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  • 1. Subject Guides a Success[Subject Guides] created by your liaison librariansupport your students’ research efforts. If you havenot used the one created for your academicdepartment, please take a look …. better yet, link your April’s Exam Cram was so well-received that Academicdepartment’s Subject Guide into Blackboard. Support, Campus Activities, and the Library & Learning Commons have again chosen to sponsor this event.[Subject Guides] usually include: We welcome J. Bos Vending Services as a new sponsor Databases specific to your field of this study event! December 2012 Exam Cram hours Browsing lists of subject-related periodicals are scheduled: Search tips for the best results New titles Sat. 12/08/2012 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Evaluated public internet websites Sun. 12/09/2012 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM Help in citing sources Copies of information literacy worksheets used in No registration is required. There will be a librarian classes taught by librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Link to your liaison librarian Exam Cram hours. Tutoring subjects may be limited. Students are asked to park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. Watch the Stall Street Journal and look for posters - coming soon. Exam Cram provides extended quiet study hours in the library, staffed by friendly tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks! Students noted how important having a quiet study environment is just before exams since many cannot study at home. The Exam Cram planning committee includes: Marcia Lee, Kevin Lyon, Kathy Schoen, Miriam Thompson, and Janelle Yahne. THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY HOURSBesides being a terrific resource, [Subject Guides](brand-name LibGuides) are used by the libraries in Monday Nov. 19: Open 7:30 AM - 9:45 PMmost GRCC transfer schools, so students will find it Tuesday Nov. 20: Open 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Noeasier to transfer their learning resources use from classes)one college to another. Wednesday Nov. 21 - Sunday Nov. 25: CLOSED Reference: 616-234-3868 Circulation: 616-234-3872 Fall Semester 2012 1
  • 2. ebrary – “Real” Books on “Virtual Bookshelves” ebrary Academic Complete is a licensed service whereby GRCC librarians add quality e-book content to the collection in a cost-effective manner. Our license allows us to add new academic titles to the collection each year at a fraction of the cost of purchasing those titles in print, cataloging them individually, placing them onto “real” book shelves, or circulating them to patrons. ebrary titles are searchable in the [RaiderSearch Catalog] (try a keyword search for ebrary). They are also searchable in their native module – the ebrary database. In fact, that mode allows a researcher the opportunity to search word-for-word through all theBugan Speaks at GRCC ebrary titles licensed by the College. Most ebrary titles are available for use by multipleCarmen Bugan, GRCC honor graduate and award- users at a time. A small percentage are for single-winning author, read from her work at an event in the users only. The RaiderSearch catalog record willLibrary in September. Professor David Cope, the indicate how many users may access a title at theGrand Rapids Poet Laureate who arranged Bugan’s same time – a usefulvisit, wrote a study guide which is available on the thing to know if youCarmen Bugan Subject Guide on the library website. spot a book youHear Bugan read from her latest work, Burying the want to add to yourTypewriter which won the 2011 Bakeless Nonfiction Blackboard course.Prize. Contact your Library Liaison for more information.Get Connected:Blog: http://grcclibrary.wordpress.comFacebook: Tour VideoFlickr: Thanks go to Klaas Kwant and Noah DeSmit ofFoursquare: Grand Rapids Community College & Media Services forLearning Commons their production workPinterest: on our Library &YouTube: Learning Commons Building & Services Tour! (Click the graphic to see it!) Reference: 616-234-3868 Circulation: 616-234-3872 Fall Semester 2012 2
  • 3. Library Personnel News Sophia Brewer, adjunct librarian and GRPL Madison Square librarian, presented “GYRO: Get Your Read On” at the Community Literacy Summit in September at GVSU. The program was sponsored by the Literacy Center of West Michigan. Brewer shared different techniques used to motivate people to read.Lori DeBie, Reference / Technical Services Librarian, was a GRCC Foundation IIPD GrantRecipient and attended American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim with grantproceeds. Lori also attended the III User Group Meeting in Chicago. III – Innovative Interface the vendor for GRCC’s library automation system, and that upon which the statewide MeLCatMichigan eLibrary system is based. Pete Lewandoski, adjunct librarian, was a presenter during the August 22nd Tutor Training along with Nan Schichtel and Miriam Thompson. Librarians asked tutors to partner with us to suggest useful links that will improve our Subject Guides. Kevin Lyons, Library Circulation Specialist, and Cindy Hibler, Adjunct Librarian, represented the LLC and answered questions about the Library and Learning Commons at the August Raider Rally.Kevin Lyons and Nan Schichtel attended the Adventures in Copyright Biennial Symposiumsponsored by University of Maryland’s Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) in Baltimore in April.GRCC is an institutional member of the CIP. Lyons coordinates library course reserve and attendedthis conference courtesy of an SSPD grant. Schichtel serves as the CIP institutional representative. Nan Schichtel, Information Literacy & Outreach Librarian, was named treasurer of the National Council for Learning Resources, an NGO that works to heighten awareness of learning resources issues among AACC’s presidents, vice-presidents, and others who may supervise LRS programs. Schichtel was also appointed to serve on the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Recruitment & Nomination Committee.Janelle Yahne, Library Circulation Associate, volunteered as a Wayfinder for ArtPrize, acting as anart/food/city guide for visitors checking out the art. She reports that “It was quite fun! I highlyrecommend it for a chance to interact and meet interesting people.” Last year, Janelle was anSSPD grant recipient and attended the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference inKalamazoo.New and Enhanced Online ResourcesLibrarians regularly assess the use of databases licensed with College funds. We look for the best sources to servestudents and faculty, and we look for cost-effective alternatives. Our goal this past year was to fill gaps in ourdatabase offerings. We listened closely to input from faculty and students. We’re particularly happy to presentthe following new databases – all of which containing content that can legally be linked into your Blackboardclasses. Reference: 616-234-3868 Circulation: 616-234-3872 Fall Semester 2012 3
  • 4. America History & Life with Full Text : is the definitive databasecovering United States and Canada history and culture, from prehistoryto the present. With selective indexing for over 1,700 journals from 1955to present, AHL provides full-text coverage of more than 230 journals andnearly 100 books. This fills the need for a US history database – and the fact it has so much built-in full-text makesit even better.Biography Index Past & Present : This “trusted, biographical resource features retrospective coverage fromBiography Index back to its first publication in 1946; … a comprehensive biographical resource for students,scholars, media professionals, book clubs, and all researchers seeking biographical information.” We licensed thisbecause Current Biography ceased publication and we hoped to provide an online way to access biographicalinformation.Business Source Elite : provides “full text coverage for more than 1,100 scholarly business, management andeconomics journals, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed publications.” Best of all, Business Source is the exclusiveprovider of full-text from the worlds top management and marketing journals, including the highly-requestedHarvard Business Review. Classical Scores Library : This full-text gem from Alexander Street Press includes works from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Score types include: full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions. Users search on musically relevant fields, such as composer, work/opus number, key, genre, instrument, time period; as well as score-specific fields, such as score type, duration, editor, arranger, publisher. Approximately 3400 bibliographic records were added to [RaiderSearch Catalog] to point users to individual scores. Listings show a call number of "Online Score" and include a hyperlink to the score. See: & Oral Sciences Source : The acquisition and licensing of this resourceis directly tied to accreditation work and information literacy education for dentalassistants and hygienists who are loving it!ERIC & Medline: GRCC previously accessed these educational and medicaldatabases, respectively, through OCLC. When our Ebsco vendor offered free access to theirversions of those staple databases, we accepted! Now researchers with topics that have interdisciplinary aspects(e.g. college student satisfaction correlating with student achievement, or, patient education and patientcompliance, or, stress and student nurses) will have more and better full-text articles in their results sets becauseof the other full-text databases (including H.W. Wilson) we license from Ebsco Films On Demand Master Career & Technical Education Collection: This streaming media website contains hundreds of videos on topics including: Careers & Job Search (426); Family & Consumer Sciences (622); Guidance & Counseling (568); and Technical Education (599). Films on Demand has added closed captioning to 606 titles with 15,139 segments so far. To turn on closed-captioning, click the [CC] icon to the [on] position. There are also interactive transcripts for 563 titles with 14,067 segments!SocINDEX with Full Text: “covers sociology and related disciplines and utilizes a 19,300 term sociologicalthesaurus. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for 397 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1908, and 150"priority" coverage journals. This database also includes full text for more than 720 booksand monographs, and full text for 6,743 conference papers.” This really filled a gap in ourcollection! Reference: 616-234-3868 Circulation: 616-234-3872 Fall Semester 2012 4