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The library is proud to announce our newest database, Mango.

Mango Languages is language learning software for over 60 languages. You can learn Spanish, French, Cherokee, or Shakespearean English (and many more!) with Mango. They also have specialized English courses for non-native speakers, based on your native language.

Mango could be particularly useful for:

  • Brushing up on Spanish, French, English, or Latin for a language placement exam here at GCC.
  • Learning a language within your profession. There is a course specifically for medical or legal Spanish, for example.
  • Getting to know the basics of a local language before travelling.
  • Increasing your general cultural knowledge.

World Languages faculty at GCC feel this is a valuable program, and the library is excited to be able to offer this new service.

A couple of notes about Mango:

  • You can create a free, individual account (we highly recommend this!!) to help you track your progress between sessions. Click on the Mango icon and choose “create a profile.” This login is entirely separate from both your GCC and library accounts. Then, log in each time you are using Mango.
  • You can also just jump right in and start any language. Click on “All Languages” to see the full list of 60 available options.
  • Mango also has many foreign language films, complete with captioning in the original language and English. An enjoyable way to both see great films and learn a new skill!

Any questions? Ask a librarian!

reference@gcc.mass.edu | 413-775-1831

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GCC now has a seed library!

We are hosting a workshop for any interested participants this coming Monday, April 27th, from noon to 12:50 pm, in S338. We will talk about our new seed lending program, and Tony Reiber will also give a mini-workshop for beginning gardeners. Open to all GCC students, faculty, and staff. Please stop by!

A bit more about the seed library is included below.

What is a seed library?

A seed library is an institution that lends seeds to their patrons. Patrons of seed libraries are encouraged (but not required) to become familiar with seed saving techniques and to save seeds from their crops and “return” them for “lending” the next growing season.

In collaboration with the science department, the Nahman-Watson Library is starting a seed library at GCC. The rich agricultural heritage of Franklin County and GCC’s leadership in creating programs that emphasize local sustainability make the concept of a seed library at GCC a natural combination of innovation, sustainability, civic engagement, and lifelong learning.

This is our first and pilot year. To see a list of the seeds we have available, visit our library catalog. Searching for “greenfield community college seed library” will show you all the seeds we have available!

Seed libraries contribute to ensuring biodiversity, encourage the production and consumption of nutritious foods, and connect both the GCC community and the community at large with the pleasures of growing your own food. Seed libraries also help to collect and cultivate local crops that thrive in our particular local ecology and help to preserve open pollinated varieties of fruits and vegetables, which in turn can lessen our dependency on large agribusiness.

And lastly, it is not only an agricultural idea but a cultural one: a vision of a community that values sharing resources and expertise without thinking of profit.

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We hope to see you on Monday! All GCC students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate this year. 

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Patriots’ Day Weekend Hours

Published on April 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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The library will have reduced hours during the coming long weekend. We will be closed on Friday, April 17th for Staff Development Day (there are no classes on this day) and on Monday, April 20th for Patriots’ Day (there are also no day classes on this day).

We will be open, as normal, on Saturday, April 18th, from 10 am to 4 pm.

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In joint celebration of both Jazz Appreciation Month and National Poetry Month, and to explore the ways in which jazz and poetry interact, the library is hosting a pop-up coffeehouse this Thursday, April 9th, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, in the library lobby.

Students from the music department will be playing jazz pieces, led by Matthew Shippee, and students from Joanne Hayes’s Modern Poetry class will read selections of poetry. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served.

Please drop in! Snapping and berets encouraged, but not required. :-)

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Due to staffing issues, the library will need to close at 4 pm this Friday, April 10th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Feeling iffy about your college research skills AND planning for the fall semester? Consider registering for HUD 130! It’s a one credit course on college-level research, taught by a librarian. Offered Wednesdays at 1 pm. We’d love to have you join us.

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Databases and catalog 3/23

Published on March 23, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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The library consortium we belong to, C/WMARS, is having technical difficulties. Databases access is not available from off-campus, and the catalog is not currently available. We will update once everything is up and running!

UPDATE 6:15 PM: Everything is up and running!

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Closing early Monday 3/9

Published on March 9, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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Due to a staffing emergency, the library will be closing today (Monday, 3/9) at 5 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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You likely know by now that at the Nahman-Watson Library, we try to create a welcoming environment with as few barriers for students as possible. Our computers do not require any log in, printing is free, and library staff are friendly – and will never shush you.

For years, we have been able to look students up by name or student ID number when you visit us and check out a book or headphones, and we have not required you to bring your library card. But we need to change that. In an attempt to ensure that library records are accurate and no one is mistakenly charged for a book they never checked out, we will now be requiring students to bring their library card with them when they need to check out materials. We will be flexible and remind you through the end of March, but beginning in April you will not be able to check out items without a library card. No other services will be effected – you can still use computers, print, and ask for help, even if you forget your library card at home.

Thank you for working with us. We hope that the benefit of this new policy will outweigh the minor inconvenience it creates. Plus, your library card is useful for so many services, beyond checking out physical items – we have millions of articles available through our library databases, tens of thousands of ebooks available through our library catalog, and many films you can access from anywhere in the world with your small, but powerful, GCC library card. So please dig it out from your wallet or have your key tag card and take advantage of all it has to offer!

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at reference@gcc.mass.edu or 413-775-1831.

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Hours for Spring Break

Published on March 5, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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The library is open during spring break week but with reduced hours. Our hours will be:

  • Saturday, March 14th: closed
  • Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th: open 8 am to 5 pm, daily
  • Saturday, March 21st: open as normal, 10 am to 4 pm

Normal semester hours resume Monday, March 23rd.

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