The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia 1840-2013 at the Library of Virginia

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Virginians love their pets—and not only dogs and cats!

The Library of Virginia has a new exhibition called The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia 1840-2013.

The collection includes Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives, along with contemporary images.

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Browse the photos online, or check out the collection in person at The Library of Virginia (800 East Broad Street) through February 22, 2014.

Contribute to the collection! Submit your own pet photos.

Check The Importance of Being Cute site for details. Enjoy the vintage LOLcats – no Cheezburger needed!

NEW: Ebook Library / EBL

What is Ebook Library (EBL)?

Ebook Library (EBL) is the newest resource from our VIVA membership (Virtual Library of Virginia). JSRCC  partners together Virginia’s public (and some private) institutions for more purchasing power. This new collection model, called “demand‐driven acquisitions,” allows patrons to choose what books are purchased.

More about the pilot program for EBL.

What does EBL provide?

Alice in Wonderland sample page from EBL
Alice in Wonderland sample page from Ebook Library

Over 2200 ebooks from premier publishers including John Wiley & Sons, Oxford University Press, Jossey‐Bass,McGraw‐Hill and Wiley.

Titles selected in science, technology, engineering, math and health (the STEM-H fields.)

How can I read these titles?

The EBL collection is flexible. Users can choose to:

  1. View and read in browser on computer
  2. Download for later and view/transfer to mobile device using Adobe Digital Editions.
  3. Read on iPad, iPhone and Droid using Bluefire Reader

Access

From the library’s home page located at http://library.reynolds.edu click on the More Databases from the Popular Databases menu on left.

  1. When the A-Z Resource List appears, click on the E tab from the alphabetical list of tabs located near the top of the screen.
  2. When the list of databases that begin with E appears, click on Ebook Library (EBL) link.
  3. Choose J. Sargeant Reynolds from the institution list and press GO.
  4. Log in with your MyJSRCC id and password (both on and off-campus users will need to log in.)
  5. Begin browsing!

Questions? Contact us!

New trial database: Testing and Education Reference Center

The Testing and Education Reference Center from Gale is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  1. Over 300 practice tests and courses
  2. Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  3. Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  4. Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiation

Test preparation materials include:

Study Time by atconc on Flickr used under a Creative Commons License
Study Time by atconc on Flickr used under a Creative Commons License
  1. ASVAB
  2. CLEP
  3. GED
  4. MCAT
  5. Miller Analogies (MAT)
  6. NCLEX
  7. PRAXIS
  8. SAT
  9. TOEFL…and MORE!

Click the link to try the Testing and Education Reference Center; then vote below.

Note: trial is available on-campus only.

New subscription: The Teaching Professor

New semester, new inspiration!The Teaching Professor

Want to know how better to reach your students? The JSRCC Library now has an online subscription to The Teaching Professor, an acclaimed newsletter devoted to the art and science of better teaching.

Subjects include:  

  1. Student-centered learning
  2. Mentoring new and adjunct faculty
  3. Overcoming student apathy
  4. Energizing and re-inspiring experienced faculty
  5. Integrating new technology
  6. Responding to course evaluations and feedback

Articles in the current issue include:

  1. Student Engagement: Does It Always Improve Learning?
  2.  Texting: Extent, Attitudes, Other Interesting Information
  3. A Grade Forecasting Strategy

Our new online subscription includes the newsletter published 10 times a year, plus online access to the last 10 years of issues.

 Access

Access the library’s subscription to The Teaching Professor from this post or from the library’s web site:

  1. From the library’s home page located at http://library.reynolds.edu click on the More Databases from the Popular Databases menu on left.
  2. When the A-Z Resource List appears, click on the T tab from the alphabetical list of tabs located near the top of the screen.
  3. When the list of databases that begin with T appears, click on The Teaching Professor link.

Off-Campus: If you access the The Teaching Professor from this post or from the library’s web site from off campus, you will be prompted with a Virginia’s Community Colleges login screen first. Login with your My JSRCC username and password.

Questions? Contact us!

Nursing Education in Video

Nursing Education in Video photoLearn best by seeing? Need a demonstration of a technique to reinforce your textbook learning?

Nursing Education in Video is designed specifically for the education and training of nurses. All of the 290+ videos are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with federal guidelines.

  1. Stream videos in browser or on mobile device
  2. Embed and share videos with Blackboard or email
  3. Read complete transcripts
  4. Create and share clips
  5. Send to mobile with SMS or QR code

Access

Access the library’s subscription to Nursing Education in Video from this post or from the library’s web site:

  1. From the library’s home page located at http://library.reynolds.edu click on the More Databases from the Popular Databases menu on left.
  2. When the A-Z Resource List appears, click on the N tab from the alphabetical list of tabs located near the top of the screen.
  3. When the list of databases that begin with N appears, click on Nursing Education in Video link.

Off-Campus: If you access the Nursing Education in Video from this post or from the library’s web site from off campus, you will be prompted with a Virginia’s Community Colleges login screen first. Login with your My JSRCC username and password.

Check out this new addition to the JSRCC Library online collection!

New STEM-H eBooks @ JSR Libraries

Through the the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), JSRCC libraries now offer two new STEM-H eBook databases.  These subject-based e-book collections provide extensive, current resources in the STEM-H related fields, and support STEM-H curricula at the college.

Springer eBooks

Springer eBooks offer high quality Springer print book publications in a digital format. This collection covers Behavioral Science, Biomedical and Life Science, Computer Science, and Earth and Environmental Science. This purchase adds over 2,000 titles published in 2013 to JSRCC’s digital collection.

SciVerse Science Direct eBooks

SciVerse ScienceDirect eBooks includes nearly 700 titles from Elsevier’s most current 2013 collection. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. This collection includes titles from Physical Sciences, Engineering, Life and Health Sciences.

Both collections can be access through the library’s catalog, or directly through the vendors’ site listed on the library’s database pages.

Databases A-Z

Databases by subject

Wikipedia – Quality or Quantity?

As noted in a recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Quality, not quantity, has become Priority No. 1” for Wikipedia.  Which direction do you think Wikipedia should take?

Faculty Information Needs in an Online Environment

An interested article from the July/August issue of Educause Review, The Changing Information Services Needs of Faculty, highlights results from a survey conducted in 2006 to assess the attitudes and perceptions of academic collection development librarians and faculty towards information services in the electronic environment.  Let us know what you think about this transition away from print and your needs in finding materials online.

Authority 3.0

With the Web 2.0 world of self-publishing and social networking rapidly growing and companies such as Google continually developing more effective search mechanisms for retrieving relevant results, where does that leave the traditional peer review process?

Michael Jensen’s recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Metrics of Scholarly Authority, discusses the changing nature of scholarly authority in the dynamic world of scholarly communication that is increasingly being influenced by Web 2.0.  Jensen notes, “As we become dependent on the digital movement of information goods, we find ourselves entering an era of information abundance.  In the process, we are witnessing a radical shift in how we establish authority, significance, and even scholarly validity.”

With the next evolving phase of the web, referred to as  Web 3.0, Jensen predicts we will move away from man to the machine in the review process.  This process will incorporate a “heavily computed reputation-and-authority metrics, based on many of the kinds of elements now used, as well as on elements that can be computed only in an information-rich, user-engaged environment, ” which Jensen refers to as “Authority 3.0.” 

Jensen also notes, “For universities, the challenge will be ensuring that scholars who are making more and more of their material available online will be fairly judged in hiring and promotion decisions. It will mean being open to the widening context in which scholarship is published, and it will mean that faculty members will have to take the time to learn about — and give credit for — the new authority metrics, instead of relying on scholarly publishers to establish the importance of material for them.”

Feel free to post your thoughts on this topic.

Is Wikipedia Trustworthy?

While the academic world continues the ongoing debate on whether Wikipedia is a reliable reference tool, the History Department at Middlebury College made a decision this past January to ban students from using Wikipedia as a citable source in their papers and exams.  

As  a librarian, I feel that Wikipedia is a great starting point tool to use for a research assignment or paper.  Many Wikipedia articles provide good background information on a topic (especially useful if you are not familiar with a topic).  For further reading on a topic, Wikipedia articles also provide links to other online sources and references to print sources. 

I also think that Wikipedia is a great tool to use for critical thinking assignments.  For example, students can research a particular topic by first going to Wikipedia then verify the facts and information found on Wikipedia by using at least several primary and secondary sources.

For further reading on the Wikipedia debate and how it is used in colleges and universities, take a look at:

What do you think of Wikipedia?  Feel free to comment on this post.