Category Archives: Learning Opportunity

OER Sessions for Faculty

Free the Textbook from Wikimedia Commons

Faculty interested in learning more about open educational resources (OER), are invited to attend an Overview of OER.  Led by DLIT’s Bill Knapp & Megan Stewart, and librarian Sophia Brewer,  you will be introduced to helpful resources including OpenStax, Minnesota OER Commons, Khan Academy, and more.

  • Wednesday February 6, 10-11
  • Thursday February 7, 2-3

The sessions will be held in 123 LRC LIB – enter that room through the Library Lobby.  Register for either the Feb. 6 or Feb. 7 session on the Center for Teaching Excellence website.

See the OER Subject Guide for more information.


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History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History!

History Detective graphicThis is your official “heads up” about the most well-attended FREE local history event of the year!  History Detectives is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019,
  • 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • GR Public Library – Main, 111 Library St NE

This day-long event is made up of 6 programs on local history. Come for one or all of the programs – but ARRIVE EARLY to get a seat!  Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations – including our own GRCC Librarian, Sophia Ward Brewer –  2019 topics include:

  • Lawrence C. Earle is Grand Rapids’ First Artist (Don Bryant)
  • Undercurrent: African American Women in Turn-of-the-Twentieth Century Grand Rapids (Sophia Ward Brewer)
  • What Did they Know and When Did they Know it?: Grand Rapids and the Holocaust (Rob Franciosi)
  • Hot Spots in a Cool City: Evening Entertainment in Grand Rapids, 1940-1970 (M. Christine Bryon)
  • Fresh Air, thrift, Exercise, and Innocent Delight: School Gardening Programs in Progressive Era Grand Rapids (Jason Otto)
  • WWII: When Patriotism Was the Norm (Sandra Warren)

All events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and seating is offered first come, first served. There will be an overflow room available with simulcast video presentation. A boxed lunch is available for purchase. Email to purchase a lunch.  Take a look at the 2019 History Detective brochure, too!

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“Day of Infamy” Remembered

Pearl Harbor bombing

77 years ago this week, the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy,” and Congress declared war against Japan shortly after.

Although the attack defined the times their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents lived through, the average citizen knows little about Pearl Harbor . The Library has resources to fill the void, including:

If you’re off-campus or using wireless, you may be asked to log on with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

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New Database: Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center database pageHobbies & Crafts Reference Center is one of the new MeL Michigan eLibrary databases. While it’s not academic in nature, everyone needs a little down-time to do things that make you happy.

You will find “detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.” If arts & crafts do it for you, consider this new database.

If you’re off-campus or using wireless, you may be asked to log on with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

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“So, dear, what do you plan to do after college?”

It’s inevitable.  That conversation that most college students hate… but you know it’s coming – at theFerguson's Career Interest Assessment graohic Thanksgiving dinner table.  “So, dear, what do you plan to do after college?” asks that formerly favorite aunt, uncle or grandparent.

If you’re at a loss, consider taking a career interest inventory to see what jobs match your interests, attitudes, and potential skills.  Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center has one with 180 (quick) questions that will create a list of potential careers of interest and links to quality information about those careers. Other assessments are available in CLS100 classes, and in Counseling.

Log into Ferguson’s with your last name and 7-digit Raider number!.  See the Careers Subject Guide, or the [Careers & Education] tab on most Subject Guides.


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