New Library Website Preview

New website

Reynolds Libraries website is getting an exciting redesign.  We invite you to preview the new design at

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.

Your Ideas Matter

In the Reynolds Library, we take your ideas seriously…

Suggestion: More Quiet Spaces with Electrical Outlets at the Downtown Library!

Response: We totally agree with you, which is why we are so thrilled to have the Reynolds Room open behind the reference desk. Did you know that you can use that room anytime the library is open? There are outlets on the walls, lights, and really comfortable chairs. Feel free to go in there anytime you’d like a quiet space. Also, have you checked out our group study rooms? Each room is equipped with a laptop, display monitor, and outlets for you to use! Also, we have six large tables in the library. On each table there is a lamp and at the base of the lamp are multiple outlets for you to use.  They are easily missed but check them out next time you’re in the library.


Suggestion: To have disinfecting wipes stationed around the library, especially near the work table areas.

Response: Our housekeeping staff works very hard to keep up with the traffic in the library, but it is true, sometimes patrons make a mess and the library staff doesn’t see. If this should happen in the future, please let a staff member know and we’ll have it taken care of ASAP!

Suggestion: For the Parham Campus Library to have more anime, manga, and comic book titles AND a binder that has a list of all the DTC anime, manga, and comic books so people know what the other campus has.

Response: What a great suggestion! We will certainly pass this along to the PRC Library and hope they can add more titles in the near future. Also, did you know the library has something better than a binder?! The Library’s Quick Search can help you find all of the anime, manga, and comic books at Reynolds. Check it out!

Suggestion: Be awesome all the time

Response: Believe me, we try. 🙂

Tell us what you think!

Use Reynolds Library services and resources?  We want to hear from you!

Please fill out the Reynolds Library 2015 SurveyYour input will help us better understand your perception of library services and help us to improve!

  • The survey, which was developed by the Association of Research Libraries, will provide us with comparable assessment information from peer institutions.
  • Your responses will be confidential, with no identifying links between a response and the individual who makes the response.
  • Please complete the survey. Incomplete surveys cannot be included in the study.

The survey is open from October 19, 2015 through November 6, 2015.  

To award your effort and support, we would like to give you a USB charger!  Once you have completed the survey, drop by any campus library and tell us describe the logo at the end of the survey – we’ll give you a “thank you” reward!

Car charger
Describe the logo at the end of the survey; we’ll reward you with a USB car charger (while supplies last.)

All of us at the Reynolds Community College Library thank you in advance for completing the survey!

Not Your Grandmother’s Library

These are perilous times for libraries–or would be, if libraries were stuck being traditional repositories of print materials. People like libraries, but not just as a place to come fetch books anymore.

Libraries are changing. Here at Reynolds Libraries, we are constantly looking for ways we can be up-to-date and more useful. What we need to know is–what do people want from libraries? What do they value? What should change, and what should be left alone?

That is why we welcome a new report by Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, called The New Library Patron.  In an October 29, 2013,  Slideshare presentation (see below),  Rainie, along with Kathryn Zickuhr and Kristen Purcell, shows results from people who were asked about the impact of public libraries on their lives. Over 90% say libraries are important to their communities, and 76% say libraries are important to them and their families. This is good news!

Review the presentation below to find what people surveyed find so valuable, and what they wish libraries would do for them. Sure, the study is about public libraries, but many of the findings can be more broadly applied to academic libraries like us.

And then maybe you would like to add a comment to this post about what Reynolds Libraries offer that you find useful, or what you wish we could do that is different.

Nursing Education in Video: let us know what you think!

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The library has arranged for a trial subscription to a new database, Nursing Education in Video.

From Alexander Street Press:

By partnering with Medcom-Trainex, one of the largest providers of nursing education videos worldwide, Nursing Education in Video includes nearly 300 titles with an estimated additional 30 titles to be added per year.

All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with the US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS. The content in this collection is also accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the gold standard for nursing content accreditation.

The library wants to know what YOU think! Click the link to try Nursing Education in Video, then vote below.

Vote and comment HERE. View and comment on all of our trial databases HERE. We want your opinion!

(Note: Trial database access is on-campus only.  Available through 4/19/13.)

Library Services in the Digital Age from Pew Research Center

Pew Internet graphicThe study “Library Services in the Digital Age” from the Pew Internet & American Life Project has just been published. The study asked adults (over the age of 16) about their public library use.

Top uses of the library:

  1. Borrow books
  2. Browse print and media
  3. Get help

Adult’s opinion of public library services:

  • 80% of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service of libraries.
  • 80% say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.
  • 77% say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries.
  • 59% stated that comfortable places to read and study were a priority.

The study includes more analysis, including results broken down by education, income, community, etc. The study also includes information about eReaders, web use, and mobile devices.

Want more info? Check out the summary or get all the details with the full report.

Your turn: How do you use your JSRCC library? Do you work in our study rooms, browse the DVD collection or get help with schoolwork? Let us know in the comments!

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.”

“A Glimmer of Good News” about Reading!

people-readingAccording to this recent editorial by Francine Fialkoff, the Editor-in-Chief of Library Journal, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has provided a positive update to some gloomy reading-related news in their 2004 report, “Reading at Risk”.

After decades of a steady reading decline, the latest NEA study, “Reading on the Rise”, reports that “literary reading” (novels, short stories, poems, or plays, both print and online) has jumped by 3.5% overall. According to Fialkoff, “Other highlights are that 84% of those who read literature online or download it also read print or online books, and 77% of those who read web-based articles or blogs also read books.”

Together with a recent article in Forbes magazine on the latest Kindle online-reading device from Amazon, there is great evidence that reading in all forms is alive and well in the United States today.

In honor of reading, be sure to attend the upcoming Around the World through Books program at JSRCC Parham Campus this Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. The book, Perspolis, by Marjane Satrapi, will be presented by Jason Lire and Lily Mirjanangiri. This graphic novel is the memoir of a young girl growing up in contemporary Iran.


The Future of the Internet III

The Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University recently released their lastest study, The Future of the Internet III.

From December 28, 2007 through March 3, 2008, some 578 Internet activists, builders, and commentators responded to survey scenarios about the effect of the Internet on social, political, and economic life in the year 2020. An additional 618 stakeholders also participated in the study, for a total of 1,196 participants who shared their views.

Here’s an excerpt of prediction highlights:

  • The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.
  • The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness. 
  • Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020.
  • Those working to enforce intellectual property law and copyright protection will remain in a continuing arms race, with the crackers who will find ways to copy and share content without payment.
  • The divisions between personal time and work time and between physical and virtual reality will be further erased for everyone who is connected, and the results will be mixed in their impact on basic social relations.
  • Next-generation engineering of the network to improve the current internet architecture is more likely than an effort to rebuild the architecture from scratch.

For more information on this study’s findings including views and predictions from various individuals and groups, checkout the following sites:

Opposing Viewpoints: Young Americans Reading

readingiseasy_gx_a.jpgAre young adult Americans still reading for pleasure? A recent report from the CQ Researcher database discusses this question in depth.

On the other side of this issue,  a recent public library survey describes young adults as the “heaviest users of public libraries”. Using the Factiva database, type in “study and young adults and library users” in the search box to read the article. What do you think?