New Library Resource for Sciences: JoVE Education Unlimited

The University Libraries is delighted to announce a new resource to support online learning across the full spectrum of the sciences – JoVE.

 JoVE, an innovative library of video collections, is ideal for this academic year’s hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning. Instructors can turn to JoVE for high quality, engaging demonstrations and animations of laboratory methods and more in Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Skills, Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics, and Psychology. Concise lessons complement classroom and lab instruction, and detailed accompanying transcriptions facilitate accessibility. JoVE, the first and only peer-reviewed scientific video journal, publishes more than 100 new videos each month.

Mason faculty, students, and staff may access JoVE on or off campus by clicking this link. Off-campus users will be prompted to sign in using their Mason credentials. 

This new subscription is part of the Libraries’ ongoing commitment to support online learning and prioritizing resources that enable faculty and students to pivot to online education during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions about this new resource, please contact your subject librarian

About JoVE: JoVE is the world-leading producer and provider of science videos with the mission to improve scientific research and education. Millions of scientists, educators and students at thousands of universities, colleges, hospitals and biopharmaceutical companies worldwide use JoVE for their research, teaching and learning.

Visiting Writers Series – September 17

The Visiting Writers Series goes virtual! Mason’s Creative Writing Program, along with the Libraries and Fall for the Book, has announced the lineup for the Fall 2020 Visiting Writers Series, featuring two writers each in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Writers will meet for virtual afternoon workshops with students from Mason’s MFA program in creative writing and will then participate in virtual programs that same evening—open to the public and combining brief readings and conversation with hosts from Mason’s creative writing community. All evening programs will begin at 7 p.m.

The first event of the semester will feature Robin Hemley, in conversation with Professor Tim Denevi. Hemley’s latest book, Borderline Citizen: Dispatches from the Outskirts of Nationhood, focuses on his journey across the world, and the way such a trip impacts the mind of the traveler. Part of the Fall for the Book Festival, the event will take place on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. via Crowdcast.

Future events include:

  • Thursday, September 24: Joan Naviyuk Kane (poetry), in conversation with Mason MFA student Ana Pugatch and BFA alum Eli Vandegrift
  • Thursday, October 8: Marjan Kamali (fiction), in conversation with Professor Courtney Brkic—Part of the Fall for the Book Festival
  • Thursday, October 22: Dan Beachy-Quick (poetry), in conversation with Professor Sally Keith —Part of the Fall for the Book Festival
  • Thursday, November 5: Michele Morano (nonfiction), in conversation with Professor Kyoko Mori
  • Thursday, November 12: Laura Sims (fiction), in conversation with Professor Courtney Brkic

VA research libraries host virtual forum in advance of Elsevier negotiations

Representatives from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, William and Mary, and James Madison University will soon be in contract negotiations with Elsevier, the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) scholarly publisher. Working as a group, they will be discussing the unsustainable cost of accessing Elsevier’s academic journals and options to make their public universities’ research more accessible to the public that paid for it.

On Friday, October 2 at 9:30 a.m., the group will host a Sustainable Scholarship Virtual Forum to share information about the group’s collective priorities concerning equity, accessibility, and costs of bundled scholarly journal packages. Forum moderator Brandon Butler, the University of Virginia Library’s Director of Information Policy, will also pose questions to the panel for discussion. Registration is open to all interested faculty, staff, students, and community members. Attendees can submit questions or discussion topics surrounding negotiation priorities and sustainable scholarship in advance through the forum’s registration site.

“This is an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming negotiations, the libraries’ priorities surrounding equitable access to scholarship, the impact of changing models on access to research, and why the costs of large bundled journal packages are unsustainable. We will also discuss the possible futures of scholarly publishing,” said Butler. “As a group, we are working together to find the best solutions to continue to be responsible stewards of state funds while providing our faculty and students with the informational resources they need to research, teach, and learn.”

Mason’s Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, John Zenelis, remarks, “Unsustainable access costs affect all of us in the Mason academic community. I invite faculty, staff, and students to join the conversation by submitting questions in advance via the registration site and attending the upcoming discussion. The forum will provide an opportunity to hear more about how we, along with our partner universities in Virginia, are moving together through this process towards a more sustainable library collections and scholarly resources model.”

Panelists include:
Carrie Cooper, Dean of University Libraries, College of William and Mary
Stuart Frazer, Interim University Librarian, Old Dominion University
Teresa L. Knott, Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University
Bethany Nowviskie, Dean of Libraries, James Madison University
John Unsworth, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, University of Virginia
Tyler Walters, Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech
John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, George Mason University

All interested faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to register and attend the forum.

Announcing VIVA Open Adopt Grants

VIVA is pleased to announce a new grant initiative, VIVA Open Adopt Grants. VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators.

Though united in purpose with VIVA’s Open Course Grant program, VIVA Open Adopt Grants have a simplified application process, a pre-determined award amount, and will be awarded to individual faculty members hoping to adopt an already existing resource.  Team and departmental adoptions, as well as projects seeking to adapt or create new Open Educational Resources, should apply for the larger scale VIVA Open Course grants, the next round of which will be announced in December 2020. The VIVA Open Adopt Grant RFP and application can be found on the VIVA website. Applications are due October 19, 2020. 

Informational webinars will be held on the below dates. Registration is required. More information is available on VIVA’s website.

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