Friday, October 20, 2017

Stress? Anxiety? Depression? - There's hope!

Feeling Stressed?
 Are you under a lot of pressure at work, school, or home?
 Is your workload this fall quarter getting the best of you?
 If so, there's help! 

Did you know that Green River provides free counseling services on campus?

It's true! Along with self-care and wellness workshops, there are friendly counselors on campus who can help! Students, staff, and faculty can make an appointment to meet with a therapist!

"We are here to help students by providing support to explore emotional concerns, developing new awareness and skills, and mobilizing their existing strengths, qualities and abilities."
"While some people who seek counseling have chronic emotional difficulties, most are dealing with normal life events and are simply in need of an objective listener - someone who doesn't judge and who can help them see new alternatives."

Do you need someone to listen to you? Do you need help seeing things differently and finding solutions? Sometimes all you need is a listening ear and a little extra help! We're all in this together! Please know that you're NOT alone! One day can make a world of difference! So stop in to see how they can help!

To schedule an appointment...
  • Call:  253-833-9111, ext. 2460
  • Email:
  • Or go to the SA-231 office during open hours
    • They're located in the Student Affairs & Success Center (next to the Financial Aid office on the 2nd floor.)
  • Hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 a.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: Closed
If you would like to talk to a counselor and cannot wait until the first available appointment, you can call the King County Crisis line at 866-427-4747.

Visit the Counseling Services webpage here.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Welcome to Fall Quarter in Holman Library!

We are excited to start a new school year and have lots to share about happenings in the library.

  • We are here to help! If you need help logging on to the GRC network, your email, or Canvas, or assistance using wireless devices on campus, just come by the reference desk upstairs in Holman Library. You'll also find help on our web page: Technology in the Library.
  • Can't find something you're looking for on the new GRC website? We can help you navigate. In the meantime, here's a link to the new Site map.
  • As always, we have so many great resources to support your learning. We are happy to introduce you to our databases, books (print and e-books), research guides, videos, and more. At the top of the stairs we have our new books shelves. Come browse some of the new and great books and DVDs in Holman Library.
  • We are nearing the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, but you can still see the poster and book display we set up for Latinx cultures and issues. We also have an online Latinx Studies research guide, if you'd like to find more.
  •  One Book! Each year Holman Library chooses a new book to build community conversations and learning around. This year's book is John Lewis' powerful memoir of the Civil Rights Movement, March book 3. Students can pick up a free copy of the book (with SID) while we have them. We also have a wonderful One Book Research Guide full of resources on the Civil Rights Movement and related themes. If you are looking for a great book or film related to March, check out the display right as you enter Holman Library. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Reading

Summer brings long days, nice weather and a more relaxed schedule. Take advantage of some of you downtime with some recreational reading. Chose a book that stirs your curiosity, challenges your point of view or that transports you to a different place and time.

Holman Library has a display with some suggested books to choose from. These books include fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels. 

Browse the display to find a book to read or ask a librarian for other suggestions.

Below are a few highlights from the display:




What book will you be reading this summer?
For more ideas on books and videos, take a look at our Summer Reading Guide!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Beyonce's Lemonade Syllabus

If summer makes you think about lemonade (the sun has to come out eventually, right?) then now is the perfect time to start exploring the Lemonade Syllabus, inspired by Beyonce's 2016 album. The syllabus, which started as a hashtag (#lemonadesyllabus), was created by Candice Benbow. It compiles over 200 resources, most of which are by African American women, including fiction, poetry, critical theory, self-care, autobiography, and more.

Jennifer Ferreti, librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art, has also created a Lemonade research guide that helps listeners understand some of the context around and references in the album. It includes articles on Black womanhood and feminism, poetry by Warsan Shire, album criticism, and more.

Americanah : a novel

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Their eyes were watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination

Toni Morrison

The entire syllabus is available online and many of the books can be found here in the Holman Library. Remember that if you would like to read a book that we don't have, you can request it for free through interlibrary loan

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Another option: Borrowing from our “sister” community college libraries

Do you need that item quickly?  Badly enough to go to another college to pick it up?

When GRC doesn’t have a library item (book, article, video, etc.) that you need, you can request an interlibrary loan.  That process, which is very convenient, takes some time, because the item has to be sent to you, either electronically or, in the case of books and media, by mail.  Another option, which may sometimes be preferable if the item is needed quickly, is to pick up the item at a nearby public or community-college library.

A librarian at GRC can help you to find out what libraries own the item and whether it is currently available for checkout.  A search of the WorldCat database
Find in a library with WorldCat
will identify the libraries that own the item.  The librarian can then check to see if the item is currently available at those locations; if the most convenient library with the item is another community college in our state system, s/he can make arrangements for you to borrow from that library.

Besides finding out if the item you’re seeking is in another library, the librarian may be able to help you find equally useful sources in our own collection.

It’s your choice.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Is your cell phone battery dying on you?

The GRC Student Government has funded USB charge cords for the open computer labs in Holman Library and the Tech Center.  Cords are available for both both iphones and Android phones.  Stop by to borrow one and re-juice your phone battery!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Googlization of Everything

Most of us use Google’s “magic answer box” every day, but how much do we really understand about how it works? Find out more about the se
arch engine’s history, culture, and algorithm – plus how these factors influence the information we consume on a nearly constant basis – in the library’s collection.

Check out books about Google, big data, and internet privacy after the jump!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Finding an Item Using the Dewey Decimal Number

Libraries are filled with books and resources. It can be hard to find a book in the stacks, which is why there are call numbers!

A call number is a number assigned to a book that is tied to a physical location in the library. So the call number should tell you where in the stacks that book (or magazine, or DVD, etc) is located.

Here at Holman Library, we use the Dewey Decimal system. Most public libraries and many community college libraries also use this organization system. When looking for an item, you will see a number that might look like this: 940.534 F828xr

To use this, you will go to the stacks and look for corresponding information. So this number, would be located on the shelf that has this information on the end:

This book will be on the right aisle above, because 940.534 is after 940.28, but before 943.1. If you head down this aisle, you will be able to follow the numbers to find the number we are looking for.

And if this still doesn't quite make sense, just come find a librarian and ask for help!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Need a little extra help? Head over to the Essential College Skills collection!

Need a little help understanding that nasty math problem?
Not doing so well in your physics class?
Perhaps those terrible run-on sentences are getting the best of you? 

If you're struggling in any of your classes, there is help for you somewhere on campus! The Essential College Skills collection is located upstairs in the library, near the group study rooms. Look for the pink labels on the side of the books! There you will find all kinds of books like the ones shown above, books to help you better understand the topic. There are many grammar books, and lots on math too, with written explanations and plenty of practice exercises. 

Check one out today! 

And don't forget...

There are other places on campus where you can get in-person help too!

    There are tutors available to help in the Tutoring and Resource Center (located upstairs in the library). There you can drop in and sit down with a tutor to get help on subjects such as Accounting, BTAC, Chemistry, Economics, Anthropology & more! Here's a link to their website where you can find hours and download the tutoring schedule: 
 There are tutors available to help in the Writing Center (located in RLC). There you can get help from writing tutors during 30 minute sessions. It's a great place to sit and get some writing done, knowing that there's help close by. Here's a link to their website where you can find hours and a list of services they offer: 
Finally, if math just isn't your thing, make sure you stop by the Math Learning Center. Tutors, who love math and are pretty good at it too, can sit down with you and help you better understand what you're missing. Here's a link to their website where you can find hours and other resources they provide: 

If you're not sure where to start, or have general questions about how to be a better, more successful student, we welcome you to stop by the library's reference desk and chat with a librarian! Good luck studying! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

One Book Author Moustafa Bayoumi April 27th Artist & Speaker Series presenter!

Please join us for an exciting evening!

Our 2016-17 One Book author, Moustafa Bayoumi, will present the spring Artist & Speaker Series evening lecture, April 27th @ 7 pm in SU. This event is free and open to the public!

In 2008 Bayoumi published the highly acclaimed book How Does it Feel to be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America, a powerful collection of portraits of seven Arab American youth growing up in the shadow of 9/11. Their stories are as highly relevant today, as they were a decade ago.

Please join us on the evening of April 27th and feel free to invite your friends and family to join us as well!

For more on the book and related issues, see our One Book research guide.

Questions? Please contact:
Jody Segal, faculty librarian:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

TRiO / Student Support Services - Apply Now!

Are you a Green River student who is a resident of the United States and is interested in transferring to a four-year college after finishing your GRC degree? If you meet the program requirements, there is space available in this special, free to you program that provides assistance in applying, transferring, and completing your classes successfully!

Why TRiO?

TRiO is a federal grant-funded program designed to help student transfer to four-year universities and be more successful in college. The specialized services TRiO students have available include: 

  • Personalized academic, help with scholarship applications & financial planning to graduate and transfer earlier!
  • Sponsored field trips to 4-year colleges/universities!
  • Get individual, drop-in tutoring for core classes! (Math, English, select Sciences, Spanish etc..)
  • Build a home at GRC, friends for life & much more!

Who is Eligible for TRIO?

Must be a Green River student who is:

  • A U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • Working toward your first associate's degree
  • Pursuing a transfer degree with intent to transfer to a 4 year school after GRC graduation
  • Currently enrolled in 10 or more credits (at least 5 at college level)
You must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria to apply:

  • First generation in your family to attend college
  • Meet federal low income guidelines
  • Have a documented disability

How can I apply for TRiO?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Interlibrary Loan - get books & articles from other libraries

Researching a very specific topic and not finding enough information through the Primo One Search box on the Holman Library website?

"wheat farming" "soil depletion" economy

After you perform your search, you can click the checkbox in the upper left-hand corner to see more results.  Some of these results may not be in full-text...

click to include more results in your search......if results have no full text, then click the title

... HOWEVER, you can get that full-text by requesting that book or article through Interlibrary Loan - very cool!

You can make a request for the item through Interlibrary Loan (the Holman Library will locate the full text of the item in another library)  If you request an article, it will be emailed to you.  If you request a book, it will be sent to the Holman Library and you will be notified when you can pick it up.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Holman Library has created a resource for students and community members seeking information and help regarding immigration and refugee status. The libguide can be found here, and it contains resources for updates on immigration, resources on citizenship and naturalization, legal assistance, organizations providing local support, and on campus resources available. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

One Book Film Series

Please join us!

Wednesday, Feb. 22 1-3:30 in SU Emerald City Room

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! follows a band of Muslim-American comedians as they visit big cities, small towns, rural villages, and everything in between to combat Islamophobia! These Muzzies not only perform standup at each tour stop but create ridiculous interventions in unsuspecting town squares, like the ol' classic, "Ask a Muslim Booth." - See more at:
THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! follows a band of Muslim-American comedians as they visit big cities, small towns, rural villages, and everything in between to combat Islamophobia! These Muzzies not only perform standup at each tour stop but create ridiculous interventions in unsuspecting town squares, like the ol' classic, "Ask a Muslim Booth." - See more at:
"The Muslims are Coming follows a band of Muslim American comedians as they visit big cities, small towns, rural villages, and everything in between to combat Islamophobia! [They] not only perform standup at each tour stop but create ridiculous interventions in unsuspecting town squares, like the ol' classic "Ask a Muslim Booth."  

Film introduction and discussion will be led by Zaki Hamid, of Humanities Washington and Edmonds CC. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Admissions officers are running out of calibration devices. . . .All else being the same or similar, the essay suddenly becomes meaningful because it becomes a tie breaker."
Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, The New York Times, Jan. 9, 2011.

College and university applications often require a personal essay, and many students panic when faced with writing one.  Help is available, though.  Green River College will offer a Personal Statement Information Session, on Thursday, February 23rd, at noon.  Further information and online registration can be found at

Holman Library also has resources that can help.  Some examples, from the Essential Skills Collection:

Write Your Way into College. New York, NY: LearningExpress, 2010.                                    (378.1616 W956 2010)
Hernández, Michele A. Acing the College Application: How to Maximize Your Chances for Admission to the College of Your Choice. New York: Ballantine Books, 2007. (378.1616 H57a 2007)
Grossberg, Blythe N. Applying to College for Students with Add or Ld: A Guide to Keep You (and Your Parents) Sane, Satisfied, and Organized Through the Admission Process. Washington, DC: Magination Press, 2011. (378.161 G878a 2011)
Get It Together for College: A Planner to Help You Get Organized and Get In. 2015. (378.161 G394 2015)
Springer, Sally P. Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College. 2013. (378.1617 S769a 2013)

Advice for Writing Application Essays - from Purdue Online Writing Lab -
Essays That Worked – sample essays from Johns Hopkins University -

7 Effective Application Essay Tips to Take Your Essay from Meh to Amazing -

Monday, February 6, 2017

February is African American History Month

"Time begins the healing process of wounds cut deeply by oppression." - Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks (center) riding at the front of a newly integrated bus following the 1956 Supreme Court decision outlawing racial segregation in public transportation. Don Cravens/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.

Rosa Parks is just one of the many African American people whose voice influenced significant changes in history. Rosa's story, her lived experience with oppression, and her refusal to live with such hatred and restrictions, literally changed the world for the better.

In writing about her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man back in 1955, Parks writes, "I had been pushed around all my life and felt at this moment that I couldn't take it any more" Again she wrote, "I want to feel the nearness of something secure. It is such a lonely, lost feeling that I am cut off from life. I am nothing, I belong nowhere and to no one" (Rosa Parks Papers). Oftentimes, it is through great desperation and a longing for a more free and just life, that change takes place. Our nation is undergoing significant changes today, and there are many voices crying out in desperation for much needed change.

The old adage states that if we, as a whole, cannot learn from our mistakes, history is doomed to repeat itself. Perhaps taking a moment to look back to one of the greatest changes to American history during the Civil Rights era can help us gain some useful perspective - perspective of where we were, what has happened, what has been sacrificed and lost, what should be celebrated and honored, and what we're still needing to overcome and improve.

Take some time this month to celebrate African American History Month by learning about the lives and events that brought about much needed change in history. Stream videos through the library's databases, check out some books from the library or search through online collections of journals and letters, like the letters written by Rosa Parks, using the links below.

Available at Holman Library, Main Collection
(779.9973 T531 2014 )

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Librarians Vs Misinformation

Librarians Vs. Misinformation

With so much access to information, so many links to click and articles shared on social media, how do you evaluate the trustworthiness of what you’re reading or watching?

Technology companies such as Facebook and Google are under pressure to curb the amount of “fake news” they show to their users. But a recent blog post from the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom warns against using censorship as a tool to fight misinformation. Instead, the author encourages “educating our communities on how to evaluate information for themselves.”

An upcoming course at University of Washington is looking to do just that, by calling BS in the age of big data. Their website (warning: there is a swear word!) includes the syllabus, as well as case studies with great examples of how accurate data can be misrepresented or misunderstood.

If you have questions about the validity of your source, you can consult Holman Library’s research guide on evaluating sources (or ask your local librarian, of course). The following infographic, created by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, and based on information from, is also a great reminder to keep close at hand. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Let Your Voice Be Heard

The dust has begun to settle from the 2016 election cycle. The President has been inaugurated. Protesters have begun to march.

No matter which side of our divided country you stand on, citizens and activists are at the center the movements.

Check out the following resources to help you become more engaged:

Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies & Advice for Changing Our World by Nick Licata (former Seattle City Council Member)

The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation is Reshaping American Politics by Russell J. Dalton

This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century by Mark Engler and Paul Engler

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.