Reynolds Community College and Hermitage High School librarians co-present at library conference in Savannah

Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Anita Tarbox, Librarian at Hermitage High School, collaborated on a presentation, High School to College Transition Initiatives: Making it a Reality, which they co-presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in Savannah, GA. 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 also attended some awesome conference sessions on best methods, the latest technologies and other issues related to teaching, learning and assessing of students’ information literacy skills. Reynolds librarians will be exploring how some of these methods and new technologies can be adapted and incorporated into the curriculum. Sessions included:


Los bibliotecarios participan de la conferencia lenguas extranjeras

Thank you in different languagesDenise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Helen McKann, Librarian at John Tyler Community College attended the joint VCCS World Languages Peer Group / FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia) Conference in Williamsburg on September 26 to promote the VCCS Libraries many world language resources.  Over 700 foreign language instructors from across the state of Virginia including over 70 VCCS foreign language instructors attended the conference.

Instructors throughout the state dropped by the VCCS Libraries table to learn more about the variety of resources available that support each college’s foreign language curriculum including:

  • Print, eBooks, and audiobooks on how to learn a specific language
  • Films on Demand’s streaming video World Languages collection
  • Spanish and French databases available through EBSCOhost
  • Accessing international journal, magazine, and newspaper articles written in a specific language (e.g., Spanish, French) using the EBSCOhost and Factiva databases.

For more information check out the VCCS Libraries online World Languages Resources guide or contact the Reynolds Library.

From Books to Movies 2014


Books are almost always better than the movies they are made into. Why not judge for yourself? Want to read the book before the movie comes out? Maybe you already saw a movie this year and want to read the book to see how they compare? Check out a sampling of books in our collection that have been made into movies this year.

Information Literacy @ Reynolds

Are you tired of seeing students cite Wikipedia in their papers?  Do you want students to understand how to:

  • locate information from reliable sources
  • evaluate the credibility of sources
  • or how to cite sources correctly

If so, Reynolds librarians are ready to assist you!  We encourage you to contact the Reynolds librarians for more information on our information literacy program options. We are more than happy to collaborate with you in incorporating information literacy into your classes and look forward to working with you:

  • Downtown Campus: 523-5333
  • Goochland Campus: 523-5419
  • Parham Road Campus: 523-5329

To request library instruction, use our online request form.  To access the request form for the Downtown, Parham Road, or Goochland Campus, click on Library Instruction Request  ( from the Library Services menu on the Reynolds Library home page


Or use the links to each campus request form below:

The video below provides an overview of our information literacy program options as it explains what information literacy and how it ties into general education core competencies and assessment.

Practice Tests Available Online!


Check out LearningExpress Library, an online tool which includes more than 1000 practice tests & skills tutorials for academic career advancement & more than 200 ebooks designed to help students succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.

LearningExpress Library will help you prepare for:

  • professional certification, licensing, & aptitude tests in a range of occupations: health care, civil service/government, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, military, real estate, & more
  • college entrance exams – ACT & SAT
  • college Advanced Placement (AP) exams
  • GED test
  • graduate school admissions tests – GMAT, GRE, LSAT, & MCAT

LearningExpress Library will also help you improve:

  • workplace skills such as interviewing techniques, business writing including cover letters & resumes, & computer skills
  • proficiency levels in reading, writing, & math

LearningExpress Library provides access to:

  • Practice tests that mimic the timing, scoring, & format of official exams
  • Instant feedback & score reports to pinpoint strengths & weaknesses
  • Detailed answer explanations which allow for a better understanding of the subject matter
  • Instant essay scoring that enables writing skills improvement
  • Secure, individual user accounts to save work & access completed tasks & score history

To access LearningExpressLibrary from both on and off campus, you will need to set up your own personal account on a campus computer first. Drop by any JSRCC campus library reference desk if you need assistance in setting up your account or using Learning Express Library.

Need help in citing your sources?

Do you still need help in citing your sources for end-of-semester research assignments?  Sign up for one of our 3 remaining Cite it Right library workshops:

Resources for Black History Month

Check out the following resources for Black History Month:

Library Resources:

  • Library Catalog: Browse through our library catalog to find print & online books as well as popular DVDs on a wide variety of African-American and African heritage history topics and events.
  • Oxford African American Studies Center: Database provides access to the three-volume Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895, the three-volume Black Women in America, and the highly acclaimed Africana, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience. The Center is also in the process of including contents from the African American National Biography and the Encyclopedia of African American Art and Architecture. In addition, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford’s reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and selected articles from other reference works. (Oxford)
  • African American Poetry, 1760-1900: Database provides access to the full text of the works of over 2,500 poems by 54 African­American poets of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Phillis Wheatley and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The poetry covers a wide range of topics, and a variety of poetic styles and types including elegies, odes, ditties, hymns, and sonnets. (Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia)
  • Issues & Controversies in American History: Database includes biographies, timelines, background articles, photographs, and maps that augment the curriculum-based coverage of historical events. Includes black history issues such as the Civil War and Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. Provides the points of view on all sides of the debates as they were promulgated at the time (Facts on File Services)
  • History Resource Center – U.S. : One-stop source of a variety of historical data including African American history. Provides integrated access to over 1,000 primary documents, nearly 100 full text journals, and 2000 images and maps. Reference sources include American Decades, American Eras, DISCovering U.S. History, and Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations. (Gale)
  • Biography Resource Center: Database provides biographies for over 340,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas including notable African Americans and people of African heritage. It contains more than 435,000 biographies from over 1,000 volumes of more than 135 Gale sources such as Contemporary Authors, Encyclopedia of World Biography, etc. and more than 538,000 full-text articles from nearly 300 magazines including American History and U.S. News & World Report. (Gale)
  • MasterFILE Premier: This multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,750 journal, magazine, and newspaper titles. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest including African-American and African heritage history. Includes nearly 500 full text reference books, full text from 86,019 biographies, 105,787 full text primary source documents, and an image collection.

Free Resources on the Web:

Download Books to your SmartPhone or Blackberry!


Since 2007, JSRCC Library users have been able to check out and download OverDrive audio books to enjoy on a personal computer or MP3 player. The VCCS OverDrive download site is available 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Popular and classic downloadable books are offered in a variety of subjects, including mystery, romance, science fiction, business and careers, self-improvement, and more.

Now, VCCS Libraries offers even greater access to the OverDrive download service through a mobile device-optimized website coupled with software for downloading and listening on the go. A mobile version of the VCCS OverDrive download site is now available. This mobile version allows easy browsing, searching, and checkout from your Smartphone, Blackberry®, or other web-enabled device. Windows Mobile (5 or newer) users can wirelessly download audiobooks to their mobile device using OverDrive® Media Console for Windows Mobile. Android™ device owners can install a beta version of OverDrive Media Console to download OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks. To download audio books on your mobile device, you’ll also need an Internet connection and a MyVCCS login.

Visit with your mobile device to try it today.

National Health Care Debate – Web Resources


Looking to read up on the issues and policies fueling the national health care debate?  Then check out Shikha Sharma’s Internet Resources guide in the September 2009 issue of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries News.

“This guide highlights free Web sites with data and information on issues relevant to the national health care debate, including health care cost, coverage, expenditure, access, delivery, utilization, disparities in quality, and outcomes.”

Health Information on the Internet

cro-aug-09Check out the latest bibliographic essay from the August 2009 issue of Choice Reviews Online.  The essay, Health Information on the Internet: Seeking the Gold Standard, identifies  high quality health-related web sites based on criteria developed by the authors.  You will need to login to access this essay.  First time users will need to set up a member account on a campus computer.