Category Archives: Library Instruction

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online

“Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place their hopes in technological fixes and in societal solutions. Others think the dark side of human nature is aided more than stifled by technology.”  See the Pew Research Center website for their recently published study that is well-worth reading.

Mark your calendar for the next event in the Campus Common Readings’ programming on “Combatting “Fake News.””  “Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction” will be Jo Angela Oehrli’s topic on Wednesday, February 28 from 1-2:30 PM, on the LLC’s second floor.


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We’ve been busy!

The Library & Learning Commons has been extra busy – and we love it! In the last two weeks, librarians taught multiple classes simultaneously in the Library, in computer classrooms across campus, and at off-campus locations including: the Thompson Mtec; GVSU Meijer Campus; Midtown; Calvary Laketown; Rockford High School; and, Cedar Springs High School.

Faculty can schedule Information Literacy Instruction or reserve “Research Only” space in the Library using online forms found under the Faculty Resources link on the library webpage.

library users in November 2017

The Library is a great place for faculty and students to meet and collaborate.


library users in November 2017

Computers and extra seating in the NW corner of the Library’s 1st floor can be reserved for research by faculty using the Research Only Space Request form.

library users in November 2017

The Reference Librarian on desk duty (here it’s Sophia Brewer) assists researchers with any and all topics students approach us with. We also serve a lot of Ferris State University students taking classes in the ATC.

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Schwartz Broadcast Hysteria video available

Broadcast Hysteria CoverIf you missed hearing author A. Brad Schwartz talk about Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News  last week, you have a second chance.  Media Services recorded the event, and you can see it here!

This author visit and book signing was the second of several events planned by the Campus Common Reading Committee  during the 2017-18 academic year that relate to Fighting Fake News. See the Fake News Subject Guide for more information!

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Getting More Out of Google Student Workshops- updated locations

Getting More Out of Google — Get better Google search results and learn when to combine library databases with Google Scholar.  Please note the location changes from earlier postings! All workshops are offered on a drop-in basis — no advance signup is needed.

  • Monday 6-7 p.m. October 16 – meets in ATC213
  • Tuesday 9:30-10:30 a.m. October 17 – meets in ATC228
  • Wednesday 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. October 18 – meets in ATC217
  • Thursday 2:45-3:45 p.m. October 18 – meets in LRC206

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Staff Workshop Offered: Library Resources for Work, Professional Development, & Leisure

Sign up for this staff development session today! Find out how your Library & Learning Commons can help you be a more effective GRCC employee, find the professional development resources you need, and become your source for leisure reading and viewing.

  • Friday October 6
  • 10-11 AM
  • Start with a tour of the Library and continue in our computer classroom

This session will provide a basic introduction to library services for any GRCC employee. How to find and use resources including the traditional book collection, the e-book and e-media collections, general databases, and pertinent Subject Guides will be introduced. Attendees will also sign up for the New York Times online and RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan service.

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