Swank Titles Spring 2015

Mason Libraries has access to the following streaming films through Swank Digital Campus this term:

Mississippi Burning
North Country
Excalibur – Effective March 15

Interested in these titles, or learning more about Swank?  Contact us!

Come browse our media

Mason students, faculty and staff may now browse Gateway Library’s media collection. Previously shelved in closed cabinets and retrieved by library staff, you can now see what’s available, select what you want to borrow, and check it out at the first floor service desk. The media collection is located on the second floor, Gateway Library (Johnson Center). Questions? Please contact the Gateway Library service desk at 703-993-9060.

Gateway Library Media Changes

Changes are afoot for the media collection on the second floor of the Gateway Library.

The Media Services Desk, 2nd Floor, Gateway Library@Johnson Center has been closed, but the collection is still available for use.

To access Gateway Library media, either:

Place a request in ILLiad to request an item.
Select the Document Delivery Book/Media form to request.
The item will be pulled by staff and placed on Hold at the Gateway Library Service Desk.


Ask for assistance at the Gateway Library Service Desk.
Staff will retrieve requested items on demand as quickly as possible.
If  you are requesting a large number of items at one time, staff may ask the patron to request the items through ILLiad or leave their list of items to be retrieved at a later time.

Questions? Please contact Laura Jenemann, Film Studies/Media Services Librarian.

Academic Video Online: Premium Pilot Project

George Mason University Libraries is pilot testing Alexander Street Press’ complete streaming collection Academic Video Online: Premium.


By-George!, 1980. p. 81 George Mason University Yearbook collection.  Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

By-George!, 1980. p. 81. George Mason University Yearbook collection. Collection #R0002. Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.


The pilot provides access to the list of databases below.

Mason Libraries Visits C-SPAN, 11.21.2013

George Mason University librarians attended the National Communication Association (NCA) Pre-Conference event, “The C-SPAN Archives: An Interdisciplinary Resource for Discover, Learning, and Engagement,” on November 21, 2013.  A group of approximately twenty scholars, educators, and C-SPAN staff met to share presentations and ideas for a proposed edited collection of essays.

View from CSPAN's Studio

The view from CSPAN’s studio


This event marks yet another way that C-SPAN provides access to its resources.  Most recently, C-SPAN gifted its organizational records and historical archives to George Mason University Libraries.  This follows upon C-SPAN’s 2011 donation to the University Libraries of the Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection.  Finally, C-SPAN makes its productions available online through the C-SPAN Video Library over 200,000 hours of footage.  (Tips on using the C-SPAN Video Library are in the post below.)

Below is a summary of some of the day’s events:


C-SPAN Video Library Tips

Below are a couple of tips to help you search the C-SPAN Video Library:


C-SPAN produces 8000 first run hours per year, and shoots all of its own footage.  This programming includes:

  • 2000 hours of House & Senate coverage
  • 1000 hours of  call-in programming
  • Committee hearings, rallies, etc.

Captions and Transcripts

Full Transcripts: 2005-present, with some exceptions.

The White House provides transcripts for the President’s speeches.

MyC-SPAN Login

What does “Make my Account private” mean?

If your account is private, your username and clips are visible in the program you created them in.

Anonymous clips are visible under the program.

If I’m public, you can see all my clips.

Searching and Browsing

Freetext search searches uncorrected closed captioning text.

          “Filter by tag”: These are broad policy tags.  Click the tags for narrower facets.

Facets are programs/people/text.

Bio pages exist for about 76,000 people, for example, Nelson Mandela.

Embeddable video: It’s usually a public person, place, policy.  Not BookTV or American History.


Make your clip at :01 or later.  The clip cutter doesn’t like starting at :00

Once you make a clip, it is added to the database.  See MyC-SPAN Login above.

If you would like to learn more about using the C-SPAN Video Library, contact us.


This is the blog for the Media Services division of University Libraries at George Mason University.

Media Services Contacts

Laura Jenemann
Media Services/Film Studies Librarian

Denise Klasen-Lopez
Circulation/Media Assistant