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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Thanks from the Kent County Jail!

paperback donations to the Jail

Brian Beecher, Bob Schichtel, and Nikki Nyenhuis with paperback book donations for Kent County Jail.

In December, our Learning Center Open House included a reading-oriented community service project – collecting paperback books for readers at the Kent County Jail.  We are pleased to announce that 326 books were donated! Director Brian Beecher, Serials Coordinator Nikki Nyenhuis, and Outreach Librarian Nan Schichtel delivered three skids of paperback books to the Jail on Tuesday December 19.  By the end of the day, Jail GED instructor Bob Schichtel and trustees had processed the donations and they were available to eager readers.  Thanks to all who donated paperbacks.  They are being put to good use by many, many readers!

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Microsoft Office 365 Available FREE

Are you upgrading your technology?  Did you know that you can do so much more affordably with your GRCC email address? Grand Rapids Community College, in partnership with Microsoft, is pleased to announce that GRCC students, faculty, and staff are eligible to receive a personal license for Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share schoolwork. The service includes online versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, plus a OneNote Class Notebook and 1TB of storage in OneDrive. This license is valid as long as you are a GRCC student or employee. See Microsoft Office 365  and select the [Student] or [Faculty] tab.

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Another successful Exam Cram

Last week, the Library and Learning Commons hosted another successful Exam Cram event—thank you to everyone who attended!  If you still have studying to do, we will be open during normal hours this week and we still have some leftover snacks, so stop in while they last!

Good luck on exams!

If you weren’t able to make it to the event last week, here’s a photo of what you missed:

Exam Cram Photo

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LLC Exam Week & Semester Break Hours

The Library and Learning Commons (LLC) hours during Exam Week & Semester Break are:

  • OPEN Mon. Dec. 11 – Thur. Dec. 14 7:30AM – 9:45PM
  • OPEN Fri. Dec. 15 7:30AM – 5:00PM
  • CLOSED WEEKENDS  Dec. 16 – Jan. 7
  • OPEN Mon. Dec. 18 – Fri. Dec. 22 8:00AM – 5:00PM (limited services)
  • CLOSED Dec. 23 – Jan. 2
  • OPEN Wed. Jan. 3 – Fri. Jan. 5 8:00AM – 5:00PM (limited services)

We re-open with regular library hours on Monday, January 8!

 

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