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:

Highlights:

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:

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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!

GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!


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

June 25, 2014
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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!


Real Life, Real Drama

April 3, 2014

Real Life Real Drama

Documentaries and movies inspired by real life.

The Downtown Library put up this display of movies that are inspired by real life.

We have documentaries like 49 Up which follows the lives of 14 children every 7 years to see their progression in life, This Is It, shows Michael Jackson preparing for his final concert, and The Invisible War investigates the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.

Many movies are based on actual events, like Donnie Brasco, where Johnny Depp plays the FBI agent, Joe Pistone, who infiltrated the mafia of New York. Heavenly Creatures tells the true story of two teenage girls who became so close that they would do anything to keep from being separated by their parents. The Great Escape tells the story of World War II British and American flyers who attempted to escape from a maximum-security German prison camp.

Come to all three campus libraries and check out these movies and many many more.


Research and Relax at Reynolds Library for Black History Month!

February 11, 2014

Click here to sample one of literally thousands of streaming videos for research AND relaxation during Black History Month…and beyond!

Baraka’s Tribute to His African Heritage

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In this clip from the library’s subscription database, Films On Demand, African-American writer, Amiri Baraka, uses his poetry to “teach, analyze, point out” . . . in this case, about the value of questioning as the path to wisdom, per his contemporary, James Baldwin.

Also, check out a sampling of our other resources on Black history available in a wide variety of formats including:

  • articles
  • audio broadcasts
  • books (print books as well as eBooks)
  • DVDs
  • images

When searching the library’s catalog or searching the library’s many databases, enter the name of the specific African American person or event in history that you are interested in. For a more general search, try terms such as “african american history” or “black history.”

All of these resources are available through Reynolds Library home page–to explore the words, the faces, the sounds, the art–the rich variety of black history in America.


Thank You for Making Our Open Houses a Hit!

October 9, 2013

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Check out photos from our Open House events!

In September Reynolds Library welcomed students and faculty back with open houses on the Parham Road and Downtown campus locations. With over 200 hundred attendees, the events were a tremendous hit and attracted both library regulars and newbies. The library took this opportunity to dazzle the college community with library services and new resources. More than one student commented, “The library should do this more often!”

Activities at the events included; a technology petting zoo, a mobile scavenger hunt, bead making, altered books, and hula hoop dancing. Many were thrilled at the chance to use an iPad in our mobile scavenger hunt. Others scanned their first QR code or learned the fundamentals of downloading eBooks to their mobile device. “QR codes are great,” one student told another, “you can get discounts and all sorts of stuff when you scan them.”

Maker spaces were a welcomed edition to the event. At the Altered Book table students marveled that the librarians were actually letting them write on, cut up, tear apart, glue and tape books. At the bead making table, students were equally amazed to see how simple paper could be made into a beautiful piece of jewelry. One young man even made a bracelet for his mother.

One of the greatest take-a-ways from the event, without a doubt, was the opportunity for the college community to provide feedback for the library. Each participant who took a library survey received a free pair of ear buds. Comments included, “I can ask for help and someone comes to my rescue,” and “staff is exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful.” The fact that so many participants remarked on the quality of staff just goes to show that no matter how many new resources and new technologies we provide for our college community, the most valued resource will always be the library staff who are committed to helping faculty and students find the information they need to succeed.


LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE! Come in and check us out!

September 5, 2013

You’re Invited! Reynolds Library will be hosting Open Houses at the Parham Road Campus and Downtown Campus. See what’s new for the upcoming school year.

  • Enjoy refreshments and giveaways!
  • Try our digital scavenger hunt!
  • Learn to download resources to your mobile device!
  • Create altered book art and beads!

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Parham Road Campus

Wednesday, September 18th

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Downtown Campus

Thursday, September 19th

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


NEW: Library Scavenger Hunt

May 24, 2013

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…

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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!


Graphic novels at the JSRCC libraries with a new Manga collection on the Downtown Campus.

May 15, 2013

The Reynolds Libraries are now offering graphic novel collections.
ImageThe Downtown Campus is concentrating on Manga graphic novels.

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Manga originated in Japan.  Therefore the reading direction is traditionally from right to left.  And from the back of the book to the front. (see examples below)

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Come by the Library and check out some Manga graphic novels.

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From the novel, Beautiful Creatures.


Need help in citing your sources?

April 15, 2013

Do you still need help in citing your sources for end-of-semester research assignments?  Sign up for one of our 3 remaining Cite it Right library workshops:


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