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New in Fenwick Gallery: “Convergence”

2 years 3 months ago

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/.

Jessica Clark

Libraries sponsors 2018 Computers and Writing Conference

2 years 4 months ago

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.

Jessica Clark

ACRL releases Framing Information Literacy

2 years 4 months ago

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.

Jessica Clark

The price of going paperless

2 years 4 months ago

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!

Jessica Clark

OER Metafinder continues to receive positive reviews

2 years 4 months ago

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.

Jessica Clark

Fenwick Fellow Applications Due May 7

2 years 4 months ago

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, dhogan1@gmu.edu.

Jessica Clark

Libraries Book Sale: May 7-9

2 years 4 months ago

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!

Jessica Clark

Music in the Lobby: Today!

2 years 4 months ago

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.

Jessica Clark

Earth Day & Environmental Resources

2 years 5 months ago

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.

Jessica Clark

SCRC Open House 4/26

2 years 5 months ago

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

2 years 5 months ago

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 library.gmu.edu and fenwickgallery.gmu.edu for more information about hours and exhibitions, or contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at sgrimm4@gmu.edu.

Jessica Clark

Mason Author Series: Bryan Caplan

2 years 5 months ago

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, jwarre13@gmu.edu.

Jessica Clark

Fenwick Fellow Lectures: April 25

2 years 5 months ago

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.

Jessica Clark

Explore Global Perspectives during iWeek

2 years 5 months ago

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!

Jessica Clark

University Service Awards 2018

2 years 5 months ago

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).

5 Years

  • 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

10 Years

  • 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

15 Years

  • Shannon Hogya, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library

20 Years

  • Lara Bushallow, Systems Group
  • Phat Le, Systems Group

30 Years

  • John Walsh, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

35 Years

  • Wally Grotophorst, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
  • Wendy Lim, Resource Acquisition, Technical Services Group
Jessica Clark

Annual Giving Day: April 5

2 years 5 months ago

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!

Jessica Clark

OER Metafinder Goes Viral

2 years 5 months ago

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.”

Read more about the Mason Open Educational Resources Metafinder and the Libraries’ work in OER and reducing students’ costs.

Jessica Clark

Evans to receive 2018 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

2 years 5 months ago

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.

Read more about Sally’s accomplishments and nomination.

Jessica Clark
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