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 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.

Don’t forget – we’re here to help!

University Service Awards 2019

Congratulations to the following library faculty/staff for their service to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia. They will be recognized at the 2019 University Day Service Awards celebrations on April 2 (5-15 years of service) and April 4 (20+ years of service).

5 Years

  • Jane Atwell, Resource Acquisition, Access and Resource Management
  • Erika Coronado, Resource Acquisition, Access and Resource Management
  • Cutrice Harris, Virtual Library of Virginia
  • Renee Prokop, Administrative Services, Office of the Dean of Libraries & University Librarian
  • Stephanie Westcott, Virtual Library of Virginia

10 Years

  • Ian Fairclough, Metadata Services, Access and Resource Management
  • Mark Hoban, Access Services, Access and Resource Management
  • Elena Landry, Arts and Humanities Team, Learning, Research and Engagement
  • Taneisha Mazyck, Teaching and Learning Team, Learning, Research and Engagement

15 Years

  • Debra Hogan, Office of the Dean of Libraries & University Librarian
  • Christopher Magee, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library, Learning, Research and Engagement

20 Years

  • Teresa Kan, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library, Learning, Research and Engagement
  • Heather Leadingham, Metadata Services, Access and Resource Management
  • George Oberle, Arts and Humanities Team, Learning, Research and Engagement

25 Years

  • Edgar (Danny) Gomez, Metadata Services, Access and Resource Management
  • Robert Vay, Special Collections Research Center, Learning, Research and Engagement

Henson to receive 2019 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Jo Ann Henson, Business and Economics Librarian, has been selected for the 2019 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. With twenty years’ experience in the academic librarianship field, she is a highly skilled and dedicated professional. Henson will be recognized at the annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence, organized by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Excellence. This year the event is scheduled for Monday, April 15, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Center for Arts, Fairfax Campus.

Since 2012, Ms. Henson has been the Business and Economics Librarian at the George Mason University Libraries, and her tenure has been marked by her active involvement in forming key partnerships with the School of Business and the Department of Economics and providing support for their students’ and faculty’s research endeavors. In addition to research and reference support, she leads over 40 instructional sessions each semester as well as ensures the Libraries’ business and economics resources are current, up-to-date, and reflective of a broad array of disciplinary needs.

Prior to joining Mason, Henson was the Business Reference Librarian at Louisiana State University (LSU), where she was responsible for launching an annual “Meet Your Librarian” Day and for being the first librarian to schedule “embedded” office hours within the Business School. Prior to LSU, she worked as a librarian in both corporate and medical institution settings.

Read more about Henson’s accomplishments and nomination.

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 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 For more about Digital Virginias, visit