Fourth of July Weekend Hours – CLOSED July 4th

ACL will close at 6:00pm this Thursday, July 3rd and will re-open on Saturday, July 5th at 10:00am. For all other Mason Libraries’ hours, visit the library hours’ page.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day and weekend!

2007 July 4, Washington DC Fireworks. Photo from the Library of Congress

2007 July 4, Washington DC Fireworks. Photo from the Library of Congress

Inventory in Progress

Please excuse our noise while our staff completes an inventory of our books on the 3rd floor. You may hear some beeping as books are scanned, so please plan accordingly.

The process should not take any longer than 2 weeks, and will most likely be finished sometime next week.

E-Books on Display

Silber, Irina Carlota. Everyday Revolutionaries Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

Silber, Irina Carlota. Everyday Revolutionaries Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

This summer, ACL is highlighting a collection of e-books on social and political movements around the globe. Mason Libraries’ provides access to over 600,000 electronic books that students, faculty and staff can read online, whether it’s at home or on the go. Those who aren’t Mason-affiliated may visit the libraries in person to read an e-book while on campus.

E-books are great for distance education students and faculty as well. The convenience of finding and reading a book instantly for a class saves students time that would have been spent trying get to campus, find a parking spot or hop on a shuttle from the Metro, and then actually search for the book on the shelves.

Our Distance Ed librarian, Tina Adams, has a helpful e-books guide for faculty that helps parse out the many ways of accessing online materials from a variety of library resources.

For the e-books showcased in our display, you can search the Mason catalog at and access them online. Just look for the location status that says: “Available Online through Mason Libraries” and follow the link. On the next page, scroll down to the “links” section to connect to the e-book. You will have to enter your Mason username and password in order to access from off-campus. 

For a complete list of e-books on display, check out the handy bibliography that we’ve provided on social and political movements around the world. Read the Social and Political Movements bibliography (PDF).

Check Out Our New Website!

Today is the official launch of the Mason Libraries’ new website!

Take a look around and get familiar with the new design. While the site somewhat resembles the old site, some content has moved or has changed. If you see anything odd or encounter any broken links, please leave a comment on the comments page, so that the web team can investigate and resolve the issue.

As it is still a work in progress, hopefully any kinks will be worked out by the end of summer so that the page will be all set for Fall 2014.

Summer Hours Preview

If you plan on taking any summer classes in Arlington, or just want to do some research, check out our hours below. For all other Mason Libraries’ hours, visit the main hours page.

Download the PDF for ACL’s Summer Hours 2014


May 14th, 15th, 16th: 9:00am — 6:00pm

May 17th & 18th: CLOSED

Summer Session

Monday – Thursday:  9:00am — 10:00pm

Friday: 9:00am — 7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am — 6:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am — 8:00pm


May 24th, 25th, 26th: CLOSED

July 3rd: 9:00am — 6:00pm

July 4th: CLOSED


Turning the Page Book Drive Going on Now

turn the page book dropThe 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 D.C. public school students.  To raise funds for programs, they collect and sell donated items of all genres and for all ages.

A bin for donations is located inside the Arlington Campus Library in Founders Hall and will be available April 28th – May 15th.  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!

Beware of Enticing Publishing Emails

With the end of the academic year quickly approaching, some students might be receiving emails from publishing companies that want to publish your thesis or dissertation. Some companies, such as Lambert and VDM, offer to publish your work with no cost at all to you, until they try to sell you copies of your published book. Publishing companies like these also retain portions of your work’s copyright, which could have consequences later on that could hurt your career, such as limiting your ability to publish chapters or articles from the same work. It’s important to stay cautious and make sure you understand all of the publishing contract before you sign anything.

For more details about how this publishing model works, read Joseph Stromberg’s article on about his own experience.

In addition, Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, has provided a handy has provided a handy list of questionable publishers that you should consult as well.

Also, be sure to check out Mason’s Scholarly Communication page, which provides helpful information on open access publishing, as well as other topics for students to consider when thinking about publishing.

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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