Get Ready for Open Access Week!

oaw11_masonstatueGeorge Mason University will celebrate International Open Access Week, October 19-25, 2015. This will be Mason’s 7th observance of Open Access Week – an “opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.” (Source)

What’s in it for you? Exciting and interesting workshops, presentations, and activities planned for each day include:

For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3, 703-993-2544.



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BrowZine web version now available

BrowZine web version is now available! BrowZine for laptop or desktop computers is supported by the following browsers: Chrome version 43+, Safari version 8+, Firefox version 31+, and Internet Explorer version 11+.

Currently, BrowZine is available for all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini running iOS 5.1 or later, and on Android tablets running Android 4.1+, including the Google Nexus 7 or 10, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the Kindle Fire HD.

BrowZine is available from Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Kindle App Store. It’s a free download, but make sure to choose “George Mason University” from the list of libraries so you have access to the Mason Libraries’ journal collections.

Reading list, citation and other BrowZine features are coming soon. Learn more about BrowZine!

Innovations in Scholarly Communication Survey

What tools do you use in your research workflow? Web of Science or Google Scholar? Zotero or Papers? ORCID or ResearchGate? JCR or Altmetric?

As part of an Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) scholarly communication project, George Mason University faculty and graduate students are invited to take this graphical survey – 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication – about research tool use. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, and you can opt to receive a visual characterization of your workflow compared to that of your peer group via email.

George Mason University’s survey link:

Why participate?

  • You will learn how your use of digital research tools compares to that of your peers, and you may discover some new tools.
  • You’ll inform Mason’s University Libraries about what you use so that we can optimize library services and resources to suit your needs.
  • By taking this survey, developed by librarians at Utrecht University, you are also contributing to a global effort to chart the evolving landscape of scholarly communication.
  • The survey will investigate how tool usage varies by discipline, country, and research role.

The survey will run until February 2016. Preliminary results of this international survey, as well as the final dataset, will be posted on the 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication site. The University Libraries will also share our community’s dataset and produce a publicly available report.

For more information, please contact Jeri Wieringa, jwiering, 703-993-3742.




Serving Life: Film Screening + Discussion

servinglife400Gateway Library and Mason Reads will present a film screening and discussion of the film SERVING LIFE on Thursday, October 22 at 3pm in the Johnson Center Cinema.

SERVING LIFE documents an extraordinary hospice program in which hardened criminals care for dying fellow inmates. Narrated and executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker, the film takes viewers inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison at Angola, where the average prison sentence is more than 90 years.

A discussion of the film will follow and be led by Professor Giovanna Chesler, Director, Film and Video Studies (FAVS), George Mason University.

For more information, please contact Maoria Kirker, mkirker, 703-993-9059.