2022 Student Assistant Scholarships

On behalf of the selection committee, John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, has announced the winners of the Libraries’ 2022 Student Assistant Scholarship. The selection committee this year was comprised of Jessica Clark, Camille Hodges (from the Libraries Advisory Board), Elizabeth Bass and Christopher Magee.

Based on applications and nominations submitted, the committee selected one undergraduate student and two graduate (Master’s level) student awardees.

Andrea Morales is the undergraduate awardee. Andrea is a peer referral leader with the Teaching & Learning Team; she is pursuing her studies in psychology and forensic science.

Garima Anand and Haneul Song are both international graduate students.

Haneul is a student assistant with Mason Square Library; he is pursuing his studies in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Garima is a student assistant principally with SP@RC and secondarily with the Office of the Dean; she is pursuing her studies in Computer Science.

Andrea Morales, Haneul Song, and Garima Anand

Congratulations to Andrea, Haneul and Garima!

And thank you to the members of the selection committee!

The University Libraries’ student assistant scholarships are made possible by an endowment established for this purpose in 2017.

Mason Libraries Recipient of LYRASIS Catalyst Fund Grant

FAIRFAX, VA – July 13, 2022: The George Mason University Libraries’ Center for Mason Legacies (CML) is pleased to announce that they were one of five 2022 recipients of the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund.

The Center for Mason Legacies and its George Mason University faculty researchers George Oberle, LaNitra Berger, Benedict Carton, and Wendi Manuel-Scott have been awarded $39,500 by the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund. This generous grant will advance an interdisciplinary project based in the University Libraries and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The winning proposal, “Geographies of Inequity: Exploring the Hidden Lives Next Door,” draws on CML’s “Black Lives Next Door,” launched in 2021 with OSCAR support. Two other CML projects have been instrumental in shaping “Geographies of Inequity”: the Enslaved Children of George Mason, an undergraduate research initiative which started in 2016, and Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial, a work of public history recently unveiled on the Fairfax campus. Wendi Manuel-Scott is excited to have “CML use the LYRASIS grant to create an interdisciplinary social justice methodology that incorporates digital humanities and historical research in local communities, and fully engages our students in valuable transformative work.”

CML’s proposed “Geographies of Inequity” has also received the Catalyst Fund’s Sandy Nyberg Award, which recognizes “the highest levels of innovation” in publishing, writing, preservation, and other categories. Dean of the University Libraries, John Zenelis, noted “the collaborative and creative energy that materializes when faculty and librarians work together results in substantative educational experiences for students.” The 2021-2022 Catalyst Fund grant competition was international in scope. The finalists included Cambridge University, University of Virginia, Université du Québec à Montréal, and University of North Carolina System.


The Catalyst Fund is an award program that provides support for new ideas and innovative projects from the LYRASIS membership. It is administered by the LYRASIS Leaders Circle to expand opportunities to explore, test, refine, and collaborate on innovations with potential for community-wide impact.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES & THE CENTER FOR MASON LEGACIES The University Libraries, as a core academic function of George Mason University, serves as both a repository of and digital portal to the wider universe of knowledge. The Libraries fosters innovation, originality, and imagination by qualitatively managing access to scholarship and information, providing expert consultation in the research process, actively teaching the effective and critical use of information, and disseminating research and scholarship through publishing endeavors. The Center for Mason Legacies is an interdisciplinary and collaborative research center established by the University Libraries and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The mission of the Center is

to preserve and examine the legacy of George Mason IV (1725-1792), his ancestors and heirs, and the people he enslaved. To accomplish this, student researchers are engaged in studying the past and present influences of our university’s namesake though a combination of scholarly research, public history, teaching innovation, and community outreach.

Get your news here! Libraries news subscriptions available for the Mason community

In addition to the Libraries’ numerous databases containing historic newspapers and past issues of news journals, did you know that we also have a number of direct news subscriptions for current issues? These include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Business Journal, and more!

With the Libraries’ subscriptions, Mason faculty, staff, and students can set up accounts with select news sources and avoid hitting that pesky paywall or maxing out your limited articles per month. You can also sign up for email alerts to get timely and relevant news delivered right to your inbox (check out this feature for the Washington Business Journal!).

For a list of our direct news subscriptions, with information on how to access them and/or set up individual accounts, visit our News infoguide at https://infoguides.gmu.edu/news. The guide also contains a tab listing our major news databases – sites that collate news from a variety of sources and which are typically updated daily.

Libraries is new home for Appalachian Trail Conservancy archives

FAIRFAX, VA – May 23, 2022: The George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is pleased to announce the donation of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) collection — a significant addition to SCRC’s archival collections of national importance.

The largest donation of materials received by SCRC to date, the core of the collection contains a broad array of items, including maps, letters, trail shelter logs, legal documents, publications, internal corporate documents, and images as well as Trail ephemera, such as patches, signs, and more. Dating from prior to the ATC’s beginnings in 1925 through the present, the collection encompasses more than 850 linear feet of unprocessed materials related to the famous Appalachian Trail (A.T.) spanning the East Coast from Maine to Georgia. The materials correspondingly document the growth of the ATC from a small confederation to a volunteer-centered but fully staffed nonprofit with a unique mission and international support.

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis comments, “The Libraries is pleased to enter this partnership with the ATC and become the home of this remarkable collection – a significant cultural heritage collection, with great promise for research and scholarship. We are committed to ensuring that best curatorial and archival practices are applied in managing both the physical materials (and eventually digital aspects) of the collection.”

About the collection, ATC President and CEO Sandra Marra shares, “The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to partner with George Mason University to ensure these important artifacts of Appalachian Trail history are preserved. Each of these items helps tell the story of the vision that set the construction of the Trail in motion, the thousands of volunteers and advocates who helped make the Trail a reality, and the continued efforts to help ensure the Trail continues to benefit us all for generations to come.”

The history of the A.T. is not only one of outdoor exploration but also of many important facets of twentieth century U.S. history. A close examination of this history quickly leads one to considerations of the conservation movement, economic developments, indigenous peoples, race relations, gender ideology, technological advances, and more.

Lynn Eaton, director of SCRC, remarks, “This is an amazing collection, reflecting a strong area of research for scholars to explore for years to come. Once we have processed, arranged, and described the materials, we look forward to welcoming students and researchers to examine them. One of SCRC’s main tenets is supporting the research and teaching mission of the university, and this collection will be no exception.” While in the ATC’s care, more than two dozen books and dissertations were derived from these archives.

As the centennial of the ATC approaches, the Libraries is investigating opportunities to support the organization and preservation of these unique and historically important items. We look forward to recognizing this vital national heritage in the future with a fully processed and accessible collection.

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Center for Mason Legacies faculty present to local history chapters

George Oberle (CML director, assistant term professor, and history librarian) and Anthony “Tony” Guidone (history doctoral candidate) delivered a presentation to the Fairfax Resolves and George Mason Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution on 14 May 2022. This presentation shared the progress of the ongoing work of the digital edition of the Mason Family Papers produced by the Center for Mason Legacies.