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/.

Film Screening on October 25: Paywall

The Mason Publishing Group, within the Mason Libraries, is hosting a film screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. The screening will take place at 12pm on Thursday, October 25 in Fenwick Library Room 4008.

Paywall is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research, questions the rationale behind the multi-billion per year industry that is for-profit academic publishing, and examines the profit margin associated with the top academic publishers.

Interested in learning more about open access publishing? Visit Mason Publishing Group’s open access resource page.

Mason Libraries partners with Fall for the Book festival

The 20th annual Fall for the Book begins this Wednesday, October 11 and runs through Saturday, October 13. What does that mean? 4 Days of readings, discussions, performances, and more by 150 authors!

The Libraries is pleased to once again provide sponsorship for the capstone event for this year’s Mason Reads program (March by Congressman John Lewis) as well as provide space in Fenwick Library for additional Fall for the Book events.

Congressman Lewis will speak at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 11, in the Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts, to discuss his memoir, March: Book One, along with his co-writer Andrew Aydin. March is a #1 New York Times Bestselling series of graphic novels, which have won honors from the Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, among many others.

In honor of March: Book One and Congressman Lewis’ visit, Mason Libraries’ team members (Joy Suh, Kim Hoffman, Teresa Kan and Westly Wright) created this story map for the community as it celebrates the Fall for the Book festival.

Two of Mason Libraries’ faculty will also be featured at Fall for the Book events. Lynn Eaton, Director, Special Collections Research Center will join a panel discussion on “The Secret History of a Modern Suburb” on Thursday, October 11 at 4:30pm in Fenwick Library Room 2001. Aaron McCollough, Interim Head of Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press will join three other poets for a reading at “Poetry Night Out” on Friday, October 12 at 6pm at Epicure Cafe.

The following Fall for the book events will be held in Fenwick Library Room 2001:

Call & Response: “Borders”
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 10, 1:30-2:45pm

Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home
Carrie A. Meyer
Wednesday, October 10, 3-4:15pm

The Secret History of a Modern Suburb
Patricia Farrell Donahue, Lynn Eaton, and Laura Wickstead
Thursday, October 11, 4:30-5:45pm

Writing about the Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson
Tim Denevi, Margaret A. Harrell, William McKeen, and Juan F. Thompson
Thursday, October 11, 6-7:15pm

Alumni Reading (Poetry & Prose)
Lucy Biederman, John Copenhaver, Joe Hall, Alyse Knorr, and Kate Partridge
Friday, October 12, 4-5:15pm

Writing Through Identity
Sandy Allen, Rachel Z. Arndt, Dave Madden, and Sarah Viren
Friday, October 12, 6-7:15pm

For more information, visit fallforthebook.org.

OER Metafinder Goes Viral

Another important step in the march toward reducing the cost of textbooks for Mason students has been achieved with the national release of a new search tool by the Mason Libraries. The Mason Open Educational Resources Metafinder (MOM) greatly simplifies the discovery process for existing Open Educational Resources (OER).

Created by Wally Grotophorst, Associate University Librarian for Digital Programs and Systems at Mason, the new OER Metafinder has been described by some as “the Google for Open Educational Resources.” Just a few months after its release, there are already more than 170 libraries, colleges and universities across North America linking directly to the MOM to help their faculty locate useful learning materials (https://publishing.gmu.edu/whos-using-the-mason-oer-metafinder/). Reflecting this national buzz, a recent Inside HigherEd article on the difficulty of finding OER materials recognized the Mason OER Metafinder as the “new kid on the block” that “yields more diverse results.” (https://insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/01/10/finding-oer-remains-challenging-solutions-abound).

Prior to the release of the MOM, discovery of open educational content began with a tedious dive in and out of open educational content silos. So many different collections, wildly different interfaces, no standard metadata – any and all conspiring to drain the educator’s enthusiasm for open educational resources. The Mason OER Metafinder breaks this paradigm by simultaneously searching in real-time across sixteen different OER sites, presenting the de-duplicated and ranked results drawn from these sites in a single, modern, easy-to-understand interface. As the Metafinder’s creator, Wally Grotophorst has observed, “What I keep hearing from the many colleges and universities using MOM is how it has opened up their discussions with their own faculty about the availability and quality of open resources. MOM shows in minutes results that once took hours of hit and miss searching to discover.”

Read more about the Mason Open Educational Resources Metafinder and the Libraries’ work in OER and reducing students’ costs.