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Love to Read?

GRCC’s Library contains a great collection focused on resources for instructional use. But, if you’re like many of us, sometimes you just want to read something “fun.”  Did you know that you can request leisure reading titles to be delivered from MeLCat search for Aretha Frankling titleother Michigan libraries to GRCC for your use? For free?

Here’s how:

  1. Start at GRCC’s RaiderSearch Catalog and run a [Title] search for the book,  video, or CD  you want.
  2. If GRCC does not own the book, then click the [Search MelCat] icon which runs the same search in the statewide MeLCat Catalog.
  3. Select your title from the MeL screen and click [Get this for me] and follow the screen prompts. You’ll be asked to logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider Number.
  4. We’ll contact you when the title arrives from the lending library. When you’re done, drop it back at GRCC’s Library and we’ll return it!

It’s easy… free to GRCC… and, it will expand your reading options astronomically!


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eBrary Updates

Our library is working on creating a up-to-date listing of our eBrary ebook collection, so we are reloading all of our eBrary links in the library’s online catalog, RaiderSearch. What is means for our users is that when searching in RaiderSearch for the next week or so, you may notice that some eBrary ebook links intermittently disappear and reappear. If you need to access eBrary this week, you may find it easier to go directly to GRCC’s eBrary webiste: http://0-site.ebrary.com.lib.grcc.edu/lib/grcc/home.action After this project is finished, all eBrary links will be back in RaiderSearch and this should eliminate any old links that no longer work. Please feel free to call (234-3868) or email (library@grcc.edu) the library if you have any questions about this process. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to providing a wide variety of eBooks for our students in the Fall semester!

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Streaming videos? We’ve got ’em!

Alexander Street Press logoStreaming videos?  We’ve got ’em – with transcripts! Alexander Street Press (ASP) Academic Video Online  was just upgraded from VAST to Premium level. The Premium level contains everything in VAST  – plus 17,000 additional titles.  ASP provides GRCC with more than 43,000 videos or 20,500+ hours of programming.  But what does this mean for library users?
  1. You’ll see a lot more streaming video results in RaiderSearch; use [Advanced Search] to add your search terms; under Add Limits, choose Material Type: Streaming Videos.
  2. RaiderSearch lets you retrieve a list of videos within specific video collections with a [Title] search for the collection.  (example: Current Affairs in Video).
  3. Faculty can link to ASP titles in Blackboard. See our Linking Subject Guide or contact your liaison librarian for assistance.

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New issue of CONNECT Faculty Newsletter published

The most recent issue of the CONNECT Faculty Newsletter has been published.

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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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