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!

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@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.