Let’s Talk Series

A few weeks ago, the library started hosting a weekly book club and movie/tv club to discuss all of your favorite books, audiobooks, movies and television series! Each discussion will center around a specific topic and all students, staff, faculty and public patrons are welcome to REGISTER HERE to reserve their seat today! You may also register by e-mailing us at library@reynolds.edu!

THIS WEEK (July 28th and 29th) our discussion topics include HORROR MOVIES and GHOST STORIES! The full summer schedule and upcoming discussion schedule is below!

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Let’s Talk: Screen Time
Join library staff Jackson and Abby on Tuesdays from 7:30PM to 8:30PM for our movie and TV discussion club! Staff, students and the public are welcome! We want to know what you love to watch, what you want to watch, and what you *regret* watching. Don’t have much to say but just need some recommendations? Join us anyway! Pop some corn, dim the lights, and come observe!
Let’s Talk: Quarantine Reads
Where are our avid readers at??? (Staff, students, public patrons? We want to see to all of you!) If that sounds like you, grab a beverage and cozy up with librarians Elizabeth and Talicia for the library’s book discussion club every Wednesday from 4:30PM to 5:30PM! We will be discussing all things books, audiobooks, and more! Not sure what to read? Come, be a fly on the wall! You’re bound to find plenty of inspiration by the end!

 Screen Time                                       Quarantine Reads

Date TOPIC Date TOPIC
Tue, July 7  – 7:30PM  Disaster movies, focus on Jurassic Park (1993) Wed, July 8  – 4:30PM  Summer/Beach Reads
Tue, July 14  – 7:30PM  Coming-of-age, focus on Eighth Grade (2018) Wed, July 15  – 4:30PM  Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels
Tue, July 21  – 7:30PM  Rom-com, focus on When Harry Met Sally (1989) Wed, July 22  – 4:30PM  Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels
Tue, July 28  – 7:30PM  Horror, focus on Get Out (2017) Wed, July 29  – 4:30PM  Ghost Stories
TBD Contemporary Sci-Fi, focus on Blade Runner 2049 (2017) TBD Romance and “Chick Lit”
TBD Kung Fu, focus on Ip Man (2008) TBD Action and Adventure
TBD Classics of Suspense, focus on Strangers on a Train (1951) TBD Mystery, Suspense, and Thrillers
TBD Parody Comedy, focus on Airplane! (1980) TBD Satire and Comedy

Reynolds Libraries Promote A Healthy Mind and Body

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Students at Reynolds Libraries are taking a holistic approach to their studies. Not only do they exercise their minds with the many resources the library has to offer, they exercise their bodies using the FitDesk stationary bike, found at both the Goochland and Parham Road locations.

Regular exercise not only enhances brain health, but working out before or after a study session awakens your mind and helps you retain information longer, potentially giving your test scores a welcome boost, according to the Scientific American.

So what are you waiting for? It’s science, ya’ll. 

Updated Library Website is live!

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We are excited to officially launch our updated website! After receiving feedback from students, faculty, and staff, the library site was updated to create a better user experience.

The new site makes navigating easier by having a persistent menu bar with all library links available no matter where you are on the site:

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We’ve also incorporated a prominent search box area that allows you to customize your catalog search based on what type of resource you are seeking – including Textbook Reserves. Additionally, you can now easily browse Popular/Best sellers, DVDs, and recently added books to the collection:

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Library Workshops and Events are now prominently listed on the new library homepage as well as the most recent social media posts:

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Some more exciting things to look forward to in the near future: more video guides/tutorials and an improved look for our Research Guides that will integrate more seamlessly with the rest of the website.

Please be aware that if you had previously bookmarked any links to specific library pages, you will need to update those to reflect the new URLs.  Otherwise, you may receive a “404” error page. If you have any trouble finding a particular resource, have questions, or would like to provide any additional feedback, don’t hesitate to reach us by phone, email, or in person.

New Library Website Preview

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Reynolds Libraries website is getting an exciting redesign.  We invite you to preview the new design at http://library.reynolds.edu/demo/index.html.

The redesign started about a year ago and was influenced by our observations from working with students, faculty and staff.   Efforts were made to adopt new web design and user experience trends.

We hope to officially launch the redesign this summer (May 2019).  We would appreciate your review and feedback by filling out the online survey.

You can also access the new website and survey from the links at the top of the current library website.

Community College Transfer Students Making an Impact at Elite Colleges

NPR recently reported on how Princeton admitted 13 transfer students this fall – the first time Princeton has done so in THREE DECADES!

Because of the success of those students, Princeton has decided to reinstate the transfer program by encouraging students from “low-income families, the military and from community colleges.”

Reynolds Librarians wanted to highlight some of the article’s findings and encourage you all to read it – and apply to Princeton!

  • Community colleges enroll 41 percent of all U.S. undergraduates.
  • 56 percent of Native American undergrads are enrolled in community colleges.
  • 52 percent of Hispanic undergrads are enrolled in community colleges.
  • 43 percent of African American undergrads are enrolled in community colleges.

You can find the article here: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/04/667381514/top-colleges-seeking-diversity-from-a-new-source-transfer-students

We are so proud of all of you!

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New Catalog is here!

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Reynolds Libraries has a new and improved online catalog! The new catalog can be accessed by conducting a search in the main search box on the library website, or you can access it directly with the following URL:  https://vcc-srl-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=JSRCC

If you previously bookmarked the old catalog link, please make sure you update it to the new link.

There are a couple things to note at this time:

  • Database articles and electronic resources are currently being added to the system so in the meantime you will be better off searching individual databases by going to the A-Z databases page.
  • There will be forthcoming customizations made to the look of the interface (color schemes, logos, images, etc.) so thank you for your patience as we continue to enhance the look and feel!

As with the old catalog, you can use the “My Account” feature to renew items, check the status of current checkouts, and place requests.

In the upper right side of the page, click “Guest”:

then click on “SIGN IN” (you will then be taken to the MyReynolds login page; once logged in, you will be taken to your account)

We will continue to make updates and announcements regarding the new catalog and hope that you will enjoy the improved catalog!

 

Reynolds Libraries Featured by VIVA

Reynolds Libraries are a member of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. This crucial partnership allows Reynolds to purchase high-quality digital resources at a discount, in partnership with other colleges and universities in the state.

Reynolds Libraries was featured by VIVA in September 2017.

VIVA Featured Member Library: Reynolds Community College

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An interview with Hong Wu, Director of Library Services

What are three points of pride in your library?

    • Team Library! Our library staff members really care, work hard and reflect the diversity of our student body.
    • Students. A library isn’t a library without users! Reynolds students come from all over the world and have varied educational goals. Our students also have many challenges, including speaking English as a second language, working (many full-time), caregiving for loved ones, and returning to work after a career change or military service. Reynolds Community college is the place to get a start or a second chance.
    • One library, multiple flavors. Our campus libraries reflect their programs and locations. Downtown is Reynolds most urban campus, hosts the most popular laptop checkout program, and offers an amazing cookbook collection (thanks to the culinary program!) Goochland is our rural campus and features a robust horticultural print collection, which is included in the Council of Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Goochland also houses Reynolds seed library. Parham is Reynolds most suburban campus, and offers students a large, light-filled space with plenty of desktop computers, multiple group study rooms. Parham is home to multiple special collections, including the Paralegal and ESL collection. Reynolds Libraries digital side-our library without walls—reaches distance students around the commonwealth, thanks in part to our VIVA membership. Remote access, eBooks and databases make location no barrier to education.

    What is the most popular spot in the library for users?

    • At all three campuses the group study rooms are incredibly popular. Students use them for both group and individual study, and they are always in use. We had over 13,000 students use the group study rooms in 2016-17.

    Which VIVA resource or service do we value the most, and why?

    • The EBSCOHost collection is essential. Our partnership with VIVA makes it possible for us to provide this high-quality resource for our students, a resource that they will continue to use after they transfer to a four-year university.

Want to see more beautiful libraries? Check out all of the member profiles on the VIVA site.

Happy Mother’s Day (in advance) to all the mothers at Reynolds!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers at Reynolds!

FACT: A mother’s education level is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success.*Thoria Wassef and Naema Tawadrous

Thoria Wassef (standing) and her daughter Naema Tawadrous (seated), who came to the U.S. from Egypt less than five years ago. Mother and daughter are both students at Reynolds.

We applaud them and all students who are—or will be—mothers!

*From READ Center Annual Report 2015-2016

 

Extended Hours: April 24 – May 6

exthours-blogReynolds Libraries will extend its hours of operation during the last two weeks of the semester at the Parham & Downtown campuses (Mon, April 24 – Sat, May 6):

Mon-Thurs: 7:45 am-10:00 pm
Friday: 7:45 am-5:00 pm
Sat, Downtown: 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Sat, Parham: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED