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.