Edible Book Festival: April 1

Do you like books, the culinary arts, winning prizes? Enter the Libraries’ Edible Book Festival Competition! The Festival will take place Monday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fenwick Library, Room 1014 (yes, we realize this is “April Fool’s Day” but this is no joke!).

Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking.” The Festivals are a great way to celebrate both book-making culture and the culinary arts. Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and is now celebrated internationally.

For more details and to enter the competition, visit http://library.gmu.edu/edible. Entry forms are due by March 22. We can’t wait to see (and taste) what you create!

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/.

Poetry Daily finds new publishing home at Mason

Poetry Daily, a web-based journal launched in 1997 to promote poetry, has found a new home at George Mason University. The Poetry Daily Association, the nonprofit organization currently publishing the journal, has formed a new partnership with the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program and the George Mason University Libraries’ Publishing Group. Effective January 1, 2019, Mason faculty, staff, and students will take over the daily production of the journal here at Mason – an exciting opportunity for all involved.

The journal’s new editorial directors will be Sally Keith, professor of English, and Peter Streckfus, associate professor of English. Aaron McCollough, interim head of the Mason Publishing Group within the Mason Libraries, will serve as an associate editor of the journal, sharing his extensive publication and production experience. Keith, Streckfus, and McCollough are all published poets.

For additional information, please see the full press release from the Creative Writing Program. For your daily dose of poetry, visit http://poems.com/.

Mason Libraries to host second annual Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit

Mason Libraries is pleased to host the second annual Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit on Friday, November 30, 2018. A shared effort between the University of Virginia Law Library, George Mason University Libraries, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Summit will serve as a forum for the impressive efforts of those within the Commonwealth contributing to or interested in the digitization and interpretation of archival materials.

The summit will take place from 8:30am to 4pm in Fenwick Library 2001 and will be followed by a social hour at Oh, George! Registration for the conference is free. To view the full agenda and register, visit https://oieahc.wm.edu/events/conferences/supported/dasummit2018/.