Lunch and Learn Library Style: Library Top Ten For Faculty!

Our first Lunch and Learn Library Style was such a success that we decided to have another one!

Come and join the Reynolds Library Staff for lunch while you learn about our top ten resources for faculty. This session is open to all Reynolds faculty and PDO credit will be awarded to all attendees!

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Need a resume that stands out?

Don’t miss this chance to give your resume a boost and land your next job! Attend the Resume Rescue! workshops being held at both the Parham Road and Downtown campuses. This workshop will cover:

  • Types of resumeshired
  • Action verbs
  • What to include and not include in your resume
  • How to tailor your resume to a specific job

You will also learn about the many library resources that can help you with preparing your resume.

Workshops will be held:

  • PRC – Thu, Oct. 30th, 11am-12pm, Massey LTC, Library, Room 103J
  • DTC – Wed, Nov. 5th, 10am-11am, Room 212

Last two days to win a free book!

Only two days are left to register to win a copy of The Yellow Birds. The deadline is October 3. Find the form at this link.

Kevin Powers color_Marjorie Cotera_HiresThe Yellow Birds is a war novel by Kevin Powers. Powers is a Richmond native who attended James River High School. Enlisting in the army at age seventeen, he later served a year in Iraq as a machine gunner. He was stationed in Mosul and Tal Afar in 2004 and 2005. After his honorable discharge he came home and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University. He then went off to the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener fellow in poetry. He’s won a bunch of awards and now works in New York.

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He published his first novel in 2012. The Yellow Birds is a study in contradiction. It tells of the dreariness and horror of an urban war, but the narrative is poetic and beautiful. It is the story of young Private Bartle and his younger buddy Private Murphy. They just want to survive. When they’re on watch, they are desperate to stay awake. They’re soldiers; they talk like solders; they curse like soldiers.

Kevin Powers is coming to Reynolds on Thursday, November 6, to read from The Yellow Birds and his new book of poetry,  Letters Composed During a Lull in the Fighting (A few winners of the drawing will receive the poetry instead of the novel). After the reading, he will answer questions from the audience and stay to sign copies of his books. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Lipman Auditorium. All are welcome; please come.

This program is an Around the World through Books event, sponsored by the Multicultural Enrichment Council.

All three Reynolds campus libraries have copies of The Yellow Birds to lend for two weeks; Parham Campus Library has it as an audiobook.

Los bibliotecarios participan de la conferencia lenguas extranjeras

Thank you in different languagesDenise 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.

Reynolds Library participating in VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program

Reynolds Library is participating in a cooperative borrowing program initiated by VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia), a state-wide consortium. Visiting researchers can borrow materials on-site at any participating library with proof of affiliation at their home institution.  For instance, a Reynolds student or faculty member visiting family in Blacksburg could borrow materials from Virginia Tech’s library. Similarly, a student or faculty member from Virginia Tech who is visiting family in Richmond could borrow books from our library. Borrowers will be responsible for the care and return of items checked out, and will abide by the policies of the lending library.  (Not a traveler? Interlibrary loan is still available to request items we do not hold.)

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This program greatly expands the materials available to you across the commonwealth and is a great example of cooperation among Virginia academic libraries.  Walk in, register, browse and check out.

A list of participating libraries can be found here: http://www.vivalib.org/borrowing/  A click on the participating library will take you to a description of their lending policy.


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When visiting other libraries, please be sure to have your ID with you.  Lending libraries will check our directories to validate that your are a current student or faculty member.  So spread the word — Virginia’s resources are our resources! Encourage Reynolds folks to use other libraries and let your academic family and acquaintances and know that the Reynolds Library is here to serve them too!

Library Open House a Great Success

The 2nd Annual Library Olibrarygcpen Houses from Sept. 8-10 were all a great success. Library staff welcomed over 300 students, faculty, staff and the community to the events with exciting library resources, fun activities and food.

Participants learned about the library’s popular streaming video databases such as Films and Demand and SWANK Motion Pictures, tested their library search skills by playing a game of Library Jeopardy, took a self-guided tour of the library through an iPad Scavenger Hunt, tested some educational apps and eBooks on the iPads, created crafts like giant tissue paper flowers and loom bracelets, practiced T’ai Chi Chih as a healthy and productive work/study break, enjoyed a variety of refreshments, and won cool prizes like a Reynolds t-shirt and a set of earbuds!

For some students, this was their first visit to the library and offered them a friendly introduction to the library’s space and services. Participants commented that access to computers and the internet, comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff are the things they like most about Reynolds Libraries.  One student said she likes the “helpful staff and the feeling of sanctuary in the library.” A faculty member added that “my favorite thing about the library are the personable, friendly, helpful people. Thanks to all the good folk at the library for everything you do.”

We strive to be helpful to students, staff, and community users and we enjoyed the opportunity to advertise our presence and promote our services.  We look forward to another exciting year of working with our students and helping them succeed at Reynolds and beyond!

Please check out our Open House photo album at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2CS84C!

Coming soon:  Learn & Lunch Library Style on October 1st at Parham and October 2nd at DTC from noon – 1pm!  Stay tuned…