New Library Tool Available for Faculty to Manage Course Reading Lists

In support of Mason’s teaching and learning experience, the Libraries is adding Leganto to the Libraries’ portfolio of technology tools. Leganto, offered by Ex Libris, is a resource list management system that integrates with other Libraries systems as well as Blackboard.

The acquisition of this tool, in conjunction with the university’s expanded virtual environment, marks a strategic shift for the Libraries – moving away from the idea of a physical “course reserves” module to a university-wide reading list management system where the instructor develops a reading list within a Blackboard course, then pushes it to the Libraries for centralized processing.  

With Leganto, faculty can collect a wide range of content – from library resources to YouTube videos – in a dynamic and user-friendly add-on to their course. We anticipate it will make the work of instructional faculty much easier for reading or viewing material for their courses, as well as tracking statistics of what has been read (or marked done) by students. Leganto will enable the Libraries to become more efficient in supplying needed content to courses, and it will provide reliability and consistency for students accessing materials. 

The Libraries is preparing for a soft launch of the Leganto platform in Fall 2020, with a cohort of faculty who will receive training on using the system and who will provide feedback on its integration into their courses. If you would like to be part of this group for Fall 2020, please contact Melanie Bopp, Head of Access Services, at mbopp@gmu.edu or Janna Mattson, Online Learning Coordinator and Instructional Librarian, at jmattso1@gmu.edu.

We expect to fully implement Leganto university-wide in the Spring 2021 semester, at which time our current Course Reserves request system will be retired. We will be exploring a host of additional features to add to Leganto in the spring, such as streamlined purchase requests for faculty, and quick and easy copyright checks.

Seeking instructional faculty to serve on Fenwick Fellow review committee

The Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian is looking for three instructional faculty, including former Fenwick Fellows, to evaluate the 2020 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 panel in the past), to work alongside three librarian evaluators.

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a 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 specialist librarian if you would like to be considered or if you have any questions. 

Library Events/Workshops Status

Updated March 17, 2020

Check ’em out: Online Library Workshops March 16 – May 2

  • Research Poster Design Online
  • Zotero Online
  • Library Basics Online
  • Uncovering Conspiracy Theory
  • Level Up ENGH 302 Online
  • Using Census Data

Canceled Library Events/Workshops

  • March 17, Sharin’ of the Zines, Fenwick
  • March 19, Marchives Madness, Fenwick
  • March 20, WAC Faculty Write-In, Fenwick
  • March 24, Kaveh Akbar, Visiting Writer, Fenwick
  • March 25, Music in the Lobby, Fenwick
  • April 1, Edible Book Festival, Fenwick
  • April 6, Data Planet workshop
  • April 6, Mason Press Book Launch, Fenwick
  • April 8 + 9, Pathway Studio workshops, SciTech + Fenwick

Postponed Library Events/Workshops 

  • March 24, DiSC Research Connections, Noel Johnson presentation, Fenwick

Notice: Fenwick Library HVAC Work

Mason Facilities is upgrading the HVAC system in Fenwick Library Wing C. Two HVAC projects will start in Wing C on Monday, March 9, 2020.

Duct Cleaning:  March 9 – 13, 2020

o   Contractor will clean all Wing C vents during this time. The work starts on the 5th Floor Wing C, and progresses down the building. There may be noise, and there may be minimal residual dust. Stacks and furnishings will be protected with with plastic draping.

Wing C HVAC Replacement: March 9 – April 16, 2020 (end date estimate)

o   Wing C air circulation will be reduced during this time. This project is expected to take six (6) weeks.

o   Library users/staff may experience some discomfort with temperature fluctuation in Wing C. University Facilities will attempt to maintain normal temperature throughout the project.

o   Wing C noise level will vary – library users are encouraged to study elsewhere in Fenwick during this time.

Questions? Please contact Amy Sullivan (asulli21@gmu.edu) or Susan Stockwell (sstockwe@gmu.edu).