Category Archives: Collection Development

A Display Display?

Check out Archivist/Librarian Mike Klawitter’s Display display – Display Magazine, that is! Published by GRCC since 1964, Display Magazine, a magazine of the arts, features contributions by GRCC students in literature and the visual arts.  Display is available in GRCC’s Digital Archive,  which Mike curates; you’ll want to take a look online!

Display Magazine Display





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New Database: Business Book Summaries

Business Book Summaries logoAnother of our new databases from MeL Michigan eLibrary is Business Book Summaries (BBS).  Concise summaries of the best business books will help busy business faculty and students keep up with the latest information in the business world.

Here’s an example of a summary for the book The Culture Builders: Leadership Strategies for Employee Performance, by Jane Sparrow. (Login with your last name and 7-digit Raider number and select the PDF.)

If the title is intriguing, check RaiderSearch Catalog for a GRCC call number, or, click through to MeL Catalog to borrow it if we don’t own it.



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New Databases Galore!

The State of Michigan provides all Michigan libraries a slate of free-to-Michigan-citizens databases through the MeL Michigan eLibrary program.  For more than 15 years, the list has remained relatively unchanged, populated mostly by Cengage Gale databases – until now.   Starting October 1, 2018 and lasting for the next 5 years, MeL will license many new databases for us  – plus a few old favorites.  You’ll  soon see those databases on the Databases link, as well as on selected Subject Guides.

If you’re not using MeL databases, you’re missing out. Give them a try today!MeL Logo

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“New Books” Island

New Book IslandOne of the many joys of visiting a library is the “New Books” area.  Grab a cup of coffee at the Circulation Desk, and make yourself comfortable in the Library & Learning Commons. Take a look at the recent acquisitions.

Can’t make it to the Library?  Take a look at the online Featured Lists of new materials (including e-titles!) found on the RaiderSearch Catalog . They’re updated regularly.

RaiderSearch Catalog Featured Lists

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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!


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