Librarians share what happened in Vegas

July 22, 2014

Hong Wu, Library Director, and Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian, had the privilege to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference this year in Las Vegas. It was a great conference and we would like to share with you some of the highlights and our top picks from the conference:


Looking for Annual Conference session handouts and slides? If they’re available, you’ll find them by using the Scheduler.

Top Picks from Hong and Denise:


Website Redesign – Feedback Needed from Reynolds Faculty and Staff

July 7, 2014

Web RedesignFor the past year, Reynolds Library has been working on a library website redesign. The mission of the new site is to
provide an intuitive and instructional conduit for academic research.

The redesign incorporates some of the newest web standards (such as html5 and CSS3). Additionally, the new website is responsive which means that the layout of the website adapts to the device that you are on. The library has received significant feedback from students and library staff. Now, it’s your turn!

Please review our developing website at offer constructive feedback using this link by July 25th. All input allows the option of complete anonymity. Feel encouraged to share this site with others. The more input we get, the better we can refine the site. Finally, though the site has been tested on multiple browsers, screen sizes and portable devices there are always outliers. If you discover a visual “bug” using a certain browser or portable device, please include that information in your feedback. It is essential that we test this site in every way possible.  Happy viewing!


Website Redesign Feedback Needed

Although, final production date is contingent upon your feedback, the library hopes to publish the site before fall semester. The success of the future site, depends upon your candid input now.

Libraries Closed for 4th of July

July 1, 2014

  All Reynolds Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4th, 2014 for Independence Day. Be sure to plan ahead and check out some good books, DVDs, and audiobooks.  Also eBooks and databases are available 24/7/365!

On Saturday, July 5th Parham and Downtown campus libraries will be re-open as follows:

Downtown:  8am-12pm

Parham:  12pm-4pm 

Happy 4th of July!


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

June 30, 2014
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!


Apps from the Stacks: Planets

June 27, 2014

planets on phoneWhere’s the big dipper?

Is that the North Star, a planet…or just a plane?

Would love to identify the constellations, but don’t know where to start?

The Planets is an interactive 3D guide to the sky for aspiring astronomers. Hold your mobile device up to the sky and see the map of the stars and planets. As you turn, the map view turns too.

Planets includes a 2D view, 3D view with constellations, visibility times and rotating images of individual planets.

Download Planets and have a tiny planetarium in your pocket!

Free for iOS and Android.

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

June 25, 2014

Image from FIFA

Students, faculty, staff— join us for the USA vs. Germany game on Thursday, June 26 at 12:00.

Both the Downtown and Parham Road campus libraries will be streaming the match as USA and Germany face off in the final game of Group E.

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

Both teams are predicted to move to the next round. USA will move on with either a win or a draw, and CAN move ahead with a loss to Germany if Group E’s Ghana and Portugal also draw. (Quick translation: draw=tie.)

Germany is currently ranked #2 in world by FIFA and have won the World Cup three times.

Want to read more about the beautiful game?

Don’t watch alone—join us for World Cup fever. GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!

Snopes for Images: @PicPedant

June 9, 2014

Pyramids and the Milky Way?

pyramid milky way

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?


Never fear, the attribution angel is here!


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

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.

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

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

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.


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