Film Festival/Festival de Cine: New Films from Latin America and Spain Spring 2015 Semester

George Mason University Libraries is one of the sponsors of the Film Festival/Festival de Cine!

This Spanish and Latin American film festival features films organized around two related questions: first, how do these Spanish language films reveal new knowledge concerning  the lived social and cultural histories of multilingual groups within larger national and transnational contexts; and second, how does the art of these films provide viewers with a critical eye on the connections between language and power, such as the relationship between “national” languages and hegemonic culture and the link of linguistic difference with popular culture “from below.”

All films subtitled. 


Festival de Cine begins Monday, 2 February, 7:20 pm, Research I, Room 163, with 7 Cajas (7 Boxes, directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori, Paraguay, 2011).

 For information see event site or contact Professors Lisa Rabin or Esperanza Roman-Mendoza.

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:



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