Mason Libraries to host second annual Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit

Mason Libraries is pleased to host the second annual Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit on Friday, November 30, 2018. A shared effort between the University of Virginia Law Library, George Mason University Libraries, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Summit will serve as a forum for the impressive efforts of those within the Commonwealth contributing to or interested in the digitization and interpretation of archival materials.

The summit will take place from 8:30am to 4pm in Fenwick Library 2001 and will be followed by a social hour at Oh, George! Registration for the conference is free. To view the full agenda and register, visit https://oieahc.wm.edu/events/conferences/supported/dasummit2018/.

Special Event on Nov 13: Civil Rights Memories + Moments

Please join us for “Memories + Moments 1968: The Local Civil Rights Movement” on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:30pm in Fenwick Library 2001.

A panel from Mason’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) – Bob Coffin, Bob Frye, Marguerite Johnson, and Jeremy Remson – will focus on the pivotal year 1968 and share their individual, first-hand experiences at civil rights events in Northern Virginia and the DC area.

The panel will be moderated by Zach Schrag, Professor of History, Department of History & Art History at Mason. The event will be recorded and added to our Special Collection Research Center’s (SCRC) Oral History Program collection.

Following the panel discussion, all attendees are invited to remain for a reception and visit to SCRC’s current exhibition – Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America.

Mason Author Series on November 1: Exoplanets

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, November 1 at 3pm in Fenwick Library 2001. We will be joined by Michael Summers, Professor, Astronomy and James Trefil, University Professor, Physics for a discussion of their book, Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond our Solar System.

About the book: “The past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety. In Exoplanets, astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space. This captivating book reveals the latest discoveries and argues that the incredible richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in our questions and mental paradigms. In short, we have to change how we think about the universe and our place in it, because it is stranger and more interesting than we could have imagined.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Mason Author Series: The Mason Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit http://library.gmu.edu/masonauthorseries.

Film Screening on October 25: Paywall

The Mason Publishing Group, within the Mason Libraries, is hosting a film screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. The screening will take place at 12pm on Thursday, October 25 in Fenwick Library Room 4008.

Paywall is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research, questions the rationale behind the multi-billion per year industry that is for-profit academic publishing, and examines the profit margin associated with the top academic publishers.

Interested in learning more about open access publishing? Visit Mason Publishing Group’s open access resource page.