Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Every October since 1945 the contribution of American workers with disabilities has been celebrated. What started as "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week" was expanded by Congress in 1988 and is now known as "National Disability Employment Awareness Month" (NDEAM). NDEAM is a national campaign that aims to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. This year’s NDEAM theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.

Did you know that Disability Support Services (DSS) here at Green River Community College assists over 600 students each year with physical, learning, sensory, cognitive and/or psychological disabilities? DSS is there to help students:
  • identify and develop reasonable classroom accommodations
  • to ensure equal opportunity and access of academic and professional goals
  • to promote an accessible community where students with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate in college programs and activities.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Each year Green River Community College comes together around a shared book.

This year’s “One Book” is Homeland by Cory Doctorow.

Homeland is a fun, fast-paced read that raises essential questions about the role of information technology in our lives, particularly around the clash between privacy, individual rights and civil liberties on the one hand and national security on the other.

Get involved in the conversation by attending one of our yearlong series of panel discussions on society and technology. These are free and open to all. 

All panels are in SH110 from 12-12:50 pm.

  Fall Quarter:

November 4: Journalism faculty John Knowlton, Brian Schraum and Aaron Day
“Freedom of the Press and National Security” 

November 18: IT faculty Ken Hang and Krish Mahadevan
“How to be an Ethical Hacker”

Be sure to take a look at the evolving display in the entrance to Holman Library. Right now you can learn something about the Open Access movement. We’ve also gathered lots of books and videos you can borrow from the library. We will have a documentary video loop up and running soon. 

Stay tuned for additional One Book events!

Learn more at the One Book Research Guide.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Funny Name, Powerful Citation Tool for Students

Holman Library is once again holding
to help students figure out the why’s and how’s
of properly citing their sources. 

Workshop during Week 8:
·         Wednesday, Nov. 12                            12-12:30pm        in HL 213

Workshops during Week 9:
·         Wednesday, Nov. 19                            12-12:30pm        in HL 213
·         Thursday, Nov. 20                                4-4:30pm            in HL 213

Workshops during Week 10:
·         Tuesday, Nov. 25                                  4-4:30pm            in HL 213
·         Wednesday, Nov. 26                             12-12:30pm        in HL 213

Workshops during Week 11:
·         Wednesday, Dec. 3                                 12-12:30pm        in HL 213
·         Thursday, Dec. 4                                     12-12:30pm        in HL 213

Librarians usually focus on one citation format, either MLA or APA, but students will learn how to format in either.

Students will learn how to:
  • Find NoodleTools on the Holman Library website. NoodleTools is a citation generating tool that requires students to understand and enter all the elements of the citation; e.g. author, etc.), but it formats it for them.
  • Create an account in NoodleTools.
  • Log in and create a citation folder.
  • Cite a web page.
  • Cite a journal article.
  • Cite a book.

If you have questions or feedback, please email librarian Mike Wood at mwood@greenriver.edu

[Photo – Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/liopic/8568739016]

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month!

The month of October features many special things, from colorful leaves to grinning pumpkins, but it
"October going November" by Ovvi
is also the national month for Information Literacy awareness!

Information literacy is the general term we use for the skills and abilities involved in identifying, searching out, evaluating, and using outside information effectively and ethically to complete a task or help develop an idea. 

Of course, we use information literacy often in our college work, but did you know information literacy is an important skill in the workplace, too?

In 2012, Project Information Literacy interviewed managers from major national employers -- including several companies from the Seattle area like Microsoft, BlueKai, KPMG and Fluke Corporation-- and asked what skills college graduates needed to better develop to be able to successfully contribute to their workplace.

The top four information literacy skills employers thought their new hires were lacking might surprise you!

Competencies Employers Say They Need -- But College Hires Rarely Demonstrate

  1. Engaging team members during the research process
  2.  Retrieving information from a variety of formats (using more than online information)
  3. Finding patterns and making connections
  4.  Taking a deep dive into the “information reservoir” (finding the best answer instead of the first result)
Note: Adapted from "How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Enter the Workplace," by Alison J. Head, October 16 2012, Project Information Literacy Report, p. 12. 

We have guides and resources available at the Holman Library that can help you build up your employable Information Literacy skills, such as guides to starting your research, using a variety of sources, noticing patterns and keywords in your results, and evaluating the information you find.

Librarians are valuable team members to engage during your research process, too, and we’re always here to help you succeed! You can contact us in-person, by email, on the phone, or by 24/7 online chat

Happy Information Literacy Awareness Month!

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Perks of a Student ID Card

If you haven't already picked up your GRCC student identification (ID) card, you're missing out on some perks.

Student ID cards allow students to check books out from Holman Library. Take books home! Take DVDs and CDs home! For free! (Just remember to bring them back on time!)

Also, bring your student ID to the library's Information Center to borrow headphones to use in the computer labs or headphones for the pianos/keyboards. Other items are also available to check out using your student ID card, including laptops, flash drives, dry erase markers to use in the group study rooms.

Off campus, your student ID card can also get you discounts at local businesses, museums, etc. For example:
Get a student ID card at the Holman Library or at the campus bookstore, the Paper Tree. The first ID card is free, and the replacement fee for a lost card is $5.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Textbooks Lost...And Found!

GRCC Student Lauren lost two very expensive class textbooks and was understandably concerned.

Worry turned to happiness when she asked Mike, the librarian on duty at the Holman Library's second floor Reference desk, if they had been turned in to Lost and Found.

There they were!

Lauren wanted to share her gratitude toward the honest, anonymous person who did the right thing:

"Thank you so much to whoever returned my textbooks to the library's reference desk! I am so appreciative!"

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mark Your Calendars!

 Need a Flu Shot?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death." Yikes!

Want to limit your chances of getting the flu this fall and winter season? Thanks to the folks at the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association, you can do just that by receiving a flu shot next month.

The flu vaccine, which must be given each year, "protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season." So mark your calendars and get to campus, for on Monday, October 20th from 9:00am-11am, current students can go to the Baker room in the Lindbloom Student Center and get a flu shot for only $25

Want to know more about the flu?  
The Holman Library has a lot of information about influenza and vaccinations; find books, streaming videos, and articles about the history of this infectious disease, prevention, and even fictional stories about past pandemics.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


As a GRCC student you will find that many of the resources available to you require that you login using a unique username and password. Here are some of the most common login questions:

Where do I go to log in to my student email? 
  • Click on the Check Your Student Email links found throughout the GRCC website.
What’s my username?
  • Your username is your full student email address (example@mail.greenriver.edu)
Don’t know your email address?
  • Use the form here to look up your student email address.
What’s my password?
  • If you are a new student and you’ve never logged into your email account your password is your student ID number. You will be prompted to create a new password when logging in for the first time.
  • If you are a returning student and you can’t remember your password you can request to have your password reset using the form on this page.
Student computers
To log in to the student computers on campus you will need a username and password.

What’s my username?
  • Your username is your student ID number
What’s my password?
  • Both new and returning students will create new passwords every quarter. On the log in page, click on “Reset my GRCC password” to create a password
Trying to access the GRCC Student Wireless network? You will use the same username and password as for the student computers however passwords must be created on a student computer before you can access the wireless network.
  • Questions about the wireless network? Try here.
How do I get to my online class through Canvas? 
  • Click on the Log in to Your Canvas Class  links found throughout the GRCC website.
  • Your username is your full student email address (example@mail.greenriver.edu)
  • Your password is your student ID number.
Questions about Canvas? Try here

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy Summer! See you in Fall!

With the close of finals week the long summer break begins! 

When fall quarter starts next month,  the library will be ready with all of the latest books, databases, and media to support your work.

The question is, will your GRCC student email be ready too?

You may find that your student ID number doesn't work when you try to login for the first time.
Sometimes returning students find that logging in to email with their old password doesn't work in a new quarter.

No worries- your librarians are ready to help. The reference desk is staffed by experts at guiding you through email login problems, computer logins, or Canvas online class logins. Librarians are always ready to help with these or any other questions that you may have, about pretty much anything- especially information needed to help you do well on your assignments. Just ask!  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's that time again....

Final's week has arrived!

There is officially just one week of the quarter left - which means there is a lot to complete in a little amount of time! Yikes! But don't panic!
We're here to help!
Need some help with that last essay you're writing?
The folks in the Writing Center can help you get that last paper done!  
The Writing Center, in RLC 173, is open Monday - Thursday, 8:00am-3:00pm

Need more info? Check out their website!

Need a little extra help? The Tutoring and Resource Center, located upstairs in the Holman Library, is the place to go!

 Tutoring for a variety of topics is available! Check out their quarterly schedule or go to their website for more information.

Johnny has 7 days left,  2 loads of laundry to wash, 1 flat tire, 2 papers to write, and 1 very important and very large math final in pre-calc. How many hours should Johnny set aside to study?

Don't know? Perhaps the Math Learning Center can help you get everything squared away!
Their hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-6:00pm and they are located in CH 313 
More information can be found on their website.
Or perhaps you just need a quiet place to study?
The Holman Library has many quiet corners with comfy chairs and a quiet study room downstairs. There is also a quiet study computer lab and group study rooms available on a first come, first serve basis. Click here, for a map of these locations.
The library's hours are Sunday 2:00pm-6:00pm & Monday - Thursday 7:30am- 7:30pm. 
Access library resources or get more information on the library website