Preservation Week

Celebrate preservation awareness week by hosting a build-your-own-book-weight workshop!     Book weights are filled fabric pouches that gently hold your books open while they’re in use to avoid breaking the spines and free up your hands. Sure, you can buy them, but you can also make them. And if Continue Reading

Mahogani Harper: My Experience as a Student Assistant at Special Collection

Working at the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) as a student assistant has been a unique and enjoyable experience. I’ve met people from many groups and departments at Mason while working at the front desk, and have encountered books that were older than my great grandmother while working in the Continue Reading

Managing Records and Expectations: Questing for Your Own “Best Practices”

There is something to be said about managing expectations in a field where terms like “best practices” are thrown around in casual conversations at happy hour as often as in staff meetings. Best practices as a term doesn’t leave much in the way for wiggle room – either your records Continue Reading

More Than Just Trinkets: Gifts Have A Story Behind Them

Diplomats and functionaries of institutions and nations have given and received gifts as part of official visits to other places for thousands of years. Traditionally the gift is seen as a way to commemorate the occasion and honor the visitor or host. Gifts are also meant to remind the recipient Continue Reading

Women’s History Month – Emilie F Miller

This post was written by Reference Assistant, Mike Rynearson. Emilie Miller was a trailblazing woman in Virginia politics. Being the first female senator to represent Fairfax in 1983, Miller took the lead on many social issues of the time. She served on committees and advocated for those within the field Continue Reading