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:
- Collaborate to Educate: Designing Cross-Discipline Information Literacy Instruction for First-Year Students. Presenters Katt Starnes, Michael Saar, and Salena Parker from Lamar University discussed how a writing instructor, writing center tutor and librarian collaborated on an information literacy project for a first-year writing course. Students worked in groups to learn a specific research skill and then created a video tutorial on that skill to teach their peers.
- Collaborating beyond the Campus: University Librarians in the K-12 Classroom. Presenters Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra, Gayle Schaub, and Susan Carson from Grand Valley State University discussed a collaboration between academic librarians, an education professor, public librarians, and a middle school teacher. In weekly workshops sixth-graders from a local middle school worked alongside university education major students to develop their information literacy skills with assistance from both librarians and an education professor. These sixth graders than develop a final presentation that was showcased in an exhibition event on the university campus.
- Involving Students in their Learning Processes: Practical Strategies for Learner-Centered Information Literacy Instruction. Presenter Kerry Creelman from the University of Houston facilitated an engaging workshop where participants explored various student-centered strategies and activities to incorporate into the classroom. Activities included reflective writing, discussion and small group exercises.
- Making it REAL: Teaching Information Literacy Skills through Situated Learning. Presenters Jon Pope, Kim Becnel, and Amanda from Appalachian State University discussed how writing instructors and a librarian collaborated on a research component of an undergraduate composition course. One of the research assignments for this course was a Rhetorical Exigence and Active Learning (REAL) project, in which students worked in small groups to identify a real-world local problem and conducted original research to produce a final written product. Students’ assignment journals were analyzed and a focus group was conducted to compare students’ level of motivation and engagement with both the traditional research essay and the REAL project. Results revealed that students were much more engaged with the REAL project.
- Rebooting a Technical Writing Course: Control Instructional Design, Alt Information Literacy, and Delete Non-Collaboration. Presenter Kelly Diamond and Gregg Thumm from Western Virginia University discussed how a librarian and technical writing instructor collaborated on developing a research component for online sections of a Technical Writing course.
- Revitalizing your Research Instruction: Applying the Engaging Constructivist Framework in the Library Instruction Classroom. Presenters Paul Vermette, Melissa Langridge, and Kayla Jaehn from Niagara University facilitated an engaging workshop where participants explored various strategies and activities to incorporate in the classroom such as icebreakers, pair and group activities, and free technology tools such as InstaGrok (create concept maps), Kahoot (create discussions, surveys, quizzes), and Linoit (sticky and photo sharing).
- Using What They Know to Teach Them What They Need to Know. Presenter Lucinda Ruch from Old Dominion University discussed how she uses social media in her classes to teach information literacy skills to students.
Denise 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.
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 (http://libguides.reynolds.edu/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.
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.
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:
- Cite it Right, MLA Style – Downtown Campus, Rm. 664 – Tue, April 16, 11am-12pm
- Cite it Right, APA Style – Downtown Campus, Rm. 664- Thu, April 18, 11am-12pm
- Cite it Right (APA & MLA Style) – Parham Road Campus, Library Lab- Thu, April 25, 3-4pm
Check out the following resources for Black History Month:
- 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:
- Black History – History.com: Includes: biographies, facts, maps, timelines & events, and videocasts.
- Celebrate Black History – Biography.com: Includes biographies, an interactive timeline, events, the Apollo Theater, and videocasts.
- Infoplease Black History Month: Includes: history and timelines, contemporary issues, biographies, holidays, education, awards, and statistics, and quizzes.
- African American History Month: The Library of Congress online archive provides free and open access to African American digital collections including primary documents, images, audio and video.
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 http://vccs.lib.overdrive.com with your mobile device to try it today.
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.”
Check 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.