Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ever wonder...

Have you ever wondered how cauliflower grows...or how batteries work...or if popping your knuckles is actually bad for you? Maybe you're curious about what really happens to the plastic you throw away or how to spot a counterfeit dollar bill.

  If you have a curious nature, perhaps TedEd
is a website you should check out!

www.ed.ted.com


TedEd - a part of the larger TED organization (that's short for Technology, Education & Design) that brings us TedTalks - has a "commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas."1 Their website has a whole series of lessons that people all over the world are using for educational purposes...or just for fun because here's the thing, they are fun to watch! These aren't boring documentaries or educational films, they are creative, visually appealing films that vary in content and length.

You can chose videos from any of the following topics:
  • The Arts
  • Business & Economics
  • Design, Engineering & Technology
  • Health
  • Literature & Language
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Psychology
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Teaching & Education
  • Thinking & Learning
If you're the type that likes to "be int he know" and are always asking questions, then perhaps a TedEd video every now and again will suit you well!

While TedTalks are free to watch online, Films on Demand, one of the library's databases, has a nice streaming collection that links to other related films. And if you're interested in books...well, here's a recommendation that will go hand in hand with the fun films you can find at TedEd that is sure to please!

References: 
1. "About." TED-Ed: Ideas Worth Sharing. Ted Conferences LLC. Web. 27 May 2015.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

We'll keep the lights on for you


Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wespeck/3405989234/

For your studying convenience, the library will be open until midnight on:

Wednesday, June 3rd
Thursday, June 4th
Monday, June 8th
Tuesday, June 9th
Wednesday, June 10th

At least one silent-study room, but more likely all three, will be available.

The Campus Safety and Transportation office (X3550; safetydispatch@greenriver.edu) offers shuttle services and safety rides upon request, and is available to escort students to their vehicles or bus stop.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring Quarter 2015 Noodle Tools Workshops!


It’s fast! It’s easy! It saves you time! Create your own account and start using NoodleTools to organize your research projects and AUTOMATICALLY format citations to APA, MLA or other formats. Crazy stuff! Attend a free, drop-in NoodleTools Workshop at Holman Library (HL213).

Date
Time
Tuesday, May 12th
3:00-3:30
Wednesday, May 13th
12:00-12:30
Wednesday, May 20th
12:00-12:30
Thursday, May 21st
3:00-3:30
Wednesday, May 27th
12:00-12:30
Thursday, May 28th
3:00-3:30
Wednesday, June 3rd
12:00-12:30
Thursday, June 4th
3:00-3:30

Use the Holman Library’s subscription to NoodleTools, to save time and frustration when doing research projects and writing papers for your courses.  Simply create an account for yourself in NoodleTools and start organizing all your projects in one place. You can also use NoodleTools to share and collaborate with fellow students on group projects. 

Organize
  • Create and track multiple projects in one place, available from anywhere, anytime.
  •   Record your research question and thesis/hypothesis.
  • Organize your references, notes, outline, and your paper.
  • Complete the To Do List to stay on schedule.
Cite
  • Organize your references.
  • Format citations automatically (!!) in APA, MLA or Chicago style. Big time-saver!
  • Properly cite tricky items like websites, images, court cases and 70+ other sources.
  • Use NoodleTools Express, for free, anytime, to quickly format a citation.
Can't make it to a workshop? Check out Holman Library's Citations and NoodleTools Guide.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Is it a little warm in here?

Great news! We've survived winter and the sun is out on a regular basis!
sun icon

Unfortunately, the air conditioning in Holman Library is also out for a short time while our air conditioning unit is replaced and temperatures in the library may vary with the weather.

12 man image
Not that kind of fan...
We have fans available, and will do our best to keep the main study area and classroom temperate, but you will want to wear layers if possible so you can remove a sweater or jacket if you feel too warm in the afternoon.

Our new AC unit should be available and chilling out with us in June. Until then, stay cool and maybe go outside to enjoy the sun!

Physics video coverCurious WHY the library gets warm, even when the temperatures are not extremely high?

This Heat video, from the Standard Deviants Physics series explains where all this heat is generated. You can access the streaming film online on campus or by using your Green River ID number off-campus.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Are you a Google Power User?

Google is awesome. And let's face it, it's often the first place we look for information. The brainiacs at Google make it so easy to find information. 
  • Using "Okay Google" we can search by voice and ask questions to our heart's content; 
  • and if we type in a question, Google supplies links to websites where we might find the answers! 
  • And yet, Google offers us EVEN more! Yes...More!
Google's basic search is pretty good - at least as good as the words you're searching. But Google's advanced search tools are even more incredible! 

The biggest tip for using Google more effectively is searching using keywords - simple, unique word or phrases - that, when combined, will yield better results. 

For example, if I want to find information about the laws and restrictions regarding guns in our state, I could ask a question: what gun laws does washington state have? 

Or I could take one step closer to being a Google Power user and break my question down into the most important words and search: gun laws "washington state"

Using phrase searching - that is, wrapping two or more words in quotation marks - tells Google to keep these words together, to give me links to websites where those words appear as a concept, immediately next to each other. You, the user, get more control over what information Google presents you with. 

There are many tips, tricks, and tools that Google offers us - but one tool that you could use, and should use, when using Google to find information for school work and assignments, is the site: tool.

Using the domain limiting tool allows you to quickly limit your search results to a certain domain - specifically, you can limit to educational websites or government websites. Both of these domains (.edu & .gov) have a lot more restrictions regarding just who can publish information on them, and they tend to exist for different reasons - that is, unlike .com's, they are generally not trying to sell you anything and are not opinion based. So you can quickly find more credibly information by getting rid of other websites that don't have the quality information you need.

Here's a short video about how to use this site: domain limiting tool in your research:

And let's not forget....

Google Books: www.books.google.com 
  • See a preview of a book and read excerpts online 
  • You can't usually access the whole book, but sometimes a chapter is all you need.
Google Images: www.images.google.com  
  • Need an image without copyright restrictions? Try an advanced Image search. 
  • Perform an image search, then click on "Search Tools" to limit by "Usage rights"
Google Scholar: www.scholar.google.com 
  • If you want to see the kinds of articles Google offers us, try this search. 
  • Not all articles are freely accessible, but those that are also come with citations! 
Finally, click on these links and zoom in to see two infographics that can help you learn how to be a better "Googler"...Go ahead, you know you want to! Become a better searcher and impress your friends! Thanks Google!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Help us try out a potential new database!

Are you interested in the newest of the new? Happen to be on campus at the moment?

If you can answer "yes" to both of these questions, why not help us try out a new database that Holman Library is considering-- it is called Statista, and provides statistical data for a number of different subjects from over 18,000 sources.

  • Important Note -- You need to be ON-CAMPUS for the trial link to work.

Once you've checked it out, let us know what you think by sending an email to librarian@greenriver.edu. Thanks for helping us evaluate a potential new library resource!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Featured Asian Pacific American Literature

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and we'd like to books that were recently added to the Holman Library collection and were written my Asian Americans!

Have you been watching the new television sitcom Fresh Off the Boat? That show is based on a memoir of the same title written by Eddie Huang, and we have it at the library!


Alex Tizon--who won a Pulitzer prize for reporting he did with The Seattle Times--critiques stereotypes of Asian (American) men through personal and cultural history in his memoir Big Little Man.



Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew take the first Asian American super hero, the Green Turtle, and re-launch the series as The Shadow Hero. This graphic novel captures the origin story of Hank Chu, a 19-year-old Chinese American living in the 1930s.

For help locating these books, ask a librarian. For more reading suggestions, take a look at the Literature page of the Asian Pacific American Studies research guide or browse the featured books on display at the library (second floor).

Friday, April 24, 2015


Your voice is important - RATE YOUR LIBRARY!


1. Come in person to the Library Reference Desk (2nd floor) to fill out a very short survey
    between April 27-May 10, 2015

2. Get a piece of candy as a thanks for participating!



(actually, come in person and pick up the survey at the Holman Library Reference Desk, 2nd Floor)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What’s the Point?
If you want to know about the nature or history you might encounter on a visit to Poo Poo Point, you might peruse some of the following:

Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources information on the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA): http://www.dnr.wa.gov/AboutDNR/ManagedLands/Pages/amp_na_tiger.aspx
Washington Trails Association’s description: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/poo-poo-point#trailhead-map
Bird Web’s “West Cascades Ecoregion” page lists the birds seen there in each month of the year: http://birdweb.org/birdweb/ecoregion/sites/west_cascades/site
Washington Native Plant Society’s plant lists, by location, including Tiger Mountain: http://www.wnps.org/plant_lists/counties/king/king_county.html

In the Holman Library main collection (can be checked out):
A Field Guide to Western Birds: 598.2978 P485f 1961
Insects of the Pacific Northwest: 595.7097 H145i 2006
A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians: 598.1097 S811f

            In the Holman Library reference collection (in-library use):
Northwest Trees: R 582.1609 A751n 2007
Mountain Plants of the Pacific Northwest: R 581.9795  T245m

Not surprisingly, there are numerous apps and e-books with information on hikes and nature.  Free apps that look interesting (but we cannot vouch for them) include TreeBook (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/treebook/id340811192?mt=8); Cornell Lab’s Merlin Bird ID (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.labs.merlinbirdid.app&hl=en), and  All-Trails Hiking & Biking: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alltrails.alltrails&hl=en.
A few of the e-books available to Green River students and staff are: Trailside botany 101 favorite trees, shrubs & wildflowers of the upper Midwest: (http://www.library.greenriver.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=2999&recCount=50&recPointer=4&bibId=83127); Philip's minerals, rocks & fossils (http://www.library.greenriver.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=3005&recCount=50&recPointer=5&bibId=209060), and Backpacking Washington from volcanic peaks to rainforest valleys (http://www.library.greenriver.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=3021&recCount=50&recPointer=1&bibId=122917) 

Enjoy the outdoors and, whether you’re carrying a book or an electronic device, remember to keep it dry.







Friday, April 3, 2015



Use the Holman Library’s subscription to NoodleTools, to save time and frustration when doing research projects and writing papers for your courses.  Simply create a FREE account for yourself in NoodleTools and start organizing all your projects in one place. You can also use NoodleTools to share and collaborate with fellow students on group projects.

Organize
  • Create and track multiple projects in one place, available from anywhere, anytime.
  •  Record your research question and thesis/hypothesis.
  •  Organize your references, notes and your paper.
  • Complete the To Do List to stay on schedule.
Cite
  • Organize your references.
  • Format citations automatically in APA, MLA or Chicago style. Big time-saver!
  • Properly cite tricky items like websites, images, court cases and 70+ other sources.
  • Use NoodleTools Express, for free, anytime, to quickly format a citation.
Attend a free, drop-in, NoodleTools Workshop at Holman Library to learn to cite books, journals and web sites.

Date
Time
Location
Tuesday               April 14
12:00-12:30
HL213
Wednesday          April 15
12:00-12:30
HL213
Tuesday               May 12
3:00-3:30
HL213
Wednesday          May 13
12:00-12:30

HL213
Wednesday          May 20
12:00-12:30
HL213
Thursday              May 21
3:00-3:30
HL213
Wednesday          May 27
12:00-12:30
HL213
Thursday              May 28
3:00-3:30
HL213
Wednesday          June 3
12:00-12:30
HL213
Thursday              June 4
3:00-3:30
HL213




Friday, March 20, 2015

2015-16 One Book Announcement

The Holman Library is excited to announce the 2015-16 One Book: Redeployment by Phil Klay.

Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for fiction. It is a powerful collection of short stories that “takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.”

Redeployment was selected to coordinate with a yearlong focus on the topic of war proposed by Green River's Humanities Cultural Center, an NEH grant project coordinated by Jaeney Hoene and Marcie Sims. Other collaborating partners on campus include Timm Lovitt, Director of Veteran's Services and Melisa Williams, Director of Student Affairs, which is bringing Phil Klay to campus to speak on the evening of November 12th as part of the Artist and Speaker's Series. Klay's presentation will be just one of many diverse voices during the week of Veteran's Day. Community partners include the White River Valley Museum (WRVM), the Auburn King County Library and the Auburn Arts Commission.

While the One Book Program is a Holman Library program, a core group of faculty has volunteered many hours of time since last summer to read and offer feedback on the books under consideration. The library would like to thank Avis Adams, Jaeney Hoene, Marianne Jacobs, Mike Kenyon and Richard Potsubay for their generous contributions.

For more on Redeployment:
A q&a: http://www.philklay.com/qa/
A Barnes and Noble reading group guide: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/redeployment-phil-klay/1115811829?ean=9781594204999
A NY Times Sunday Book Review (voted in top ten books of 2014): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/books/review/redeployment-by-phil-klay.html?_r=0
Publisher's website with more links: http://thepenguinpress.com/book/redeployment/

Please stay tuned for more on the One Book in spring, including a comprehensive research guide devoted to the topic. We will be sure to present a wide range of voices and experiences of war in this guide and provide possible companion books to Redeployment.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Beyond Basketball: The "Tournament of Books"

Are you a "bibliophile" (a lover of books)? Spring is a great season to read, and we even have a convenient break week coming up. Although many book awards are announced around at the end of the calendar year, March has one particularly oddball book contest that is a lot of fun:

The Tournament of Books at The Morning News website.

Each day Monday-Friday in March, books published in 2014 and chosen as the favorites by The Morning News' readers face-off against each other. A judge from the Tournament of Books panel (usually another author, but sometimes a critic, a musician, or an "interesting personality") will read both books and explain how each book made them think and feel...

And then one book is chosen by that judge as the"victor" and is passed to the next round.

In the final rounds, books that were eliminated early on but are audience favorites can come back as "zombie picks" to complete against the semifinalist winners for a chance at making it to the final round. Coming out on top means the book is named the "Rooster" winner and the author is awarded a live rooster (no, really).

The Tournament of Books is an offbeat way to add a few titles to your "for fun" reading list, and because each judge  and the comments at the site discuss the books as they go, you have the added bonus of being able to join an online conversation about the books!

Past years' commentary and titles are fun to browse, as well. We have selected past Rooster contenders at the Holman Library, including:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2013 finalist)
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (2012 semifinalist)
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (2012 quarterfinalist)
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht (2012 quarterfinalist)

This year's titles:
The 2015 brackets for the Rooster.

(Books that have been eliminated have been crossed out below-- although they might come back in the Zombie round.)

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Adam by Ariel Schrag
A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor
Wittgenstein, Jr. by Lars Iyer
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
Redeployment by Phil Klay
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Many of this year's current titles are available through the King County Library System if you'd like to join in-- happy reading!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Get Outside During Spring Break!

March 20th the official last day of Winter Quarter!

Make it your goal to get outside for Spring Break! Our campus isn't the only place where beautiful trees go and where you can find a nice hike and get out in nature. The good news is, you can check out books from the Holman Library during the break.


Consider some of these books listed below to find some awesome day hikes in the King County area.


And try using the Washington Trails Association website to see an interactive map of hikes in the area!

No matter how you spend your break, be sure to take advantage of the early beautiful spring weather!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Go have fun Saturday night

Being a college student can be stressful and full of too many things to do. Isn't it nice when someone tells you to stop studying and have fun? The ProQuest database company wants you to go out and enjoy Saturday night while it upgrades its article databases.

On Saturday February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability. The window is scheduled to begin at 7 pm Pacific Standard Time and will last for 5 hours until midnight.

During this time these ProQuest databases will not be available:
  • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry
  • Alt-PressWatch
  • CultureGrams
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • ProQuest Combined Databases
  • ProQuest Newspapers
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health
  • ProQuest Science Journals 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Organize Research Projects and Automatically Format Citations (APA, MLA)



Use the Holman Library’s subscription to NoodleTools, to save time and frustration when doing research projects and writing papers for your courses.  Simply create a FREE account for yourself in NoodleTools and start organizing all your projects in one place. You can also use NoodleTools to share and collaborate with fellow students on group projects.

Organize
  • Create and track multiple projects in one place, available from anywhere, anytime.
  •  Record your research question and thesis/hypothesis.
  •  Organize your references, notes and your paper.
  • Complete the To Do List to stay on schedule.
Cite
  • Organize your references.
  • Format citations automatically in APA, MLA or Chicago style. Big time-saver!
  • Properly cite tricky items like websites, images, court cases and 70+ other sources.
  • Use NoodleTools Express, for free, anytime, to quickly format a citation.
Attend a free, drop-in, NoodleTools Workshop at Holman Library to learn to cite books, journals and web sites.

Date
Time
Location
Wednesday, February 25th
12:00-12:30
HL213
Thursday, February 26th
3:00-3:30
HL213
Wednesday, March 4th
12:00-12:30
HL213
Thursday, March 5th
3:00-3:30
HL213
Wednesday, March 11
12:00-12:30
HL213
Thursday, March 12
3:00-3:30
HL213
Tuesday, March 17
12:00-12:30
HL213
Wednesday, March 18
12:00-12:30
HL213


Monday, February 9, 2015

Doing Research on Homeland?

Have you been reading Cory Doctorow's Homeland? Are you needing to write a paper based on this book? Or, are you interested in finding out more about some of the book's themes?

Here are three documentaries that focus on several of the themes of the book, all freely available online!

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (available from archive.org)


This 2012 documentary tells the story of the internet collective "Anonymous". This film gives a detailed history of the movement as well as showing several of the issues they fought for. These issues include: Copy Right Abuse, Police Brutality, Online Censorship and the Arab Spring.

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (available from archive.org)


Do you know who Aaron Swartz was? An internet activist, computer programmer, developer of RSS, founder of Reddit ... and the list goes on. Aaron also wrote the Afterwards to Homeland and helped Cory Doctorow develop several of the ideas found in his novel. Swartz's life came to a tragic end after federal prosecutors charged him for downloading articles from the JSTOR database.

Terms and Conditions May Apply (available for free on hulu.com)


How often have you read the terms and conditions of a website or online service you are using? Apple, Facebook and Google are constantly updating their terms and conditions, but do you know what you are agreeing to? This documentary looks into what online companies can do with your data. It also discusses how the government has used information stored on websites like Facebook. This is an eye opening documentary that may change the way you use online social networks and cloud computing websites.

Are there other documentaries you have seen that focus on themes from Homeland? Share them in the comments below!  

Friday, February 6, 2015

Spring Registration Begins February 9th

It seems like just yesterday (or, really, last month) since we started Winter Quarter. The time to register for Spring 2015 will be here soon!

Here are important dates to know for Spring Quarter registration, as well as some useful tips for
making registering less stressful:

Important Registration Dates for Spring 2015

  • Feb. 9, 2015 - Veteran and Work Force Education Registration Begins
  • Feb. 10, 2015 - Currently Enrolled and Returning Student Registration Begins
  • Feb. 23, 2015 - New Student Registration Begins
  • Mar. 9, 2015 - 2nd STEP Payment Due
  • Mar. 28, 2015 - Last Day to Add Name to Waitlist
  • Mar. 30, 2015 - Spring Classes Begin
  • Apr. 6, 2015 - 3rd STEP Payment Due

Tip #1: Know Your Registration Time & Date
You can check your individual registration appointment online. You'll want to know how soon you can log-in for the best chance at your first-choice classes and sections. Be aware that you will only be able to register for Spring classes at or after your assigned registration date & time. 

You can also use this service to locate your academic advisor's name (see tip # 3).


Tip #2: Have a List of the Classes You Want Ready to Go (Bonus Points for Having a Few Backup Choices)

It's much easier to register stress-free if you have your list of classes you want ready ahead of time. Having a few alternate choices if your first picks are full (or have been changed) is a very good idea as well. Your advisor can help you build a good list of classes, and you can also use the Quarterly Class Schedule and the Online Schedule Planner to help you plan.

Make sure to note down all the information that will help you sign up for the class (class #) and help you confirm that the right class was added to your schedule later (class name, days of the week it meets, time, instructor's name if available).

If using the online copy of the Class Schedule isn't convenient for you, you can pick up a print copy of the Spring 2015 schedule at the Reference Desk (until we run out of copies). You can also visit Holman Library and use our public-use computers to access the Green River website, even if you are not a student this current quarter.


Tip #3: If You're Not Sure Which Classes to Pick, Talk with Your Academic Advisor
Advisors are available to help you choose the best classes for your needs (and to give advice on those classes that might be required). If you'd like some advice, it's a great idea to make an appointment with your advisor! You can find out who your advisor is by looking up your registration appointment - your advisor's name will also be listed if you have one.

Once you have your advisor's name, you can look them up on Green River's Contacts Page and figure out the best way to contact them. If you don't have an advisor listed, the best place to start is to talk with Green River's Advising Center in the Lindbloom Student Center (LC), room 126.

Good luck with your registration, and if you have questions about finding class schedules, locating contact information for advisors, or locating your registration time, don't forget you can visit the Reference Desk at the Holman Library-- we're happy to help you get started!