Enrolled, Employed or Enlisted: The Role of Libraries in Preparing Students for Life After High School

The College Readiness Committee, whose members include both Central Virginia high school and college/university librarians, presented a session at the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) annual conference in Williamsburg, VA. Committee members worked together to research issues surrounding our high school graduates – whether they enroll in college, get a job, or enlist in the military. During the session, attendees participated in a engaging discussion that addressed how we can: better prepare students, partner with teachers, and communicate with school/district leadership.

Free research workshops!

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Need help with starting your research or citing resources for a research assignment? Then register to attend to our free library research workshops being held at both the Downtown and Parham Road campuses. The workshops we have scheduled for this summer semester include:

  • Research the Smart Way: Getting too many results with that Google search? Need to get a research paper done and not sure how?  Learn how to research the smart way with the Reynolds Librarians. We’ve got everything you need to get started. Here’s what we’ll cover: Creating topic ideas; introduce the library catalog and databases as well as search strategies; how to access databases from home; learn the differences between Google and the library.
  • Cite it Right: APA and MLA: Not sure what MLA or APA citation styles are? Need to know how to do cite properly?  Let the Reynolds Librarians help you get on the right path! Here’s what we’ll cover: Learn what a citation is and how to identify its parts; how to cite a variety of print and online sources in APA and MLA style using citation tools.

Ask your instructor/s if you can receive extra credit for attending these workshops. Looking forward to seeing you at our workshops!

Image: “The Research Process” by Kim Louie, Lumen Learning is licensed under CC BY 4.0

APA & MLA Citation Help!

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Don’t forget that Reynolds Libraries can assist you with citing sources for your research assignments in the following ways:

For additional information, contact Reynolds Libraries

Happy International Fact-Checking Day!

April 2nd is International Fact-Checking Day. Check out the resources below. You can also participate in the global conversation on Twitter by following:
@factchecknet#FactcheckingDay and #FactCheckIt

Just in time for Halloween – streaming horror movies

October is that perfect time of year to grab your bag of Halloween candy and popcorn, turn off the lights, and curl up in your favorite chair and blanket to watch some scary movies. Reynolds Libraries has got you covered. Our Kanopy database collection of streaming movies offers access to a wide variety of horror films including cult classics, indie horror, and spooky movies from around the world.  Your Reynolds login is your movie ticket for accessing these films from off-campus. Pick your poison and let the film fright fest begin!

Diana Prince is still going strong

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman comics and the opening of the new Wonder Woman movie this month, check out some of our Wonder Woman graphic novels and other books:

Also check out the educational film, Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines. This film, available through Kanopy, critiques gender and heroism in popular culture.

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High School to College Transition Initiatives: A Repeat Performance

denise-pig Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Anita Tarbox, Librarian at Hermitage High School, collaborated again on the presentation, High School to College Transition Initiatives: Making it a Reality, which they co-presented at the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Conference in Williamsburg, VA. During their session, Denise and Anita discussed the various collaborative initiatives they are working on to better prepare high school students for college level research. Denise attended some awesome sessions, networked with other high school librarians, and met a pig that loves libraries!

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