Love Data Week Workshops 2/10 – 2/14

Love Data Week!

To celebrate Love Data Week, February 10 – February 14, 2020, Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) is offering a series of workshops focused on getting started with R, python, GIS, text analysis, using secondary data, and managing data projects. The workshops are held in the DiSC Lab, Room 2701A Fenwick Library. All are welcome to attend these workshops regardless of skill level. Registration is strongly encouraged. Click on the time links below to register.

  • Working With and Analyzing Secondary Data – Monday, February 10, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Using Voyant for Text Analysis – Tuesday, February 11, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • R/Python: How and Why to Get Started – Wednesday, February 12, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • OSF 101: Introduction to the Open Science Framework – Thursday, February 13, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Introduction to GIS and Mapping – Friday, February 14 at 1:00 PM

For more information, contact

Calling Mason Engineering Faculty + Alumni Authors

The Volgenau School of Engineering and the University Libraries would like to recognize engineering faculty and alumni authors during Engineers Week 2020, February 16-22. 

Mason Libraries will add your book to the collection if you wish to donate a copy – and it is not already held by the Libraries. If you are interested in gifting your book to the George Mason University Libraries, please contact Jennifer Hamilton at

Portable Chargers Available in Fenwick

oomf charger station

Start the new year with a charge! portable chargers are now available in Fenwick Library. The charger station is located on the Information counter next to the Information Desk, First Floor, Fenwick. The basics:

  • Download the app at – use your Mason email only
  • Pick a charger from the station and press Activate
  • Use the charger anywhere – in library, on campus, wherever
  • Return device to Fenwick charger station via the oomf app within 24 hours – calculates and collects any late fees
  • The Fine Print
    • Neither the library nor the University collects or receives money from service
    • Service is managed entirely by through the app
    • Charger will not work unless you check it out with the app
    • All transactions, communications, billing, etc. are solely between and you
    • Service is free for 24 hours. You can return the charger to the Fenwick charger station and check it out again
    • Late fees: $20/day. $300 maximum fee. Fees are set and collected by – not the Library

O’Reilly for Higher Education replaces Safari

On January 1, 2020, VIVA / Mason Libraries started a new contract for O’Reilly for Higher Education, which replaces Safari Tech Books Online.

The O’Reilly for Higher Education digital platform includes more than 38,000 book titles and more than 30,000 hours of video. Topics range from programming to IT networking to project management to graphic design to business strategy. The content includes code snippets, certification preparation materials, practice exercises, training videos, and much more. Users can search thousands of books simultaneously online. There are also proven learning paths, case studies, interactive tutorials and audio books.

O’Reilly  for Higher Education requires a login using your email address. Find thousands of books + videos related to IT, programming, and business. You can also browse by topic, and, save content to your playlist to access it later. Get started with this guide to using the platform.

O’Reilly Mobile App

The O’Reilly app allows you to take your online learning with you on the go. Download as many books and videos as you would like. Start reading on one device, and pick up where you left off on another, with effortless syncing of highlights and position. Discover new content to add to your playlists. Learn during your commute, even when you can’t get a signal, with offline access. The O’Reilly app offers the full breadth of videos and books available with your O’Reilly subscription. Note: O’Reilly interactive training such as Oriole online tutorials and some Learning Paths are supported only through a web browser.

Can I use O’Reilly on my Kindle?
Amazon prevents the installation of third-party applications on its E-reader devices. Due to the nature of our business, we can only distribute content through our own apps—for more or less the same reason that Spotify songs can’t be played in iTunes, for

Can I sideload the Queue app onto my Android device or Amazon Tablet?
If your Android device cannot connect to the Google Play store, but otherwise meets the requirements for installation, you can download an APK for sideloading onto your device from this link. Please note that sideloaded apps do not automatically receive updates, so you’ll need to keep track of that yourself.

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