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

Library to library outreach: Reynolds librarians present to college-bound seniors at Hermitage High School

Denise Woetzel presents to college-bound English classes at Hermitage High School.
Denise Woetzel presents to college-bound English classes at Hermitage High School.

Denise Woetzel, Information Literacy Librarian, and Suzanne Sherry, Parham Campus Library Coordinator, presented the information session “College Libraries and Research: Top 10 Things to Expect” on December 8, 2014 to students at Hermitage High School.

College-bound senior English students participated in the six sessions, and the Reynolds librarians reached almost 400 students during the event. Students were interested in hearing about college libraries and research, especially the cafes in many large libraries. Students also shared their own experiences visiting other colleges.

Hermitage High School is located near Reynolds Parham Road Campus in Henrico County.

Anita Tarbox, one of the librarians at Hermitage High School, hosted the event. “High School students need help preparing and transitioning academically, particularly with the research skills they will need in college. The advice to ALWAYS ASK your professor or librarian will assist our students as they enter the adult world of college.”

Librarians Alison Timm, Anita Tarbox, Suzanne Sherry and Denise Woetzel at Hermitage High School
Librarians Alison Timm, Anita Tarbox, Suzanne Sherry and Denise Woetzel at Hermitage High School

Librarians are committed to helping students succeed in high school, college and beyond. Though this collaboration was one small step for librarians, it was one giant leap for student success.

All photographs courtesy of Anita Tarbox.

 

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

Snopes for Images: @PicPedant

Pyramids and the Milky Way?

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Image from @PicPedant

 

No, not really.

How do you know the image you are viewing is a real photograph and not a computer-generated image?

YOU DON’T.

Never fear, the attribution angel is here!

pyramids

@PicPedant takes images found online—often from reblogging sites like BuzzFeed and Tumblr— finds the original author and attributes them.

https://twitter.com/PicPedant

Through the process of finding the original source, he often discovers that the photographs are actually paintings, drawings or Photoshop mashups.

Librarian Jessamyn West explains about how @PicPedant’s work matters in her blog post “Why sourcing photos matters – how misattribution is amplified on the web.”

…as more and more people just presume the search engine and the “hive mind” approach to this sort of thing results in the correct answer, it’s good to have handy counterexamples to explain why we still need human eyeballs even as “everything” is on the web.

http://www.librarian.net/tag/picpedant/

What does that mean for you?

Look and think critically about the images you see online. If that castle on top of a floating rock looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Attribution is important, including creative commons licensed images. Take the time to find the original and give the artist credit.

If you fake it, say it! If you copy it, attribute it! @PicPedant is watching you.

More information

Exposed Interview: Paulo Ordoveza of @PicPedant

http://exposeddc.com/2014/01/28/exposed-interview-paulo-ordoveza-picpedant/

Why sourcing photos matters – how misattribution is amplified on the web

http://www.librarian.net/tag/picpedant/

Article: [citation needed] by jessamyn west in Computers in Libraries. Find the current article through the library’s subscription to Academic Search Complete (citation below).

west, j. (2014). Practical Technology. [citation needed]. Computers In Libraries, 34(4), 25-26.

Library in Your Pocket: Go Mobile @ JSRCC Library

Library in Your Pocket: Go Mobile @ JSRCC

Image source instant.ly.com
Image source instant.ly.com

Bought a cool new tablet or phone but not sure how to use it for research?

Bring it for a tour of the digital resources of JSRCC Library!

No device yet? We have a few to available for test drive on the information highway—no license required!

  • Thursday, June 6, 2013
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Parham Road Campus

Register – or just come in!

Can’t make the workshop? Contact us to schedule a personal session.

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…

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…showed off their print cards…

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…and library cards…

student id

…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!

Welcome Back!

As this week ends, the Fall Semester really begins! We know you’ve been using the library — our website usage is up 830% from last week!

We’ve been working all summer long on some new services. Here’s a highlight of what we’ve been working on.

What’s New?

Workshops

Did you know that both APA and MLA have changed the rules a little bit this year? Luckily, we’ll be offering several workshops throughout the semester, among them Research the Smart Way and How To Cite MLA and APA. Sign up for a FREE workshop to brush up on your research skills.

Guides

The library has several course and subject guides in a new format called LibGuides. We hope that you will find the information there useful!

Connect to Us

We’re now on Facebook and Twitter, so you can keep up with library news and announcements however you want.

The internet… 10 years ago

Google's Logo 2001
Google's Logo 2001

Google turns 10 this year, and in honor of their birthday, they’ve put an old index of the internet from 2001 on their site. This allows you to search Google and get the results you would have gotten in 2001.

From the Google blog: “…we found a vintage search index in mint condition. We dusted it off and took it for a spin, gobsmacked to see how different the web was in early 2001. ‘iPod‘ did not refer to a music player, ‘youtube‘ was nonsense, and if you were looking for ‘Michael Phelps,’ chances are you meant the scientist, not the swimmer. ‘Wikipedia‘ was brand new. Remember ‘hanging chads‘? (And speaking of that election-specific reference — if you’re a U.S. citizen, it’s not too late: please register to vote.)”

Strange how fast information changes! If you need a refresher on how to find good information using the library, check out our Research the Smart Way Workshops.

The Academic Adventures of Jack and Susan at JSRCC: an introduction to what the Reynolds libraries can do for you

Jack and Susan were sitting in the commons area of the college discussing an upcoming sociology assignment. They had been asked to write a research paper related to a controversial social issue for Dr. Bob’s class. Jack remarked that he had no idea where to begin. Susan suggested they talk to a librarian. Here is what they learned.
     The college’s librarians provide face-to-face assistance to library users during all hours when the library is open. Each library is open approximately 65 hours per week while classes are in session. When users are not in the library, they can email a reference librarian using the Ask a Librarian link found on the library’s web site at http://www.reynolds.edu/library/forms/libraryforms.htm. Librarians make every effort to respond within 24 hours. Additionally, students can use LRCLive to engage in a real-time chat through the Internet with a librarian for assistance. Of course they are always welcome to telephone a librarian for help.
     During 2006-2007 there were nearly 200,000 visits to the library. Over 26,400 reference questions from more than 10,500 users were received and answered at the Reference Desks of the three libraries. Approximately 19,000 items were circulated. Over 1,000 items were either loaned to or borrowed from other libraries worldwide.
     Jack and Susan also found out that the libraries provide a wealth of resources: books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, and electronic databases. The libraries have over 85,000 volumes and approximately 3,000 audio-visual materials. Through several consortia agreements, the libraries have access to an array of electronic databases covering a wide range of topics including arts, humanities, social science, business, information systems, health sciences, mathematics, science and technology. The libraries’
electronic collections are searchable through over 200 online databases. Accessible through these databases are millions of full-text journal articles and more than 750,000 other full-text reports, pamphlets, newspapers, proceedings, and more. A proxy server has been set up to enable the faculty and students to access these databases 24/7, regardless of their geographical location. Last year, over 234,000 records were retrieved from the library databases.
     Just as Jack and Susan were ready to leave the library, Dr. Bob, a new member of the faculty came over to speak with them concerning their research papers. Jack and Susan told him that they received a lot of valuable information about the research process from the librarian. The librarian then asked Dr. Bob if he was aware of the information literacy services offered by the library. She informed Dr. Bob that he could schedule a session for his class in which the librarians will teach effective online search strategies and critical thinking skills. Last year the libraries offered 130 instruction sessions that were customized to the specific assignments and 2,321 students attended these sessions. In addition, the libraries offered nine general sessions on information literacy skills entitled Research the Smart Way. Instructors can collaborate with librarians to create customized course guides to be linked into their Blackboard courses.
     Armed with what they learned about the library resources and services, Jack and Susan felt confident that they would be able to complete their assignments successfully. Dr. Bob assured the librarian that he would request library instruction for his class at the beginning of next semester. They all now realize that the libraries play a vital role in the teaching and learning process at Reynolds. Jack and Susan vowed to each other to visit the library daily, and it looks as if the library is going to be their second home during their stay at Reynolds.

(The contents of this post recently appeared in the College’s DOT.COM March 2008 newsletter.)