Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Textbooks Lost...And Found!

GRCC Student Lauren lost two very expensive class textbooks and was understandably concerned.

Worry turned to happiness when she asked Mike, the librarian on duty at the Holman Library's second floor Reference desk, if they had been turned in to Lost and Found.

There they were!

Lauren wanted to share her gratitude toward the honest, anonymous person who did the right thing:

"Thank you so much to whoever returned my textbooks to the library's reference desk! I am so appreciative!"

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mark Your Calendars!

 Need a Flu Shot?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death." Yikes!

Want to limit your chances of getting the flu this fall and winter season? Thanks to the folks at the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association, you can do just that by receiving a flu shot next month.

The flu vaccine, which must be given each year, "protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season." So mark your calendars and get to campus, for on Monday, October 20th from 9:00am-11am, current students can go to the Baker room in the Lindbloom Student Center and get a flu shot for only $25

Want to know more about the flu?  
The Holman Library has a lot of information about influenza and vaccinations; find books, streaming videos, and articles about the history of this infectious disease, prevention, and even fictional stories about past pandemics.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


As a GRCC student you will find that many of the resources available to you require that you login using a unique username and password. Here are some of the most common login questions:

Where do I go to log in to my student email? 
  • Click on the Check Your Student Email links found throughout the GRCC website.
What’s my username?
  • Your username is your full student email address (example@mail.greenriver.edu)
Don’t know your email address?
  • Use the form here to look up your student email address.
What’s my password?
  • If you are a new student and you’ve never logged into your email account your password is your student ID number. You will be prompted to create a new password when logging in for the first time.
  • If you are a returning student and you can’t remember your password you can request to have your password reset using the form on this page.
Student computers
To log in to the student computers on campus you will need a username and password.

What’s my username?
  • Your username is your student ID number
What’s my password?
  • Both new and returning students will create new passwords every quarter. On the log in page, click on “Reset my GRCC password” to create a password
Trying to access the GRCC Student Wireless network? You will use the same username and password as for the student computers however passwords must be created on a student computer before you can access the wireless network.
  • Questions about the wireless network? Try here.
How do I get to my online class through Canvas? 
  • Click on the Log in to Your Canvas Class  links found throughout the GRCC website.
  • Your username is your full student email address (example@mail.greenriver.edu)
  • Your password is your student ID number.
Questions about Canvas? Try here

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy Summer! See you in Fall!

With the close of finals week the long summer break begins! 

When fall quarter starts next month,  the library will be ready with all of the latest books, databases, and media to support your work.

The question is, will your GRCC student email be ready too?

You may find that your student ID number doesn't work when you try to login for the first time.
Sometimes returning students find that logging in to email with their old password doesn't work in a new quarter.

No worries- your librarians are ready to help. The reference desk is staffed by experts at guiding you through email login problems, computer logins, or Canvas online class logins. Librarians are always ready to help with these or any other questions that you may have, about pretty much anything- especially information needed to help you do well on your assignments. Just ask!  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's that time again....

Final's week has arrived!

There is officially just one week of the quarter left - which means there is a lot to complete in a little amount of time! Yikes! But don't panic!
We're here to help!
Need some help with that last essay you're writing?
The folks in the Writing Center can help you get that last paper done!  
The Writing Center, in RLC 173, is open Monday - Thursday, 8:00am-3:00pm

Need more info? Check out their website!

Need a little extra help? The Tutoring and Resource Center, located upstairs in the Holman Library, is the place to go!

 Tutoring for a variety of topics is available! Check out their quarterly schedule or go to their website for more information.

Johnny has 7 days left,  2 loads of laundry to wash, 1 flat tire, 2 papers to write, and 1 very important and very large math final in pre-calc. How many hours should Johnny set aside to study?

Don't know? Perhaps the Math Learning Center can help you get everything squared away!
Their hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-6:00pm and they are located in CH 313 
More information can be found on their website.
Or perhaps you just need a quiet place to study?
The Holman Library has many quiet corners with comfy chairs and a quiet study room downstairs. There is also a quiet study computer lab and group study rooms available on a first come, first serve basis. Click here, for a map of these locations.
The library's hours are Sunday 2:00pm-6:00pm & Monday - Thursday 7:30am- 7:30pm. 
Access library resources or get more information on the library website

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with library resources! (Hermione would approve.)

It's July 31, a.k.a. Harry Potter's 34th birthday!

Choa, Lesley. Harry Potter Cake. 2011. Flickr. Yahoo. 29 July 2014.

The Holman Library can help fans and fans-to-be celebrate Harry's big day.

Find the book series in English and Spanish (click on the covers for links to the catalog):

Cover Image       Cover Image

Watch the movie adaptations in our DVD collection (click on the covers for links to the catalog):

http://www.library.greenriver.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=11&recCount=50&recPointer=0&bibId=58042    http://www.library.greenriver.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=12&recCount=50&recPointer=4&bibId=107497

Use the library databases to find literary criticism for your Harry Potter-themed English Lit paper:

BONUS: Brush up on your trivia knowledge and browse the fan-generated, online Harry Potter Wiki for character profiles, important objects and locations, and spells too.

Book and DVD cover images from Amazon.com.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Test Anxiety?

Anxious about the COMPASS test? The SATs? The ACTs? Don’t worry, help is available! Check out the Essential Skills Collection at Holman Library for books on:

Or try our online Testing & Education Resource Center for over 300 practice tests and courses for most standardized test as well as dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests. Testing resources available through the Testing & Education Resource Center include:

High School Tools - GED
College Prep - ACT, SAT
Career Tools - Automotive, law enforcement, military, medical/nursing, teaching, social work and more!
International Tools - TOEFL, citizenship       

Monday, July 21, 2014

Curious About the Construction on Campus?

Ground was broken on the new Student Life Center last fall and the work is still, steadily, in progress!

 Fenced off from the main walkways on campus, bulldozers, excavators, and an array of construction equipment can be seen.

Even though the building isn't expected to be completed and in use until fall of 2015, for anyone who has been around GRCC for a while, there is an air of expectation for what is to come!

Over the last 20 years there have been a variety of remodeling, improvement, and maintenance efforts all across campus. Hidden among the trees, the campus is being expanded, updated, and spruced up as new students and new programs are welcomed!

Intended to replace many of the services currently housed in the Lindbloom Student Center, the new 61,000 Square-foot Student Life Center, which was funded both by students and the college, will be home to a larger bookstore, food services and dining areas, student government, athletics, and much more! To learn more about the new building, click on one of these links: 

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 14th is Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day (or La FĂȘte Nationale as it's called in French-speaking countries). Did you know that the French-speaking town of Kaplan, Louisiana, where most of the inhabitants are descended from French Canadians (Acadians), claims to hold the only community-wide celebration of Bastille Day in the United States? Find out more about Bastille Day from Credo Reference.

Learn more about Bastille Day and other international holidays using the Encyclopedia of Holidays & Celebrations (available in the Reference Collection):

Explore French culture and society using CultureGrams (a database covering cultural information, statistics and more for nearly 200 country and all states in the US).

Discover the history of Bastille Day using the database World History in Context.

Watch streaming videos of Bastille Day celebrations available from Films on Demand.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

h0w $trOng !s y0ur P@ssWoRd

How strong is your password for your email? How about your password for Canvas? For Facebook?

In her TED Talk, "What's wrong with your pa$$w0rd?", security researcher Lorrie Faith Cranor from Carnegie Mellon University discusses her studies of thousands of passwords--done without compromising anyone's security and privacy--and the common mistakes that we make when creating passwords.

Cranor has several observations and tips for creating stronger passwords and for remembering them too. What do you think?

If you're looking for a video source for your research, TED Talks, like the one above, provides free access to lectures--usually 18 minutes or less--on various topics by experts (e.g. science speakers are required to share only what can be supported by peer-reviewed research). For more helping videos in the library and on the web, check out the Research Guide: Audio and Video, which gives plenty of starting points for finding documentaries, lectures, and film archives.

And, speaking of passwords, if you're having problems with accessing your Green River CC student email, a librarian can help with that!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Looking for something to do over the summer?
Why not try learning a new language!
There are many benefits to learning how to speak, read, and write other languages.
 (click on this info graphic to learn more)
The Benefits of Being Bilingual

One of the privileges of being a student here at GRCC is having access to many wonderful databases - including Rosetta Stone.
By logging in with your student information, you can access this interactive, computer-assisted language learning software. Listen, read, and practice, and explore any of the following languages:
Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin Am.), Arabic, Dutch, Filipino (Tagalog), Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russia, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
If English is not your first language, Rosetta Stone is also a great source for listening and learning English. Still want to learn more? Check out this research guide for access to other great language learning resources:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Library Bill of Rights Celebrates 75 Years

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights. This is a document created in 1939 by the American Library Association that expresses the rights of library users to intellectual freedom and access to information.

Since 1939, the Library Bill of Rights has gone through 6 major revisions and to this day is the library profession's standard for preserving intellectual freedom.

Below is the text of the Library Bill of Rights. We encourage you to read through this text and celebrate with us your ability to access the many balanced library collections across the United States!

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 that 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. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

World Cup, Soccer, and the Library

Trying to impress your friends with your World Cup knowledge? The library can help you with that!

For starters, try A History of the World Cup, 1930-2010 by Clemente A. Lisi. This book includes historical background of the tournament, accounts of individual games, statistics and records.

Holman Library also provides access to many other soccer-related resources, such as soccer training and fitness guides, biographies on famous players, news clips (video and audio), etc. Ask a librarian for help.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Same Databases, New Name

Looking for literary criticism? Author biographies? You can now search the library databases Literature Resource Center, Literature Criticism Online, AND Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) with one search using the new Artemis Literary Sources database.

Search options include:
  • Person Search (author, poet, playwright) 
  • Works Search (title of novel, poem, play)
  • Limit to full-text documents
  • Limit to peer-reviewed (scholarly) publications
  • Search all three databases at once or search within a selected database
  • Limit your search by content (criticism, biography, reviews, topic/work overviews)

Check out Artemis Literary Sources by going to the Holman Library main page, under Find Articles you can select Databases by Subject, you will find Artemis under English Literature and Composition OR you can select Databases by Name and select Artemis from an alphabetical list of library databases.