New Tutorials from the Libraries

Looking for more info about research concepts or the research process? Or have questions about finding materials or using the Libraries’ tools and services? Check out our updated Tutorials page at http://library.gmu.edu/tutorials and explore topics from Grey Literature to Hosting a Film Night to using Zotero!

Do you have other questions? Come visit one of our campus locations. Our hours are posted and updated regularly. Make an appointment with one of our subject librarians who can provide personalized research assistance. Or, if you have questions but are unable to stop by, use our virtual reference hours.

We also offer 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students, and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password. Check out our databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore the 775+ databases we subscribe to, start with the A-Z database list.

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What Sparks Poetry: New Exhibition in Fenwick Gallery

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host “What Sparks Poetry,” an exhibition in celebration of Poetry Daily. The exhibition will be on view from March 20 through April 18, 2019, with a panel discussion presented by members of the Poetry Daily editorial and publication team on Thursday, March 21 at 6:45pm in Fenwick Library, Room 2001.

Poetry Daily is a popular daily online anthology that has been promoting poetry since 1997. In 2018, it began the process of moving to George Mason University where it is now edited and produced through a partnership between the Department of English Creative Writing Program and George Mason University Libraries, in collaboration with The Daily Poetry Association. “What Sparks Poetry” is a new, serialized feature on Poetry Daily in which poets were invited to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems.

The “What Sparks Poetry” exhibition comprises the handwritten pages and essays by a number of these notable poets—intimate homages to the relationship between poet as reader and poet as writer, and to what sparks poetry.

Poetry Daily’s editorial board includes seven poets from Mason: Aaron McCollough, director of George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing in the University Libraries; Mason Creative Writing program faculty Jennifer Atkinson, Heather Green, Eric Pankey, and Susan Tichy; and Vivek Narayanan of the Honors College. The board includes nine other notable poets from across the country: Kaveh Akbar, Jennifer Chang, Yona Harvey, Layli Long Soldier, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Ilya Kaminsky, Sandra Lim, J. Michael Martinez, and Brian Teare.

Find Poetry Daily online at http://www.poems.com. For more details on this exhibition and related events, visit the Fenwick Gallery exhibitions page at http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/poetry-daily.

Textbook Portal for Faculty Launched

The Virtual Library of Virginia program (VIVA) has an Open and Affordable Initiative to provide no-cost and barrier-free access to curriculum resources for students and researchers. As part of this initiative, VIVA has recently developed a new Faculty Textbook Portal. This catalog, designed for Virginia public college and university faculty seeking open and affordable textbooks for their courses, contains over 200,000 titles from VIVA’s shared library collections, open access textbooks, and ebooks available for VIVA to purchase on behalf of public colleges and universities throughout the state.

For more information about the new portal and how to request full access (available to all Mason faculty as a VIVA member institution), see the VIVA announcement and the FAQ page.

Mason Libraries Collections now featured in DPLA

The University Libraries is pleased to announce its participation in the collaborative effort, Digital Virginias, created by a group of universities in Virginia and West Virginia. In addition to George Mason University, Digital Virginias partners include University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, College of William and Mary, and West Virginia University.

Digital Virginias is the newest hub to join the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – a nationwide digital project with the goal of maximizing public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge. DPLA currently has 40 partners, including such national treasures as the National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, and others, including representatives of most of the 50 states. DPLA collections contain millions of items available to the public for research and exploration. Digital Virginias is currently comprised of more than 58,000 items, and expects to grow both collection items and participating regional partners throughout the upcoming year, thus building a network that will extend to capture and expose digital collections across both Virginia and West Virginia.

Within the Mason Libraries, preparing to join this endeavor was a team effort. Lynn Eaton, Director of Special Collections Research Center, and Bob Vay, Archivist, identified collections that the Libraries could submit to the hub. Peggy Griesinger, former Metadata Librarian, prepared all of the metadata for the items and served on the hub Group’s metadata committee (Tricia Mackenzie, Head of Metadata Services, and Ashley Howell, Metadata Specialist, will take over metadata duties going forward). Wally Grotophorst, Associate University Librarian for Digital Systems & Strategies, served on the hub’s Strategy Group.

About Mason’s collaboration, Lynn Eaton remarks, “The University Libraries Special Collections Research Center is excited to be able to add selected collections to the DPLA hub, as this provides an additional point of contact to our digital content. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of the planning group, and look forward to adding even more of our manuscript materials to this incredible resource.”

Bob Vay adds, “It was gratifying to be asked to participate in this project. Two of the several collections we chose to include (George Mason University Yearbooks and the “Frankly Speaking” radio programs) are among my personal favorites. Inclusion into the DPLA exposes them to a much wider audience. I see this as a big win for those who desire access to interesting content!”

John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, commented that “Digital Virginias is an ambitious longer-term undertaking to make accessible to scholars and to the general public alike the rich cultural resources that reside at not only the currently six participating universities, but to gradually encompass the holdings of other higher education institutions, historical societies, museums, and other cultural entities in the two states. As part of the Digital Virginias network, Mason Libraries has taken on the role to assist other such organizations in the greater Northern Virginia region as they initiate digital projects for future inclusion in the Digital Virginias service hub.”

To search items in the collection, visit https://dp.la/news/digital-virginias-is-now-a-dpla-hub. For more about Digital Virginias, visit https://digitalvirginias.org/.