Holman Library News

Holman Library serves Green River Community College in Auburn, WA.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Holman Library Closed During the Break

Holman Library will close at 7:00 PM on March 21st for the break. Although the library will be closed during the break, the book drop will be open and monitored during this time. Items returned to the book drop will be processed on the day they are received. See you back on April 2nd, when the library opens at 7 AM, as usual! If you have questions, call the Circulation Desk at extension 2090. We wish you all a great break!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

New Reference Books

Holman Library receves new books on a daily basis. Below are reviews written by Wendy Graham of two new reference books.

Wilson, Jeffrey, ed. Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law. 2nd ed. 2 vols. Detroit : Thomson Gale, 2006. R349.73 G151 2006

I like this reference. I have already used it several times to answer students’ research questions. For example, Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law provided the information a student needed on “taking” of property by the government, and eminent domain. It also answer my question on accommodations required for deaf and hard-of-hearing people at public meetings. Subjects are divided into topics, with complete articles. For example, under Labor Law are articles on benefits, drug testing, labor unions, unemployment compensation and wage and hour laws. Each article includes additional resources for information. The index is excellent, and is the best way to locate specific information in the encyclopedia. Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law is my new “go to” resource for legal information.

Watson, Robert P., and Richard Yon, eds. American Presidents. 3rd ed. 2 vols. Pasadena CA: Salem Press, 2006. R973.0992 A512 2006

Okay, I will keep my review focused on the book and not get political. Entries are listed chronologically. Volume 1 covers George Washington to Woodrow Wilson; Volume 2 covers Warren G. Harding to our current president, George W. Bush. Volume 2 also includes the U.S. Constitution and amendments, law of presidential succession (Nancy Pelozi could potentially become President), a time line for each president, Presidential election returns from 1789 to 2004, vice presidents, Cabinet members by administration, and executive departments and offices. Each article includes the president’s date and place of birth and death, political party, vice president, and cabinet members. Also within the entry are short articles on the first lady and vice-president. Entries discuss the President’s early life, career, philosophy and effect on our nation. Entries are illustrated, and conclude with recommendations for further research. I found American Presidents very interesting to review, and it will be a useful resource for the student learning about the U.S. presidents and the presidency.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Library Materials Due Back

The last day of Winter Quarter is fast approaching. Before you take off on a spring break adventure, please make sure to return any Holman Library items that you have checked out by March 21st. Faculty and staff can check out books for the break. Students can also check out books, providing they show proof of registration for Spring Quarter. The library will be closed during the spring break; however, the book drop will be open. Items returned to the book drop will be processed on the day they are turned in. If you have questions, please contact the Circulation Desk at extension 2090. Enjoy your break, and we will see you back on April 2nd for the first day of spring classes!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

NetLibrary E-book of the Month

Holman Library has purchased over 4400 e-books (electronic books) provided through NetLibrary. In addition, each month NetLibrary provides access to a free e-book, and the book for March is Ireland Adventure Guide by Irish native Tina Neylon. Readers will learn about "the astonishing treasures of this ancient island, showing travelers how to experience Ireland directly and intensely — as a participant and not just a spectator. Free access to this resource provides valuable information for anyone planning a trip to Ireland, including learning how to join in the pub life of Dublin or meet Ireland's people through its theater and music groups. Little known historic sites, such as the lake where St. Patrick first landed in 442 AD, are highlighted, as are some of the finest golf courses in the world. Packed with essential information for the adventure-minded traveler, this guide is a comprehensive introduction to the people, the places and the culture of Ireland."

Click here to read Ireland Adventure Guide and look for the image above!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Time Archives

It is now possible to view the archives of Time magazine via the internet. The archives, available at www.time.com/time/archive, provide access to articles as far back as 1923. You can search by topic or browse by general time period (e.g.: December 1941). In addtion, there are specific collections (Modern Art, Scientology, Person of the Year, etc.).

A "New Pop Records" article from April 2, 1956, is the first time that Elvis is mentioned in Time: "Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley; Victor). A new singer with a new twist: a double voice that alternates between a high, unpleasant quaver, reminiscent of Johnnie Ray at his fiercest, and a rich basso that might be smooth if it were not for its spasmodic delivery. Heartbreak Hotel, yelps the high voice, is where he's going to get away from it all. Answers the basso: he'll be sorry."

Monday, March 05, 2007

Library Building's 10th Anniversary

This year, Holman Library is celebrating ten years in its present building. With the move to the new building, the library left behind an approximately 20,000 square foot space and mushroomed into its new 60,000 square foot building. Library and media services are provided on both floors: however, we share this space with the Help Center and part of the Information Technology department. In addition, the Holman Library building includes Project Teach, the Helen S. Smith Gallery, and several computer classrooms.

The photograph on the left appeared in The Current on April 19, 1996 and shows what the library looked like eight months prior to opening day.

The photograph on the right appeared in The Current on December 2nd, 1996 and shows the Information Commons tables being assembled. (This photograph, like the top one, was taken by Fred Dimaano.)

We call the second floor of the library the Information Commons and it contains over 140 networked workstations which provide access to various online databases, Microsoft Office, and the Internet. Before our move in 1997, there were approximately 12 computers for student use available in the old library. Above is a current photograph taken by Ann Lovell early one morning, before the rush of students arrive at 7AM.

Back in 1997 one of our goals was to buy specialized programs for foreign language and foreign exchange students. We finally accomplished that last year with the addition of Rosetta Stone, language-learning software used by government agencies, major corporations, and colleges and universities worldwide. The languages available to GRCC users through Rosetta Stone include: English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese.

Another goal was to add databases for social science, psychology, applied science and biology. We now have over thirty research databases including three large general databases which cover all disciplines. In addition we have subject-specific databases for biography, business, careers, education, health, history, and literature. If it weren’t for the student technology fee, which was approved at the time we moved into the new building, the library would not be able to provide this wealth of databases.

In 1997 we envisioned a future collection of 40,000 volumes. We now have over 56,000 volumes in the collection, along with about 300 periodical subscriptions. Something we could not have envisioned ten years ago is our collection of 4400 electronic books and our database of electronic reference books.

Another thing we could not have envisioned ten years ago was the appeal of our building. We have students working individually, in groups, and simply using the library as a meeting place between classes. Daily we have 2750 patrons in our library and, as a result, we have had to retrofit a silent study space on the first floor to provide a place for those trying to avoid the noise upstairs.