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.

Films to check out for Black History Month

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Check out Reynolds Libraries two streaming video databases for films on black history:

  • Films on Demand – From the main screen, scroll down and click on Black History Month under the Featured this Month heading.
  • Kanopy – The library strongly recommends that you setup a free Kanopy account first so that you can add & watch films from your Watchlist. For instructions, click here or ask a librarian for help.

Films include:

  • African American Cinema
  • Documentaries
  • Major black events & individuals in history
  • Current events

Social sciences teaching faculty may want to incorporate these films into their lesson plans and assignments. If you are accessing these video databases from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your My Reynolds username & password.

Introducing Flipster Digital Magazines!

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We are excited to now offer digital magazines through Flipster! You can access, browse, and read digital magazines on your computer, tablet, or phone. It’s easy to get started: just visit the Flipster page and click a magazine title to immediately start reading in your browser from on campus. If you’re off campus, you will be prompted to login to your My Reynolds account before accessing.

Use the Flipster app, available through the iTunes store for Apple devices, and on the Google Play store for Android devices, to download magazines for offline reading.

Important Note: You must download the app on any of the three Reynolds campuses for it to work.

Follow the instructions below for downloading the app and accessing magazines from your mobile device:

  1. Come to any Reynolds campus and download the Flipster app on your mobile device.

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2. Open the Flipster app.

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3. Click on the Get Started button.

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4. When the following prompt appears, Allow “Flipster” to access your location while you use the app? select Allow.

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5. From the Find My Library screen, select J S REYNOLDS COMM COLLEGE from the Nearby Libraries list.

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6. You will then be brought to a browse list of All Magazines.

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7. From then on when you open Flipster from on or off campus, you will not be prompted to login.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us! Enjoy!

Introducing Kanopy video streaming!

We are happy to introduce Kanopy video streaming to the Reynolds community!

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Kanopy provides  access to one of the most unique collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable. They also have a significant number of art-house and indie films. Total, there are over 26,000 films available.

Kanopy has a user friendly interface that makes browsing and searching for films a breeze — plus Kanopy is compatible with all major browsers.

Like most of our digital databases, Kanopy is available for access both on and off-campus. Just remember that for off campus access, you will be prompted for your VCCS/MyReynolds login credentials. But once you’re in, you can stream any video you wish!

Click here to access Kanopy (it will also be listed as a resource in our A to Z database list).

Happy viewing!

Find your Fandom at the Library

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Comic Con Display at the Downtown Library

Did you miss the New York Comic Con this year?  Are you going to the Virginia Comic Con in Richmond at the end of October?  Get help choosing your Fandom at the Library.  We have DVDs of The Avengers, X-men, The Hobbit, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. along with many Anime DVDs.  We also have books on Superheroes, Manga and Comics.  Once you’ve found your Fandom, you can use this online book, 1000 incredible costume & cosplay ideas a showcase of creative characters, for Cosplay costume ideas.

Comic Con: Comic book convention
Cosplay: Literally “Costume Play.” Dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character).
Fandom: The community that surrounds a TV show/movie/book etc. Fanfiction writers, artists, poets, and cosplayers are all members of that fandom. Fandoms often consist of message boards, livejournal communities, and people.

Definitions from UrbanDictionary.com.

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.

Google Street Art Project: More than Graffiti

Icy and Sot mural archived in the Google Street Art Project. Image via Business Insider.
Icy and Sot mural archived in the Google Street Art Project. Image via Business Insider.

Think art can only be found in museums? Think again!

The Google Street Art Project showcases and preserves dynamic outdoor art from around the world.

See the outsider art—much of it illegal—before it disappears.

The Google Street Art Project allows users to:

  • Locate outdoor art in the wild with Google map integration
  • Search by map, artist or collection. (Museums have contributed images too!)
  • Get closer to the art with HD views
  • Spot street art and share it with the Google community

Want to learn more about street art and graffiti? Check out these additional library resources.

Art in the Streets by Jeffrey Deitch
Exit Through the Gift Shop (DVD) Oscar-nominated documentary about Banksy
The world atlas of street art and graffiti by Rafael Schacter