It’s August, and that means the fall semster is just around the corner. Soon, new students will be roaming the grounds and the library’s will be jam packed with students cramming for their next exam. While we count down the days till our lives become busy again, we thought we would start to feature some helpful tools for students new and old. To start, a simple glance at the main library page will showcase InPrimo, a tool that the University recommends as a starting point for research projects and papers. This searching program was specifically designed to help newer students find what they are looking for, as experienced juniors and seniors should know the basic research skills already. George Mason has done an excellent job in fine tuning InPrimo, which can be found here, and the program now features useful links to all the major areas of George Mason Library’s. From the Group Study Rooms to the Interlibrary Loan page, InPrimo can be used as a starting point for all of your library tasks. It’s main goal though is to help you in your research, and we will go over some of its hidden points next.
If you are a regular follower of this blog, you probably have realized by now that George Mason University libraries have much more to offer than just stacks of books. While the libraries are always a great place to study and drink your Starbucks in peace, they are also a great place to get help on research and other school projects.
In the July 26th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, George Mason University was included on the Annual Survey of Great Colleges to Work For. Our school was recognized for its excellence in two categories: Work/Life Balance and Respect and Appreciation. This has been the 6th year that George Mason has been recognized in these two categories, proving that Mason focus is not just on its students but also its faculty and staff. By creating an even balance in work and personal lives and offering prizes and acclaim as appreciation for hard work, George Mason has created an atmosphere that is hard to find in most jobs. At any time, any employee can request an award of appreciation for someone they deem worthy of it here. From Starbucks to beach towels, Mason tries to take care of its own, resulting in its consistent showing in this survey. I have always felt welcome here, and the freedom of choice has been like nothing I have ever experienced before. If you are interested in reading more about the survey, it can be found here. You can even view George Mason’s job opportunities straight from the site. I would fully recommend giving it a shot, as this university has made it obvious that its success is determined not by how much money it makes or how many basketball games it wins. George Mason’s dedication to the happiness of its faculty and staff is what makes it successful to us.