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Upcoming Fake News Events/Speakers at the GRCC Library

October 12, 2017

Our Campus Common Reading committee has been hard at work creating events for the Fall and Winter semesters on Fake News.  Here are two events coming up in the next several weeks that you and our students may be interested in attending:

  1. Movie Showing of “War of the Worlds” (2005 version) in the ATC Theater on Monday, October 30 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Admission to the movie is free and we’ll have complimentary refreshments.  What’s unique about this showing is that we’ll have a side-bar screen displaying fun facts, trivia, and comments from our viewers.  The movie is PG-13; so families are welcome to attend.
  2. Author Lecture and Book Signing by A. Brad Schwartz discussing his book: “Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News” on Thursday, November 2 from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  The program will be held in the Library and Learning Commons (second floor).  Faculty, we would love for your class to join us, so please notify Brian Beecher (Director of the Library & Learning Commons) so that accommodations can be made.   The library has complimentary copies of this book available to current students, faculty and staff (while supplies last).

This series on Fake News will continue throughout the Winter semester (dates are yet to be determined) and will include the following events:

  1. Panel Discussion on Fake News and its effect on journalism and journalists.
  2. Presentation on Fake News from the library’s perspective.
  3. Author Skype visit from Paul Levinson discussing his book: “Fake News in Real Context”.  The library will make complimentary copies available of Paul’s book in the Winter semester (again, while supplies last).

We look forward to participating in these events with you and our students.  Please let our committee know if you have any questions.

 

Open Educational Resources review for faculty March 1

February 28, 2017

Librarian Sophia Brewer, will share information about Open Educational Resources and how they are being used on college campuses.

This brief overview will answer the following questions:

  • What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
  • What is Creative Commons and what does copyright have to do with it?
  • What are the best sources for OER?
  • How can librarians can help?

Join Sophia Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In room 206 of the Library and Learning Commons, located within the Learning Center.

 

Walter Lockwood, Mike Klawitter to speak about GRCC’s history

March 10, 2015

The Grand Rapids Historical Society will host a presentation by Mike Klawitter and Walter Lockwood on “Open Door: The 100-Year History of Grand Rapids Junior College/Community College at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW.

Their presentation will explore the college’s origins and its importance to the central city through the years. Included will be a look at the expansion of programs, enrollment and facilities; the challenges and successes GRCC has experienced; and some of the personalities involved.

To learn more, click here or visit the society’s Facebook page here. To read a review of Open Door by society member Tom Dilley, click here.

Historical Society to look at GRCC’s 100 years

March 9, 2015

The Grand Rapids Historical Society will host a presentation by Mike Klawitter and Walter Lockwood on “Open Door: The 100-Year History of Grand Rapids Junior College/Community College at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW.

Their presentation will explore the college’s origins and its importance to the central city through the years. Included will be a look at the expansion of programs, enrollment and facilities; the challenges and successes GRCC has experienced; and some of the personalities involved.

To learn more, click here or visit the society’s Facebook page here.

Diversity Team launches ‘SpeakUpGRCC’

February 16, 2015

GRCC’s Diversity Team is updating and renaming the Diversity Center’s “Popcorn Discussions” with students. The first “SpeakUpGRCC” launches at noon February 17 in the DLC with these goals:

  • Foster an environment where students have increased awareness and acceptance for campus diversity.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to learn and share their points of view with other students.
  • Foster open dialogue about social justice issues.

The program’s objectives are:

  • Promote critical thinking.
  • Promote healthy sustained dialogue.
  • Promote understanding and acceptance.
  • Build relationships.
  • Provide opportunities for students to speak and be heard.
  • Build respect for opposing points of view.
  • Create and foster civility.

Social contract (governing rules):

  • Respect other’s opinions.
  • Listen to each other.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Step up, step back.

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Library sets open hours for spring break

February 13, 2015

Upcoming LLC hour adjustments:

  • Feb 28-Mar 1, 2015 Classes in session; regular weekend hours (Sa 10-2; Su 1-5)
  • Mar 2-6 BREAK; Open 8am-5pm with limited services
  • Mar 7-8 CLOSED (weekend)
  • Apr 4 Classes in session; regular Saturday hours (10am-2pm)
  • Apr 5, 2015 CLOSED (based on low use numbers for this Sunday last year, we will close)

Historical Society presentation features Mike Klawitter, Walter Lockwood

February 12, 2015

The Grand Rapids Historical Society will host a presentation by Mike Klawitter and Walter Lockwood on “Open Door: The 100-Year History of Grand Rapids Junior College/Community College at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW.

Their presentation will explore the college’s origins and its importance to the central city through the years. Included will be a look at the expansion of programs, enrollment and facilities; the challenges and successes GRCC has experienced; and some of the personalities involved.

To learn more, click here or visit the society’s Facebook page here.

GRCC’s roots

February 10, 2015

Did you know that GRJC, the first junior college in Michigan, was located for 11 years on the third floor of Grand Rapids Central High School? Did you know that the first GRJC president–and for several years the second—served as both head of the college and principal of Central? Did you know that GRJC admission standards, class offerings, and even examinations were near-duplications of the University of Michigan’s? The University, by giving its blessing to the new junior college, provided the motivation for its 1914 opening. GRJC would become a main feeder school for the University and adopt U of M colors.

Open Door, a 192-page history of GRJC/GRCC written by retired English professor Walter Lockwood, is a treasure chest of information on the college and its people, enriched by several hundred historical photos, an extensive timeline, and multiple appendices. It can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library, or online.141208_0377

Have new issues of magazines & journals routed directly to you!

January 22, 2015

Did you know that the GRCC Library offers routing of new magazines and journal issues, of currently subscribed to titles, as a FREE service to Faculty and Staff members?

If you are interested in a comprehensive list of titles available for routing or have any questions about this service contact Marcia Lee via email mlee@grcc.edu, or phone (616) 234-3879. You can also check to see if we retain print issues of your favorite periodicals by checking out our library catalog: http://grcc.edu/librarylearningcommons

Exam Cram for Fall 2014 Semester

December 1, 2014

Yes, it’s time for Exam Cram! What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

* Faculty and staff, please share this news with students.

Fall 2014 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Sat. 12/6/2014 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sun. 12/7/2014 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Student Alliance and Library & Learning Commons. There will be librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours. Please park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. No registration required. Tutoring subjects may be limited. See our SubjectGuide for more information on this event!

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100 Ways to Give: Books delivered to Kent County jail

November 20, 2014

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The 307 paperbacks that the library and criminal justice department collected for 100 Ways to Give are already being distributed within the Kent County jail!

To see other 100 Ways to Give projects, click here.

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Exam Cram for Fall 2014 Semester

November 17, 2014

Yes, it’s time for Exam Cram! What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

* Faculty and staff, please share this news with students.

Fall 2014 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Sat. 12/6/2014 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sun. 12/7/2014 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Student Alliance and Library & Learning Commons. There will be librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours. Please park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. No registration required. Tutoring subjects may be limited. See our SubjectGuide for more information on this event!

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Understand Copyright Law – The Library Can Help

November 3, 2014

Under GRCC policy, all employees must comply with copyright law.

The most straightforward way to guarantee compliance is to obtain a copyright holder’s written permission. When duplication services are needed for classroom use, instructors should be prepared to clearly demonstrate permission for things like pages from Instructor Manuals and Test Banks, copies of media, and online sources. At the discretion of Media Services or Print Solutions, further proof of permission may be required.

Anyone who disregards copyright does so at their own risk, assuming all liability, including criminal penalty as defined in Title 17 of the U.S. Code. Normally, this is not a matter involving the GRCC Legal Office.

Fair Use

There is no simple test to determine fair use; only the courts can authoritatively determine fair use. Section 107 of the Copyright Act sets forth four considerations to help you judge fair use.

  1. The purpose and character of use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

How the Library & Learning Commons (LLC) can help

Department liaison librarians can help you verify citations and help determine a copyright owner. They will show you how to create online linking solutions that are copyright compliant, and they can guide you through the process of obtaining your copyright clearance online.

Raider Salute for Library & Learning Commons 100 Ways to Give project

November 3, 2014

Halloween was the final day of the Library & Learning Commons 100 Ways to Give project, in which our goal was to collect 200 new or used paperbacks for the Kent County Correctional Facility. You contributed 307 books. Thank you so much to everyone who donated.

Inside each, we stamped the 100 Year Logo. If anyone would like to borrow the stamper, please contact Tess Alliston, x3555, tessalliston@grcc.edu

100th anniversary book can now be purchased online

October 28, 2014

OD dust jkt (IMG_6741)GRCC’s 100th anniversary book, Open Door: Grand Rapids Junior/Community College 1914-2014, is now available for purchase at the library or online using a credit card or your Raider Card.

Author Walt Lockwood, a retired GRCC English professor, interviewed dozens of GRCC/GRJC retirees during the past year while conducting research with Mike Klawitter, GRCC reference librarian-archivist. GRCC’s century is presented in 10 full-color chapters, each highlighting significant events and people who contributed to the college’s inception, growth and success. An extensive timeline and sidebar story accent each chapter. Several appendices of boards, award recipients, program accreditation and full-time employees, along with a bibliography and index, complete this book.

Copies of the book that are signed by Lockwood are also available. The cost is $40, including tax, and cash, check, credit cards and RaiderCard will be accepted for payment.

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