Libraries offer extended hours during fall 2017 exam week

Student studyingTo help you prepare for final exams,  Reynolds Library 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, December 4th  – Thursday, December 7th

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, December 8th

8:00 am – 2:00 pm            Saturday, December 9th (Downtown Library only)

10:00 am – 4: 00 pm         Saturday, December 9th (Parham Library only)

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday, December 11th – Thursday, December 14th

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, December 15th


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!

How To Guide: Getting the Most Out of Spring Break!

Back it up!

Don’t forget to back-up all of your work! You might be away from your computer/laptop/tablet for a while, so don’t forget to back up all of your projects, research papers, and essays that you may be working on. You can always use your google drive account with your Reynolds ( account to back up your most important documents!

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Travel safely!

If you’re heading out on the Great American Road Trip over spring break, make sure to top off your fluids or get a quick tune-up before you hit the road. And don’t forget to give your itinerary to a family member and/or a friend so someone always knows where you are. But whether you’re driving, flying or traveling outside of the country, take a look at these safety tips from

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Take some “YOU” time.

Even if you can’t make a big trip and you still have to work, take advantage of the time you usually spend in class by taking an extra nap, catching up on TV, taking time to meal plan or just go out to dinner for once! Take a long soak in a hot bath by candlelight, take some extra time before bed to read that book that’s been sitting on your night stand for the past three weeks, hit the gym, anything that you normally have to put off because you’re too busy with school work. Taking some much-needed “you” time can be just what the doctor ordered to get you rested and ready for the rest of the semester.

Get some sun!

Whether gardening, barbecuing, taking a long trail walk or just hanging out with friends, try to find any excuse to get outside over spring break this year. Not only is this a fun way to get your Vitamin D (about 70% of the population is deficient in this essential nutrient!) but Vitamin D and sun exposure has a whole host of health benefits that you can read all about here. Just don’t forget to apply your SPF if you’re going to be outside for longer than a quick walk to the mail box!

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Take a book (or two) with you!

When else are you going to have the time to read The Martian? Forgot to check out a book before you left campus? Don’t forget that the Reynolds libraries will open with shortened hours on Tuesday through Friday during Spring Break. You can always call us to renew your books or DVDs, and we are here if you need to check out that popular title that you’ve been meaning to read. Don’t forget we’ve also got those movies and TV series’ you’ve been dying to watch!

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Make a lasting memory!

Do something you’ve never done before. Do something that scares you. Karaoke anyone? What about a dance class? Host a game night or a brunch with friends? What about a group yard sale or that day trip you’ve been dying to take? Don’t forget to spend some time with all the friends or family that you haven’t seen in a while. And most importantly, take pictures!!

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Whether you’re looking for a place to beat the heat, a quiet place to collect your thoughts, or just a comfy spot to eat your lunch, the library is the away-from-it-all refuge you’ve been looking for. So come in, find a comfy chair, and take a breather.

Now that you’ve got your syllabus in-hand, it’s time to start strategizing. What’s that, you say? You’ve got an assignment on Othello in two weeks? Your instructor wants you to pick a novel to read for class next month? What’s stopping you from getting a head start and seeing if you can find what you need right here on campus? (Nothing! That’s what!)

Hate to tell you, but the jig is up! We know there are a few of you out there. What’s more? We know what it’s like. Summer semester ended and maybe you went to the beach for a few days. Not only that, your cousin Jasper invited you to his house in North Carolina for a week-long shin-dig and you just totally forgot about those books you had out. We totally get it. Don’t be shy! Bring those books in while you’re still thinking about them and before you get wrapped up in your assignments. We promise to spare you the librarian glare of death just this once.

Before you get bogged down in term papers and reading assignments galore, why don’t you swing by to check out that DVD you’ve been dying to watch while you still have the free time? No tests to study for yet, no essays due for at least a few days! This, my friend, is what freedom feels like. And we’ve got tons of DVDs of any variety you can think of, movies, TV shows, you name it! So stop by and check out our collection. Come on, you know you want to!

As paperless as we try to be, sometimes you just have to print something. So bring two bucks (cash only, no coins or credit/debit cards) and get yourself a print card. You’ll need it to print all those class schedules/syllabi/essays/etc. Trust me, you don’t want to wait until the last minute! Stop by and ask one of our tech specialists or librarians for help. We’ll keep you in paper and ink!

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Advance College Academy Students Pilot The Source Deck at Reynolds Library

Reynolds Library hosted 47 Advance College Academy students in two library instruction sessions as part of their SDV 100 course. The students piloted an information literacy activity called The Source Deck.

source deckThe Source Deck is a series of research activities that students complete in small groups. The activities are all hands-on, and include essential research skills like finding resources, identifying parts of a citation, evaluating resources and understanding the publication timeline.

The Source Deck was adapted by librarians Denise Woetzel and Mary Hanlin, seen here leading the session, based on The Source Deck originally developed at the University of Virginia.

aca 2These classes of ACA students are rising 11th graders at Tucker High School. In the summer between their sophomore and junior years, ACA students take two college classes on campus during one of Reynolds five-week sessions.

In the spring the library hosts ninth grade students from the ACA programs. This year 147 students came to Reynolds for a campus tour and to complete the Library Scavenger Hunt, a hands-on library orientation that involves small groups and iPads.

The Advance College Academy allows high school students to earn an Associate Degree while still in high school. ACA programs are available at Tucker, Highland Springs, Goochland and Powhatan High Schools.


Five Quick Tips for Finals

chalk board Alright, students, I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is that spring semester is almost over and summer is on its way!

The bad news?

Before that celebratory trip to Virginia Beach, you’ve got to pass your final exams. But after hours and days and weeks of study and preparation, is there anything more you can do to make sure they go as smoothly as possible?

Try these common-sense exam tips from test prep expert, Kelly Roell:

  1. Fuel Your Body – Should you have an energy drink before an exam? (Probably not.) Skip lunch? (Definitely not.) What should you eat the day before? (Chocolate and green tea, anyone?)
  2. Arrive Early to Chat – “The instructor said that question would definitely be on the test?? I don’t remember that!” These are the kinds of things you may hear yourself saying if you show up early and get some insight from your fellow classmates before the test begins! (Not sure when your exams start? Here’s a link to the exam schedule.)
  3. Pace Yourself – Don’t rush it! You may end up regretting it.
  4. Stay Focused – This is a hard one. The key here is to allow yourself mini mental breaks throughout the test so you don’t end up zoning out.
  5. Review Your Work – Ever get a test back and realize you answered a question incorrectly that you knew you knew? This is why it’s important to go through and review your test before you hand it in.

See Roell’s article on for more detailed information on all of these great tips!

Good luck on your exams!

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First Library Student Expo

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Mazhar Anik, Assistant Dean of the School of Business, and Alice Starke experience viruses in 3D

Over 200 students, faculty and staff attended the first Library Student Expo, held April 22 and 23 at the Downtown and Parham Road campus libraries.

Through their instructors, students submitted assignments completed as part of their coursework. Items came from multiple disciplines, ranging from Biology to English to Middle college

Projects included artwork, posters, sculptures, and even a student directed video. Refreshments were served.

Students view Expo projects at the Parham Campus Library
Students view Expo projects at the Parham Campus Library

Students were impressed with their peers’ work. One student remarked “They made this in biology? I have to take biology!”

Another student asked, “Can I enter my work next year?”

Dr. Susan Hunter, the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, encouraged colleagues to attend the Expo.

“I had the opportunity to stop by the library and see this Expo and I was not expecting what I saw. The students’ projects were sophisticated, professional and creative. I think you would be amazed at the depth and breadth of these student work examples.”

Thanks to all students and faculty participated in this inaugural event! A big thank you to Beth Bensen-Barber, Kristin Hott, Jerrod Hunter, Chris Thomas and Shalini Upadhyaya for volunteering their students’ work. Hopefully next year will be even bigger!

Poetry written by students in Middle College

The Library Student Expo is Reynolds Library’s spring semester event. The Expo showcases Reynolds students’ accomplishments completed during the school year. In the fall the library hosts the Library Open House, which introduces new and returning students to the library. Both events are free; students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Dates for the 2016 Library Open House will be announced in September.

World Cup Fever! Watch USA vs. Belgium @ DTC and PRC Libraries

Photo by Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports
Photo by Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports

Students, faculty, staff— join us for the USA vs. Belgium game on Tuesday, July 1 at 4:00.

Both the Downtown and Parham Road campus libraries will be streaming the match as USA and Belgium play for a spot the quarter finals.

Games will be shown in the libraries’ instruction room (Downtown 212, Parham 103J.)

Join us to cheer (or commiserate) on Tuesday!


NEW: Library Scavenger Hunt

Who says learning only happens in a classroom behind a desk?

The brave students in Diane Coppage’s English 112 class piloted a new style of Information Literacy instruction: Library Scavenger Hunt.

Armed with iPads, a QR reader app and Pinterest, students roamed the library and performed crucial infanswered a variety of questions.

They found books…


…showed off their print cards…

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…and library cards…

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…met the friendly staff…

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armed with information

…and even had time for a team selfie at the end!

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The Scavenger Hunt covers all of the topics in a Library Basics session, but in a fun, interactive format.

Check out more photos from the Green, Blue and Red Team on Pinterest.

Want to get the full details or schedule a session for your students? Contact us!

Study Reveals How College Students Use the Library & Spend Their Time

A recent Library Journal article, Know Your Students, details the methodology used to conduct an ethnographic study at the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library.  It also provides an overview of the findings from this study and interesting insights into how students use the library and spend their time on campus.  A previous post on our library blog, An Anthropologist in the Library, also cites this same study.

You can also check out the full report, Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester, from the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries).

An Anthropologist in the Library

The Libraries at the University of Rochester hired an anthropologist to conduct a study on how students do their research and spend their time.  An article from today’s Chronicle of Higher Education provides an overview of the study’s eye-opening results.