Friday, January 23, 2015

How to obtain a FREE copy of Microsoft Office
Visit the following website:


Step 1: Click on “Find out if you’re eligible” link


Step 2: Enter your GRCC email address
( and click “Sign up”


Step 3: Click on “Continue”

Step 4: Enter your email address again as well as your password
(This is the same as logging into your student email!)



Step 5: Once logged in, click “OK, got it” to continue


Step 6: Once logged in, you can now download the Office Suite!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Use your new Student Virtual Desktop!

You can use your own device to login to a Student Virtual Desktop and use nearly all of the applications found on Green River open lab computers!   
·         It works anywhere you have an internet connection.
·         Student Virtual Desktop can be used on a PC, Mac, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
·         A Student Virtual Desktop provides access to the student H, S & T network drives.
·         Note: you must first create a password on a campus computer before you can login to Student Virtual Desktop.

STEP 1: To access one of these desktops from your own device, go to

STEP 2: Login and launch the "Student Desktop" icon.

STEP 3: To set up Student Virtual Desktop for the first time on your device, you will automatically be prompted to install vWorkspace Connector’ software to enable launching a virtual desktop.  Follow the prompts to install the software.

STEP 4:  login with your username (student ID Number) and the password that you created this quarter for the Green River open lab computers. 
Special instructions for Mac users: To properly install the client software, Mac users will need to launch the downloaded “*.dmg” file, then hold down the “CTRL” key while selecting the “Web Access Connector” option, and click on “Open”, then follow the rest of the prompts to complete the installation.

IMPORTANT:  Do not try to save documents or other work on the virtual desktop.  Instead, save your work to your student “H” drive (Access it from:  Start Menu/Computer) or you can save to a USB drive.
Do not use the “Sync” option in OneDrive.  Each login to a Student Virtual Desktop is temporary, and anything you add is destroyed as soon as you log off or get disconnected.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wireless Printing Now Available

GRCC Students are now able to email print jobs to the print release stations in Holman Library (HL) and the Technology Building (TC). PDF, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents can be printed. Simply follow the instructions below.

1   1.  Log in to your Green River Student email account:
2   2.  Address a new email to one of the following email addresses:

3   3. Attach your documents to the email
  • Documents must be in one of these formats: Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDF
  • Multiple documents can be attached to one email to print at the same time.

4   4. Click send.  You will receive an email confirming that your print job has been received.
5   5. Go to the corresponding print release station in HL or TC.

6   6. Enter your Student ID and Password at the print release station to print the document.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Weather Alert!

Worried about that winter weather?
If you're worried about snow or bad road conditions and how they will impact your commute to GRCC, then worry no more! GRCC has a solution that can help!

Sign up for the Safety Alerts and get a text alert when there is an emergency or active incident of crime on campus, where there are power outages, traffic blocking the nearby roads, or of course, inclement weather that would cause the school to close or delay classes.

Click on the screenshot below to sign up for this free service!

Sign up here

You can also use this online form to sign up for other kinds of alerts on campus, such as the ones listed here. If you prefer to receive emails, that's an option too. 

Learn more on the website, and if there is snow or nasty weather that closes the school for a day, be sure to take a break from studying to have some fun!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy 2015! Reset your passwords to start Winter Quarter off right.

Happy New Year and welcome back for another quarter! There are a number of changes around the library this January, including a new library classroom on the second floor, a new water bottle refill station, and new login passwords for on-campus computers and wifi acess!

All campus student login passwords need to be reset at the beginning of each quarter. Here's how to get started:

  1. Sit down at any campus open lab computer (Holman Library and the TC Lab are the two most common places to find a computer).
  2. When the screen asks you to login, click on "Forgot my Password" (Yes, we know, no one really forgot-- but this connects you to the password reset screen.)
  3. Select "I am a student" from the drop-down menu and enter your Green River Student ID number (123456789) as your username.
  4. Answer the questions and set-up a new password. 
  5. You're done! Now you are all set to log in to campus lab computers, printing, and the GRCC Student WiFi for the rest of Winter Quarter.
If you have questions, please come see us at the Holman Library Reference Desk or the TC Lab Student Helpdesk -- and have a great Winter 2015 quarter, everyone!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Connect with the Library this Winter

We're wrapping up the Fall Quarter this week! The Holman Library will be closed from December 13th, 2014 - January 4th, 2015 for the Winter break...but here are a couple of ideas on connecting with the library over the holidays!

Number 1

Are you looking for a winter read over the holiday? Pick up a copy of the Green River Community College One Book for 2014-2015: Homeland.

Homeland is a quick, snappy read set in a fictionalized version of San Francisco that discusses current events like privacy, civil rights, and electronic surveillance. For fun, there's even information on desert camping (at Burning Man, a major counter-cultural festival that takes place in Nevada) and cold-brewing coffee!

Students can pick up copies of Homeland for free at the Holman Library circulation desk this week and after January 5th, 2015-- just stop in and ask us!

The library building may be closed over the break, but you can still access our resources on the go with the Holman Library's mobile app - WA Library Now Edu.

Getting the mobile app is easy! Just visit your app store of choice (iTunes / Google Play / Amazon / Win 8) and download the Library Now Edu app (it's free!).

You can use the application to access many of the library's services from your tablet or phone, and a recent survey of WA users showed that many people found it easier than looking for their library's website on their device:

Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful break!

Monday, December 1, 2014

OneBook, Homeland, Aaron Swartz, Creative Commons ... And More

The library's OneBook display is fully stocked with books and other materials that support many of the themes in Cory Doctorow's Homeland.

Check out the books on Information Technology, Privacy, Civil Liberty and Ethical Hacking. One great book you can check out today is:

Rebecca MacKinnon's Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom published in 2013 by Basic Books.

"MacKinnon does a fantastic job of tying her theory and analysis to real-world stories. She illustrates how governments are figuring out how to use networks to take freedom away, to control debate, to find and crush dissent. She shows how Internet corporations -- even the ones with a good track-record on protecting their users -- are prone to cooperating with the worst, most repressive instincts of governments (including supposedly liberal western governments)." Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Also available as an eBook

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While you are at the display watch the documentary The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. This documentary follows the story of internet activist Aaron Swartz from his involvement with RSS, Reddit and Creative Commons to his political activism and his pending trial concerning the downloading of 4.8 million articles from JSTOR. Aaron Swartz wrote the Afterwards for Homeland. This is a must see documentary.  

There's more to look though then can be mentioned in this blog post, including books, magazines, posters and more! Take some time to explore this display and check out one of the books to read over the break!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey or Tofukey?

 Whether you prefer tofukey or actual turkey, we at the Holman library want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

This holiday is as rich in history and tradition as the food that you'll pile onto your plate next week! Pinning down the exact date and site of the first Thanksgiving in the United States can be difficult, as the true origins of the holiday are still debated; Native tribes living in the land had their own religious celebrations of thanks at this time of harvest, as did the pilgrims who settled in the land. Reguardless of just when or where or even why this holiday began, many of us share the experience of gathering together with family, friends, and food to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect on another year gone by, or at least reflect on whether or not we want more pie!

Historically, the most well known celebration took place in October 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Pilgrims from New England gathered together with a group from the Wampanoag tribe, and while the mention was brief, two colonist - William Bradford and Edward Winslow - wrote of the account. There is also a record of the "first Thanksgiving" in this proclamation in 1676.

Much later, both in 1789 and again in 1863, past presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln brought national attention to the holiday and played a role in deciding that the fourth Thursday in the month of November will be the official holiday in the United States.

The kinds of foods we eat, the company we keep, and the activities we participate in are unique and have changed overtime. For some, this is a day to get together with loved ones and eat, for others, it's all about watching the Macy's Day and watching the game. Regardless of how you celebrate, we hope your day and extended weekend break is well spent!

The Holman Library has a lot of information about food, but we also have a small collection of cookbooks too. Consider searching the bookshelves for the call number 641 to find more books like this "Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes CarnivoresWill Devour"

Search for Recipes in this Electronic Book 

You can learn more about the holiday by watching the clip called "First Thanksgiving" from a longer film called "After the Mayflower: We Shall Remain - America Through Native Eyes" from the film database called Films On Demand.

 And don't forget, the library closes early, at 6pm on Wednesday, November 26th and will be CLOSED on Thursday, Nov. 27th and Friday, Nov. 28th but will open again on Saturday, Nov. 30th from 2pm-6pm and will continue with regular hours after that.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Try out the Holman Library's new
Watch the short video below to learn how, with just one click,
you can search across all the Library's databases at once
to find books, videos, magazines and journals for your research

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

The Holman Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th for the observation of Veterans Day. 

While we spend this holiday honoring the service of those who have been in the US Armed Forces and Coast Guard, why not check out some of the Holman Library’s items that describe the experiences of what it was like to serve?


Band of Brothers (2001)
10 episodes
Available on DVD at the Holman Library: DVD collection, 2nd floor.

Band of Brothers is a historical dramatization based on the experiences of “Easy Company,” a company of airborne infantry who during World War II in Europe participated in D-Day, entered Germany, and were involved in the capture of Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” base. Although the TV series is dramatized, it is based off of the work of historians and interviews with surviving members of the real “Easy Company.”


The Things They Carried
by Tim O’Brien (1980)
Available at the Holman Library: Main Collection, 813.5 O13t 2009

The Things They Carried  is considered a classic work of literature, and one of the most evocative portraits of what it was like to serve as part of the US forces that went to Vietnam. Reviews of this work call it an artful combination of memoir, novel, and short story collection that emotionally describes the experience of being in a war, and remembering it afterward.


NPR podcast, originally broadcast March 24, 2010 on “Talk of the Nation”

In this interview with NPR, “O'Brien discusses what he still carries from his time in Vietnam,” the enduring themes of his book and how it has been discussed over the past 20 years, and the popularity the book has found with a new generation of readers.


Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the Face of Modern War
by Evan Wright (2005)
Available in the Holman Library: Main Collection, 956.704 W948g 2005

Evan Wright was one of the only journalists to accompany US Marines into Iraq during their first move into Baghdad in 2003. Wright expands his reporting, originally published in Rolling Stone, in this full-length account of what it was like to be “on the ground.” From the Booklist review: “Wright also explores how today's pop-culture-driven soldiers differ from those who fought more than three decades ago in Vietnam. A perceptive, often troubling examination of soldiers' view of war, peace, and combat.”

Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to all veterans for your service!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Just try to chill out with a thriller

The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines "thriller" as:
one that thrills; esp : a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense
The library has a few dozen movies that fall under this category. Celebrate the Halloween weekend by getting shocked, scared, spooked, and--most of all--entertained by one of these movies, featuring detectives, magicians, and murderers.
The Illusionist
The illusionist

"The acclaimed illusionist Eisenheim has not only captured the imaginations of all of Vienna, but also the interest of the ambitious Crown Prince Leopold. When Leopold's new fiancée rekindles a childhood fascination with Eisenheim, the Prince's interest evolves into obsession. Suddenly the city's Chief Inspector finds himself investigating a shocking crime... [while] Eisenheim prepares for the most impressive illusion yet."

The Lovely Bones
 The lovely bones

"When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. Now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on."
No Country for Old Men
No country for old men

"Llewelyn Moss stumbles onto a drug deal gone monumentally wrong while hunting in the parched Texas scrubland near the Mexico border.... It isn't long before he's being tracked by Anton Chigurh, a psychopathic 'debt collector.' Sheriff Bell sets out to find Llewelyn... to protect one of his citizens from Chigurh, an evil like nothing Bell has ever seen. The border is a hard land, yet Bell finds that the reflexive murders Chigurh inflicts upon others transforms the lonely vistas, somber deserts, and austere mountains into something horrendous--into no country for old men--or for young ones."

Click here for a full list of Holman Library's Thrillers (Motion Pictures). Find these and other DVDs on the second floor of the library.
Happy Halloween!
  1. "Thriller." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2012. Credo Reference. Web. 30 October 2014.
  2. All DVD cover images and descriptions come from the WorldCat catalog.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Just in time for Halloween - A vampire book from Interlibrary Loan!

Grcc student Rashelle wanted a Vampire Academy book that wasn't in our library. Then Rashelle learned that she could request the book by using Interlibrary loan, and she got the book sent here so fast that it was scary! Rachelle says:

"Hey, I'm so excited my Vampire Academy book arrived for me through the Holman Library in just FIVE DAYS coming all the way from Texas! -Super thrilled!!!"

Friday, October 24, 2014

Need to Find a Scholarly or Peer Reviewed Article?

                   Scholarly, academic, peer reviewed?

What does all this mean?

As a student, research is a big part of what you're asked to do. Learning just how to be a successful student can sometimes be a challenge, and the research process...well, it's just that - a time consuming process!

But don't be dismayed! The Holman Library has some amazing resources that can help save you time, and the friendly librarians at the reference desk have a lot of tips and tricks that can help you research like a pro! 

Have you ever been asked to find a scholarly or peer reviewed article? Have you ever been confused about how to do that?  We can help! 

One of the many benefits of using the library databases for your research (instead of just going to Google) is that the databases give you so much more control and have great tools that help you limit and revise your search results. As shown in the images below, you can limit the results to scholarly/academic sources, and if you know you need a peer reviewed article, you can limit to that too!

Woo Hoo! The Peer Review...wait...what?!!!

What is a peer review anyway and why do I need an article that has been peer reviewed? Watch this short video to learn more!

And as always, if you need help...just ask! The librarians at the reference desk are always available (in person or via phone, email or chat!) to help you find what you're looking for!

Image available @ Flickr Creative Commons "CollegeDegrees360"