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.

Pop-Up Pantry Donation Drive

Help stock the Mason Pop-Up Pantry! Gateway Library is sponsoring a donation drive from March 31 through April 8.  Drop off your pantry donations at either Gateway Library or Fenwick Library service desks. You will receive a chance to win a Panera Gift Certificate! (One chance per each item donated).

What does the Pantry need?

  • Granola Bars
  • Rice, Pasta
  • Chips, Drinks, Soy Milk
  • Crackers & Cereal
  • Seasonings
  • Toiletries, Cleaning Supplies, Detergent, Dish Soap
  • Pens, Pencils, Paper Clips
  • Canned Fruit & Meat
  • Gummies
  • Paper Towels
  • Tofu, Organic Items
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Bottled Water
  • Gloves
  • Kleenex (Boxes)

For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, Gateway Library, aoconnor @ gmu.edu

Gilbert & Sullivan Exhibition Opening

The University Libraries is excited to announce the opening of a major Gilbert & Sullivan exhibition, “Oh, Joy Unbounded…”: A Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring items from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert & Sullivan Collection.

The Mason community is invited to join us for an exhibition opening celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center on the second floor of Fenwick Library (Room 2400). The program will open with remarks by Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and will include a tour of the exhibition by David Stone, who we have to thank for amassing this stunning collection of Gilbert & Sullivan memorabilia.

Three galleries in Fenwick Library are dedicated to displaying items from the Stones’ remarkable collection, which will be on view through May. The exhibition is part of a larger celebration of the famous duo, which the Libraries and the College of Visual and Performing Arts are coordinating at Mason. In addition to the exhibition, there will be performances and a scholarly forum. Additional information about the exhibition may be found here, and tickets for performances and the forum may be purchased here.

Workshop: Publishing Strategies, Tools, and Services

Interested in publishing your scholarly work? Join the Libraries for an informative workshop on Wednesday, April 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., in Fenwick Library Instruction Room 4010. Please register if you plan to attend.

Collaborating with a publisher starts before your manuscript is submitted. Geared toward early career authors this workshop will explore a visual outline of the editorial and production process supporting the publication of your article or book, and discuss the benefits of electronic publishing’s global reach. The core of this workshop, conducted by Mitch Moulton from Springer/Nature, will highlight the online tools and services freely available throughout the publishing process including:

  • How to develop wider relations by locating other experts in your field
  • How to find the right journal or editorial contact
  • Learning modules to help you write, submit, and publish your manuscript or become a peer reviewer.

Sponsored by SP@RC and Mason Publishing Group, the workshop will also feature a tour of SP@RC by Jason Byrd (Head, Information Services) and a discussion on the benefits of open access by Claudia Holland (Scholarly Communication and Copyright Officer).

For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Skeen, lskeen at gmu.edu, 993-2673.