March 7, 2014
Between now and March 28th, Reynolds Libraries is evaluating two databases: Access World News and America’s
Access World News, which also often called NewsBank, focuses on current newspaper sources and includes access to relevant local content like the Richmond Times Dispatch. NewsBank really focuses on students using its content, so you may be able to find a great article in a simpler and more intuitive manner.
America’s Historical Newspapers offers historical newspaper articles as they appeared in print. Users can browse by era or search by specific publication source like the New York Times. This might be a great place for finding primary sources. The bottom line: take a look, mosey around, and let us know what you think!
February 25, 2014
Loftan Miller, who was the Coordinator at Parham Campus Library, is now the new Coordinator of DTC Campus Library. Loftan served as the college librarian at Rappahannock Community College for the past five years, before joining Reynolds in May 2013. In addition to the management of the daily operations of Parham Library, Loftan helped with the hiring of two full time library specialists and five part time library technology assistants for the transition of the open computer lab computer into the library. Most importantly, Loftan welcomed the birth of her 2nd daughter Olive on August 31st, 2013! Recently Loftan requested to be transferred to DTC Library due to her extensive experience of working with nursing faculty members and the library review for LPN/RN accreditation. With her energy, dedication and experience, Loftan will be an asset to DTC Campus Library. Please welcome Loftan!
February 25, 2014
We bid a fond farewell to Dr. Lil Williams, who retired from the position of the Coordinator of Downtown Campus Library last month. Lil joined Reynolds as a reference librarian in January. 1978. Before that, Lil was a rotating librarian for the Henrico County Public Library. Shortly after she joined Reynolds, Lil was promoted to the position of the Coordinator of the Downtown Campus library. During her 36 years with Reynolds, Lil participated and took leadership in three phases of the DTC Library renovation. She and the DTC library staff began at the old furniture store on Grace Street. They then moved themselves box by box to the current building in the early 80s. After that, Lil took leadership in two more renovations, including the most recent one that took place last year. Lil is a veteran librarian who went from serving patrons out of boxes to checking out ebooks from the cloud. Along the way, she earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary in 2000. We thank Lil for sharing 36 years of her life with us. We are grateful for her inspiration. For those who missed the lovely dinner reception for Lil, you are welcome to check out our photo album at http://flickr.com/gp/92485158@N02/9u87tS/.
February 12, 2014
Reynolds Library has licensed a new database that serves as an excellent starting point for writing better papers. Writer’s Reference Centercontains hundreds of articles on writing effectively. The database focuses on the mechanics of writing, but it also includes excellent resources like a vocabulary builder and dynamic citations samples in MLA and APA format. Good writing takes time, patience and a step-by-step process. Writer’s Reference Center is the perfect resource to begin that process.
February 12, 2014
Scott Burrell, agriculture specialist at the Goochland Campus, has just had his 21st and 22nd article published in the February Issue of Virginia Gardener Magazine.
His article Maximum Garden, Minimum Time, features a photograph of the landscaping at the Goochland Campus (look for it on page 26.) His article In the Green Zone mentions Reynolds in the first sentence and features a photograph of Horticulture Head David Seward (page 58.)
The upcoming March Issue of Virginia Gardener will feature an article and photographs of Mr. Burrell’s home garden.
Virginia Gardener is available at the Goochland and Parham Campus Libraries.
Interested in more gardening magazines? Other titles include:
- Birds and Blooms (Goochland only)
- Fine Gardening (Goochland and Parham)
- Organic Gardening (Goochland and Parham)
Reynolds Library also has gardening books for check out. Goochland has the largest collection, but books can be transferred to any of our three campuses on request.
Don’t know how to place a hold on a book? Check out our video tutorial on finding and reserving books from Reynolds Library’s YouTube channel. Or contact any campus library via phone, email or chat.
Spring is coming!
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
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:
- audio broadcasts
- books (print books as well as eBooks)
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.
February 7, 2014
Cindy Connor, a former sustainable agriculture instructor at Reynolds Goochland Campus, is the author of a newly published book: Grow a sustainable diet: planning and growing to feed ourselves and the earth. Cindy’s book is a Mother Earth News books for wiser living recommendation and is published by New Society Publishers. She recently donated a copy to the Goochland Campus Library.
Cindy’s book covers all aspects of growing food from garden design to preserving and storing the harvest. Topics covered in the book are:
- Sustainable diet
- Garden maps
- Crop choices
- How much to grow
- Cover crops and compost – planning for sustainability
- Companion planting
- Rotations and simple garden maps
- Including animals
- Food storage and preservation
- Sheds, fences and other stuff
The book is nicely illustrated with planning diagrams as well as photos of tools she has found useful in her garden. She also includes a list of resources tied to each chapter as well as web addresses for her worksheets so that you can download them for use with your own garden planning.
In his foreword, John Jeavons, author of How to grow more vegetables: (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine, says “I wish I had this book when I began gardening and planning diets over 40 years ago. What an advantage that you have it now!”