Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is located on the entire 2nd floor of the E-Wing.

E. J. Shaheen Library

If you are off-campus, you will be required to have a User ID and password to use the following online resources.

Stay in bed and borrow ebooks and audio books from your phone. Read on Libby. The one-tap reading app from our college library.

Articles & Databases

Featured DatabasesDatabases by SubjectA-Z List of DatabasesNewspapers

Choose one of our featured databases below, or select one of the other Article & Database tabs for more specific searching.

A-B | C-D | E-H | I-L | M-N | O-P | Q-S |T-V | W-Z








Digital Newspapers

Newspaper Source Plus logo

Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world’s major news content.

The New York Times logo

Full-text available from The New York Times from 1851 to present.



Print Newspapers
The following print newspapers are available on-campus:

  • Kalamazoo Gazette

  • Sturgis Journal


  • Three Rivers Commercial



Inter Library Loan Resources

Michigan E-Library logo

Need a book we don’t have? Find & order materials yourself from other Michigan libraries with MeLCat and we’ll call you when it arrives.

WorldCat logo

Can’t find the book through MeLCat? Submit an Interlibrary Loan Form and we will request it for you through WorldCat. WorldCat is the world’s largest online catalog.


Library Services

Borrow, Renew, Return

  • GOCC or State Issued ID required
  • 2 week loan period for most items
  • Renew items by phone or in person with GOCC ID two times
  • Return the items in the library, outside under the concourse in the dropbox, or in the library door

Instructional Services

Interlibrary Loan

  • Need a book we don’t have? Order the item yourself through MeLCat and we’ll call you when it arrives.
  • Can’t find the book through MeLCat? Submit an Interlibrary Loan Form and we will request it for you.
  • May take up to 2 weeks to receive item
  • GOCC Library fines are $1 a day for late items
  • The lending library determines the replacement costs, additional fines, and processing fees for lost, damaged, or late items


Print, Copy, Scan

  • Printing is FREE
  • Scan to email or flash drive
  • Color copies and prints are ¢50 a page
  • Printing only available through Glen Oaks computers, not via WiFi

Studying & Computing

  • Find the perfect spot to study. Many areas have access to electric to plug in your devices. Please ask at the front desk if you are having trouble locating these areas.
  • Computers are available


Tutoring & Testing Center

Tutoring Services


Peer Tutors Needed:

The Learning Commons is always on the lookout for new and qualified tutors.

All tutors must have received a 3.5 or higher GPA in the class for which they tutor, or must be recommended by an instructor.

If you meet the above requirement, please fill out and submit our Tutor Application Form and contact The Learning Commons at (269) 294-4295.

If you are interested in receiving tutoring, fill out a Tutor Request Form.

A tutor will be assigned to you (either in- person or virtual), and you will be contacted with the time and date of the session.

Tutoring sessions can take place in the Learning Commons, in a mutually approved public meeting area (a restaurant, the GO Concourse, or similar open public space), or virtually.

Tutors are available by appointment or walk-in for some disciplines.

One on one virtual tutoring is available through Canvas via NetTutor.

  • If you choose to utilize this service, you do not need to fill out the Tutor Request Form.
  • Sign into your Canvas account.
  • Select any of your available course shells.
  • A NetTutor option will be available in the left hand navigation menu.
  • Once you are in the NetTutor website, you may choose any course from the list of available disciplines.

Testing Services


Placement Testing:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to offer our typical Accuplacer testing. The following are various ways for you to complete this step:

  • Submit ACT/SAT scores
    • Taken within the last 5 years
    • Sending a PDF to Admissions.
    • Your name must be visible on the document (cannot be handwritten).
  • Submit your official high school transcript
    • An unofficial transcript may be used if an official is not available
    • Transcripts can be no more than five years old
    • Transcripts can be sent via Parchment, emailed to Admissions from the high school or mailed.
    • A determination will be made regarding course placement.
  • If you do not meet the above requirements or are a Homeschool or GED student, you will need to complete the following:
    • Take the online self-assessment for English
    • Math assessment occurs via ALEKS.
      • If you require an ALEKS assessment, an account will be created and information on accessing your account will be sent via your Glen Oaks email.
      • The test may be repeated up to five times with computer guided study sessions in between as detailed in the invitation email.
    • Advisors will let you know how to access these.

On-Campus Testing:

Glen Oaks Courses:
We provide proctoring services for both online and paper tests.

Certification Courses:

Testing is available for the following by appointment through the certifying body:

  • Pearson VUE
  • Nursing Certifications
  • Allied Health Certifications

Learning Commons Hours

*Fall/Winter Semesters:*

Monday thru Thursday:
8:00am – 8:00pm

Friday:
8:00am – 4:00pm


Closed Saturdays & Sundays

*Summer Semester:*

Monday thru Thursday:
8:00am – 4:00pm


Closed Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays

Contact Us

Learning Commons/TTC General Contact Number: (269) 294-4295

Directors

Shaphan Lavinghouse

  • Position: Assistant Director of the Learning Commons
  • Office Location: The Learning Commons, Tutoring & Testing Center
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4372
Contact Shaphan Lavinghouse

  Shaphan Lavinghouse

Trista Nelson

  • Position: Director of Learning Commons
  • Office Location: E-Wing, E231
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4293
Contact Trista Nelson

  Trista Nelson

Library Staff

Judith Fetch

  • Position: Library Technician
  • Office Location: Library, E215
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4211
Contact Judith Fetch

  Judith Fetch

Tonya Miller

  • Position: Library Clerk
  • Office Location: The Learning Commons
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4245
Contact Tonya Miller

  Tonya Miller

Tutoring & Testing Staff

Lynne Holtz

  • Position: Tutoring & Testing Staff Technician
  • Office Location: The Learning Commons, Tutoring & Testing Center
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4275
Contact Lynn Holtz

  Lynn Holtz
The Learning Commons is located on the entire 2nd floor of the E-Wing.

E. J. Shaheen Library

If you are off-campus, you will be required to have a User ID and password to use the following online resources.

Stay in bed and borrow ebooks and audio books from your phone. Read on Libby. The one-tap reading app from our college library.

Articles & Databases

Featured DatabasesDatabases by SubjectA-Z List of DatabasesNewspapers

Choose one of our featured databases below, or select one of the other Article & Database tabs for more specific searching.

A-B | C-D | E-H | I-L | M-N | O-P | Q-S |T-V | W-Z








Digital Newspapers

Newspaper Source Plus logo

Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world’s major news content.

NewsBank icon

Full-text available of the Sturgis Journal through Newsbank from 11/16/98-present.



Print Newspapers
The following print newspapers are available on-campus:

  • Kalamazoo Gazette

  • New York Times (Sunday Edition)


  • Sturgis Journal

  • Three Rivers Commercial


Inter Library Loan Resources

Michigan E-Library logo

Need a book we don’t have? Find & order materials yourself from other Michigan libraries with MeLCat and we’ll call you when it arrives.

WorldCat logo

Can’t find the book through MeLCat? Submit an Interlibrary Loan Form and we will request it for you through WorldCat. WorldCat is the world’s largest online catalog.


Library Services

Borrow, Renew, Return

  • GOCC or State Issued ID required
  • 2 week loan period for most items
  • Renew items by phone or in person with GOCC ID two times
  • Return the items in the library, outside under the concourse in the dropbox, or in the library door

Instructional Services

Interlibrary Loan

  • Need a book we don’t have? Order the item yourself through MeLCat and we’ll call you when it arrives.
  • Can’t find the book through MeLCat? Submit an Interlibrary Loan Form and we will request it for you.
  • May take up to 2 weeks to receive item
  • GOCC Library fines are $1 a day for late items
  • The lending library determines the replacement costs, additional fines, and processing fees for lost, damaged, or late items


Print, Copy, Scan

  • Printing is FREE
  • Scan to email or flash drive
  • Color copies and prints are ¢50 a page
  • Printing only available through Glen Oaks computers, not via WiFi

Studying & Computing

  • Find the perfect spot to study. Many areas have access to electric to plug in your devices. Please ask at the front desk if you are having trouble locating these areas.
  • Computers are available


Tutoring & Testing Center

Tutoring Services


Peer Tutors Needed:

The Learning Commons is always on the lookout for new and qualified tutors.

All tutors must have received a 3.5 or higher GPA in the class for which they tutor, or must be recommended by an instructor.

If you meet the above requirement, please fill out and submit our Tutor Application Form and contact The Learning Commons at (269) 294-4295.

If you are interested in receiving tutoring, fill out a Tutor Request Form.

A tutor will be assigned to you (either in- person or virtual), and you will be contacted with the time and date of the session.

Tutoring sessions can take place in the Learning Commons, in a mutually approved public meeting area (a restaurant, the GO Concourse, or similar open public space), or virtually.

Tutors are available by appointment or walk-in for some disciplines.

One on one virtual tutoring is available through Canvas via NetTutor.

  • If you choose to utilize this service, you do not need to fill out the Tutor Request Form.
  • Sign into your Canvas account.
  • Select any of your available course shells.
  • A NetTutor option will be available in the left hand navigation menu.
  • Once you are in the NetTutor website, you may choose any course from the list of available disciplines.

Testing Services


Placement Testing:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to offer our typical Accuplacer testing. The following are various ways for you to complete this step:

  • Submit ACT/SAT scores
    • Taken within the last 5 years
    • Sending a PDF to Admissions.
    • Your name must be visible on the document (cannot be handwritten).
  • Submit your official high school transcript
    • An unofficial transcript may be used if an official is not available
    • Transcripts can be no more than five years old
    • Transcripts can be sent via Parchment, emailed to Admissions from the high school or mailed.
    • A determination will be made regarding course placement.
  • If you do not meet the above requirements or are a Homeschool or GED student, you will need to complete the following:
    • Take the online self-assessment for English
    • Math assessment occurs via ALEKS.
      • If you require an ALEKS assessment, an account will be created and information on accessing your account will be sent via your Glen Oaks email.
      • The test may be repeated up to five times with computer guided study sessions in between as detailed in the invitation email.
    • Advisors will let you know how to access these.

On-Campus Testing:

Glen Oaks Courses:
We provide proctoring services for both online and paper tests.

Certification Courses:

Testing is available for the following by appointment through the certifying body:

  • Pearson VUE
  • Nursing Certifications
  • Allied Health Certifications

Learning Commons Hours

*Fall/Winter Semesters:*

Monday thru Thursday:
8:00am – 8:00pm

Friday:
8:00am - 4:00pm

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Closed Saturdays & Sundays

*Summer Semester:*

Monday thru Thursday:
8:00am - 4:00pm


Closed Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays

Tutoring & Testing Center

On Campus
Walk-In Tutoring

Monday thru Thursday:
8:00am – 5:00pm


Friday:
8:00am – 4:00pm

Closed Saturdays & Sundays

Other tutoring times and subjects are available by appointment.

Monday thru Thursday:
8:00am – 8:00pm


Friday:
8:00am – 4:00pm

Closed Saturdays & Sundays


Summer Hours

E.J. Shaheen Library
Monday thru Thursday:
8:00am – 6:00pm

ClosedFriday, Saturday & Sunday
Tutoring & Testing Center
On Campus Walk-In Tutoring

Monday thru Thursday:
8:00am – 6:00pm


Closed Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Other tutoring times and subjects are available by appointment.

Contact Us

Learning Commons General Contact Number: (269) 294-4295

Message the Learning Commons

Directors

Shaphan Lavinghouse

  • Position: Assistant Director of the Learning Commons
  • Office Location: The Learning Commons, Tutoring & Testing Center
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4372
Contact Shaphan Lavinghouse

  Shaphan Lavinghouse

Trista Nelson

  • Position: Director of Learning Commons
  • Office Location: E-Wing, E231
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4293
Contact Trista Nelson

  Trista Nelson

Library Staff

Judith Fetch

  • Position: Library Technician
  • Office Location: Library, E215
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4211
Contact Judith Fetch

  Judith Fetch

Tonya Miller

  • Position: Library Clerk
  • Office Location: The Learning Commons
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4245
Contact Tonya Miller

  Tonya Miller

Tutoring & Testing Staff

Lynne Holtz

  • Position: Tutoring & Testing Staff Technician
  • Office Location: The Learning Commons, Tutoring & Testing Center
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4275
Contact Lynn Holtz

  Lynn Holtz