Grand Rapids Community College’s Learning Center hosted its third annual open house Tuesday to introduce students, staff and faculty to its available resources and to offer a sneak peek at library software that will be introduced in early 2019.
The open house took place at four different departments within the Learning Center, located at 140 Ransom NE. Each department offered snacks and more in-depth information of the services they offered.
At the Library and Learning Commons, Librarian Nan Schichtel provided pamphlets about the library’s services, including the ability to borrow necessary school items like laptops, textbooks, graphing calculators and presentation supplies like dry-erase markers and notecards.
Director of Library and Learning Commons Brian Beecher enjoyed the chance to interact with new students and faculty.
“I do love seeing everybody, and meeting people that I don’t know,” Beecher said. “It gives an opportunity for the staff, too… The library is always changing. We always have a lot of new services.”
A monitor nearby previewed OneSearch, an all-encompassing search system that would combine all of the library’s resources into one easily searchable database. The program, which is scheduled to be available at GRCC in early 2019, shows results for electronic, print and multimedia resources all at once and prevents users from having to search multiple databases individually.
Academic Support and Tutoring Services, located on the second floor of the Learning Center, offers both drop-in and appointment-based tutoring services which are provided at no cost to students. Don VanOeveren, associate director for academic support and tutoring, finds the open house useful for the department’s awareness.
“It gets people up here that haven’t been up here before,” VanOeveren said.
The Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion sponsors events and programs such as the Diversity Lecture Series and the Latino Student Support program.
“We honor the dignity of all people through celebrations and educational opportunities,” said Administrative Assistant Jennifer Smith. “(Students) would be coming here for understanding, knowledge… and to know that everybody has a story.”
Media Technologies is an internal service department that does video production across campus, records events, and installs and maintains all of the multimedia technology in GRCC’s estimated 300 classrooms, among its many roles. Although the resources are not available to students, the open house provided an opportunity for the department to gain visibility among faculty and staff.
“It’s more of getting to know some more faculty and staff, and them knowing where we are and what we do,” said Video Production Coordinator Noah DeSmit. “Hopefully we can then provide them with the services they need to better provide student success.”
Upon entry to the open house, guests were given a paper “passport” that was stamped as they visited each department. Those who collected all four stamps were entered to win prizes from sponsors of the event including Lake Michigan Credit Union, Subway, and GRCC’s Raider Grille and Quiet Cafe. The event also included a live performance by GRCC’s Guitar Ensemble at the Library and Learning Commons.
Winners in Tuesday’s drawing were notified by email and are also listed here.