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!

Monday, December 1, 2014

OneBook, Homeland, Aaron Swartz, Creative Commons ... And More

The library's OneBook display is fully stocked with books and other materials that support many of the themes in Cory Doctorow's Homeland.

Check out the books on Information Technology, Privacy, Civil Liberty and Ethical Hacking. One great book you can check out today is:

Rebecca MacKinnon's Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom published in 2013 by Basic Books.

"MacKinnon does a fantastic job of tying her theory and analysis to real-world stories. She illustrates how governments are figuring out how to use networks to take freedom away, to control debate, to find and crush dissent. She shows how Internet corporations -- even the ones with a good track-record on protecting their users -- are prone to cooperating with the worst, most repressive instincts of governments (including supposedly liberal western governments)." Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Also available as an eBook

maxresdefault.jpg (1280×712)

While you are at the display watch the documentary The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. This documentary follows the story of internet activist Aaron Swartz from his involvement with RSS, Reddit and Creative Commons to his political activism and his pending trial concerning the downloading of 4.8 million articles from JSTOR. Aaron Swartz wrote the Afterwards for Homeland. This is a must see documentary.  

There's more to look though then can be mentioned in this blog post, including books, magazines, posters and more! Take some time to explore this display and check out one of the books to read over the break!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey or Tofukey?

 Whether you prefer tofukey or actual turkey, we at the Holman library want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

This holiday is as rich in history and tradition as the food that you'll pile onto your plate next week! Pinning down the exact date and site of the first Thanksgiving in the United States can be difficult, as the true origins of the holiday are still debated; Native tribes living in the land had their own religious celebrations of thanks at this time of harvest, as did the pilgrims who settled in the land. Reguardless of just when or where or even why this holiday began, many of us share the experience of gathering together with family, friends, and food to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect on another year gone by, or at least reflect on whether or not we want more pie!

Historically, the most well known celebration took place in October 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Pilgrims from New England gathered together with a group from the Wampanoag tribe, and while the mention was brief, two colonist - William Bradford and Edward Winslow - wrote of the account. There is also a record of the "first Thanksgiving" in this proclamation in 1676.

Much later, both in 1789 and again in 1863, past presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln brought national attention to the holiday and played a role in deciding that the fourth Thursday in the month of November will be the official holiday in the United States.

The kinds of foods we eat, the company we keep, and the activities we participate in are unique and have changed overtime. For some, this is a day to get together with loved ones and eat, for others, it's all about watching the Macy's Day and watching the game. Regardless of how you celebrate, we hope your day and extended weekend break is well spent!

The Holman Library has a lot of information about food, but we also have a small collection of cookbooks too. Consider searching the bookshelves for the call number 641 to find more books like this "Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes CarnivoresWill Devour"

Search for Recipes in this Electronic Book 

You can learn more about the holiday by watching the clip called "First Thanksgiving" from a longer film called "After the Mayflower: We Shall Remain - America Through Native Eyes" from the film database called Films On Demand.

 And don't forget, the library closes early, at 6pm on Wednesday, November 26th and will be CLOSED on Thursday, Nov. 27th and Friday, Nov. 28th but will open again on Saturday, Nov. 30th from 2pm-6pm and will continue with regular hours after that.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Try out the Holman Library's new
Watch the short video below to learn how, with just one click,
you can search across all the Library's databases at once
to find books, videos, magazines and journals for your research

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

The Holman Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th for the observation of Veterans Day. 

While we spend this holiday honoring the service of those who have been in the US Armed Forces and Coast Guard, why not check out some of the Holman Library’s items that describe the experiences of what it was like to serve?


Band of Brothers (2001)
10 episodes
Available on DVD at the Holman Library: DVD collection, 2nd floor.

Band of Brothers is a historical dramatization based on the experiences of “Easy Company,” a company of airborne infantry who during World War II in Europe participated in D-Day, entered Germany, and were involved in the capture of Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” base. Although the TV series is dramatized, it is based off of the work of historians and interviews with surviving members of the real “Easy Company.”


The Things They Carried
by Tim O’Brien (1980)
Available at the Holman Library: Main Collection, 813.5 O13t 2009

The Things They Carried  is considered a classic work of literature, and one of the most evocative portraits of what it was like to serve as part of the US forces that went to Vietnam. Reviews of this work call it an artful combination of memoir, novel, and short story collection that emotionally describes the experience of being in a war, and remembering it afterward.


NPR podcast, originally broadcast March 24, 2010 on “Talk of the Nation”

In this interview with NPR, “O'Brien discusses what he still carries from his time in Vietnam,” the enduring themes of his book and how it has been discussed over the past 20 years, and the popularity the book has found with a new generation of readers.


Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the Face of Modern War
by Evan Wright (2005)
Available in the Holman Library: Main Collection, 956.704 W948g 2005

Evan Wright was one of the only journalists to accompany US Marines into Iraq during their first move into Baghdad in 2003. Wright expands his reporting, originally published in Rolling Stone, in this full-length account of what it was like to be “on the ground.” From the Booklist review: “Wright also explores how today's pop-culture-driven soldiers differ from those who fought more than three decades ago in Vietnam. A perceptive, often troubling examination of soldiers' view of war, peace, and combat.”

Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to all veterans for your service!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Just try to chill out with a thriller

The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines "thriller" as:
one that thrills; esp : a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense
The library has a few dozen movies that fall under this category. Celebrate the Halloween weekend by getting shocked, scared, spooked, and--most of all--entertained by one of these movies, featuring detectives, magicians, and murderers.
The Illusionist
The illusionist

"The acclaimed illusionist Eisenheim has not only captured the imaginations of all of Vienna, but also the interest of the ambitious Crown Prince Leopold. When Leopold's new fiancée rekindles a childhood fascination with Eisenheim, the Prince's interest evolves into obsession. Suddenly the city's Chief Inspector finds himself investigating a shocking crime... [while] Eisenheim prepares for the most impressive illusion yet."

The Lovely Bones
 The lovely bones

"When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. Now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on."
No Country for Old Men
No country for old men

"Llewelyn Moss stumbles onto a drug deal gone monumentally wrong while hunting in the parched Texas scrubland near the Mexico border.... It isn't long before he's being tracked by Anton Chigurh, a psychopathic 'debt collector.' Sheriff Bell sets out to find Llewelyn... to protect one of his citizens from Chigurh, an evil like nothing Bell has ever seen. The border is a hard land, yet Bell finds that the reflexive murders Chigurh inflicts upon others transforms the lonely vistas, somber deserts, and austere mountains into something horrendous--into no country for old men--or for young ones."

Click here for a full list of Holman Library's Thrillers (Motion Pictures). Find these and other DVDs on the second floor of the library.
Happy Halloween!
  1. "Thriller." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2012. Credo Reference. Web. 30 October 2014.
  2. All DVD cover images and descriptions come from the WorldCat catalog.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Just in time for Halloween - A vampire book from Interlibrary Loan!

Grcc student Rashelle wanted a Vampire Academy book that wasn't in our library. Then Rashelle learned that she could request the book by using Interlibrary loan, and she got the book sent here so fast that it was scary! Rachelle says:

"Hey, I'm so excited my Vampire Academy book arrived for me through the Holman Library in just FIVE DAYS coming all the way from Texas! -Super thrilled!!!"

Friday, October 24, 2014

Need to Find a Scholarly or Peer Reviewed Article?

                   Scholarly, academic, peer reviewed?

What does all this mean?

As a student, research is a big part of what you're asked to do. Learning just how to be a successful student can sometimes be a challenge, and the research process...well, it's just that - a time consuming process!

But don't be dismayed! The Holman Library has some amazing resources that can help save you time, and the friendly librarians at the reference desk have a lot of tips and tricks that can help you research like a pro! 

Have you ever been asked to find a scholarly or peer reviewed article? Have you ever been confused about how to do that?  We can help! 

One of the many benefits of using the library databases for your research (instead of just going to Google) is that the databases give you so much more control and have great tools that help you limit and revise your search results. As shown in the images below, you can limit the results to scholarly/academic sources, and if you know you need a peer reviewed article, you can limit to that too!

Woo Hoo! The Peer Review...wait...what?!!!

What is a peer review anyway and why do I need an article that has been peer reviewed? Watch this short video to learn more!

And as always, if you need help...just ask! The librarians at the reference desk are always available (in person or via phone, email or chat!) to help you find what you're looking for!

Image available @ Flickr Creative Commons "CollegeDegrees360" 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Every October since 1945 the contribution of American workers with disabilities has been celebrated. What started as "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week" was expanded by Congress in 1988 and is now known as "National Disability Employment Awareness Month" (NDEAM). NDEAM is a national campaign that aims to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. This year’s NDEAM theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.

Did you know that Disability Support Services (DSS) here at Green River Community College assists over 600 students each year with physical, learning, sensory, cognitive and/or psychological disabilities? DSS is there to help students:
  • identify and develop reasonable classroom accommodations
  • to ensure equal opportunity and access of academic and professional goals
  • to promote an accessible community where students with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate in college programs and activities.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Each year Green River Community College comes together around a shared book.

This year’s “One Book” is Homeland by Cory Doctorow.

Homeland is a fun, fast-paced read that raises essential questions about the role of information technology in our lives, particularly around the clash between privacy, individual rights and civil liberties on the one hand and national security on the other.

Get involved in the conversation by attending one of our yearlong series of panel discussions on society and technology. These are free and open to all. 

All panels are in SH110 from 12-12:50 pm.

  Fall Quarter:

November 4: Journalism faculty John Knowlton, Brian Schraum and Aaron Day
“Freedom of the Press and National Security” 

November 18: IT faculty Ken Hang and Krish Mahadevan
“How to be an Ethical Hacker”

Be sure to take a look at the evolving display in the entrance to Holman Library. Right now you can learn something about the Open Access movement. We’ve also gathered lots of books and videos you can borrow from the library. We will have a documentary video loop up and running soon. 

Stay tuned for additional One Book events!

Learn more at the One Book Research Guide.