Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Extended Library Hours

Need more time to study for finalsYou got it! 

The Holman Library will have extended hours during finals' week, so you can stay late to study, use the library's resources, and even get help from a librarian!

Mark your calendars with these dates!

Wednesday, December 2nd
Thursday, December 3rd
Monday, December 7th
Tuesday, December 8th
Wednesday, December 9th

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Reading the News: Race in the United States

Many are watching the news about student protests at the University of Missouri, Yale, Claremont McKenna, and other colleges in the past few weeks over issues of race and representation on campus. Here is a small selection of items at Holman Library that you can check out if you want to follow up on these topics beyond the news:

Race Relations in the United States Today

hw7.plTa-Nehisi Coates
New Books shelf - 305.800973 C652b 2015
Coates book is a personal essay on what it means to grow up black in contemporary America. It was selected as the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction this November.

Racism without racists: color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in the United States (2010)
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Main Collection 305.800973 B715r 2010
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva examines how racism persists through institutional biases in the United States.


Ebony & Ivy: race, slavery, and the troubled history of America's universities (2013)
Craig Steven Wilder
Main Collection 379.26 W673e 2013
Craig Steven Wilder’s book was one of the first to look explicitly at the connections US universities had with slavery, and the unexpected ways colleges may have benefited from those relationships.

College Athletics & Race

hw7.plBowled Over: big-time college football from the sixties to the BCS era (2009)
Michael Oriard
Main Collection 796.332 O69b 2009
Some commenters have pointed to the participation of the University of Missouri football players as the element that “tipped the scales” on the student protests at that campus. Here Oriard looks at the influence college football has on its campuses and at the “big business” college football has become in the 20th century.

Race & Language in the United States

hw7.plDear White People: a guide to inter-racial harmony in "post-racial" America (2014)
Justin Simien
Main Collection 818.602 S589d 2014
Simien’s book is tongue-in-cheek humor, but also provides examples of how actions that people who identify as white can take without realizing (such as microaggressions in language) can be unsettling for those targeted.

The N word: who can say it, who shouldn't, and why (2007)
Jabari Asim
Main Collection 305.896 A832n 2007
Jabari Asim looks at the uses (and abuses) of one racial slur in US society, both past and present.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Don’t Buy, Borrow: The Joy and Economy of Libraries

Libraries have been around as long as people have been recording information. In the third and second millennia B.C, the Babylonians and Assyrians had libraries of clay tablets. Today, despite the proliferation of information available on the Internet, libraries remain an essential part of society and communities, because they provide the following unique services.
  • Libraries loan books, magazines, films and other published or copyrighted materials that cost money to access otherwise.
  • Libraries provide silent spaces, spaces for individual small gatherings, and learning.
  • Promote reading, literacy and lifelong learning.
  • Libraries have librarians, who are experts at finding information and doing research.
  • Libraries provide computer access.

Here are some fun facts about Holman Library at Green River College.
  • You can borrow up to 50 books at a time -- and keep them for two weeks or more.
  • You can borrow books, articles and other materials that we do not have in Holman Library by using our interlibrary loan system.
  • You can easily search and access the full text of hundreds of magazines, newspapers and academic journals online, at no cost, through our subscription databases such as Academic Search Premier.
  • You can stream or borrow DVDs of films and documentaries.
  • You can get professional research help from a librarian.

Where ever you go, whatever you do, always find, use and enjoy your local library! Here are some other local libraries to know about.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Your Turn: When an Item You Want Is Checked Out

Is the book or video you want currently charged out?  Why not put a hold on it?  It’s easy to do – easier than remembering to keep checking the shelves each time you’re in.

Did you know that a hold prevents the current user from renewing the item when it comes due?  Students can check out most books for two weeks at a time, and can renew the loan twice, if there is no waiting list.  That means that, for example:  If the book you want is due back in one week, it might be five weeks before that book is returned or becomes overdue, unless you put a hold on it, and after that, someone else may take it out before you have a chance; however, if you request it (put a hold on it) today, it will be due back in one more week, and you will be notified quickly if your name is the first on the request list for that item.  It’s similar with videos: A three-day DVD loan can be renewed twice if the item has not been requested; if there are holds, each student gets only three days, before it is the next person’s chance to borrow it. 

To request an item that is checked out, you can ask at the Circulation Desk (first floor of Holman Library) or the Reference Desk (second floor), or you can place the item on hold yourself, by using the library catalog.  Here is an example:

Notice, toward the bottom of the image, inside the squiggly green line, that the book is charged out and is due on December 2nd.  Notice, toward the upper right, inside the other squiggly green line, that you can click on “Place a Hold.” If you do that, a simple form will open and allow you to place the hold yourself.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Please Join Us
Artist and Speaker Series
Phil Klay, Author of our One Book, Redeployment
SA (LSC) 7 pm, November 12. 

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online through Campus Life: http://www.greenriver.edu/campus-life.htm

Friday, November 6, 2015

November is Native American Heritage Month

Check out some of the online exhibitions under the "Explore" tab at the National Museum of the American Indian Website

Monday, November 2, 2015

FREE NoodleTools Workshops

Come to Holman Library and learn about NoodleTools, a citation generator that will help you create citations in APA, MLA, or Chicago styles.

If you can’t attend workshops, you can still learn how to cite sources in our new Noodle’Shop online workshop and NoodleTools How To Guide.

For more on citations, please see our citation guide.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians!

Here at the Holman Library, it's our hope that after you trudge up the looming staircase (and get the library "workout") you are greeted with a smiling face....the face of a question-loving librarian!

There are several librarians who spend time at the reference desk each day, from sun up to sun down. While we may sometimes look busy, you can and should feel free to stop by the desk and ask us questions! We're here to help support your educational journey and can help you learn how to navigate through some of the library's awesome resources!

Need help to find a book? Have to create a citation? 
Do you need help to find information for a research paper? 
Don't worry - we can help!

Here at the Holman Library - we're here to support your learning! 


Just ask us!

Origins of Halloween

Ever wondered about the origin of this spooky holiday? Here's an excerpt from the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, which is available at Holman Library through the Gale Virtual Reference Library to the Green River College Community. GVRL contains the full text contents of hundreds of excellent subject encyclopedias. It's a great source for background information on just about any topic. Be safe, and have a fun Halloween!

"Many historians believe that Halloween has its origins as early as the fifth century BCE in the Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of harvest and acknowledged the thin line between life and death. Theories differ as to the meaning behind the disguises and pranks that became associated with the celebration, but some historians believe they were intended to confuse and distract the spirits of the dead thought to roam the world on Samhain. The Catholic Church, seeking to suppress indigenous religious practices, reinvented Samhain as All Saints' Day, which was established on November 1; the day before it became All Hallows Eve, or Hallowe'en."

Source: Gianoulis, Tina. "Halloween." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Ed. Thomas Riggs. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: St. James Press, 2013. 597-598. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

One Book, One Community, Many Perspectives

Each year, Holman Library coordinates the Green River campus One Book program. 

This year’s One Book is the 2014 National Book Award winner, Redeployment, a collection of short stories on the US - Iraq War. Told from multiple points of view of US soldiers, officers and veterans, Redeployment offers a searing look at war.

Copies of the One Book are free to students (while supplies last). You can pick up your free copy at the library check-out desk downstairs in Holman Library.

For more reading and research, see our online guide: http://libguides.greenriver.edu/one_book-15-16

Please join us for two One Book events: 

Fall quarter panel discussion series: One Book, One Community, Many Perspectives 

Tuesday October 27, 12-1 pm, Salish 110
Iraqi Narratives 
Panel discussion facilitated by Marwa Al-Musawi, Assistant Director of ODEI

Tuesday November 17, 12-1 pm, Salish 110
The Embattled Text: Unraveling War through Film, Poetry, and Prose 
Panel discussion with English faculty Erin Gilbert, Jaeney Hoene and Marcie Sims

Artist and Speaker Series: Phil Klay, author of Redeployment 

Thursday November 12, 7-8:30 pm, LSU
Ticket info: http://www.greenriver.edu/campus-life/artist-and-speakers-series.htm

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Photo: Leo Reynolds, https://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/4353851864

Do you know that you have access to the Rosetta Stone language-learning program? Rosetta Stone software can help you to learn any of these languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, Farsi (Persian), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (two versions - Latin America and Spain), Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Turkish, or Vietnamese. You can choose your own level of expertise and the lessons you want to do. You can have Rosetta Stone track your progress, if you choose.

If you are a current Green River student or staff member, you can log in from any internet-connected computer. If you are off campus, you will be asked for your student ID number. Then, you log in with the user name and password specific to the language you want to learn. For the most popular languages, login information will be displayed on the screen, after you choose your language; for the other languages, you can get the login information from the Holman Library Reference desk (253-833-9111, ext. 2091).
Peak Into the Past - Student Newspaper Archive! 

  • What was on Green River students' minds in the 1970s?
  • How did the Gator become the school mascot?
  • Who was Lindbloom and why is a GRC building named after him?

Find these answers and more in past issues of the student newspaper:

Since last summer a dedicated team of librarians and student help desk staff has been working diligently on digitizing and making publicly accessible and searchable archived issues of ''The Current," the Green River College student newspaper. Much gratitude to those colleagues who have helped preserve an important piece of Green River history.

Currently in the archive are about 300 digitized issues, starting with the first issue in 1965, that can be browsed or searched by keyword. The newspaper archive is a work-in-progress as librarians are still in the process of adding new digitized issues, so look for it to grow in the coming months.

The hope is that this digital newspaper archive will serve not only as a historical record for the College and for the 50th Anniversary celebration, but can be used as an instructional tool that offers a perspective on local history and a voice to the issues and events central to the lives of students, staff and faculty.

photo - begin classes

Friday, October 2, 2015

Emergency Preparedness on Campus

Yesterday morning there was another tragic school shooting. Shots rang out at Umpqua Community College located not all too far away in Roseburg, Oregon. Perform an internet search for such events and you'll find seemingly endless results of accounts of aggressive school bullying, violence and hate crimes across campuses, and tragic school shootings that leave communities and our nation reeling. Where does the violence end? What is the solution to this horrific problem? These are big questions that we're all working towards finding a way to answer...

Until we find a way to bring such harmful actions to an end, we can only actively work towards protecting ourselves. Here at Green River College we have emergency preparedness plans in place to help us should anything so terrible happen on our campus.

One of our great resources is Campus Safety - These dedicated men and women are patrolling campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are here to keep our campus safe.
  • Campus Safety can walk you to your car when it's dark or late at night
  • Safety Ride can provide rides from campus back to your apartment or car afterhours
    Library Pickup: 253-508-4590 
    Campus Corner Apartments, CCA: 253-797-4868
  • You can always call them - Save this number to your cell phone!
    ( 253- 288 -3350 or dial x3350 from any campus phone )

Another great resource on campus is our Green River Safety Alerts. Sign up for these free email and/or text message alerts and get instant notification for...
  • Crimes on campus
  • Nearby traffic
  • Inclement weather 
Finally, keep yourself informed! Click on the "What to do" tab on this "Emergency Operations" page of our Green River website to read about our campus' plan to stay safe in all kinds of emergency situations. 

Interested in learning more about school shootings and what the issue is being addressed? The Holman Library has many books on the topic. Here are just a couple to consider.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Beware of Books

“Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.”
Alfred Whitney Griswold, Essays on Education

September 27−October 3, 2015
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

You can check out banned or challenged books from Holman Library:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Improve Your Study Skills

Studying effectively and efficiently is a learned skill. Investing just an hour or so to learn about what exactly are good study habits and techniques will pay off in college and in life.  Here are some of the techniques described in the books listed below.  Holman Library has many more titles on this topic. Start by browsing the Essential College Skills section adjacent to the Information Desk on the library’s second floor.

  • Choose to have a positive attitude about studying instead of considering it a chore.
  • Get organized: carefully organize your coursework and study sessions.
  • Come to class prepared and actively listen in class.
  • Take good notes and reread them shortly after class.
  • Use time before, between and after classes wisely. Develop the library habit and find at least an hour each day to study there.
  • Always prepare for studying by designating a space which is comfortable, has no distractions and is used only for studying.

  • Read More

    Brown, Peter C., Henry L. Roediger, and Mark A. McDaniel. Makeit Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014.

    Davies, Jason A. 6 Days to Better Grades. Create Space Publishing, 2008. 

    Martin, Lesley Schwartz. Make the Grade: Everything you Need to Study Better, Stress Less and Succeed in School. SanFrancisco: Zest Books, 2013. 

    Muchnick, Cynthia Clumeck, and Justin Ross Muchnick. Straight-A Study Skills. Avon Media, 2013. 

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Welcome to Fall at Holman Library!

    Hello everyone, it's great to see you on campus this fall-- some of you for the first time! Welcome to Green River!

    The Holman Library is here to help you succeed with your classes, and you can always get help from a librarian anytime the library is open. We even have 24/7 reference help through our chat Ask-a-Librarian service!
    Ask a Librarian button
    Some of our "new" items this quarter are services to make your life a little less stressful--
    • Stay Connected! - The campus WiFi has an option that allows students to log-in automatically to GatorWiFi with a configured device throughout the quarter-- no more having to re-login to the wireless each time your phone goes to sleep!
    • Work Smarter! - There is MORE Silent Study computer lab space available upstairs compared to this time last year-- HL 217 and HL 213 are both open for silent work any time there are not classes being held in these rooms.
    • Go Green! - We have a water bottle fill station available in the library - find it on the north side near the entrance to the HL 217 classroom.

    There are plenty of exciting new events being held on campus this fall, too. Did you know it is Green River's 50th Anniversary and you can browse old issues of The Current student newspaper going back to 1965?

    Or that the 2015-2016 Campus One Book is Redeployment and its author, Phil Klay, will be speaking on campus this fall?

    Now you do! So have a fantastic start to Fall Quarter, and come see us in the library if you have questions about research, citations, campus logins... or just to say "hi!"

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Summer Reading

    Whether it's on the beach, on a deck, in a car, or in the air on a plane -- summer is a great time to read! We have a display of some great books and graphic novels at Holman Library designed to whet your literary appetite whether you're in to gripping real-life history or fantastical fiction.

    We even have some nice quiet reads if you just want to relax after finals!

    Holman Library will be closed during the break, but you can still check out items and take them with you that week.

    Need to return an item?

    We have a "Drop Box" by the south entrance to the library where you can leave items and we will check them in when the library opens. The 24-hour Drop Box is to your left as you face the glass doors:

    Need even more reading options? 

    If you are a resident of Kent, Auburn, or another city within King County, you can sign up for a King County Library System (KCLS) borrower's card and check out all kinds of fiction, nonfiction ( such as books on cookingsports and more), and ebooks / audiobooks.

    You will need to return KCLS items to the King County library, but chances are there's a branch near you -- check out this full list of King County Library branch locations and hours.

    And whatever you decide to read or listen to this summer - have a fun and relaxing break!

    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Movies for Pride Month

    June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning), and Asexual (LGBTQA) Pride Month.  Besides the many books and articles Holman Library has on LGBTQA issues – see the display near the reference desk for a small sample – here are the titles of a few DVDs:

    Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She, 2006, call # 305.3 M627 2006 DVD
    Out Late, 2011, call # 306.766 O946 2011 DVD
    Stonewall Uprising, 2011, call # 306.766 S881 2011 DVD
    Ten More Good Years: Senior Citizens in the Battle for LGBT Rights, 2008, online at http://ezproxy.greenriver.edu:2048/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=16500&xtid=43866
    Further Off the Straight & Narrow: New Gay Visibility on Television, 1998-2006, 2006, call # 306.76 F992 2006 DVD

    Dramas and Comedies
    Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, 2005, DVD # 9670
    Birdcage, DVD # 7980
    Boys Don’t Cry, 3 copies, DVD # 8878; 8879; 8880
    Far from Heaven, 2003, 3 copies, DVD # 7753; 7869; 7884
    Glee, season 1, volume 1, DVD # 9189
    Imitation Game, 2015, DVD # 10225
    Kissing Jessica Stein, 2002, DVD # 10190
    Milk, 2008, 4 copies, DVD # 88683; 8872; 8873; 8874

    Monday, June 1, 2015

    Stress-reducing Tips for Students

    The end of the quarter and the academic year can be a stressful time. Anxiety has surpassed depression as the number one mental health issue of college students, according to a recent New York Times article. You are not alone, and you are not weak, or a lesser person if you feel stressed.

    Here are some tips to help you minimize stress and anxiety and get through the next couple weeks.

    • Time -- organize, schedule and plan your use of time. Write a weekly and daily schedule of tasks to complete and stick to it. Prioritize the items. Do highest priority tasks first. Breakdown larger tasks into smaller bits and tackle them one-by-one.
    • Breaks -- when studying or doing coursework, take regular breaks: go outside, get some fresh air and sunshine, breathe deeply, stretch your muscles, relax your mind.
    • Silence -- you'll be more productive if you work in a quiet place. Holman library has a Silent Study area on the first floor. One the second floor, HL213 and HL217 are silent areas when not in use for a class. Rooms 210, 211, and 212 are group study rooms (first come, first served). Walk around the library to find other shared areas that are quieter than the main area.
    • Exercise -- exercise increases blood flow, lifts your mood, aids sleep and digestion, and is relaxing and energizing. Jog, stretch, do push-ups, whatever you like.
    • Sleep -- skip the all-nighter and get some sleep. Studies show that sleep reinforces learning and helps our mind process and remember the day.
    • Music and humor -- find some relief in your favorite music, watch something funny on YouTube, talk to a funny friend!
    • GRC Counseling and Health Services has lots of resources for students and counselors are available to talk to.
    • Apps -- here's a list of self-help apps. Pick one that resonates with you! Ohmmmm.
    • Connect and share -- Talk about your stress with friends and family or a counselor. Or visit halfofus.org, a site for college students.
    • Perspective -- finally, remember the bigger picture. Look up at the stars, keep sight of your goals, and most importantly, don't be too hard on yourself. Just do your best everyday.
    • Celebrate -- reflect upon and be proud of all you accomplished this academic year, large and small.