Libraries Survey on Journal Article Access

The University Libraries is conducting a survey to learn about Mason researchers’ journal usage and access needs. As journal costs outpace library budgets, the Libraries has been forced to shift some journals from a subscription-based model to an alternative access model, in which articles are available via Open Access or Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  

The survey is available here and will remain open until Thursday, April 29, at 11:59 p.m. The survey is anonymous, unless you specifically request a follow-up email from the Libraries. Survey responses will be used within the Libraries only, to inform journal subscription and renewal decisions. 

If you have any questions about this survey, email Dr. Helen McManus, Head, Collections Strategy, at

To learn more about the Libraries’ recent efforts to further sustainable collection practices, visit our Sustainable Collections site

Thank you for supporting Mason on Giving Day

On behalf of everyone at George Mason University, thank you for making Giving Day 2021 a success! Over 2,300 donors made gifts totaling more than $500,000 to support scholarships, career services, research, and other immediate needs. We are grateful for Mason Nation’s generosity and commitment to our students. Your support allows them to pursue their education, preparing them for their future careers. You can view the preliminary Giving Day results here.

ASERL libraries pool purchasing to gain access to huge trove of Adam Matthew Digital content

APRIL 8, 2021 — The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and Adam Matthew Digital are pleased to announce a successful partnership that has resulted in ASERL libraries gaining perpetual access to all Adam Matthew Digital content published through 2016. The cache of content now available to ASERL institutions includes 77 collections from the award-winning publisher such as Colonial America, American History, American Indian Histories and Cultures, Global Commodities, Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, and Popular Culture in Britain and America.

Working as a group to reach a collective spend goal, ASERL libraries are celebrating the additional, unprecedented level of access to essential primary source content from Adam Matthew Digital.

Access to primary source content is particularly vital in the current moment when physical archives are restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership supports ASERL’s mission of “providing and maintaining top quality resources and services to students, faculty, and citizens of their respective communities.”

“ASERL is thrilled our member libraries were able to make these investments that unlocked a wonderful trove of content,” commented Jan Lewis, Director of Academic Library Services at East Carolina University and President of ASERL’s Board of Directors for 2020-2021.?“The past year has been so challenging for so many libraries in so many ways – it’s really wonderful ASERL libraries are able to receive this membership benefit to boost their collections.”

“We’re very pleased to engage in progressive partnerships that widen access to our products, and enable a much larger community to access important teaching and research content during these challenging times,” commented Khal Rudin, Managing Director at Adam Matthew Digital. “Our teams are now looking forward to working with ASERL institutions to celebrate this agreement and to share information about the vast range of material available, and to offer support and guidance to ensure good visibility and engagement across their community.”

To find out more about the partnership, please contact: John Burger – ASERL Executive Director ( or Alicia Sell – Head of Regional Sales at Adam Matthew Digital (

Today is Giving Day!

Giving Day 2021 is here! We hope you will join us on this day as the Mason community comes together to make a direct impact on students’ lives by supporting scholarships, research endeavors, and other academic or financial needs!

Today, the Libraries is focusing on supporting our students by raising funds for the Libraries’ Student Research Endowment, the Student Assistant Scholarship Endowment, and the Center for Mason Legacies – three initiatives that enable the Libraries to provide opportunities for students that help them gain valuable skills for their future careers.

Working with the Libraries – as a student assistant, a graduate research assistant, or an intern – provides students with collaborative research opportunities, financial support, and experience – all of which support student success at Mason and enhance students’ academic careers and resumes. 

Help the Libraries support student research and success at Mason today!