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Are You RaiderCard Ready?

RaiderCard imageIf you’re new to GRCC, be sure to get your RaiderCard loaded with value so it’s ready to use.  In the Library, use it to check out library materials, course reserves, laptop computers, headphones, etc. – all free services, BTW.  Use your RaiderCard to pay for printing / copying – not just in the Library but everywhere on campus. There are no coin-ops on any printers – you must use your RaiderCard.

Check out all the ways you can use your RaiderCard on-campus – or off-campus.

Add value to your RaiderCard using the machines founds in most GRCC buildings, or, online. (HINT: Tell your Mom, Dad, favorite aunt or uncle, etc. about how they can donate to your RaiderCard account as a Welcome to College gift!)

 

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Off campus services available at the library

By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

If you’ve had me for any library class, you know I talk a lot about the probability of doing your homework at 3AM using the library and it’s true! Almost all of the services available at the library if you were on campus are also available to you off — even when the library is closed for the holidays! The only things you can’t do is check out a print book, print on campus, or pay your library fines.

So what can you do when you’re off campus? Lots!

  • You can search for books, videos, audio, and electronic materials through RaiderCat
    • Streaming video, audio, ebooks, and other online material are available 24/7 – regardless if classes are in session or not. You will be directed to login, using your RaiderCard number, via our proxy to access the materials off campus
  • Browse through over 150 databases for articles on just about every subject
    • Just like streaming audio, video, and ebooks you can access all of our databases and journals off campus logging in via the proxy with your RaiderCard number
  • Manage your library account by checking on requested items and renewing materials
  • Request materials through RaiderLoan and MeLCat [Remember you won’t be able to pick them until the library reopens!]
  • Are you new to GRCC or want a refresher tour of the library? You can take a one virtually!
  • Add us on variety of social networks to keep track of what we’re doing
  • If you ever have any questions on what you can and cannot when you’re at the library, we’ve  put together a fairly in depth FAQ
  • Check out the dozens and dozens of Subject Guides,  the librarian’s version of Wikipedia, on all subjects and areas of interest related to the library, the college, and Grand Rapids

Have a warm and happy holiday from all of us at GRCC Library!

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Welcome to GRCC Library!

By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

Hard to believe it’s time for another fall semester!

Whether you’re a new student or a returning one, Grand Rapids Community College Library has loads of services to help make your semester a successful one.

Here is what you can do at GRCC Library:

  • The library’s hours and phone numbers are available on this blog and on the front page of http://grcc.edu/library
  • The library has 50 open lab computers available for student and staff use
  • If you brought your own laptop or mobile device, WiFi is available all throughout the building
  • Not only can you print from any of the open lab computers, you can also set up your laptop for wireless printing. which can be used anywhere on campus
    • Printing is $.10 per page for black and white, and $1 per page for color.
  • Your RaiderCard is your library card! It will allow you to pick up print jobs, check out materials, and access content off campus.
  • You can search for books, videos, audio, and electronic materials through RaiderCat
  • Browse through over 150 databases for articles on just about every subject
  • Manage your library account by checking on requested items and renewing materials
  • Request materials through RaiderLoan and MeLCat
  • You can email a librarian 24/7 if you need help. We will respond by the next business day.
  • Many classes take a tour of the library; you can do so virtually!
  • Did you know the library was on several different social networks? Now you can follow us everywhere!
  • If you ever have any questions on what you can and cannot do at the library, we’ve put together a fairly in depth FAQ.
  • We have dozens and dozens of Subject Guides,  the librarian’s version of Wikipedia, on all subjects and areas of interest related to the library, the college, and Grand Rapids.
  • For faculty, if you’re looking for your liaison librarian or how to request an information literacy session, we’ve got you covered.

Finally, you can access any of our content from anywhere in the world, as long as you know your RaiderCard number. If it’s 3 AM and you’re working on homework and need to search a database,  we’ve got your back!

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Real/Surreal at the GRAM

By Janelle Yahne
Circulation Associate

At Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), you can dig into some Freudian psychology by viewing the art in Real/Surreal.  Grand Rapids is the first stop of the exhibit’s national tour developed by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Art from Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Man Ray, Grand Wood and many others are currently on display through January 13th.  Along with this exhibit, there is a show of Salvador Dali’s Twelve Tribes of Israel as a complement.

As a GRCC student or employee, you can visit the GRAM for free, along with other local museums, with your RaiderCard!  This is an excellent opportunity to see amazing artwork and a beautiful LEED certified building. If you missed the chance to visit the GRAM during ArtPrize, this is the time to visit as the crowds are much smaller. The winner of this year’s competition, Elephants, will be on display through Thanksgiving so see it while you can!

Not able to visit the GRAM? Check out ARTstor in our databases. Some of the art is available for viewing as high quality images that allow the viewer to zoom quite close to see the minute details. Not all the pieces at the GRAM are in ARTstor.

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Go See GR!

By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

With ArtPrize just around the corner, GRCC’s Student Life has just announced expansion to their Go See GR! program. Open to current students and staff, this programs allows free access to the downtown cultural organizations:

Just make sure to bring your RaiderCard with you when you go! These are also great places to go for breaks between classes and for getting inspiration.

For more information, contact Student Life via email or phone at (616) 234-4160.

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