Gastronomy in the Gallery

gastronomy400From the ubiquitous red and white checks of Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book to the amazing photography found in Modernist Cuisine, cookbooks are so much more than a collection of recipes. Cookbooks provide insight into a culture, a region, a time period or a cuisine. They are timeless and completely outdated, often at the same time. And, sometimes, they are not even books.

Highlighting the Mason Libraries’ unique collection of cookbooks, Gastronomy in the Gallery is a brief tour of this distinctive cultural and social art form. The resources featured in the exhibit come from the circulation collections, rare and historical items from Special Collections & Archives, and the growing artists’ books collection of the University Libraries. The exhibit runs July 13 – August 12, 2015 in Fenwick Gallery.

VIVA Provides Mason with Six New Databases

Thanks to Mason’s membership in VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, Mason users now have access to six additional databases in the social sciences:

  • Political Science Complete
  • SocIndex with Full Text
  • Child Development & Adolescent Studies
  • Race Relations Abstracts
  • Urban Studies Abstracts
  • Violence & Abuse Abstracts

All of these new electronic resources are based on the EBSCO platform and can be accessed through the Libraries’ Database Portal and the New e-Resources page of the Libraries’ website, library.gmu.edu 

VIVA’s subscription to EconLit, formerly based on the ProQuest platform, has moved to EBSCO and is now available with full text. EconLit is also accessible through the Libraries’ Database Portal.

VIVA, located at Mason’s Arlington campus, is the consortium of nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Members include all 39 state-assisted colleges and universities (ranging from doctoral schools to community colleges), as well as 32 independent institutions and the Library of Virginia. VIVA contributes to higher education in Virginia by – among other roles – providing shared access to online library resources.

For more information about the Libraries’ electronic resources, please contact Madeline Kelly, Head, Collection Development, 703-993-2849.

Johnson Center 3rd Floor Library Book Access

Library books located on the 3rd floor of the Johnson Center (call numbers ML-Z) are temporarily unavailable due to the roof construction work. Access to other Mason Libraries collections is not affected.

If you need the print version of a 3rd floor Johnson Center library book, use Interlibrary Loan to request it. Mason Libraries’ e-books can be located through inPrimo and the catalog. The Johnson Center roof project is expected to be completed in October.

For more information, please contact Gateway Library Service Desk, 703-993-9060, or email fencirc at gmu.edu