Graduate Research & Writing Retreat

Need a quiet place to work on a final paper and also want some knowledgable experts on hand to answer your research, writing, and data questions? Then sign up for ACL’s first Graduate Research & Writing Retreat on Monday, April 28th!

Come in for the whole time or just a little while to work and to grab some caffeine and food. Our desktop computers will be available to you, but they will be first-come-first-serve, so if you have your laptop, bring it along!

The event will be held in the ACL Instruction Room (332). You can find the Instruction Room by entering the library on the 2nd floor of Founders Hall and then take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor of the library. There will be signs to direct you.  Registration is required.

The Graduate Research & Writing Retreat features:

• A quiet space to work
• 10 desktop computers, all with SPSS 19 and ArcGIS 10
• Outlets for laptops
• Librarians, writing tutors, and data services consultants available to help
• Caffeine and food!

If you have any questions, just drop us a line at aclref(at)gmu(dot)edu.


Apply Now for Graduate Research Assistant Position at ACL for 2014-2015

Applications are currently being accepted through the end of April for ACL’s GRA position, which begins in the next academic year, with some summer training. If you like learning about research tools, helping others do research, or want to gain some experience working in an academic library, then apply to be our GRA. This position requires a graduate student to work approximately 20 hours a week, including Saturdays. A flexible schedule is also preferred. Find more details about the position below and apply at for job ID 92574.

More about the position:

The Arlington Campus Library, located in Founder’s Hall, is currently hiring for a Graduate Research Assistance for the academic year 2014-2015.  The GRA provides research assistance to students and other library users, works on research projects, and develops a high level of competency in the use and teaching of a variety of electronic, media, and other library research materials. In addition to working on projects as assigned by the librarians, the GRA in this position will provide assistance to library users at the ACL’s joint service desk.

Schedule: GRAs are required to work 20 hours.  Flexibility in schedule is important.  Applicants must be available to work Saturdays and some evenings.

Required 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 at George Mason University. Must have a strong customer service orientation and the ability to interact with a variety of individuals and groups. Must be a self‐starter and able to work independently.  Willingness to participate in library outreach initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications: Academic library work experience; experience insearching 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.

Questions about the position?  Contact Mary Oberlies at moberlie (at) gmu (dot) edu.


New Book Display: American Foreign Policy and International Politics

This book display was created by ACL Graduate Research Assistant, Ernest Ogbozor, who has written the description below.

This month’s book display features books donated by Kenneth W. Thompson.  The displayed books are part of the 5700 items including 3000 monographs covering world history, international relations, diplomatic relations, military history, law, the American presidency and international education donated to the George Mason University Libraries.

Thompson is a renowned academician and practitioner in international politics. He taught and served as the director for the Miller Centre for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.  He also worked for several years with the Rockefeller Foundation, where he rose to become the vice president for international programs. 

The display comes at a time when the U.S. foreign policy and international politics has come under critical review following the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Syria and Egypt. The display provides resources on works that explores how the U.S. interacts with foreign nations and set standards for its organizations, corporations and individual citizens.  

Visit the Arlington Campus Library to learn more about American foreign policy and international politics through the Kenneth W. Thompsons collections. 

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Library of Congress Research Orientation & Tour

Next week ACL will host a special orientation session on how to do research at the Library of Congress on Thursday, Feb. 27th, followed by a Tour at the Library of Congress on February 28th. As always, the orientation and tour will be led by librarian Darren Jones, who works at the Library of Congress. Space is limited for these sessions and registration is required.

Click here to register for the Orientation.

Click here to register for the Tour.


ACL Ref Desk Has Moved

Welcome all new and returning students to the Arlington Campus for the Spring Semester! If you have previously visited the library, you might notice something different the next time you stop by.

In order to help streamline our services, the Reference Desk has merged with the Circulation Desk (the big desk located immediately to your right upon entering the library).

We hope that regardless of what kind of help visitors may need (checking out a book, finding an article, getting help with research), you can ask for assistance at just one location, instead of trying to decide where to go on your own.

While this change is still a work in progress, we hope that this desk consolidation will minimize confusion about where to ask for help, and that we can provide better service to our users.

Claim A Space in ACL’s Dissertation Writers’ Room!

Mason PhD students in need of dedicated space for dissertation work on campus now have the option to apply for exclusive access to the Dissertations Writers’ Room (DWR) 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 will run from the start of Spring through Summer 2014 semesters.

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 here and return to the ACL’s Circulation Desk while there are still spaces left! Applications are also available at the Circulation Desk to pick up in person.