New business & technology database – O’Reilly for Higher Education

Check out our new business & technology database, O’Reilly for Higher Education. This digital collection which replaces the Safari eBooks database, includes more than 38,000 book titles and more than 30,000 hours of video. Topics range from programming to IT networking to project management to graphic design to business strategy to career development. The O’Reilly database provides unlimited access to any resource in its collection. When accessing this database from both on & off campus, you will be prompted to login with your My Reynolds username & password.

The O’Reilly for Higher Education database content includes:

  • eBooks
  • audio books
  • training videos & interactive tutorials
  • case studies
  • code snippets
  • certification preparation materials
  • practice exercises
  • And much more

**An important note for instructors that may have assigned specific titles in the Safari eBook database in past semesters, please be aware that eBook titles once available in the Safari database may not be available in the new O’Reilly database.

To familiarize yourself with the O’Reilly database, check out this helpful user guide or YouTube video. Once logged into the O’Reilly database, you can also check out their Support Center website.

For instructors that are interested in linking to specific O’Reilly resources in their Canvas courses, check out this page.

Changes to Kanopy Video Streaming

Beginning 12/18/2019, the Kanopy video streaming resource now only allows unlimited streaming for the titles that the library has paid an annual license for.  The previous model of unlimited streaming for all titles was not financially sustainable. We are hopeful that the new model still allows easy access to the most highly demanded and requested films used by our faculty, staff, and students in support of the course curriculum.

When you access the Kanopy homepage, all the titles you see in the categories section are videos we currently have licensed and are instantly streamable. Simply click on the title you wish to stream and then click on the play button:


In addition, anyone can submit a purchase request for any title that we don’t currently have licensed.  Submitting a request does not guarantee that we can purchase the title; however, we will try and honor requests based on the needs of the requester and the current library budget.

Requesting a title is easy.  When you encounter a title we currently do not have licensed, fill out the form and click the “Request Access” button:


You will receive a submission confirmation via email. A librarian will follow up with you within 48 hours to update you with the status of your request.

Do not hesitate to Ask Us if you have any questions regarding Kanopy or if you encounter any issues with access and/or streaming.  We are happy that we can continue to provide access to this popular and useful resource!

For business students and entrepreneurs

Image by Flickr user Patricia Drury

Here’s a chance to sit in the lecture hall with the faculty of the Harvard Business School- log on to the Business Source Complete database, and type in the search term:

Harvard FSS.

Scroll down through the titles of 55 lectures presented in the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series. Click on the video icon to watch the lecture online, or click on the pdf. link to read the transcript.

Included are such current topics as:

Billions of Entrepreneurs: the Yin and Yang of China and India

Jumpstarting Entrepreneurial Innovation

The Life Science Revolution: Changing the Language of Business

Note: Video links available through database search detailed above.

Free Video Lectures from Top Scholars


Check out the Academic Earth web site to view and listen to free lectures from the top scholars at Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. Below is a review of Academic Earth reviewed in the July 2009 issue of Choice Reviews Online:

Academic Earth, an entrepreneurial effort that is free online, is “an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education.” Six top-rated universities and their scholars provide more than 1,500 videos of courses and individual guest lectures that take place in the classroom. No registration is required and no credit is given. Optional registration allows users to save favorite lectures and post comments.

Video and audio portions of each lecture are excellent throughout. Users may select lectures/courses by browsing among the 17 discipline areas–from astronomy to religion–and by instructor, institution, or featured course/lecture.

An advanced search feature offers 32 subjects and filters for narrowing a search. Searching and navigation are easy and download-time, to either a PC or an iPod, is fast.  Lectures run from approximately 40 to 90 minutes, and courses are composed of approximately 20 to 45 lectures.

Many lectures feature related materials, including transcripts, PowerPoint slides, assignments, readings, and more. Students can assign grades to each course, and lecture and grade averages are posted. The FAQ file is a good way to start, and a feedback form is readily available for comments and questions.

Similar sites do not compare, including MIT OpenCourseWare (CH, Aug’07, 44-6573; course materials only), and Apple’s iTunesU (individual lectures and short video clips). Academic Earth is more inclusive–offering full lectures, courses, and related materials all in one place.

It would be of great use to students and other Internet users who want to learn more about a topic. Some academic disciplines are missing, e.g., art, sociology, and geology, but new material is regularly added, and most likely this user-friendly site will expand its offerings.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, general audience, and professionals.” 

B. Anderson, Northern Illinois University

Copyright and Online Course Material

In this digital age of posting course material on Blackboard, could you be breaking copyright right law and not know it?  In a recent Tech Therapy podcast from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Scott Carlson interviews Bill Shell, Director of Academic Technology and Computing Services at Eastern Michigan University and Warren Arbogast, a technology consultant, about how to make sure professors know their copyrights.  To listen to this podcast, click here

If you are not familiar with any issues related to copyright law and fair use, contact the Reference Desk.  Our librarians are more than happy to explain these issues and answer any questions you may have.  You can also check out our online Copyright Issues guide.

Integrating Library Resources into Your Blackboard Courses

For Faculty:
Check out our online guide, Integrating Library Resources into Your Blackboard Courses, to find out how to create direct links to JSRCC Library’s online: course & subject guides, databases,  full-text articles, and full-text books.  

For more information on creating links to these resources or to schedule a one-on-one consultation, contact Denise Woetzel (email: / phone: 523-5325).  The Library will also be offering sessions in the future on integrating library resources into Blackboard through JSRCC’s Professional Development workshops.

Our Reference Librarians will also work with you in finding appropriate online resources to supplement your Blackboard courses.  Contact the Reference Desk for more information (Downtown: 523-5333, Parham: 523-5329).

Off-Campus Access to Library Databases

A reminder to faculty, staff, and students at JSRCC – you can access a wide range of the library’s online resources from home including the full-text of journals, magazines, and newspapers.   Our library databases can be accessed from any off-campus location that has an Internet connection (e.g.,  home or office).  When you are off-campus and click on any database link from the library’s web site, a VCCS login screen will appear.  Simply type in your My JSRCC login (the same username and password you use for Blackboard) to access the databases.  For more information or assistance in using the databases from off-campus, see our Off-Campus Access web page or contact the Reference Desk.


Create Direct Links to Online Articles from your Blackboard Courses

One convenient option for making reading material available to students through Blackboard is to create persistent or durable links to full-text articles found in the library’s research databases.  Some of the advantages of providing persistent links to articles are:

  • Students do not have to come to the library. They can access articles anytime and anywhere.
  • It familiarizes students with research databases. Linking provides students the opportunity to see and use the database without having the added responsibility of evaluating and choosing the information from the database.
  • The responsibility falls on the database vendor to handle the copyright issues (e.g., to pay the copyright holder when there is a requirement for that to be done). You don’t have to go through the hassle of getting the necessary permissions to: place copyrighted materials in the library’s reserves, photocopy the material, or download the full article on your Bb course site.

 For more information on creating persistent links, check out the online guide, Integrating Library Resources Into Your Blackboard Courses , or contact the Reference Desk.

New Library Instruction Model & Assessment for ENG 111

Starting this semester, library instruction for English 111 classes will include objectives based on ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.  Several instructional packages will be offered or you can customize your own package based on these competencies.  You can review these packages on the Library Instruction online request forms for each campus:

Library Assessment: 
We highly recommend that English 111 students complete an assessment after instruction.  The assessment is available as a Word file or .zip file that can be loaded into your Blackboard course.  For more information, see the Library Assessment for Eng 111 web page.