education.
On March 19, all are invited to join the Libraries in the Fenwick Main Reading Room (on the second floor of Fenwick Library) to mark the opening of a new exhibition of posters related to the integration of immigrants and refugees into German society.
From 3 to 3:45pm, Christian Heusermann, Chief of Staff to the German Ambassador, will talk about the subject matter of the posters. A reception, sponsored by Mason’s Modern and Classical Languages, will follow.
The exhibition, on display in Fenwick Gallery from March 19 through April 6, was arranged in conjunction with the Modern and Classical Languages department and the German Embassy.
The posters, on loan from the German Embassy, provide a nice complement to the East German poster collections housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The collections feature posters from 1943-2009 on topics ranging from political to performing arts to culture and science to film and art exhibitions.
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 library.gmu.edu and fenwickgallery.gmu.edu for more information about hours and exhibitions.
About the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC): SCRC supports the research and teaching missions of the University by collecting, preserving and providing access to archival and rare book collections relevant to academic programs. SCRC librarians and archivists are dedicated to providing a secure and welcoming environment for researchers and encourage use of SCRC’s rare and primary source research materials. For more information about visiting SCRC and the collections housed there, see scrc.gmu.edu.
Join us for an Artists’ Book Open House and Artist’s Talk on Wednesday, March 7 from 1:30-3:00pm in our Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick 2400). For this open house, SCRC will artists’ books that center on themes of language, meditation, and the spatial elements of books arts, particularly as exemplified in Islamic and Indian arts and texts.
At 2:00pm, artist and current Mason MFA student Kate Fitzpatrick will lead a conversation on the selected artists’ books, and discuss how these works relate to her own artistic practice and interests. Fitzpatrick’s recent work, Asemic Manuscript, is on display in Fenwick Gallery through March 16th.
Curious about artists’ books? This is an opportunity to learn more about this unique publication medium, to have hands-on interaction with the collection, and to hear how current Mason students and researchers are using artists’ books as a source of visual, formal, and thematic inspiration. Learn more about artists’ books from the Mason Artists’ Book Infoguide.
Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018 will take place from Monday, February 26 through Friday, March 2. Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual celebration, commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), designed the highlight, explain, and promote the doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. Check out their new infographic on how fair use promotes the creation of new knowledge!
Join us in observing National Consumer Protection Week. A representative from Fairfax County Consumer Affairs will present “Protect Yourself from Fraud” on March 7 from 4 – 5 p.m., 1009 Fenwick Library. The Consumer Affairs Branch mediates and investigates consumer complaints against businesses, tenant-landlord disputes, and cable issues if the transaction occurred in Fairfax County. Services offered by this branch include answering advice inquiries, assisting consumers with pre-purchase information, and community outreach.
For more information, please contact Katara Hofmann, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-993-9061
Scholarly Productions @ the Research Commons (SP@RC) Lab provides point of need assistance for scholars in disseminating their research, regardless of format. Through workshops and appointments, SP@RC’s goal is to create self-sufficient scholars – able to apply best practices in design and research presentation to their work. Come learn – and do – with us!
For more information, please contact Hannah McLaughlin, email@example.com, 703-993-2236.
Special Collections Research Center is hosting an exhibit reception for its current display, From Tintypes to .TIFFs – Life through the Lens, on Monday, February 19, 2-4 p.m., 2400 Fenwick Library. Professor Vanessa Schulman of the History and Art History department will provide remarks about the exhibit, and refershments are provided by Argo Tea.
For more information, contact Liz Beckman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-993-5282