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Mason Libraries welcome the Mason Nation to a new academic year, and we’re ready to help you succeed.

Mason Libraries provides free 24/7 access to thousands of online resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password to discover what’s in Mason Libraries’ collections for you. Highlights include:

Visit library.gmu.edu to discover what the Libraries offer to support and enhance your learning, teaching, and research at Mason. We’re at your fingertips!

Lunch + Learn on 9/10: Primary Source Databases

Teaching with Primary Source Databases workshop will offer insight into how primary sources can be used in multiple disciplinary contexts, for teaching qualitative and quantitative research methods, and for diverse projects and research outputs. Attendees can expect to learn about:

  • Approaches to research from varied disciplines
  • Different types of primary sources
  • Creative ideas for teaching with primary sources
  • Data mining and visualization with archives
  • Widening the scope of usage for digital library collections
  •  HTR (Handwritten Text Recognition) Technology for DHI efforts related to Full-Text Search in Manuscript Documents

This workshop will be held Tuesday, September 10, Noon to 1 p.m., 1014A&B Fenwick Library. For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Skeen, lskeen@gmu.edu

Faculty: Apply by September 30 for a course redesign grant

We are excited to announce that the Request for Proposals for the second round of VIVA Course Redesign Grants is now open. These grants are designed to empower faculty at Virginia higher education institutions with the resources and time they need to redesign courses by swapping out expensive textbooks for open, no cost, or library options. These materials may be adopted as is, adapted, or created from scratch.

This program awards grants from $1,000-$30,000 to assist faculty members at any VIVA institution in transitioning to course materials available at no cost to students, such as open educational textbooks and/or library resources. Full or part-time faculty may apply. Proposals may involve one person or teams that include: teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, subject matter experts, editors, graphic designers, or others as needed. Applications that include multi-institutional partnerships are encouraged.

More information, including the full Request for Proposals, application details, and the evaluation rubric are available at http://vivalib.org/courseredesign.

Applications are due September 30, 2019, and award notification will take place on December 9, 2019.

Informational webinars will be held at the following times, and will include a general introduction to the grants, the application process, and a Q&A:

Successful applications will be selected on the basis of:

  • Potential for student savings, including class enrollment and existing resource costs
  • Use of Open Educational Resources (freely available and free to be modified)
  • Frequency of course offering, with a preference for high-enrollment, required courses, and/or courses that are part of the SCHEV Passport Program
  • Impact of the project on open education, such as the development of high quality resources in areas for which no other open content is currently available
  • Preference for statewide reach through multi-institutional efforts
  • Commitment to continue offering the course for future years
  • Agreement to the terms of the grant and required activities

Questions about the program may be submitted to viva@gmu.edu.

George Mason University faculty interested in VIVA’s program or, more generally, in utilizing Open Educational Resources and no-cost or low-cost learning resources can find additional information about support provided by the University Libraries at the following site: https://library.gmu.edu/oer    

*VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV). 

2019-20 Fenwick Fellowship Competition Announced

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis announced that University Libraries is now accepting applications for this year’s Fenwick Fellow competition. The Fellowship is awarded annually to eligible Mason faculty members to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. View list of past recipients and their research projects.

Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded; expanded program guidelines include funding for an additional fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ initiatives in the area of digital scholarship.

Application deadline is Monday, May 6, 2019. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the  Fenwick Fellow(s) in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

Guidelines and information are available at library.gmu.edu/about/fellow