Enrolled, Employed or Enlisted: The Role of Libraries in Preparing Students for Life After High School

The College Readiness Committee, whose members include both Central Virginia high school and college/university librarians, presented a session at the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) annual conference in Williamsburg, VA. Committee members worked together to research issues surrounding our high school graduates – whether they enroll in college, get a job, or enlist in the military. During the session, attendees participated in a engaging discussion that addressed how we can: better prepare students, partner with teachers, and communicate with school/district leadership.

Reynolds Libraries offer extended hours during exam weeks: Fall 2018

Student studyingTo help Reynolds students prepare for final exams,  Reynolds Libraries will extend its hours of operation during the last weeks of the semester at the Parham and Downtown campuses.

Our extended schedule will be as follows:

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday, Dec. 3rd – Thursday, Dec. 6th

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, Dec, 7th

8:00 am – 2:00 pm            Saturday, Dec. 8th (Downtown Library only)

10:00 am – 4: 00 pm         Saturday, Dec. 8th, (Parham Library only)

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday, Dec. 10th – Thursday, Dec. 13rd

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, Dec. 14th

We hope the extended hours will provide you a safe and comfortable learning environment and to offer you the research assistance you need for your final exams and papers.

Good luck!

Smiling Students @Library Open House

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Reynolds students made our days this week at the Library Open Houses on each campus. The “Tailgate in the Library” was most remembered because you, our students, came to engage with us and the resources in the Reynolds Libraries. With over 400 students, faculty and staff in attendance, we enjoyed every moment with you. Thanks for taking our survey, playing Library Bingo & cornhole with us, and chatting over hot dogs!

 

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!

 

The Great Reynolds Read

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This summer, PBS is on a quest to find out what novel is America’s favorite. They’ve surveyed Americans of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds, and put together a list of our 100 favorite books for The Great American Read. You can vote for your favorite at PBS.org.

Meanwhile, at Reynolds libraries, we’ve selected 52 titles from PBS’ list and we’re putting it to a vote! Drop by at any of our campus locations, find the white board, and vote for your favorites. There will be new books to vote on almost every day! We’re calling it The Great Reynolds Read. Stop by today to help us decide!

Free research workshops!

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Need help with starting your research or citing resources for a research assignment? Then register to attend to our free library research workshops being held at both the Downtown and Parham Road campuses. The workshops we have scheduled for this summer semester include:

  • Research the Smart Way: Getting too many results with that Google search? Need to get a research paper done and not sure how?  Learn how to research the smart way with the Reynolds Librarians. We’ve got everything you need to get started. Here’s what we’ll cover: Creating topic ideas; introduce the library catalog and databases as well as search strategies; how to access databases from home; learn the differences between Google and the library.
  • Cite it Right: APA and MLA: Not sure what MLA or APA citation styles are? Need to know how to do cite properly?  Let the Reynolds Librarians help you get on the right path! Here’s what we’ll cover: Learn what a citation is and how to identify its parts; how to cite a variety of print and online sources in APA and MLA style using citation tools.

Ask your instructor/s if you can receive extra credit for attending these workshops. Looking forward to seeing you at our workshops!

Image: “The Research Process” by Kim Louie, Lumen Learning is licensed under CC BY 4.0