The Internet Archive has suspended waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in its lending library by creating a National Emergency Library. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. For more information, see the Internet Archive’s announcement.
In honor of National Engineers Week (February 16-22), Mason Engineering is hosting a number of events for students, alumni, and the local community, with the theme of “Patriots for Progress.” In conjunction, Mason Libraries is hosting an exhibition – Crunching Numbers + Gathering Data, highlighting items from the Sidney O. Dewberry Collection of Surveying & Engineering Technology.
Sidney Dewberry, co-founder of Dewberry (a nationwide firm of planning, design, and construction professionals) and generous philanthropist to George Mason University and other causes, is also a collector of antique surveying and engineering tools.
A number of these antique tools will be on display on the second floor of Fenwick Library, from February 6 through February 24, in honor of National Engineers Week. Included in the exhibit are a set of graduated railroad drafting curves, a Curta hand-crank mechanical calculator, a Buff & Berger water current meter, and other unique tools.
Items from Mr. Dewberry’s collection have been exhibited in the Library of Congress, the Library of Virginia, Mt. Vernon, and at National Society of Professional Surveyor’s conferences.
National Engineers Week, started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
Join us on Thursday, February 20, 12-1:15 p.m., in Fenwick 2001, for a conversation with Juana Medina, a D.C.-area author and children’s book illustrator! This event is sponsored by Mason Creative Writing, the School of Art, and CVPA’s Global Arts Coffeehouse, and hosted by Mason Libraries.
Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the author and illustrator of the Pura Belpré Award-winning chapter book Juana & Lucas. Juana is also the author and illustrator for Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas, 1 Big Salad, ABC Pasta, and Sweet Shapes. She illustrated Smick! by Doreen Cronin, Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous by Keith Calabrese, and I’m a Baked Potato! by Elise Primavera; and has participated in two recent anthologies: The Hero Next Door (Crown Books, 2019) and We Are The Change (Chronicle Books, 2019).
Juana has been lucky to earn recognitions from the Colombian Presidency, the National Cartoonists Society, the National Headliner Award, International Latino Book Awards, and Ridgway Award honors — which is quite impressive for someone who was a less-than-stellar student, who often got in trouble for drawing cartoons of her teachers. Despite all trouble caused, Juana studied and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), George Washington University, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design (all places where students had plenty of chances to draw cartoons of her). She lives with her wife, twin sons, and their dear dog, Rosita. Visit her work at juanamedina.com
On display in Fenwick Library Atrium, February 3 – March 10, the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War explores the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Of the three million soldiers who fought in the war from 1861-1865, hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery. This exhibition focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.
Join us on Tuesday March 3 at
1:30 in 2001 Fenwick Library for a special presentation on Civil War medicine.
Alyssa Fahringer, Digital Scholarship Consultant
in the Digital Scholarship Center, will discuss relevant primary sources from
the era, highlighting resources in Mason Libraries’ online collections. Jake
Wynn, the Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War
Medicine, will describe how the innovations of Civil War medicine paved the way
for our modern emergency medical system.