Two new library resources

New resource guide: The Libraries has published a new resource guide on Anti-Racism, #BlackLivesMatter, and Civic Action. The purpose of this guide is to provide general information and research resources on anti-Black racism, anti-racist learning and practice, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related activist movements. The guide is being developed by librarians and staff, with input from members of the Mason community. The Libraries offers this guide as a starting point, not an exhaustive set of resources, which we will continue to update with relevant items. We welcome community recommendations via the Suggestions box located within the guide.

New resource-sharing center: The Libraries’ new Curriculum Center is an online repository for the very best lesson plans from Mason Libraries’ instructors. The site will be updated regularly with new plans, which are available for the entire Mason community to access and use in their classes. Within each lesson plan’s page, there is a link to an Office 365 folder which may be accessed with a Mason login. Anyone may submit lesson plans for inclusion in the Curriculum Center. All lesson plans are welcome, including those for undergraduate classes, graduate classes, and workshops and those for face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid instruction. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and will be evaluated regularly throughout the year.

New virtual exhibit – Call & Response: Structures

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University Libraries is pleased to host “Call & Response: Structures,” a collaborative exhibition between Mason’s School of Art and Creative Writing program. The exhibition will run through December 18, with two related virtual events in conjunction with the Fall for the Book festival: an artist’s panel on October 21 and a literary reading on November 17.

Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, including a dynamic set of paired literary and art works that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for the eleventh annual Call & Response is “Structures.”

For this exhibition, the contributors were asked, “What architecture will you create in this work, and how will form and meaning support one another? What is the use or the imperative of any structure? On what will your structure rest?” As our society reckons with structural inequities, and structural racism in particular, how do we as artists and writers un-struct, de-struct, and instruct, and eventually help construct new systems on new foundations?

This collaborative series was founded more than a decade ago, by Mason Professors Emeritae Susan Tichy (Creative Writing) and Helen Frederick (School of Art) to foster literary and artistic collaboration between students, faculty, and alumni of Mason’s Creative Writing program and School of Art. The digital exhibition is available here, and select works will be on view in the Fenwick Gallery in Fenwick Library through December 18, 2020.

More information is available on the Fenwick Gallery website. Visitors can also follow @fenwickarts on Instagram for show previews and updates. For more information on this exhibition at Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to Fenwick Library is currently limited to Mason students, staff, and faculty.

Zoom into GRADReCon2020!

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Graduate Research Connections goes online for GRADReCon2020! Join us on October 29 and 30, from Noon – 4:45 p.m.

What is GRADReCon?Graduate Student Life and Mason Libraries partner with other university departments to offer various workshops designed to build your productivity, research, and writing skills essential to success in your graduate studies at Mason. GRADReCon2020 sessions are conducted via Zoom; links will be emailed to registered attendees. Visit to register and learn more about each session. Here’s what’s in store:

GRADReCon: Thursday, October 29

  • Funding for Graduate Student Research Noon – 12:55 p.m.
  • Strategies for Structuring + Writing Lit Reviews 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Project Planning: Get Research, Thesis, Dissertation Done 2:45 – 3:40 p.m.
  • ABCs of Publishing 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

GRADReCon: Friday, October 30

  • Grant Writing 101 – Telling Your Story Noon – 12:55 p.m.
  • Summarizing + Exporting Your Data with Excel 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • University Dissertation + Thesis Services Overview 2:45 – 3:40 p.m.
  • Organizing + Managing Your Project Data 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Research Your Way to an A: October 26-29

Mason Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Team, together with Learning Services, The Writing Center and the Communications Center, is once again offering “Research Your Way to an A!”. This research workshop series focuses on how to research, write and present with confidence; all sessions are online, and the specific Zoom link will be emailed to registrants. Register now! #SkillsforSuccess

Visit Virtual DiSC

Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) is providing virtual assistance this fall. DiSC staff is available to help you with your digital scholarship needs, including finding, managing, and working with data; GIS and geospatial data; digital humanities methods and tools, and accessing and using software. Offering virtual consultations and workshops throughout the semester, DiSC is also hosting virtual drop-in hours from Noon – 4 p.m. each weekday. Visit to access the virtual drop-in schedule, view DiSC’s workshop schedule and more. Need help or want more information? Send us an email at