Updates from University Records Management

Questions about managing your physical and electronic records?

Join University Records Management for a 1-hour training session, bring your questions, and pick up boxes for records storage. Sessions will be offered this summer from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.on Friday, May 26; Friday, June 9, and Friday, June 23 in the Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room (Fenwick Library 2306). Please RSVP to Samara Carter at recmgt@gmu.edu.

University Records Center Closure: Plan Ahead!

The University Records Center will close for renovations during summer 2017. If you are currently prepping boxes for storage or disposal, box labels must be submitted to University Records Management at least two weeks prior to the Center’s closure. Exact closure dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. During the closure, University Records Management will not be able to accept new boxes for storage or shredding. Loan services will be available, but turnaround time will take longer than usual. For current information about University Records Management services, please visit their website or e-mail recmgt@gmu.edu with any questions.

More About University Records Management

University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”

Library Faculty Receive H.W. Wilson Grant

We are delighted to announce that two of our Libraries’ faculty members – Janna Mattson (Instructional and Social Sciences Librarian) and Michael English (Online Learning Coordinator and Instructional Librarian) – were selected to receive the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant, administered by the American Library Association (ALA).

Janna and Michael’s proposal, “13 Things in Blackboard: A Self-paced Online Learning Professional Development Program,” aims to foster Mason Libraries’ faculty/staff knowledge and collaboration in supporting online education.

Please see the press release from the ALA – the award will be presented on Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago – and also join us in congratulating Janna and Michael on their successful initiative, which directly aligns their program with George Mason University’s strategic plan.

Congratulations to Libraries’ Faculty, Staff, and Students!

Faculty/Staff Awards & Accolades

We have a group of very talented faculty and staff here at the Libraries. We are pleased to announce that Jessica Bowdoin (Head, Access Services) received the 2017 Distinguished Librarian Faculty Award; Katara Wright (Information Servies) received the 2017 Library Staff Excellence Award; and that Jib Vititpongs (Resource Description & Metadata Services) also received the 2017 Library Staff Excellence Award.

Recently, many of our faculty and staff were recognized for their years of service (from five to twenty-five) to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To read about the numerous activities of the Libraries’ faculty and staff, please visit our Accolades page.

Congratulations to the Libraries’ Student Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants* who are Graduating!

Our Libraries’ student assistants, both undergraduate and graduate, perform essential services and support to our Libraries’ faculty/staff and patrons. We wish those who are moving on to the next phase of their educational or professional careers best wishes and success!

  • From Access Services: Gillia Baatai, Rachelle Faust, Harrison Peek, Mason Seaman
  • From Gateway: Sarah Ho
  • From Information Services: Megan (Meggie) Nelson, Angela Anniballi, Pratik Shinde*
  • From Resource Description & Metadata Services: Youssef Faragalla, Nam Nguyen
  • From Special Collections Research Center: Emily Curley*, Brittney Falter**

**Brittney, who began her work with us in August 2015, accepted a full-time staff position with us earlier this semester – we are excited to have her on board in this new capacity!

Spring into Well-Being with the Libraries!

Spring into Well-Being is here! Shake off the stress of spring semester and cultivate your physical, emotional, and community well-being with the following resources from the University Libraries.

NYTimes Food and Travel

Dig deeper than the front page and discover a world of food and travel. Strengthen your body with a wholesome loaf of Nordic whole-grain rye as you contemplate a hiking trip through remote Canada. Restore your spirit with a batch of chocolate ice cream profiteroles while planning a dream getaway to Barcelona. Explore new communities, learn new traditions, and recharge your batteries—all for free, from the comfort of home. NOTE: First time users must create a new account here using their GMU credentials to gain access.

National Geographic Virtual Library

Broaden your perspective and investigate the world with National Geographic online. Browse full-color issues from 1888 to the present; explore maps, images, and videos; or play with the interactive Term Frequency chart and watch the way we talk about our world shift through the years.

Swank Digital Campus

For those days when you just need to watch a movie, explore this rotating collection of 25 feature films and documentaries. Challenge yourself with films like An Inconvenient Truth or Malcolm X; watch a recent blockbuster like Inglourious Basterds; or kick back with a classic like The Breakfast Club or The Godfather. Specific titles may change over time. NOTE: Requires local installation of Widevine Media Optimizer; best accessed via Google Chrome.

These are just a few of the many resources available via the Libraries for Mason faculty, staff, and students. Just login with your Mason NetID and password. For more information on the resources available to you through the University Libraries, browse the Libraries’ subject lists of online resources or contact one of the subject specialists.