In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman comics and the opening of the new Wonder Woman movie this month, check out some of our Wonder Woman graphic novels and other books:
Also check out the educational film, Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines. This film, available through Kanopy, critiques gender and heroism in popular culture.
Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Anita Tarbox, Librarian at Hermitage High School, collaborated again on the presentation, High School to College Transition Initiatives: Making it a Reality, which they co-presented at the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Conference in Williamsburg, VA. During their session, Denise and Anita discussed the various collaborative initiatives they are working on to better prepare high school students for college level research. Denise attended some awesome sessions, networked with other high school librarians, and met a pig that loves libraries!
Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Anita Tarbox, Librarian at Hermitage High School, collaborated on a presentation, High School to College Transition Initiatives: Making it a Reality, which they co-presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in Savannah, GA. During their session, Denise and Anita discussed the various collaborative initiatives they are working on to better prepare high school students for college level research.
Denise also attended some awesome conference sessions on best methods, the latest technologies and other issues related to teaching, learning and assessing of students’ information literacy skills. Reynolds librarians will be exploring how some of these methods and new technologies can be adapted and incorporated into the curriculum. Sessions included:
- Collaborate to Educate: Designing Cross-Discipline Information Literacy Instruction for First-Year Students. Presenters Katt Starnes, Michael Saar, and Salena Parker from Lamar University discussed how a writing instructor, writing center tutor and librarian collaborated on an information literacy project for a first-year writing course. Students worked in groups to learn a specific research skill and then created a video tutorial on that skill to teach their peers.
- Collaborating beyond the Campus: University Librarians in the K-12 Classroom. Presenters Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra, Gayle Schaub, and Susan Carson from Grand Valley State University discussed a collaboration between academic librarians, an education professor, public librarians, and a middle school teacher. In weekly workshops sixth-graders from a local middle school worked alongside university education major students to develop their information literacy skills with assistance from both librarians and an education professor. These sixth graders than develop a final presentation that was showcased in an exhibition event on the university campus.
- Involving Students in their Learning Processes: Practical Strategies for Learner-Centered Information Literacy Instruction. Presenter Kerry Creelman from the University of Houston facilitated an engaging workshop where participants explored various student-centered strategies and activities to incorporate into the classroom. Activities included reflective writing, discussion and small group exercises.
- Making it REAL: Teaching Information Literacy Skills through Situated Learning. Presenters Jon Pope, Kim Becnel, and Amanda from Appalachian State University discussed how writing instructors and a librarian collaborated on a research component of an undergraduate composition course. One of the research assignments for this course was a Rhetorical Exigence and Active Learning (REAL) project, in which students worked in small groups to identify a real-world local problem and conducted original research to produce a final written product. Students’ assignment journals were analyzed and a focus group was conducted to compare students’ level of motivation and engagement with both the traditional research essay and the REAL project. Results revealed that students were much more engaged with the REAL project.
- Rebooting a Technical Writing Course: Control Instructional Design, Alt Information Literacy, and Delete Non-Collaboration. Presenter Kelly Diamond and Gregg Thumm from Western Virginia University discussed how a librarian and technical writing instructor collaborated on developing a research component for online sections of a Technical Writing course.
- Revitalizing your Research Instruction: Applying the Engaging Constructivist Framework in the Library Instruction Classroom. Presenters Paul Vermette, Melissa Langridge, and Kayla Jaehn from Niagara University facilitated an engaging workshop where participants explored various strategies and activities to incorporate in the classroom such as icebreakers, pair and group activities, and free technology tools such as InstaGrok (create concept maps), Kahoot (create discussions, surveys, quizzes), and Linoit (sticky and photo sharing).
- Using What They Know to Teach Them What They Need to Know. Presenter Lucinda Ruch from Old Dominion University discussed how she uses social media in her classes to teach information literacy skills to students.
Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Helen McKann, Librarian at John Tyler Community College attended the joint VCCS World Languages Peer Group / FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia) Conference in Williamsburg on September 26 to promote the VCCS Libraries many world language resources. Over 700 foreign language instructors from across the state of Virginia including over 70 VCCS foreign language instructors attended the conference.
Instructors throughout the state dropped by the VCCS Libraries table to learn more about the variety of resources available that support each college’s foreign language curriculum including:
- Print, eBooks, and audiobooks on how to learn a specific language
- Films on Demand’s streaming video World Languages collection
- Spanish and French databases available through EBSCOhost
- Accessing international journal, magazine, and newspaper articles written in a specific language (e.g., Spanish, French) using the EBSCOhost and Factiva databases.
For more information check out the VCCS Libraries online World Languages Resources guide or contact the Reynolds Library.
Are you tired of seeing students cite Wikipedia in their papers? Do you want students to understand how to:
- locate information from reliable sources
- evaluate the credibility of sources
- or how to cite sources correctly
If so, Reynolds librarians are ready to assist you! We encourage you to contact the Reynolds librarians for more information on our information literacy program options. We are more than happy to collaborate with you in incorporating information literacy into your classes and look forward to working with you:
- Downtown Campus: 523-5333
- Goochland Campus: 523-5419
- Parham Road Campus: 523-5329
To request library instruction, use our online request form. To access the request form for the Downtown, Parham Road, or Goochland Campus, click on Library Instruction Request (http://libguides.reynolds.edu/request) from the Library Services menu on the Reynolds Library home page
Or use the links to each campus request form below:
The video below provides an overview of our information literacy program options as it explains what information literacy and how it ties into general education core competencies and assessment.
Check out LearningExpress Library, an online tool which includes more than 1000 practice tests & skills tutorials for academic career advancement & more than 200 ebooks designed to help students succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.
LearningExpress Library will help you prepare for:
- professional certification, licensing, & aptitude tests in a range of occupations: health care, civil service/government, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, military, real estate, & more
- college entrance exams – ACT & SAT
- college Advanced Placement (AP) exams
- GED test
- graduate school admissions tests – GMAT, GRE, LSAT, & MCAT
LearningExpress Library will also help you improve:
- workplace skills such as interviewing techniques, business writing including cover letters & resumes, & computer skills
- proficiency levels in reading, writing, & math
LearningExpress Library provides access to:
- Practice tests that mimic the timing, scoring, & format of official exams
- Instant feedback & score reports to pinpoint strengths & weaknesses
- Detailed answer explanations which allow for a better understanding of the subject matter
- Instant essay scoring that enables writing skills improvement
- Secure, individual user accounts to save work & access completed tasks & score history
To access LearningExpressLibrary from both on and off campus, you will need to set up your own personal account on a campus computer first. Drop by any JSRCC campus library reference desk if you need assistance in setting up your account or using Learning Express Library.