From November 27 through December 1, Gateway and Fenwick Libraries are collecting donations for Patriot Pantry. Drop off your items at either Gateway or Fenwick Library Service Desks. For each Patriot Pantry item you donate, you’ll receive one raffle ticket per item and the chance to win fun prizes! Prizes include $25 Gift Certificates from Oh, George!, Bernie’s Deli, or the Mason Bookstore. BUT WAIT—THERE’S MORE! You could win a day pass or 12-hour pass to University Mall’s new gaming place, The Cave. Winners contacted by e-mail. For more information, contact Allison O’Connor, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-993-9055. Patriot Pantry needs include:
|Trail Mixes||Nut Mixes||Crackers with Cheese||Crackers with Peanut Butter|
|Whole Grain Chips||Canned Chicken||Shelf-stable Meals||Multi-Grain Chips|
|Lotion||Pasta||Laundry Soap||Pasta Sauce|
|Organic Items||Body Wash||Dryer Sheets||Kleenex (Boxes)|
Mason 4-VA, in collaboration with Mason Publishing in the University Libraries and the Office of Digital Learning in the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, has issued an RFP regarding Open Educational Resources (OER). This project is focused on innovative course redesign that reconsiders the materials currently used with the intent purpose to integrate digital materials. Courses of particular interest are those that 1) have high enrollment numbers, 2) are required courses for majors, 3) count in the Mason Core, or 4) carry high textbook costs.
Open Educational Resources are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.” Open Educational Resources. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 2016.
Redesigning courses to include open educational resources can accomplish the following:
- reduce the cost of instruction for students
- improve teaching and learning outcomes
- create student economic opportunity through open access to quality educational resources
Who May Apply: Mason full-time faculty who teach high demand, highly populated courses. Adjunct faculty may apply as part of a team. For example, a group proposal may contain an adjunct instructor and full-time faculty from a department. Teams representing multiple sections of a course are encouraged to apply.
Grant Amounts: Competitive grants will be awarded ranging from $1,000-$5,000, depending on the nature of the work and the level of team collaboration. Larger amounts will be considered for projects that develop original materials.
NOTE: Mason Publishing is available to aid faculty in developing OER textbooks or workbooks as a part of this project. Telephone: (703) 993-3636, email@example.com.
Are you taking advantage of the Mason Libraries’ numerous resources and activities? Don’t forget:
- We’re here to help – come visit! Our hours are posted and updated regularly. Make an appointment with one of our subject librarians who can provide personalized research assistance. Or, if you have questions but are unable to stop by, use our virtual reference hours.
- We also offer 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students, and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password. Check out this step-by-step guide to e-resource databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore the 775+ databases we subscribe to, start with the A-Z database list.
- Check out our numerous instructional workshops and specialized offerings, such as Dissertation & Thesis Workshops; Data & GIS Workshops; SP@RC Workshops; and Zotero Workshops.
Need a break from studying and research? Like to read? Consider joining the Mason Libraries Book Club, or attending one of our upcoming special events:
- Musical Rarities and Curiosities, Friday, November 3, 2pm Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick Library, Room 2400): Join Steven Gerber, Music Librarian, for an informal inspection of a dozen musical rarities acquired for Special Collections in the last year or two. These range from a 19th-century psalm setting in manuscript by Francesco Basili and costume designs for opera characters to the printed program of an 1850 Jenny Lind concert, a leaf from a medieval choir book, and limited-edition songs from Irving Berlin’s musical Top Hat.
- Advances in Science 1586-1999: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Exhibition Reception, Tuesday, November 7, 3pm – 5pm, Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick Library, Room 2400): Visit SCRC to hear remarks about our current exhibit and enjoy refreshments generously provided by Argo Tea Café.
- Music in the Lobby: Up Close + Classical, Wednesday, November 15, 1pm – 1:45pm: Join us in the Fenwick Lobby to hear the Mason Student Strings group perform selections by Bach and Dvorak. Refreshments generously provided by Argo Tea Café.
- Mason Author Series: Patricia Donahue, Thursday, November 16, 3pm – 4:30pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room: Communities are the sum of myriad types of participation—positive, negative, formal, informal, direct, and indirect. Join us for a discussion with Patricia Donahue on her recent book, Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb, which challenges conventional wisdom about participation in modern American communities through the story of Northern Virginia’s Pimmit Hills.