Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Computers, classes, and study nooks - oh my!

Are you looking for the perfect on-campus study spot, an open computer, or wondering where your next class in the library is meeting? We have some resources that can help you figure out where to go in real time!

Live Computer Lab Maps for Holman Library and Tech Center

 You can check what computers are available at Holman Library Info Commons Lab and the Tech Center Open Lab any time the computer labs are open for business.

To find these maps, you can visit the "Use the Library" tab on Holman Library's homepage or the library's web page for information on Technology in the Library.

Tech Center (TC) lab is entirely open computers available for quiet study. In Holman Library's Information Commons (IC) lab, the computers in the main room are open for student use when the library is open.

Computers are also available in the HL 213 and HL 217 classrooms in the library when classes are not scheduled-- see below for more on how you can check this in your PJs!

See when library classes are scheduled (and when they are not)

In addition to being able to find what computers are available in the library and TC labs right now, you can also see what classes are coming soon in the library classrooms! This is a great way to plan ahead if you'd like to use the silent study room to work on a Canvas class or do some research.

The Library Instruction calendar is available on our website- you can see how long a class is scheduled for by clicking on the class' title.

Still searching for that perfect study space? Try our campus guide!

If you'd like to search beyond Holman Library and the Tech Center for the perfect study space, we can help you find even more options on campus, too. Just check out our Campus Study Spaces guide, complete with photos of each area and notes about when they are open.

Happy Studying, Green River!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Taking on cognitive bias in 2017

Image by Geralt via Pixabay.

With a slew of fake news controversies behind us and a new year ahead, here’s an idea for a New Year’s resolution: Think about how you might be wrong.

Behavioral economist Richard Thaler made this suggestion last year in a podcast interview. In it, he discusses a number of cognitive biases (or mistakes in memory, reasoning, or evaluating information due to previously held preferences and beliefs) that affect our decision making. Among them was confirmation bias, or the tendency to seek out and quickly believe information that supports what we already thought to be true.

According to Thaler,
“One of the reasons we’re overconfident is that we actively seek evidence that supports our views. That’s true of everybody, that’s part of human nature, so that’s one reason we’re overconfident; we’re out there looking for support that we’re right. We rarely go out of our way to seek evidence that would contradict us. If people want to make a New Year’s resolution, it would be to test their strong beliefs by asking what would convince them that they were wrong, then looking around and seeing whether they might find some evidence for that.”
Confirmation bias is only one of many ways our own thought processes can interfere with our critical thinking skills, and it's worth thinking about how these factors may change the conclusions we reach.

For more information on cognitive bias and related topics, check out this fun, Mental Floss graphic or the library resources below.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter break is fast approaching! Are you looking for a great book to read?

Pick up your free copy of our One Book, How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi. (Free to students with SID)

If you've already read the One Book, here are a few related books, articles and films. 
If you want more, take a  look at our library research guide!

Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie by Ranya Tabari Idliby 
 Call Number: 305.697 I19b 2014

Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel 
 Call Number: 204.5 P295s 2012
New York Times Article
by Scott Anderson/Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin
Aug 2016

Do Muslim Women Need Saving? by Lila Abu-Lughod
Call Number: Main Collection 305.4869 A166d 2013

The Nation Magazine Special Issue
Co-edited by Moustafa Bayoumi and Lizzy Ratner
July 2, 2012