More HathiTrust Features Now Available with Your Library of Congress Card

Library users who have visited the Library of Congress and have a Reader Registration ID Card are able to use their cards to access more advanced features from HathiTrust, a large repository of digitized books and journals. While HathiTrust is freely available to use, more features are now available to those with Reader Registration cards, such as downloading full PDFs and access to HathiTrust’s Collection Builder, which can help you to create and share collected items.

For more info and help with logging in, please visit the Library of Congress’s website on accessing HathiTrust with your Readers Registration card.

Apply for GRA Position (2015-2016)

Applications are now being accepted for ACL’s Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position at HireMason for the fall 2015/spring 2016 academic year.

The GRA will be responsible for:

  • Providing library research assistance to students, faculty, and visiting scholars.
  • Assisting librarians with collection development & analysis, assessment, lit reviews, and other projects.
  • Work with librarians to create tutorials for distance education courses in SPGIA and S-CAR.
  • Assist with creation of a social media schedule and enhancing the Arlington Campus Library social media presence.
  • Facilitating Zotero instruction to groups and individuals.
  • Providing frontline public services, including reference and circulation.
  • Assisting with other projects as assigned.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of this GRAship, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of competency in creating and implementing search strategies and research plans using appropriate resources.
  • Identify reliable and high quality research through critical evaluation.
  • Apply classroom management techniques and curriculum design to teach research workshops.
  • Express a comprehensive understanding of the role and functions of the Libraries within the research and teaching mission of the university.
  • Assist faculty and students in locating, evaluating, and managing information or data for research projects of varying scope and content.

Hours: 20 hours a week, including Saturdays

Qualifications: Applicants must be registered as full-time graduate students, enrolled in at least 6 credit hours & in good standing for the full academic year. Must have a strong customer service orientation and the ability to interact with a variety of individuals & groups. Strong written and oral communication skills. Must be a self-starter and able to work independently.  Willingness to participate in library outreach initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications: Academic library work experience; experience in searching print and online library resources; experience with social networking and messaging software; public speaking skills and abilities. Familiarity with Mason University Libraries’ website, library research tools and services, or a willingness to learn. Familiarity with programs based on Arlington campus.

Find out more information about the GRA position & submit applications at the HireMason website.

Summer Hours Begin Today

With the spring semester coming to a close today, ACL will operate under summer hours until the fall semester begins in late August. Find all Mason Libraries’ summer hours on the libraries’ website.


May 13th — 15th           9:00am — 6:00pm

May 16th & 17th             CLOSED

May 18th — August 5th

Monday — Thursday      9:00am — 10:00pm

Friday                             9:00am — 6:00pm

Saturday                        10:00am — 6:00pm

Sunday                          12:00pm — 8:00pm


Memorial Day Weekend, May 23rd — May 25th       CLOSED

4th of July Weekend, July 3rd — July 5th                 CLOSED

Last day of exams, August 5th                                9:00am — 6:00pm

Apply for a Space in the Dissertation Writers Room

UPDATE: All of ACL’s spots in the DWR have been claimed for the Fall 2015 semester. Thank you to all who applied! 

PhD students in need of dedicated space for dissertation work on campus now have the option to apply for exclusive access to the Dissertation Writers’ Room in the Arlington Campus Library in Founders Hall. The room features four assigned work spaces and secure storage for research materials.  Subscriptions to the room are for the Fall 2015 semester.

Interested students who have passed their comprehensive exams and are in good standing with the University Libraries are qualified to apply.  Departmental verification of a student’s academic standing is needed to complete the application form.  Spaces in the DWR will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis until room capacity is met.

Download the application form via the Libraries’ website:; applications are also available at the Library’sCirculation Desk. Turn your completed form in at the Circulation Desk or email it to

If you have any additional questions, please contact Beth Roszkowski at


Donate Used Books, CDs, DVDs for a Good Cause

The Arlington Campus Library will be collecting used books, CDs and DVDs in support of Turning the Page, a nonprofit organization that works to engage and empower parents of DC public school students.  To raise funds for programs, they collect and sell donated items of all genres and for all ages at their store, Carpe Librum, which is located at 1030 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

A collection bin for donations is located just inside the Arlington Campus Library in Founders Hall and will be available until at least May 13th.  The end of the semester is the perfect time to assess the collections on your shelves or in your offices and to donate for a good cause!

Download Turning the Page’s informational flyer here.

Book Display on Environmentalism

This post was written by our GRA, Melanie Weyant, in conjunction with the books she chose to display in the library.

The new book display at the Arlington Campus Library celebrates Earth Day!  Each year Earth Day is held on April 22 and marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Mason’s Arlington Campus will be celebrating Earth Day in a variety of ways, including a Go Gaga for Green event on April 25.

The collection includes materials related to Earth Day, sustainability, and environmentalism. There are books on sustainable economic development, the political economy of the environment, possible environmental collapse, eco-activism, sustainable urban transport, climate change, and the future of environmentalism.

I decided to create this display on Earth Day because the environment is a factor in a multitude of fields, including the programs here at the Arlington Campus.  Whether the focus is on sustainable art, environmental conflict, or green urban transport, we all have a connection.

Visit the Arlington Campus Library to see the display and learn more about environmental issues through the library’s collections.

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