Libraries Book Club: Meeting this Thursday

Interested in joining the Mason Libraries Book Club? Join the first meeting of the year this Thursday, September 20 at 6pm in the Gateway Library, Room 134 G (Literacy Lab). We’ll talk about what everyone read over the summer and suggestions for what to read this year. Please bring your ideas – genre, theme, or book recommendations welcome! Check out the Book Club website for more details at https://masonlibrariesbookclub.wordpress.com/.

Welcome to Mason Libraries!

Did you miss the Fenwick Library open house last week? Don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the Mason Libraries and our resources! Check out our workshops and events calendar for more opportunities. In addition, we have a number of online resource guides to help you start that important research project you have coming up.

Mason Libraries offers free 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password. Check out our step-by-step guide to e-resource databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore our 775+ database subscriptions, start with the A-Z database list.

More information about the libraries’ collections are available online (including our special collections), as well as subject guides (a great starting point for research) and contact information for our subject librarians (subject experts who can provide personalized research assistance).

Need to know where everything is in Fenwick Library? Check out our online tour guide. Not sure where a certain book might be located? Enter the call number and find it on this map of the Fenwick stacks. Looking for an item at one of our other campus locations? Click here for more information. Looking for open educational resources? Check out our OER Metafinder. Need help with a digital research project? Visit our Digital Scholarship Center. Can’t find something you need at Mason? Use interlibrary loan to borrow materials from other academic institutions.

We’re here to help – come visit! Our hours are posted and updated regularly, including virtual reference hours if you have questions but are unable to stop by. We also host numerous instructional workshops and cultural events throughout the semester. Check our website and news blog for announcements.

We look forward to working with you and helping you succeed in your academic and professional careers!

2018-19 Fenwick Fellows Announced

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis is pleased to announce the annual Fenwick Fellow awards for 2018-19, based on the recommendations of the Fenwick Fellow Selection Committee. For the third year in a row, two fellowships are being awarded, with one award for a project proposal that aligns with the libraries’ ever-increasing activities in the area of digital scholarship.

The Fenwick Fellows for academic year 2018-19 are Jacqueline M. Burek, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Mills Kelly, Professor of History, Department of History and Art History – both from Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Burek’s research proposal, Mending a Broken Chain: Continuous History and Literary Form in England and Wales, 1125-1450, focuses on the relationship between historiographical narrative and literary form in late medieval Britain. Working with Middle English, Anglo-Norman French, Medieval Latin, and Middle Welsh historiography, she examines how authors conceptualize and write about the past. In her current work, she argues that medieval British historians develop the genre of ‘continuous history’ as a way of coming to terms with the conquest of England in 1066.

For his project, Mapping the Built Environment of the Appalachian Trail, Professor Kelly will utilize the resources of the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center to complete a digital humanities research project on the built environment of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The project’s goal is to create a digital map of all the versions of the AT (which has changed significantly over time) and offer a complete inventory of the built environment along AT routes (ranging from simple lean-to structures to elaborate hostels). In collaboration with his undergraduate students, Professor Kelly also plans to develop an analog exhibition of this work to be staged in Fall 2019.

Zenelis commented, “It is exciting each year to see the variety of proposals from Mason faculty members and how they plan to make use of the Libraries’ many resources, from more traditional types of research to new explorations in digital humanities. We look forward to the final products created by our two newest fellows.”

Professors Burek and Kelly will present the results of their work in spring 2020 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries. 

ABOUT THE FENWICK FELLOWSHIP: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to up to two Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty members to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in their fields. The winning proposals are recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipients are provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project. The terms for this year’s Fellows begin on August 27, 2018 and will end on August 9, 2019.

New Exhibition Opens: Rethinking Lines

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host Mel Parada’s Rethinking Lines, an exhibition of typographic prints and paintings. The exhibition opens Monday, August 27 and will close Saturday, October 6, 2018. An artist’s talk is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 at 11am in the Fenwick Main Reading Room.

About the Exhibition: Today’s communication landscape is saturated with narrative driven design. What we see and experience through our everyday communication channels are often assigned specific meaning, purpose, and intent, leaving very little room for interpretation by the viewer. Rethinking Lines examines the possibilities of meaning making and attempts to remove narrative from communication design through visual treatments that involve the deconstruction of typography, reconfigured grid systems, scale, and color theory. The work embodies theoretical approaches found in the Minimalist movement as well as abstraction movements like De Stijl and Constructivism. The printed works in Rethinking Lines provide a visual representation that shifts the inception of meaning and its making from the design phase to the experience phase while introducing a means of disrupting the reliance of narrative in all forms of visual communication to include fine art.

About the Artist: Mel Parada holds an MFA from George Mason University’s School of Art. He is a Resident Artist (2018-2019) with Discover Graphics Atelier located in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, and he also serves as a graphic design adjunct professor with Mason’s School of Art. Parada is an active member of the Chesapeake Chapter, American Printing History Association (APHA), and he was a Denker Fellow (2016). His current work involves traditional printmaking methods, specifically stone lithography and screen printing.

About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. A partnership with Mason’s School of Art, the space is dedicated to exhibiting high quality works by students, faculty, staff and other emerging and experienced artists that highlight aspects of the Libraries’ collections and support Mason’s curriculum and cultural initiatives. For more information about the Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art & Art History Librarian, sgrimm@gmu.edu