Libraries participating in Giving Tuesday – December 1

GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Mason Libraries is joining GivingTuesday this year to encourage support for student research and education at Mason. We realize there are many ways to provide this support at Mason, as well as so many worthwhile causes and needs deserving attention around our country and the world.

“When the Libraries originally planned to launch this new initiative, it was a very different world. However, the pandemic has only highlighted that this need to support student research exists. We believe student research skills learned today at Mason will prove to benefit the lives of many in the future, as demonstrated by the current output by both student and faculty research efforts at Mason related to the crucial field of global health,” said Kathleen Kehoe, Director of Development, of the Libraries’ efforts.

People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about, every act of generosity counts. GivingTuesday has raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets 21 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved in their communities.

Those who are interested in joining the Libraries’ GivingTuesday initiative can visit here. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website.

New external book drops for library returns

Fenwick Library

Looking for a convenient way to return library books? The Libraries has new external book drops at each of our library locations:

  • behind Fenwick Library on the Fairfax campus
  • in front of Van Metre Hall on the Arlington campus
  • in front of Colgan Hall on the SciTech campus
Van Metre Hall

The Fenwick Library exterior, drive-up drop box is located behind the library (building #22 on the campus map), on Chesapeake River Lane off of Patriot Circle. The drop box is in a turn-around area past the One Stop Shop in Blue Ridge Hall (4599 Chesapeake River Ln) and near the Dunkin’ Donuts in Tidewater Hall.

The Arlington Campus Library external, walk-up drop box is located in front of Van Metre Hall at 3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.

Colgan Hall

The Mercer Library external, walk-up drop box is located in front of Colgan Hall at 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110-2203.

GIS Day 2020 – Wednesday, November 18

GIS Day is going virtual this year, with an afternoon program on Wednesday, November 18, from 1-4 p.m. For more details and to register, visit the event page. The program schedule includes:

  • Welcome and GGS Department Overview
  • “Why Study GIS for Spatial Science?”: an interactive presentation by Dr. Edward Oughton, a new GIScience faculty hire
  • Student Showcase: Lightning research talks by GGS graduate students 
  • GeoBowl: Trivia game hosted by Mason Mappers with cash prizes at stake!

GIS Day is an annual event hosted by the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science.

Library Resources: Explore GeoData@Mason, a new data portal to search, preview and download datasets curated and held in the University Libraries’ repository at Mason, as well as search data managed by other repositories including Harvard, Tufts and UC-Berkeley, etc.  Please contact Joy Suh (, Geospatial Resources Librarian if you have any questions.

Libraries and OLLI partner to host discussion on Equal Rights Amendment

Photograph of U.S. Representative Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. Photo Courtesy of SCRC.

On Tuesday, November 17, the Libraries and OLLI will host “The Equal Rights Amendment,” a virtual event, from 3:30-5 p.m. This event is open to the Mason community, but attendance is limited – please register here to reserve your spot, and a Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event.

A panel from Mason’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will focus on the pivotal years 1970-82 and share their individual, first-hand experiences lobbying and marching for the Equal Rights Amendment in the Virginia and DC area.

The panel will be moderated by Laura Moore, adjunct faculty with the Department of History & Art History at Mason. The event will be recorded and added to the Special Collection Research Center’s (SCRC) Oral History Program collection.

“The Equal Rights Amendment” marks the fourth annual special oral history collaboration between SCRC and OLLI. The program is funded by a Special Project Grant awarded to the University Libraries by OLLI Mason.

Two new library resources

New resource guide: The Libraries has published a new resource guide on Anti-Racism, #BlackLivesMatter, and Civic Action. The purpose of this guide is to provide general information and research resources on anti-Black racism, anti-racist learning and practice, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related activist movements. The guide is being developed by librarians and staff, with input from members of the Mason community. The Libraries offers this guide as a starting point, not an exhaustive set of resources, which we will continue to update with relevant items. We welcome community recommendations via the Suggestions box located within the guide.

New resource-sharing center: The Libraries’ new Curriculum Center is an online repository for the very best lesson plans from Mason Libraries’ instructors. The site will be updated regularly with new plans, which are available for the entire Mason community to access and use in their classes. Within each lesson plan’s page, there is a link to an Office 365 folder which may be accessed with a Mason login. Anyone may submit lesson plans for inclusion in the Curriculum Center. All lesson plans are welcome, including those for undergraduate classes, graduate classes, and workshops and those for face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid instruction. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and will be evaluated regularly throughout the year.