Libraries seek Fenwick Fellowship proposal judges

The Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian is seeking three instructional faculty, including former Fenwick Fellows, to evaluate the 2021 Fenwick Fellowship proposals this summer. The exact time frame will be determined once the review committee is formed; however, the goal is that the Fellow selection process be completed by the first week in August. Ideally, we seek individuals from the university’s various schools and colleges (especially those that have been under-represented on the review/selection panel in the past), to work alongside three librarian evaluators.

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a George Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his/her field. Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded for research materials and assistance; program guidelines include funding for a second fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ initiatives in the area of digital scholarship.

Judging proposals will not take up much of your time. This year faculty members are requested to review the applications and then virtually attend or call into a meeting lasting no more than one hour to choose the winning proposal(s). Please contact your subject librarian ( if you would like to be considered or if you have any questions. 

Learn more about Juneteenth

Join the conversation

On Thursday, June 17 at 1 p.m. EST, tune in for a live Q&A on the official @georgemasonu Instagram for a discussion of the significance of Juneteenth and ways to celebrate it.

Listen in

Check out this episode of Mason’s Access to Excellence podcast, Doing the work: Anti-racism, inclusion and disrupting inequality, where President Gregory Washington speaks with Wendi Manuel-Scott and Shernita Parker, co-directors of Mason’s Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force about the university’s commitment to be a national leader in this dialogue.

Check out some library resources

Explore new resources, such as the Gale Slavery & Anti-Slavery collections or the Readex African American collections. Read more about them below, or peruse other databases and subject guides to find additional resources.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America and the rest of the world from the 17th century to the late 19th century. Archival collections were sourced from more than 60 libraries at institutions such as the Amistad Research Center, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the National Archives, Oberlin College, Oxford University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Yale University. In its entirety, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive consists of more than five million cross-searchable pages sourced from books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, legal documents, court records, monographs, manuscripts, and maps from many different countries covering the history of the slave trade.

African Americans and Reconstruction, 1865-1883 contains nearly 1,400 fully searchable printed works from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of Jim Crow.  It includes documents related to African Americans and citizenship, voting rights, literacy, land rights, employment, and more, including the gaps between written law and practice.

African Americans and Jim Crow, 1883-1922 contains more than 1,000 fully searchable printed works from the beginning of Jim Crow to post-World War I. These works provide insights into African American culture and life during this period of segregation and disenfranchisement and include such topics as African American identity, relationships with peoples of other nations, and literature.

Pride Month Resources + Trivia Night

In honor of Pride month, the Libraries invites you to explore LGBTQIA+ history through our online resources, starting with a newly acquired resource – the Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender. This collection spans the sixteenth to the twentieth century, and features primary source documents relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, gender research and gender studies research. Documents covering social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities around the world are included, as well as rare and unique books on sex and sexuality from the sciences to the humanities. For more resources, see our LGBTQ Studies guide.

In addition to your studies, put these resources to use for fun and join the Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment and the Alumni Association on Thursday, June 17 for a virtual trivia night. Test your knowledge in the following categories: Pride history, LGBTQ+ icons, Movies and Television, Music, Art, and Mason facts. Show your Mason spirit and get ready for some friendly competition! Read more and register here.

Access changes for National Center for Biotechnology Information

As of June 1, 2021, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at National Library of Medicine will require federated, third party login credentials. Current NCBI users will need to link the NCBI account to ORCID, eRA Commons, Google, or institutional access. 

Mason users can link accounts to a current Mason ID/password.  More information is available here. For questions or assistance please contact Health Sciences Librarian, Kathy Butler

New report available on journal article access

As the Libraries revisits our subscriptions in light of our Sustainable Collections goals, we will be sharing available data on journal article access in regular Journal Article Access Reports. Our first report, covering January to March 2021, or the first three months of our changed Elsevier contract, is now available. The report includes data on our InterLibrary Loan service and the LibKey Discovery tool we have implemented to streamline article access for our users.

Our first quarter report, and all future reports, will be published on the Journal Article Access Reports page of our Sustainable Collections site. We welcome your questions and comments on this report or other aspects of the Libraries’ work in the area of sustainable collections.