Friday, October 2, 2015

Emergency Preparedness on Campus

Yesterday morning there was another tragic school shooting. Shots rang out at Umpqua Community College located not all too far away in Roseburg, Oregon. Perform an internet search for such events and you'll find seemingly endless results of accounts of aggressive school bullying, violence and hate crimes across campuses, and tragic school shootings that leave communities and our nation reeling. Where does the violence end? What is the solution to this horrific problem? These are big questions that we're all working towards finding a way to answer...

Until we find a way to bring such harmful actions to an end, we can only actively work towards protecting ourselves. Here at Green River College we have emergency preparedness plans in place to help us should anything so terrible happen on our campus.

One of our great resources is Campus Safety - These dedicated men and women are patrolling campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are here to keep our campus safe.
  • Campus Safety can walk you to your car when it's dark or late at night
  • Safety Ride can provide rides from campus back to your apartment or car afterhours
    Library Pickup: 253-508-4590 
    Campus Corner Apartments, CCA: 253-797-4868
  • You can always call them - Save this number to your cell phone!
    ( 253- 288 -3350 or dial x3350 from any campus phone )

Another great resource on campus is our Green River Safety Alerts. Sign up for these free email and/or text message alerts and get instant notification for...
  • Crimes on campus
  • Nearby traffic
  • Inclement weather 
Finally, keep yourself informed! Click on the "What to do" tab on this "Emergency Operations" page of our Green River website to read about our campus' plan to stay safe in all kinds of emergency situations. 

Interested in learning more about school shootings and what the issue is being addressed? The Holman Library has many books on the topic. Here are just a couple to consider.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Beware of Books

“Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.”
Alfred Whitney Griswold, Essays on Education

September 27−October 3, 2015
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

You can check out banned or challenged books from Holman Library:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Improve Your Study Skills

Studying effectively and efficiently is a learned skill. Investing just an hour or so to learn about what exactly are good study habits and techniques will pay off in college and in life.  Here are some of the techniques described in the books listed below.  Holman Library has many more titles on this topic. Start by browsing the Essential College Skills section adjacent to the Information Desk on the library’s second floor.

  • Choose to have a positive attitude about studying instead of considering it a chore.
  • Get organized: carefully organize your coursework and study sessions.
  • Come to class prepared and actively listen in class.
  • Take good notes and reread them shortly after class.
  • Use time before, between and after classes wisely. Develop the library habit and find at least an hour each day to study there.
  • Always prepare for studying by designating a space which is comfortable, has no distractions and is used only for studying.

  • Read More

    Brown, Peter C., Henry L. Roediger, and Mark A. McDaniel. Makeit Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014.

    Davies, Jason A. 6 Days to Better Grades. Create Space Publishing, 2008. 

    Martin, Lesley Schwartz. Make the Grade: Everything you Need to Study Better, Stress Less and Succeed in School. SanFrancisco: Zest Books, 2013. 

    Muchnick, Cynthia Clumeck, and Justin Ross Muchnick. Straight-A Study Skills. Avon Media, 2013. 

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Welcome to Fall at Holman Library!

    Hello everyone, it's great to see you on campus this fall-- some of you for the first time! Welcome to Green River!

    The Holman Library is here to help you succeed with your classes, and you can always get help from a librarian anytime the library is open. We even have 24/7 reference help through our chat Ask-a-Librarian service!
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    Some of our "new" items this quarter are services to make your life a little less stressful--
    • Stay Connected! - The campus WiFi has an option that allows students to log-in automatically to GatorWiFi with a configured device throughout the quarter-- no more having to re-login to the wireless each time your phone goes to sleep!
    • Work Smarter! - There is MORE Silent Study computer lab space available upstairs compared to this time last year-- HL 217 and HL 213 are both open for silent work any time there are not classes being held in these rooms.
    • Go Green! - We have a water bottle fill station available in the library - find it on the north side near the entrance to the HL 217 classroom.

    There are plenty of exciting new events being held on campus this fall, too. Did you know it is Green River's 50th Anniversary and you can browse old issues of The Current student newspaper going back to 1965?

    Or that the 2015-2016 Campus One Book is Redeployment and its author, Phil Klay, will be speaking on campus this fall?

    Now you do! So have a fantastic start to Fall Quarter, and come see us in the library if you have questions about research, citations, campus logins... or just to say "hi!"

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Summer Reading

    Whether it's on the beach, on a deck, in a car, or in the air on a plane -- summer is a great time to read! We have a display of some great books and graphic novels at Holman Library designed to whet your literary appetite whether you're in to gripping real-life history or fantastical fiction.

    We even have some nice quiet reads if you just want to relax after finals!

    Holman Library will be closed during the break, but you can still check out items and take them with you that week.

    Need to return an item?

    We have a "Drop Box" by the south entrance to the library where you can leave items and we will check them in when the library opens. The 24-hour Drop Box is to your left as you face the glass doors:

    Need even more reading options? 

    If you are a resident of Kent, Auburn, or another city within King County, you can sign up for a King County Library System (KCLS) borrower's card and check out all kinds of fiction, nonfiction ( such as books on cookingsports and more), and ebooks / audiobooks.

    You will need to return KCLS items to the King County library, but chances are there's a branch near you -- check out this full list of King County Library branch locations and hours.

    And whatever you decide to read or listen to this summer - have a fun and relaxing break!

    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Movies for Pride Month

    June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning), and Asexual (LGBTQA) Pride Month.  Besides the many books and articles Holman Library has on LGBTQA issues – see the display near the reference desk for a small sample – here are the titles of a few DVDs:

    Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She, 2006, call # 305.3 M627 2006 DVD
    Out Late, 2011, call # 306.766 O946 2011 DVD
    Stonewall Uprising, 2011, call # 306.766 S881 2011 DVD
    Ten More Good Years: Senior Citizens in the Battle for LGBT Rights, 2008, online at
    Further Off the Straight & Narrow: New Gay Visibility on Television, 1998-2006, 2006, call # 306.76 F992 2006 DVD

    Dramas and Comedies
    Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, 2005, DVD # 9670
    Birdcage, DVD # 7980
    Boys Don’t Cry, 3 copies, DVD # 8878; 8879; 8880
    Far from Heaven, 2003, 3 copies, DVD # 7753; 7869; 7884
    Glee, season 1, volume 1, DVD # 9189
    Imitation Game, 2015, DVD # 10225
    Kissing Jessica Stein, 2002, DVD # 10190
    Milk, 2008, 4 copies, DVD # 88683; 8872; 8873; 8874

    Monday, June 1, 2015

    Stress-reducing Tips for Students

    The end of the quarter and the academic year can be a stressful time. Anxiety has surpassed depression as the number one mental health issue of college students, according to a recent New York Times article. You are not alone, and you are not weak, or a lesser person if you feel stressed.

    Here are some tips to help you minimize stress and anxiety and get through the next couple weeks.

    • Time -- organize, schedule and plan your use of time. Write a weekly and daily schedule of tasks to complete and stick to it. Prioritize the items. Do highest priority tasks first. Breakdown larger tasks into smaller bits and tackle them one-by-one.
    • Breaks -- when studying or doing coursework, take regular breaks: go outside, get some fresh air and sunshine, breathe deeply, stretch your muscles, relax your mind.
    • Silence -- you'll be more productive if you work in a quiet place. Holman library has a Silent Study area on the first floor. One the second floor, HL213 and HL217 are silent areas when not in use for a class. Rooms 210, 211, and 212 are group study rooms (first come, first served). Walk around the library to find other shared areas that are quieter than the main area.
    • Exercise -- exercise increases blood flow, lifts your mood, aids sleep and digestion, and is relaxing and energizing. Jog, stretch, do push-ups, whatever you like.
    • Sleep -- skip the all-nighter and get some sleep. Studies show that sleep reinforces learning and helps our mind process and remember the day.
    • Music and humor -- find some relief in your favorite music, watch something funny on YouTube, talk to a funny friend!
    • GRC Counseling and Health Services has lots of resources for students and counselors are available to talk to.
    • Apps -- here's a list of self-help apps. Pick one that resonates with you! Ohmmmm.
    • Connect and share -- Talk about your stress with friends and family or a counselor. Or visit, a site for college students.
    • Perspective -- finally, remember the bigger picture. Look up at the stars, keep sight of your goals, and most importantly, don't be too hard on yourself. Just do your best everyday.
    • Celebrate -- reflect upon and be proud of all you accomplished this academic year, large and small.

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    NoodleTools: Beyond the Basics

    Having a NoodleTools account helps create and manage those very important bibliographies for student papers and projects. To learn the NoodleTools basics (creating an account, projects, and citations), come to a free 30-minute workshop at the Holman Library. See the workshop schedule here: Citations & NoodleTools Guide.

    Have you already attended a workshop? NoodleTools is more than just a citation manager and offers other writing tools to help you through the research process. Learn about more NoodleTools features by watching their online tutorials.

    Collaborate with classmates on a project:

    Create notecards to track what information you found at each source:

    Create an outline to organize your ideas:

    Connect to a Google account to start and save a document:

    These are just some of the things you can do with a NoodleTools account (free for Green River College students)!

    For more help with citations or research, ask a librarian.

    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!

    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!

    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

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    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; 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).

    Tuesday, May 12th
    Wednesday, May 13th
    Wednesday, May 20th
    Thursday, May 21st
    Wednesday, May 27th
    Thursday, May 28th
    Wednesday, June 3rd
    Thursday, June 4th

    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.
    • 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.

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    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: 
    • 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:  
    • 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: 
    • 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 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):
    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.