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!

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, History.com 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
( @mail.greenriver.edu) 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 http://desktop.greenriver.edu/

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: http://grcc.greenriver.edu/student-email/
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!