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):
Washington Trails Association’s description:
Bird Web’s “West Cascades Ecoregion” page lists the birds seen there in each month of the year:
Washington Native Plant Society’s plant lists, by location, including Tiger Mountain:

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 (; Cornell Lab’s Merlin Bird ID (, and  All-Trails Hiking & Biking:
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: (; Philip's minerals, rocks & fossils (, and Backpacking Washington from volcanic peaks to rainforest valleys ( 

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Tuesday               April 14
Wednesday          April 15
Tuesday               May 12
Wednesday          May 13

Wednesday          May 20
Thursday              May 21
Wednesday          May 27
Thursday              May 28
Wednesday          June 3
Thursday              June 4

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:
A Barnes and Noble reading group guide:
A NY Times Sunday Book Review (voted in top ten books of 2014):
Publisher's website with more links:

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Wednesday, February 25th
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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

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

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

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!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Celebrate by learning more about the history of our nation and the lives of the people who helped to shape it!

"Historian, educator, and publisher Carter Godwin Woodson is heralded as the 'Father of Black History' and a pioneer in multiculturalism due to his success in forging an intellectual movement to teach Americans, both white and black, about cultural diversity and the history of black people."  - Jessie Carney Smith, Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture

Learn more about Woodson and the history of this holiday from Gale Virtual Reference Library - one of the many databases accessible from the Holman Library webpage.

Prefer books?

From Slavery to Freedom:
a History of African Americans 

You can find more books, both electronic and in print, by searching the library catalog on the Holman Library website. Here is a quick link to some similar titles on the subject.

Or maybe you like to stream videos?

Outside of the library resources, offers some great information. On this website, you can learn more about Black History leaders and events from the many great articles, videos, images, and speeches about African American History that the website provides. Films on Demand is also a great database that you can access to stream videos like these.

Another place where you can learn about the struggles and victories and reasons for this national holiday is at the TED (Technology, Education, & Design) website. Here is a TedTalk by a public-interest lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, dedicated to fight poverty and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

No matter how you like to learn, we at the Holman Library have many great resources that can help you out, and we hope that you'll take some time to month to reflect on and learn about the past and celebrate this national holiday.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What's in HL 217 and HL 150?

You might have noticed some room changes in the Holman Library building.

First, we have a brand new classroom! HL 217 is located in the North East corner of the second floor. One of your classes just might attend a library workshop there in the future. Also, just like HL 213, when there are no classes being taught inside HL 217, individual students can use the space as an open lab for silent study. Just double-check the instruction schedule posted on the classroom door before entering!

Bonus: Next to HL 217 is a newly-installed water fountain with a filtered water bottle station! Refill your reusable bottles with cool water, and watch the digital counter tick up counting every plastic bottle "saved" from the landfill.

Second, the Public Speaking Center has made HL 150 its new home. If you're looking for help with speeches and presentations, you can find this room at the end of the hall on the first floor of the HL building near the North entrance. Find their open hours and make an appointment via the Public Speaking Center webpage.

As always, if you need directions or help finding a resource on campus, we can help you with that! Come to the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library, and a librarian will be glad to help you find what you need.

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.