Graduate Research Connections – workshops for grad students 10/28 & 10/29

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections! A smorgasbord of workshops on topics essential to your success at Mason, GRADReCon is a partnership of Graduate Student Life, University Libraries and other key university programs and services for graduate students. Join us online, Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29. Registration, schedule, and more available at

Resource of the week: Oxford Scholarship Online

Oxford Scholarship Online is a vast and rapidly-expanding online library, providing easy access to thousands of books from the world-renowned scholarly list of Oxford University Press. Spanning subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law, Oxford Scholarship Online is an essential research resource for student, scholar, and academic alike, no matter what their subject specialty. The resource contains cutting-edge works from up-and-coming academics, alongside the classic scholarship of established and award-winning names, including Nobel Laureates.

Oxford Scholarship Online is available to our library via VIVA, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium. Access here.

Emily Green and Amaka Okechukwu Named 2021-22 Fenwick Fellows

FAIRFAX, VA – September 15, 2021: Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John G. Zenelis is pleased to announce the award recipients for the 2021-22 Fenwick Fellowships: Emily H. Green, Associate Professor of Music History, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Amaka Okechukwu, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Green’s applied research project, Musical Practices of Early Black Virginians, seeks to document, present, and teach the early performance practices of free and enslaved Black musicians in Virginia. Green’s research will contribute to filling the gap currently existing between contemporary renditions of early songs and historically informed music practices, with a particular focus on colonial and antebellum Virginia. The project’s goals include creating an open-source website with resources for educators, publishing research for the academic community, developing courses for Mason students, and offering musical performances in the region. Professor Green’s Fenwick Fellow year will focus on the research and website creation, with the goal of offering coursework and concerts in the year following her fellowship.

Professor Okechukwu’s digital humanities project, Black Belt Brooklyn: Mapping Community Building and Social Life during the Urban Crisis, aims to map, illustrate, and historicize Black practices of resistance, mutual-aid, institution building, and vitality in Central Brooklyn during the 1970s and 1980s. With this project, Okechukwu’s goal is to push scholarly and popular understandings of the period of urban decline, particularly those conclusions generated about Black agency and cultural responses to urban decline. Her research offers a nuanced interpretation grounded in oral history, archival, visual, and spatial evidence of Black life. By creating a digital humanities project, Professor Okechukwu seeks to make her research more accessible and immersive, bringing viewers into a fuller picture of the social and political life in an urban Black community during the late twentieth century.

Dean Zenelis commented, “Each year the Fenwick Fellows program receives a number of creative and innovative proposals from Mason faculty members, and I am grateful for the work of the review committee in selecting this year’s recipients. It is rewarding to read in the proposals of this year’s fellows of their intent to work with two important centers within the Libraries – the Center for Mason Legacies and the Digital Scholarship Center. The breath of the research offered in these proposals – from applied musical research to digital humanities scholarship – is reflective of the Libraries’ range of collections and expertise. We look forward to hearing about the project results next year when Professors Green and Okechukwu share their findings.”

As is customary for recipients of the Fenwick Fellowship, Professors Green and Okechukwu will present on the outcomes of their projects in Spring 2023 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries.

ABOUT THE FENWICK FELLOW PROGRAM: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to one or 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 term for the fellowship is one academic year.

VIVA Open Adopt Grants – applications due Oct. 4

VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators.

Instructors interested in applying for this opportunity are encouraged to explore VIVA’s repository of Open Education Resources, VIVA Open, to discover open resources that may be of use in their courses. Applicants do not need to choose a resource listed in VIVA Open to apply for the grant.

Team and departmental adoptions, as well as projects seeking to adapt or create new Open Educational Resources, should apply for the larger scale VIVA Open Course Grants.

Applications are due October 4, 2021 via email at Notification of award recipients will take place by November 12, 2021. Adopted course materials must be piloted in the classroom by spring, 2023.

Learn more at Register for an upcoming informational webinar on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 9:30 am: Advance registration is required.

Questions about all VIVA Open grants can be sent to

Contribute to the Dataverse

Thanks to a collaboration between the Libraries and the Office of Research Computing, we are now hosting our own locally managed Dataverse here at Mason.

The George Mason University Dataverse is a place for Mason researchers to share data publicly, and is part of the Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS). MARS includes works of Mason scholarship such as articles, books, theses and dissertations, and data. The George Mason University Dataverse data repository is a local instance of Dataverse, developed and used by Harvard University.

You can learn more about the Dataverse and the benefits of contributing to it here, and find instructions for preparing and archiving final research datasets here. Information about the Libraries’ various repositories is available here.