Faculty and Staff Accolades

 

In addition to our day-to-day work here in the Libraries, Libraries' faculty and staff are involved in a variety of activities on and off campus: conducting workshops, publishing articles, receiving grants, forming partnerships, serving as expert panelists, contributing to professional organizations, and many other endeavors. See below for what we are up to in 2017, and see here for what we did in 2016.


Kathleen Bell, Grants, Planning, and Assessment Analytics Officer

  • Awarded 2017 LibPMC Travel Award to attend 12th International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries in Oxford, UK (July 2017).

Jessica Bowdoin, Head, Access Services

  • Awarded 2017 Distinguished Library Faculty Award (April 2017).
  • Member, Resource Sharing Advisory Committee, Washington Research Library Consortium (2016-17).

Rebecca Bramlett, Special Collections Research Services Coordinator

  • Member, RBMS Conference Development Committee, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Association of College and Research Libraries (2017-19).
  • Member, RBMS Conference Planning Committee, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Association of College and Research Libraries (2018).
  • Co-Presenter, “Stronger Together: Collaboration in Special Collections Instruction,” Washington Research Library Consortium Annual Meeting (March 2017).

Kathy Butler, Health Sciences Librarian

  • Awarded Senior Status in the Academy of Health Information Professionals of the Medical Library Association (October 2017).

Ian Fairclough, Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

  • Member, Sharing Expertise Committee, Washington Research Library Consortium (2017-18).

Christal Ferrance, Instructional Design Librarian

  • Co-Presenter, “Data Mining Virtual Reference Chats,” Washington Research Library Consortium Annual Meeting (March 2017).
  • Co-Presenter, “Standardizing and Managing Online Tutorials for Improved Learning,” Association of College & Research Libraries, Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (March 2017).
  • Co-Presenter, "Assessing the Whole Hog: Virtual Reference Text Mining Analysis for Web Usability", Association of College & Research Libraries, Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (March 2017).

Michael English, Online Learning Coordinator & Instruction Librarian

  • Co-Recipient, H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant, American Libraries Association (March 2017).

Steven K. Gerber, Music, Theater, and Philosophy Librarian & Adjunct Professor, School of Music

  • Editor, Johan Arnold Dahmen: Three Cello Sonatas, A-R Editions (February 2017). Dahmen was a Dutch-born orchestral cellist active in London from 1792 to 1812, and the edition is based on the holograph manuscript held in Mason Libraries' Special Collections Research Center.
  • Moderator, "Gilbert and Sullivan: Nineteenth Century Opera for Twenty-first Century Audiences," A Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, George Mason University (April 2017).
  • Co-Director, "Peter Ritter Chamber Music Performing Edition," GMU-OSCAR Undergraduate Research Team Project (Summer 2017).
  • Presenter, "Knowledge Visualization in a Musicology Seminar Using the Scalar 2 Platform," 9th Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, George Mason University (September 2017).
  • Presenter, "Mentoring Novice Music Editors, or How I Spent My Summer with Old Manuscripts and New Software," Atlantic and Greater New York Chapters of Music Library Association Conference, Rutgers University (October 2017).
  • Composer, Fanfare for Thirty in Thirty for symphony orchestra, commissioned and performed by Reston (VA) Community Orchestra (November 2017).

Peggy Griesinger, Metadata Librarian

  • Organizer and Presenter, National Digital Stewardship Residency Symposium, Library of Congress (April 2017).
  • Presenter, Collections as Data Hack to Learn event, Library of Congress (May 2017).
  • Presenter, Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions Pre-Conference Workshop, ALA Annual Conference (June 2017).

Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian

Katara Hofmann, Reference, Research and Instruction Specialist

  • Recipient, University Libraries’ Library Staff Excellence Award (Spring 2017).

Ashley Howell, Metadata Specialist, Resource Description & Metadata Services

  • One of 50 participants selected for the ALA Emerging Leaders 2018 Program, and one of 35 participants sponsored by the ACRL European Studies Section (2018).

Izzie Hunsburger, Reference, Instruction and Technology Specialist

  • Awarded Association of College & Research Libraries 2017 Support Staff Scholarship to attend ACRL Conference (March 2017).

Joi Jackson, Online Learning Library Specialist

  • Awarded Association of College & Research Libraries 2017 Support Staff Scholarship to attend ACRL Conference (March 2017).

Madeline Kelly, Head, Collection Development

  • Co-Chair, Collection Development Initiative, Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (2017-19).
  • Co-Presenter, “Collections Assessment: Developing Sustainable Programs and Projects”, Pre-conference workshop, NASIG Annual Conference (June 2017).

Maoria Kirker, Instruction and Assessment Coordinator

Denise Klasen-Lopez, Media and Online Services Specialist

  • Awarded Association of College & Research Libraries 2017 Support Staff Scholarship to attend ACRL Conference (March 2017).

Margaret Lam, Physical Sciences and STEM Data Librarian

  • Treasurer, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division, Special Libraries Association (January 2016-December 2017).
  • Awarded ACRL 2017 Mid-career Librarian Scholarship to attend ACRL Conference (March 2017).
  • Co-Presenter, “Data Mining Virtual Reference Chats,” Washington Research Library Consortium Annual Meeting (March 2017).
  • Co-Presenter, "Assessing the Whole Hog: Virtual Reference Text Mining Analysis for Web Usability", Association of College & Research Libraries, Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (March 2017).

Janna Mattson, Instructional and Social Sciences Librarian

Helen McManus, Public Policy, Government, and International Affairs Librarian

  • Co-Presenter, “Stronger Together: Collaboration in Special Collections Instruction,” Washington Research Library Consortium Annual Meeting (March 2017).

George D. Oberle, History Librarian

  • Appointed as University Affiliate Faculty, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University (February 2017).
  • Book Review, Möllers, Nina, and Bryan Dewalt, eds. Objects in Motion: Globalizing Technology, Artefacts. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2016, in CHOICE vol. 54 no. 5 (January 2017).

Mary K. Oberlies, Conflict and Peace Studies Librarian

  • Secretary, Politics, Policy and International Relations Section, ACRL (2017-19).
  • Chair, Communications & Publications Committee, Politics, Policy and International Relations Section, ACRL (2017-19).
  • Co-Presenter, "Problem Based Learning for Beginners: From Gen Ed to Capstone," ACRL Annual Conference (March 2017).
  • Co-Author, "Carving Out a Space: Ambiguity and Librarian Teacher Identity in the Academy," The Self as Subject: Autoethnographic Research into Identity, Culture, and Academic Librarianship (2017).

Genya O’Gara, Associate Director, Virtual Library of Virginia

  • Co-Presenter, “Determining Value: The Development of Evaluation Metrics for Shared Content,” ACRL Conference (March 2017).
  • Co-Presenter, “Collections Assessment: Developing Sustainable Programs and Projects”, Pre-conference workshop, NASIG Annual Conference (June 2017).

Anne Osterman, Director, Virtual Library of Virginia

  • Co-Presenter, “COUNTER Bootcamp: A Preconference about COUNTER Reports, SUSHI, and Usage Analysis,” ACRL Conference (March 2017).
  • Co-Presenter, “Determining Value: The Development of Evaluation Metrics for Shared Content,” ACRL Conference (March 2017).

Michelle Polchow, Electronic Resources Librarian

  • Secretary, Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (2015-17).
  • Member, Data Task Force, Washington Research Library Consortium (2016-17).
  • Co-Presenter, “Data Mining Virtual Reference Chats,” Washington Research Library Consortium Annual Meeting (March 2017).
  • Co-Presenter, "Assessing the Whole Hog: Virtual Reference Text Mining Analysis for Web Usability", Association of College & Research Libraries, Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (March 2017).
  • Panelist, "Proven Strategies for Language Learning," EBSCO's Rosetta Stone Library Solutions (May 2017).

Laura Ramos, Resource Sharing Librarian

  • Member, Resource Sharing Advisory Committee, Washington Research Library Consortium (2017-18).

Beth Roszkowski, Team Lead Social Sciences & Head, Arlington Campus Library

  • Co-Presenter, “Unlocking Staff Potential: A New Approach to Training and Development,” Washington Research Library Consortium Annual Meeting (March 2017).
  • Co-Presenter, “Unlocking Staff Potential: A New Approach to Training and Development,” Washington Research Library Consortium Annual Meeting (March 2017).
  • Co-Chair, Academic Outreach Committee, University Libraries Section, American Library Association (2016-18).
  • Member, Nominating Committee, University Libraries Section, American Library Association (2016-17).
  • Member, Executive Committee, University Libraries Section, American Library Association (2016-18).

Robert L. Vay, Archivist

  • Curator, “Chalkboards to Smartboards: Public Schools in the County of Fairfax and Fairfax City,” Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center (March–July 2017).

Jib Vititpongs, Cataloger

  • Recipient, University Libraries’ Library Staff Excellence Award (Spring 2017).

John W. Warren, Head, Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press

Patricia West, Head, Gateway Library

Aaron M. Wilson, Ordering Coordinator, Resource and Collection Management Services

  • Recipient, 2017 Young Alumnus of the Year, Washington Adventist University Alumni Association (April 2017).

John G. Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

  • Chair, Nominating Committee, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia – Library Advisory Committee (2017).