Monday, April 16, 2018

Controversy and you. I can't believe this!

It is easy to read and hear things with which we agree. Facebook, Twitter, other social media platforms, and news aggregators oftentimes become an echo chamber of our own beliefs or present extreme opinions opposite from our own in ways that make it difficult for us to consider them without being immediately offended.
Source: Kevin Hodgson, "Echo chamber pop" CC BY-CA 2.0
There are many controversial issues in our world. People have differing views on life, the universe, and everything! Instead of taking up arms and pressing your opinion without understanding the different viewpoints of an issue, take a minute to read and understand why some people oppose your viewpoint by understanding theirs, or at least by knowing the issues surrounding and compounding the discussion. Understanding a viewpoint is not the same as agreeing with it.

This is your chance to access different viewpoints in a single place from a variety of source types including academic articles, viewpoints, reference sources, videos, podcasts, statistics, newspapers, magazines, and websites.

Check out Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Try these new and updated topics:

Big Data
Men's Rights Movement
Military Recruitment
Predatory Lending

Celebrity Culture
Church and State
Digital Currency
For-Profit Education
Minimum Wage
Net Neutrality
Offshore Drilling
Politics and Religion
Sanctuary Cities
US Census
Wage Discrimination
Welfare Reform

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Things you can check out from Holman Library with your student ID card

Did you know that Holman Library has more than just books to check out? Along with books and DVDs, there are all kinds of things you can use your student ID to check out.

If you are needing a laptop or webcam for a few hours, you can check one out at the circulation desk on the ground floor. These items are meant for in-library use only (can’t take them out of the building) and can be used for up to 4 hours.  These items are checked out like books, by swiping your student IT.

Up at the IT help desk, you can check out all sorts of small items for in-library use: phone chargers, white board markers, rulers, headphones, card readers, and several other small items. Just bring your student ID card to exchange for the item.  You will need to have a student ID card to check these out.

If you don’t have your student ID card, or you’ve lost your student ID, you can get one at the circulation desk. You will need a print out of your classes that has your student ID number printed on it, and photo ID. If you are getting your first ID card, it is free. Replacements cost $5.

Monday, March 5, 2018

End of the Quarter Help

As Winter Quarter draws to a close here are a few resources that can help!

MARCH 7  (Wednesday)
HL 217
  MARCH 14  (Wednesday)     12:00-12:30    HL 213

Can't attend the workshops in person?  You can take an online version the workshops though this Online NoodleTools Citation Tutorial in Canvas (below)

Library Help Desk:

Contact us:
In Person
Find a librarian on staff at the information desk during the library's open hours. This is the best way to contact us if you are on campus, need immediate assistance or have a lengthy or complicated question. 
By Phone
Contact a reference librarian during the library's open hours.
(253) 833-9111 Ext. 2091
By Chat / Instant Message
Chat with a librarian through the library's chat /instant messaging service. We participate in a program where librarians from all over the country can answer questions, 24 hours a day, 7      days a week!
By Email
Email a reference librarian with a reference question at This is an alternative to chat IM if you want help from a Green River Community College librarian. Emails will be answered Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

Campus Counseling and Tutoring Centers:

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Snow and Icy Conditions: Will the library be open?

SNOW! Who doesn't love building a snowman? But it can also present some dangerous driving conditions.

With some late winter snow and freezing temperatures in the forecast; Stay up to date with Green River Emergency and Closure Alerts.

Create an account using the link above and you will be notified by text message anytime classes are canceled or campus is closed due to weather. Notifications about campus closures will also be sent to student email accounts and be posted on the college's homepage.

Is this true for the weekend as well? 

Great question! The answer is YES! Just like the school week, the library may be closed on the weekends due to dangerous weather conditions. When this happens you will be notified the same way.

Feel free to chat with any librarians for further questions about school closures due to weather.

Love the snow so much that you cannot get enough? Here's some book you can read about SNOW!


Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Lunar New Year 2018!

Happy Year of the Dog! Lunar New Year officially begins tonight (Friday, Feb. 16) and runs through Sunday (Feb. 18). In addition to events right here at the Green River Main Campus, there are lots of ways the Lunar New Year is celebrated across the United States and in nations around the world!

Learn About the Lunar New Year

Want to learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in the United States? There are celebrations held across the country, from festivals in Seattle, WA to parades in San Francisco, CA, and some schools close for the day in New York, NY:

Kizer, J. M. (2014). Lunar New Year. In M. Y. Danico (Ed.), Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia (Vol. 2, pp. 650-652). Los Angeles: SAGE Reference. Retrieved from Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Want to Wish Someone a Happy Lunar New Year?

Gong hei fat choy” is the most common Chinese New Year greeting in Cantonese, which is spoken in parts of southern China and Hong Kong. It directly translates to “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.”
Quakenbrush, C. (16 Feb. 2016). How to Wish Someone a 'Happy Lunar New Year' in Chinese. Time. Retrieved from

What's Special About the 'Year of the Dog'?

Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Dog (2018). Retrieved from

What Animal Represents my Birth Year in the Lunar Calendar? 

Kettley, S. (16 Feb. 2018). Chinese New Year 2018: Why is it the Year of the Dog? What new year animal are YOU? Express. Retrieved from

I Just Really Want to Read a Book About Dogs Now- Can The Library Help With That?

Yes we can! Here are 78 titles at Holman Librar about dogs-- everything from picture books in the childrens literature section to title on therapy dogs... go wild!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Library workshop: Finding reliable websites in 2018

Image of the planet Earth surrounded by a net.
Image: World-Wide-Web Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt Founder licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
For years, checking out the top-level domain (.com, .org, .edu...) as a shorthand way to determine the credibility of a website was standard advice. Information from .orgs, .edus, or .govs was good, the accepted wisdom went, and information from .coms was potentially unreliable.

In 2018, the web is a vastly more complicated place.

Now, anyone can register a .org website, students can publish anything from term papers to class blog posts on .edus, many respectable publications use .coms -- and there are better ways to guide users to reliable information online.

Friday, February 2, 2018

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Did you know?
February is Teen Dating Violence
Awareness Month

We at the Holman Library are dedicated to helping you - the students. Most of the time that means that we help support your learning...maybe you just use the computers in the Information Commons, or maybe you just use the space (i.e. sleeping in the comfy chairs in the back between classes). Or maybe you get tech help at the desk, or you work with the librarians to find sources for your research. Maybe you just check out course reserves or other books...

However you use the library, we want you to know that we want to support you in any way you can - whether it's something small like getting help creating an in-text citation or something more connecting you with critical information and community resources that can help make your life easier. Whatever it is, we're here for you.  

February, with Valentine's Day smack in the center, is known often as a month of love. But just go online or watch any news or television program and you can see examples of how we are often short on love...we need more of it. 

So this month, we wanted remind you that it's also a month about unrequited, or un-returned love, such as the "love" found in abusive relationships. February isn't all hearts and flowers...sometimes it's violence and abuse. While it's a depressing topic, it's a real one - February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. 

We certainly hope that you find yourself in a real-life fairy tale...a true "and they lived happily ever after" kind of love. We wish this for your friends and family too, for we all deserve love and kindness. But if that isn't the case, and sometimes it's not, please know there is help...and hope! 

If you, or someone you know might be in an abusive relationship - reach out! There is help to be found! Stop by the reference to a librarian...see the current book/poster display in the library. There you can find books, both fiction and non-fiction, on the topic of dating violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. You can also read about what dating violence can look like...what the signs are...and where you can go to get help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - completely confidential and anonymous! 

We hope that the only stress you face as a student comes from all the homework you have, but if it isn't, please know, we're here for you! 

Here are some free resources that might help! 

On Campus: 
Online or on the phone:
Online sources of information:

Friday, January 26, 2018

In Person, By Phone, or Online: Is All Reference Assistance Equal?

                When you need information, librarians are happy to help you, whether or not you are in the library.  That said, asking your question in person or by phone, when possible, often results in a more satisfying answer than asking online. There are a couple of reasons for that.

                When we are working with you in person or on the phone, we can ask follow-up questions, and you can then provide the information that will enable us to help you find what you really need.  If you have a technical question – changing your email password, for example – we can work with you, step by step, if you are at a computer, if even you’re on the phone.

                Also, if you use online chat to ask your question, it may be answered by a librarian from another college, even another state or country. Though s/he is an experienced librarian and s/he has access to a lot of information about Holman Library resources, your Holman librarians have a certain “home-team advantage” in working with our own students and faculty.  If you need reference help when the library is closed, we encourage you to use online chat – it’s available 24x7 – but when Holman Library is open, please do give us a call (253-833-9111, ext. 2091), or better yet, come see us.

                From Monday through Thursday, Holman Library is open from 7am to 10pm; Friday hours are 7am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday hours are from 2pm to 6pm. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Prepping for Finals? Library Will Be Open Late

The library will be open late during the week if you are needing a place to study for your finals.

Our normal Monday-Thursday hours are 7am-10pm. We are open until 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Starting this week, on December 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th and 13th we will be open until midnight.

A librarian will be available anytime the library is open.

Need a space for group study? We have three rooms on the second floor of the library that are available on a first come first serve basis. There is also a group study room on the first floor of the library that's available for groups of 3 or more and can be reserved in advanced. Ask the librarian for more information about study rooms.

Here's a list of other places on campus to study:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Using the Library during the Holiday Break

                Yes, the building is closed, but some library resources are still available to you, as long as you remain enrolled.  For example:

                Ebooks – There are tens of thousands of them in the Holman Library collection, and your student ID number is the key to accessing them.

                Streaming video – These are mostly nonfiction and cover subjects in history, medicine, the arts, and even mathematics. The videos are listed in the library catalog. Another option for finding videos is to browse the PBS Video Collection or the Films on Demand database.

                Magazine articles, reference works, tutorials, and other database contents – You can read articles in recent magazines and newspapers, learn a technical skill, or just follow where your curiosity leads.  Log into a database from the library’s homepage.  You will need your student ID number.

                Microsoft Office – If you have your own computer, and are a current GRC student or instructor, you are entitled to a free copy of Microsoft Office.  Contact the library before the break, and we’ll send you the instructions.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Misinformation in the Supreme Court of the United States

Think making decisions based on unreliable information is only a problem for gullible social media users like your Uncle Larry? Think again.

In a recent review of 83 Supreme Court of the United States cases, ProPublica reporter Ryan Gabrielson found that seven contained factual errors or unsupported claims -- including instances where these sloppy information sources affected the ultimate outcome of the case.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

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 (HL217).

NOV. 15  (Wednesday)
NOV. 20  (Monday)
NOV. 22 (Wednesday)
NOV. 27 (Monday)  
NOV. 29  (Wednesday)
DEC. 4  (Monday)
DEC. 6  (Wednesday)
 DEC. 11  (Monday)

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.
Can't make it to a workshop? Check out

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Election Day is November 7

The State of Liberty against a blue sky with white clouds
Photo by Ferdinand Stöhr on Unsplash

Election Day is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 7! There are 4.2 million active voter registrations in Washington State—are you one of them? You can check your voter registration status here

Washington is a vote-by-mail state and ballots for the General Election were mailed October 20. In order to be counted, completed ballots must be post marked no later than Election Day or returned to a ballot drop box by 8PM on Election Day. You can find more details about voting by mail here.

Mailboxes lined up along a dirt road
Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

How can you get reliable information about candidates and issues to inform your vote?
Voting is complicated! There are many different candidates and ballot issues. It can be helpful to talk about voting with your friends and family—but your vote is yours alone, and you don’t have to share how you vote with anyone.

Voters Pamphlet
When you’re deciding about candidates and issues, it can be helpful to refer to materials like the Voters Pamphlet which is put together by the Secretary of State. The Pamphlet has non-partisan information, including pros and cons about ballot issues, as well as information supplied directly by campaigns (like statements written by candidates running for office).

Newspaper Endorsements
You can also get a quick guide to an election by reviewing endorsements in your local newspaper. The newspaper’s editorial board will endorse candidates and issues, and will usually give a brief overview of why the newspaper is endorsing one person (or side) over another.  

While big newspapers like The Seattle Times will include endorsements for statewide issues and candidates, regional newspapers (like The News Tribune in Tacoma and The Columbian in Vancouver) will provide better coverage about elections specific to that area (such as school board candidates, county measures, etc.). It’s okay if you don’t personally subscribe to any newspapers—you can always drop by the Library and read newspapers in person, or use our online databases to access news articles from home.

Person sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper
Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Campaign Websites
Most candidates running for elected office have websites with information about their experience and their position on local issues. Be careful, though—any information supplied directly by a candidate or an organization sponsoring a ballot issue will be designed to get you to vote in their favor!

Voter Turnout
Only a fraction of eligible voters participate in elections. In November 2015, 38% of registered voters in Washington State participated in the General Election. In November 2016, turnout was much higher because of the Presidential Election—79% of registered voters in Washington cast ballots. You can find more details about Voter Turnout by Election on the Washington Secretary of State website.

Can you take a selfie of your ballot?
Sometimes people like to show off their completed ballot on social media. According to the Secretary of State website, this is okay in Washington State as long as you are not doing it for a purpose prohibited by law (like proving that you voted a certain way because someone paid you to do it). See more election FAQs here.

Want more information about voting in Washington State?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Now that the rain has started, learn a new skill online!

If you're like me, Fall in the Puget Sound is always a little bittersweet-- the weather is still OK, but the rain is definitely coming... and once it's here, you know it's going to stick around for a while. And then longer after that, just because that's how winter in the Pacific Northwest rolls.

One way I can cheer myself up as the days get shorter and decidedly wetter is to find interesting things to do inside, and one of my favorite "inside hobbies" this fall has been learning about some new topics and new skills with online streaming videos available through Holman Library! Tutorials

A screenshot from showing a video tutorial on responsive web design.

My online odyssey started with Green River's subscription -- as students, faculty, or staff, at Green River, you have access to thousands of online video tutorials that cover everything from career tracks to software programs to interpersonal skills. You can even build customized playlists and tackle a selection of topics of your own choosing, on your own time and across devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone):
A screenshot of a playlist with 23 courses and over 69 hours of video added.
O.K. so that might be TOO MUCH video, but I have months before the rain stops, right?
To check out and/or sign up for your own Green River account, visit Holman Library's guide.

Films on Demand, PBS Video, and Online Documentaries

If you'd prefer something that expands your mind with new horizons, cultures, or interesting aspects of real life, you might want to grab a documentary-- and we have hundreds available through our streaming video collections Films on Demand and PBS Video. Viewing these videos off-campus? No problem- just enter your Green River ID number when prompted and view as many videos as you like.  Check out these documentaries, for example:

D&D: Lessons from a Media Panic - 2016
Once upon a time, U.S. parents feared that letting their children play role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons might be harmful. Now society seems to be making fantasy games like D&D highly popular -- what's changed?

(Fun local connection - the company that creates Dungeons and Dragons - Wizards of the Coast - is based in Renton!)

Fact vs. Fiction - 2013
How do we decide what we believe? Are facts always facts to everyone? Can you talk yourself into believing different things, and does biology or culture effect what we view as true?

(Fun involvement - This video features short interludes between the different documentary sections where you can "play along" and test out the ideas presented with thought experiments given in the program!)

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