Extended: library books available through HathiTrust

As announced earlier this year, thanks to a cooperative agreement between University Libraries and the HathiTrust, Mason students, faculty and staff (and only one or more of those particular statuses) have online access to over a million titles from our library’s collection even as access to the stacks has been cut off due to COVID-19 concerns. This virtual access to our collection has been extended as the pandemic continues. We will update the Mason community if the situation or access options change. To access a digital scan of a book from Mason’s collection:
  • Begin a search in the library’s catalog
  • As you look through your results, books that offer a scanned copy of the text will be marked as shown by the red arrow in this illustration:
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  • To view the scanned copy, click that link then make sure you sign in at the HathiTrust website (you will be authenticating via your Mason network credentials).  If you don’t sign in, you will not be able to view the text as the HathiTrust site will not know of your Mason affiliation.
You may request contact-less pickup of titles that are not available via the HathiTrust program. To maintain compliance with the rules surrounding this agreement and to preserve access to our collection for the majority of our physically-distant users we are not able to circulate the physical copy of a book owned by Mason if it is also available via this HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).  

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning

George Mason University Press has partnered with Project MUSE – a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content – to make one of our recent titles, Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines, available as a free resource during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about Project MUSE’s efforts here, and you can download the book here.

Published in 2017, Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines provides insights from experienced university teachers and scholars across multiple disciplines—including social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and professional programs such as nursing, education, and business administration—who share innovative practices, pedagogies, and instructional design techniques for online teaching and learning.

About the Press: The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership.

National Emergency Library

The Internet Archive has suspended waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in its lending library by creating a National Emergency Library. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. For more information, see the Internet Archive’s announcement.

When you use the Mason OER Metafinder search tool, you will now have the option to include this expansive resource in your search parameters.

O’Reilly for Higher Education replaces Safari

On January 1, 2020, VIVA / Mason Libraries started a new contract for O’Reilly for Higher Education, which replaces Safari Tech Books Online.

The O’Reilly for Higher Education digital platform includes more than 38,000 book titles and more than 30,000 hours of video. Topics range from programming to IT networking to project management to graphic design to business strategy. The content includes code snippets, certification preparation materials, practice exercises, training videos, and much more. Users can search thousands of books simultaneously online. There are also proven learning paths, case studies, interactive tutorials and audio books.

O’Reilly  for Higher Education requires a login using your gmu.edu email address. Find thousands of books + videos related to IT, programming, and business. You can also browse by topic, and, save content to your playlist to access it later. Get started with this guide to using the platform.

O’Reilly Mobile App   https://www.oreilly.com/online-learning/apps.html

The O’Reilly app allows you to take your online learning with you on the go. Download as many books and videos as you would like. Start reading on one device, and pick up where you left off on another, with effortless syncing of highlights and position. Discover new content to add to your playlists. Learn during your commute, even when you can’t get a signal, with offline access. The O’Reilly app offers the full breadth of videos and books available with your O’Reilly subscription. Note: O’Reilly interactive training such as Oriole online tutorials and some Learning Paths are supported only through a web browser.

Can I use O’Reilly on my Kindle?
Amazon prevents the installation of third-party applications on its E-reader devices. Due to the nature of our business, we can only distribute content through our own apps—for more or less the same reason that Spotify songs can’t be played in iTunes, for

Can I sideload the Queue app onto my Android device or Amazon Tablet?
If your Android device cannot connect to the Google Play store, but otherwise meets the requirements for installation, you can download an APK for sideloading onto your device from this link. Please note that sideloaded apps do not automatically receive updates, so you’ll need to keep track of that yourself.

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