Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer Quarter in Holman Library


& Happy End of Quarter! 

Please join us in Holman Library this Summer Quarter
We return June 25 and remain open until August 16. 

Summer Hours: 
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm - 6 pm

Summer NoodleTools Citation Drop-in Workshops: 
in Holman Library 213
Week 5: Monday July 23, 12-12:30
Week 6: Thursday August 2, 12-12:30
Week 7: Monday August 6, 12-12:30

Currently on display in Holman Library:
Summer Reading Book Display (upstairs)
New Book Display (upstairs)
Hiking in the Northwest Book & Trail Guide Display (upstairs)
Social Protest Free Speech Posters (lobby - from Art 120)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Make sure your hard work from the past school year isn't lost forever!

Each year the student H:\\ drive is purged to make room for the next year's student assignments. This year the deadline for transferring your documents is June 15. Read through the instructions above to learn how to save your documents. Don't have any documents saved to the H:\\ drive? Have no desire to retain the documents you do have saved? No problem! You don't have to do a thing.

As always, stop by the Holman Library Reference Desk or give us a call (253-833-9111 ext. 2091) with any questions.

Have a great summer!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Library Bill of Rights

Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.
Although the Articles of the Library Bill of Rights are unambiguous statements of basic principles that should govern the service of all libraries, questions do arise concerning application of these principles to specific library practices. See the documents designated by the Intellectual Freedom Committee as Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights.
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Take the 2018 Holman Library Student Survey!

What is your favorite thing about the library? Take the survey!
Love the library's loveseats but wish their location could change? A regular library user with the perfect idea to improve the library's space? Not a regular user, but wish we had more items on your class' topic? Are you a current, past, or future Green River student?

We want to hear from you! Our 2018 Holman Library Student Survey is running right now through Thursday, May 24th, and we want to hear from all students, even if you're not a regular user of Holman Library or its online resources.

The survey asks questions about the library's space, staff, resources, and what things you love or would change about the library or library services. It's totally anonymous, and we use the answers and suggestions you give us to help with future library planning.

What does that mean? Here are some things we've developed from past requests or suggestions:
  • A self-paced online citation workshop tutorial, so those who can't attend the in-person NoodleTools workshops can learn all about citations day or night.
  • More printers so that printing out a paper before class is a breeze.
  • Expanded Midnight Hours, including a trial of extended Sunday hours right before finals in Winter Quarter 2018.
  • Separate open silent and quiet computer study space (when classes are not using HL 213/217).
So please do take a few minutes, tell us what you think about your library and thanks for helping us improve!

QR code to reach the survey via mobile device:

All About Mom

Mother's Day is May 13th, Get to Know Mom!

One of the many reference books
available online through the Gale
 Virtual Reference Library

According to the Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary:

"The setting aside of a day each year to honor mothers was the suggestion of Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whose own mother had died on May 9, 1906. She held a memorial service and asked those attending to wear white carnations—a gesture that soon became a tradition. By 1914
President Woodrow Wilson had proclaimed a national day in honor of mothers, and some people still wear carnations on the second Sunday in May—pink or red for mothers who are living and white for those who have died."

Motherhood throughout history 
Explore issues relating to moms and motherhood throughout history and discover history's most famous and influential moms using the library's history and biography databases:

U.S. History in Context - U.S. and world history reference sources, primary documents, journals and periodicals. Search by subject, timeline, or a person's name.

World History in Context - Primary sources, reference books and journals covering world history from antiquity to the present. Search by subject, timeline, or person.

Biography in Context - Details on over 350,000 notable individuals, from early history to the present day, in full-text coverage.

What's going on with moms today?
Two great resources for information on current social issues (like motherhood!) are Films on Demand and Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Using your Green River student or staff ID number, you can access these resources from anywhere!

Films on Demand - Allows you to access thousands of streaming documentaries.Search or browse for films on many topics, such as Anthropology, Biology, Business & Economics, Careers, and many more:

The Mommy Mystique: The Anxiety of Modern Motherhood.”
Films Media Group, 2005. 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Online resource covering today's hottest social issues This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes..Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more.

Monday, April 23, 2018

The SUN is OUT! Go outside....and read!

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Need a break from studying? Want to sit outside and enjoy some of that rare Washington sun? The campus is beautiful at this time of year and there are lots of great places to hang out outdoors on campus! 

Did you know that the Holman Library has a ton of super fun books to read!? Yup! It's true! Fiction or Non-fiction, poetry, and more! If you're looking for a novel to read, search for a title or your favorite author here, check out the 800s section of the library, or stop by the reference desk and talk to a librarian!
Here are a few titles that you can check out today! 

"In an unassuming corner of Brooklyn, a young woman learns to be ladylike, to love context, and to speak her mind from a very curious sort of tutor. In a faraway land convulsed by war, a young soldier hears the desert's curious hum as he disarms bombs with the person he doesn't know how to love. In a place so shriveled by drought that any drowning is a curiosity, a young writer tries again and again to tread water beneath the surface of a vast and unusual sea. Three new stories complete with commentary on the creative process from three acclaimed young adult authors working at the height of their powers."

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Turtles All the Way Down
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her best and most fearless friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

The based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are no longer a couple yet are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record -- all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites -- all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

The Passion of Dolssa : a Novel
In mid-thirteenth century Provence, Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious girl who feels the call to preach, condemned by the Inquisition as an "unnatural woman," and hunted by the Dominican Friar Lucien who fears a resurgence of the Albigensian heresy; Botille is a matchmaker trying to protect her sisters from being branded as gypsies or witches--but when she finds the hunted Dolssa dying on a hillside, she feels compelled to protect her, a decision that may cost her everything.

"In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't"

*All book descriptions take from Primo OneSearch, the library's catalog

Monday, April 16, 2018

Controversy and you. I can't believe this!

It is easy to read and hear things with which we agree. Facebook, Twitter, other social media platforms, and news aggregators oftentimes become an echo chamber of our own beliefs or present extreme opinions opposite from our own in ways that make it difficult for us to consider them without being immediately offended.
Source: Kevin Hodgson, "Echo chamber pop" CC BY-CA 2.0
There are many controversial issues in our world. People have differing views on life, the universe, and everything! Instead of taking up arms and pressing your opinion without understanding the different viewpoints of an issue, take a minute to read and understand why some people oppose your viewpoint by understanding theirs, or at least by knowing the issues surrounding and compounding the discussion. Understanding a viewpoint is not the same as agreeing with it.

This is your chance to access different viewpoints in a single place from a variety of source types including academic articles, viewpoints, reference sources, videos, podcasts, statistics, newspapers, magazines, and websites.

Check out Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Try these new and updated topics:

Big Data
Men's Rights Movement
Military Recruitment
Predatory Lending

Celebrity Culture
Church and State
Digital Currency
For-Profit Education
Minimum Wage
Net Neutrality
Offshore Drilling
Politics and Religion
Sanctuary Cities
US Census
Wage Discrimination
Welfare Reform

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Things you can check out from Holman Library with your student ID card

Did you know that Holman Library has more than just books to check out? Along with books and DVDs, there are all kinds of things you can use your student ID to check out.

If you are needing a laptop or webcam for a few hours, you can check one out at the circulation desk on the ground floor. These items are meant for in-library use only (can’t take them out of the building) and can be used for up to 4 hours.  These items are checked out like books, by swiping your student IT.

Up at the IT help desk, you can check out all sorts of small items for in-library use: phone chargers, white board markers, rulers, headphones, card readers, and several other small items. Just bring your student ID card to exchange for the item.  You will need to have a student ID card to check these out.

If you don’t have your student ID card, or you’ve lost your student ID, you can get one at the circulation desk. You will need a print out of your classes that has your student ID number printed on it, and photo ID. If you are getting your first ID card, it is free. Replacements cost $5.

Monday, March 5, 2018

End of the Quarter Help

As Winter Quarter draws to a close here are a few resources that can help!

MARCH 7  (Wednesday)
HL 217
  MARCH 14  (Wednesday)     12:00-12:30    HL 213

Can't attend the workshops in person?  You can take an online version the workshops though this Online NoodleTools Citation Tutorial in Canvas (below)

Library Help Desk:

Contact us:
In Person
Find a librarian on staff at the information desk during the library's open hours. This is the best way to contact us if you are on campus, need immediate assistance or have a lengthy or complicated question. 
By Phone
Contact a reference librarian during the library's open hours.
(253) 833-9111 Ext. 2091
By Chat / Instant Message
Chat with a librarian through the library's chat /instant messaging service. We participate in a program where librarians from all over the country can answer questions, 24 hours a day, 7      days a week!
By Email
Email a reference librarian with a reference question at This is an alternative to chat IM if you want help from a Green River Community College librarian. Emails will be answered Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

Campus Counseling and Tutoring Centers:

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Snow and Icy Conditions: Will the library be open?

SNOW! Who doesn't love building a snowman? But it can also present some dangerous driving conditions.

With some late winter snow and freezing temperatures in the forecast; Stay up to date with Green River Emergency and Closure Alerts.

Create an account using the link above and you will be notified by text message anytime classes are canceled or campus is closed due to weather. Notifications about campus closures will also be sent to student email accounts and be posted on the college's homepage.

Is this true for the weekend as well? 

Great question! The answer is YES! Just like the school week, the library may be closed on the weekends due to dangerous weather conditions. When this happens you will be notified the same way.

Feel free to chat with any librarians for further questions about school closures due to weather.

Love the snow so much that you cannot get enough? Here's some book you can read about SNOW!


Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Lunar New Year 2018!

Happy Year of the Dog! Lunar New Year officially begins tonight (Friday, Feb. 16) and runs through Sunday (Feb. 18). In addition to events right here at the Green River Main Campus, there are lots of ways the Lunar New Year is celebrated across the United States and in nations around the world!

Learn About the Lunar New Year

Want to learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in the United States? There are celebrations held across the country, from festivals in Seattle, WA to parades in San Francisco, CA, and some schools close for the day in New York, NY:

Kizer, J. M. (2014). Lunar New Year. In M. Y. Danico (Ed.), Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia (Vol. 2, pp. 650-652). Los Angeles: SAGE Reference. Retrieved from Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Want to Wish Someone a Happy Lunar New Year?

Gong hei fat choy” is the most common Chinese New Year greeting in Cantonese, which is spoken in parts of southern China and Hong Kong. It directly translates to “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.”
Quakenbrush, C. (16 Feb. 2016). How to Wish Someone a 'Happy Lunar New Year' in Chinese. Time. Retrieved from

What's Special About the 'Year of the Dog'?

Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Dog (2018). Retrieved from

What Animal Represents my Birth Year in the Lunar Calendar? 

Kettley, S. (16 Feb. 2018). Chinese New Year 2018: Why is it the Year of the Dog? What new year animal are YOU? Express. Retrieved from

I Just Really Want to Read a Book About Dogs Now- Can The Library Help With That?

Yes we can! Here are 78 titles at Holman Librar about dogs-- everything from picture books in the childrens literature section to title on therapy dogs... go wild!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Library workshop: Finding reliable websites in 2018

Image of the planet Earth surrounded by a net.
Image: World-Wide-Web Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt Founder licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
For years, checking out the top-level domain (.com, .org, .edu...) as a shorthand way to determine the credibility of a website was standard advice. Information from .orgs, .edus, or .govs was good, the accepted wisdom went, and information from .coms was potentially unreliable.

In 2018, the web is a vastly more complicated place.

Now, anyone can register a .org website, students can publish anything from term papers to class blog posts on .edus, many respectable publications use .coms -- and there are better ways to guide users to reliable information online.

Friday, February 2, 2018

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Did you know?
February is Teen Dating Violence
Awareness Month

We at the Holman Library are dedicated to helping you - the students. Most of the time that means that we help support your learning...maybe you just use the computers in the Information Commons, or maybe you just use the space (i.e. sleeping in the comfy chairs in the back between classes). Or maybe you get tech help at the desk, or you work with the librarians to find sources for your research. Maybe you just check out course reserves or other books...

However you use the library, we want you to know that we want to support you in any way you can - whether it's something small like getting help creating an in-text citation or something more connecting you with critical information and community resources that can help make your life easier. Whatever it is, we're here for you.  

February, with Valentine's Day smack in the center, is known often as a month of love. But just go online or watch any news or television program and you can see examples of how we are often short on love...we need more of it. 

So this month, we wanted remind you that it's also a month about unrequited, or un-returned love, such as the "love" found in abusive relationships. February isn't all hearts and flowers...sometimes it's violence and abuse. While it's a depressing topic, it's a real one - February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. 

We certainly hope that you find yourself in a real-life fairy tale...a true "and they lived happily ever after" kind of love. We wish this for your friends and family too, for we all deserve love and kindness. But if that isn't the case, and sometimes it's not, please know there is help...and hope! 

If you, or someone you know might be in an abusive relationship - reach out! There is help to be found! Stop by the reference to a librarian...see the current book/poster display in the library. There you can find books, both fiction and non-fiction, on the topic of dating violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. You can also read about what dating violence can look like...what the signs are...and where you can go to get help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - completely confidential and anonymous! 

We hope that the only stress you face as a student comes from all the homework you have, but if it isn't, please know, we're here for you! 

Here are some free resources that might help! 

On Campus: 
Online or on the phone:
Online sources of information:

Friday, January 26, 2018

In Person, By Phone, or Online: Is All Reference Assistance Equal?

                When you need information, librarians are happy to help you, whether or not you are in the library.  That said, asking your question in person or by phone, when possible, often results in a more satisfying answer than asking online. There are a couple of reasons for that.

                When we are working with you in person or on the phone, we can ask follow-up questions, and you can then provide the information that will enable us to help you find what you really need.  If you have a technical question – changing your email password, for example – we can work with you, step by step, if you are at a computer, if even you’re on the phone.

                Also, if you use online chat to ask your question, it may be answered by a librarian from another college, even another state or country. Though s/he is an experienced librarian and s/he has access to a lot of information about Holman Library resources, your Holman librarians have a certain “home-team advantage” in working with our own students and faculty.  If you need reference help when the library is closed, we encourage you to use online chat – it’s available 24x7 – but when Holman Library is open, please do give us a call (253-833-9111, ext. 2091), or better yet, come see us.

                From Monday through Thursday, Holman Library is open from 7am to 10pm; Friday hours are 7am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday hours are from 2pm to 6pm. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Prepping for Finals? Library Will Be Open Late

The library will be open late during the week if you are needing a place to study for your finals.

Our normal Monday-Thursday hours are 7am-10pm. We are open until 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Starting this week, on December 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th and 13th we will be open until midnight.

A librarian will be available anytime the library is open.

Need a space for group study? We have three rooms on the second floor of the library that are available on a first come first serve basis. There is also a group study room on the first floor of the library that's available for groups of 3 or more and can be reserved in advanced. Ask the librarian for more information about study rooms.

Here's a list of other places on campus to study:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Using the Library during the Holiday Break

                Yes, the building is closed, but some library resources are still available to you, as long as you remain enrolled.  For example:

                Ebooks – There are tens of thousands of them in the Holman Library collection, and your student ID number is the key to accessing them.

                Streaming video – These are mostly nonfiction and cover subjects in history, medicine, the arts, and even mathematics. The videos are listed in the library catalog. Another option for finding videos is to browse the PBS Video Collection or the Films on Demand database.

                Magazine articles, reference works, tutorials, and other database contents – You can read articles in recent magazines and newspapers, learn a technical skill, or just follow where your curiosity leads.  Log into a database from the library’s homepage.  You will need your student ID number.

                Microsoft Office – If you have your own computer, and are a current GRC student or instructor, you are entitled to a free copy of Microsoft Office.  Contact the library before the break, and we’ll send you the instructions.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Misinformation in the Supreme Court of the United States

Think making decisions based on unreliable information is only a problem for gullible social media users like your Uncle Larry? Think again.

In a recent review of 83 Supreme Court of the United States cases, ProPublica reporter Ryan Gabrielson found that seven contained factual errors or unsupported claims -- including instances where these sloppy information sources affected the ultimate outcome of the case.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

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 (HL217).

NOV. 15  (Wednesday)
NOV. 20  (Monday)
NOV. 22 (Wednesday)
NOV. 27 (Monday)  
NOV. 29  (Wednesday)
DEC. 4  (Monday)
DEC. 6  (Wednesday)
 DEC. 11  (Monday)

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. 

  • 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.
  • 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.
Can't make it to a workshop? Check out