Category Archives: Collection Development

Imminent Database Changes – Important Stuff!

MeL logoGRCC has benefited from access to MeL online databases – paid for through state and federal taxes. Every 5 years, a MeL committee reviews database offerings and, this year, MAJOR changes were made.  On October 1, GRCC will lose access to most of the former MeL databases (Academic OneFile, General OneFile, etc.) but will have access to a wide variety of new-to-us databases from EBSCO a recognized leader in academic databases.

What this means for our students? Over the next 8 weeks, you will see regular changes to the recommended databases listed on Subject Guides as well as the Databases pages.  Other than that, you will likely see more resources in full-text online.

What this means for faculty?  Here is a crosswalk list of potential usability between the old MeL and the new MeL. If you use permalinks from LLC content to Blackboard, speak with your liaison librarian before the end of September about whether your current permalinks will still be in an accessible database, and, what your options are for continued access to expiring MeL content. Your Liason Librarian can help change out permalinks if you provide Blackboard access.  And, even if we’re losing online access to some journals, it’s likely still available legally with our Copyright Clearance Center RightFind Annual License.  Finally, you may also want to take a look at ProQuest Central databases – we’ve added LOTS of databases to our ProQuest license. You’ll love it!

 

Advertisements

Comments Off on Imminent Database Changes – Important Stuff!

Filed under Collection Development, Event, General News, Subject Guides

What’s on Course Reserve? – For Students

If your textbook isn’t available at the Bookstore, or, you’re waiting for your copy to arrive from an online vendor, don’t fall behind in your assigned reading!  Check to see if the Library has a copy of the textbook that you can use in the LLC until yours is available.  Check here for a Course Listing  – OR –  check here for a listing by professor’s name.  Most academic departments put one copy of their textbooks onto Course Reserve.  If yours isn’t there, ask your professor to place one on Reserve.

Textbooks are not the only titles on Reserve.  Often faculty put personal copies of books, or ask that library copies of books and DVDs go to Reserve.  Questions?  Contact  Library Circulation at 616-234-3872, or, take a look at the Course Reserve Subject Guide.

Student pulling a Course Reserve title for another student's use.

Comments Off on What’s on Course Reserve? – For Students

Filed under Collection Development, General News, Library Services, Subject Guides

New York Times – for Faculty

New York TImes Online platformsLibrarians are delighted to share that we’re continuing with New York Times Online!  Returning users need to reaffirm your logon for this new year’s access.  New or returning users – activate your logon today – for free.

  • Click http://accessnyt.com.
  • Enter Grand Rapids Community College in the [Find school] field.
  • Click [GO] and then click [Create Account] using your GRCC email address and a password of your choice. Follow the screen prompts to activate your Group Pass.
  • Mobile users may download FREE New York Times Apps.
  • After your Group Pass has been activated, you may enjoy access to NYTimes.com from any internet-connected network or location.

NYT provides teacher resources, including: How to Use the Site and New York Times inEDUCATION.

For more on New York Times Online, see our NYT Subject Guide!

Comments Off on New York Times – for Faculty

Filed under Collection Development, Database, General News, Periodicals, Subject Guides

Course Reserves – For Faculty

Student worker assisting with Course ReserveAre your Course Reserves up-to-date?  Check here for a Course Listing of what’s on Reserve,  or, check here for a listing by professor’s name.  Is your current textbook on Reserve?

To place textbooks, workbooks, library resources OR personal titles onto Course Reserve, contact Kevin Lyons (616-234-3189). Check out the Course Reserve Subject Guide.

For assistance in adding links to copyrighted information and/or library resources into your Blackboard courses, contact your liaison librarian, or see the Linking Library Resources into Blackboard Subject Guide.

Comments Off on Course Reserves – For Faculty

Filed under Collection Development, General News, Library Services, Subject Guides

New York Times – for Students!

New York TImes Online platforms

GRCC students have complimentary access to New York Times Online through your GRCC Library!  If you signed up last year, you’ll need to reaffirm your logon for this academic year’s access.  Whether you’re a returning or a new user – activate your logon today – for free! It’s a $110 value.

  • Click http://accessnyt.com.
  • Enter Grand Rapids Community College in the [Find school] field.
  • Click [GO] and then click [Create Account] using your GRCC email address and a password of your choice. Follow the screen prompts to activate your Group Pass.
  • Mobile users may download FREE New York Times Apps.
  • After your Group Pass has been activated, you may enjoy access to NYTimes.com from any internet-connected network or location.

For more on New York Times Online, see our NYT Subject Guide!

Comments Off on New York Times – for Students!

Filed under Collection Development, Database, General News, Subject Guides