Welcome James Satchell, the New Coordinator of Goochland Campus Library and Media Services

satchellMr. James Satchell (prefers being called Satchell) is appointed as the Coordinator of Library and Media Services at Goochland Campus effective Sept. 25th, 2015!

Satchel is a native of Richmond Virginia. He attended the Richmond Public Schools and was a proud graduate of Maggie Lena Walker High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hampton University and his graduate degree in Library Science at North Carolina Central University. He has served as a librarian on many educational levels. He served as Social Science Reference Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University, Library Media Specialist in the Richmond Public Schools, Campus Librarian at Rappahannock Community College, Social Science Reference Librarian at Virginia State University, Coordinator of Libraries for the Virginia Department of Correctional Education, and Coordinator of Access Services at Norfolk State University. In 2012, he participated in the Harvard Institute for Academic Librarians. He have also taught Cataloging, Reference, Media and Technology, and School Library Administration for Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and gardening. Librarianship is a service oriented profession.  He is passionate about providing quality service and empowering clients to become effective and successful library users and information seekers.

Please welcome Satchell to join Reynolds Library family!

Reynolds Library Open House Welcomes Students

On September 15th & 16th, 2015 Reynolds Libraries treated students, faculty and staff to an Open House event featuring the crazy combination of donuts, exercise moves and mobile devices.  Guests were invited to explore new mobile checkouts (like laptops, Chromebooks & iPads), try a Bookmark Workout, get a picture taken in our iPad Photo Booth, and even sample local donut delicacies from around RVA.

The ‘donut party’ as one student called it, featured a blind taste test of 3 local donut shops…Sugar Shack, Duck Donuts, and Country Style. After tasting all three confections, participants voted on their favorite.  With 46.2% of the votes, Country Style won! In addition, Krispy Kremes were served to everyone who completed a library survey using iPads. To burn off those calories, two librarians demonstrated how to work out with your favorite book.  An app called Camstar delivered silly photos in the iPad Photo Booth, and last but not least… new mobile checkouts– featuring laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads–were shown off. We hope everyone had as much fun as the library staff.

The Donut Results Are In!

This year at the Reynolds Library Open House, 184 students, faculty, and staff participated in a blind taste test of three of Richmond’s favorite donut shoppes. They sampled donuts from Country Style, Sugar Shack, and Duck Donuts and voted on their favorite based on what color container the donut sample was in.

Drum roll, please.

And the winner was….


If you haven’t already figured it out, Richmond’s own Country Style Donuts was the color blue. Congratulations, Country Style!


Second place went to GREEN, or Duck Donuts, and third place was PINK, Sugar Shack. Here is a breakdown of the votes:

Donut Taste Off Results

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated. We hope you had as much fun testing donuts as we did!

2015 Open House @Reynolds Library

The library staff would like to invite you to join us for our 3rd Annual Reynolds Library Open House!

Come and learn about our new mobile checkouts, have fun doing bookmark workouts with our librarians, take photos using an iPad Photo Booth, and taste the flavors of some local Richmond donut shops!

We can’t wait to see you there!


A Bull by the Tail

A wise old professor used to tell this story during college orientation, only in his version there were as many bulls as there are weeks in a semester.

Sydney on bull
Library specialist Sydney Gordon, ready for anything.

Student Life’s Welcome Back event at Parham Campus this week featured a mechanical bull.

Lisa on bull
Lisa Bishop, also a library specialist, gets set.

A couple of library staff members tried their cowgirl skills!

But look at the bull in these photos – and remember our tale. Don’t let a chance to grab the bull (or the semester) pass you by!

Sydney Gordon takes a soft landing.
Sydney Gordon takes a soft landing.


Whether you’re looking for a place to beat the heat, a quiet place to collect your thoughts, or just a comfy spot to eat your lunch, the library is the away-from-it-all refuge you’ve been looking for. So come in, find a comfy chair, and take a breather.

Now that you’ve got your syllabus in-hand, it’s time to start strategizing. What’s that, you say? You’ve got an assignment on Othello in two weeks? Your instructor wants you to pick a novel to read for class next month? What’s stopping you from getting a head start and seeing if you can find what you need right here on campus? (Nothing! That’s what!)

Hate to tell you, but the jig is up! We know there are a few of you out there. What’s more? We know what it’s like. Summer semester ended and maybe you went to the beach for a few days. Not only that, your cousin Jasper invited you to his house in North Carolina for a week-long shin-dig and you just totally forgot about those books you had out. We totally get it. Don’t be shy! Bring those books in while you’re still thinking about them and before you get wrapped up in your assignments. We promise to spare you the librarian glare of death just this once.

Before you get bogged down in term papers and reading assignments galore, why don’t you swing by to check out that DVD you’ve been dying to watch while you still have the free time? No tests to study for yet, no essays due for at least a few days! This, my friend, is what freedom feels like. And we’ve got tons of DVDs of any variety you can think of, movies, TV shows, you name it! So stop by and check out our collection. Come on, you know you want to!

As paperless as we try to be, sometimes you just have to print something. So bring two bucks (cash only, no coins or credit/debit cards) and get yourself a print card. You’ll need it to print all those class schedules/syllabi/essays/etc. Trust me, you don’t want to wait until the last minute! Stop by and ask one of our tech specialists or librarians for help. We’ll keep you in paper and ink!

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Education Through Film With SWANK Digital Campus

Swank digital campus

Reynolds library is pleased to announce campus-wide access to SWANK Digital Campus.  SWANK provides digital access to though-provoking films allowing educators to enhance the learning experience without taking up valuable class time.  Currently, Reynolds licenses nearly 30 feature films.

There are two things to keep in mind regarding viewing the films.  First, SWANK works only on Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers.  (It does not work with Chrome or Safari.)  Second, you’ll need to download a small software: Microsoft Silverlight in order to watch the films online. To access SWANK off campus, simply enter your MyReynolds username and password.  If you have any additional technology issues while using SWANK, please email or call Mary Hanlin, the Electronic and Web Resources Librarian, at mhanlin@reynolds or 804.523.5323.

If you are a Reynolds instructor and would like to know more about SWANK Digital Campus or to request a film, check out our SWANK FAQ.

Below is the list of feature films that we currently license. Start here and happy viewing!

Movies that We License:

  1. 1776
  2. Annie Hall
  3. A Beautiful Mind
  4. Blackfish
  5. Blade Runner: the final cut
  6. Blazing Saddles
  7. The Breakfast Club
  8. Coach Carter
  9. Contagion
  10. Crash (2005)
  11. Do the Right Thing
  12. Dr. Strangelove
  13. Easy Rider
  14. El Mariachi
  15. Fed Up
  16. Forks Over Knives
  17. Freedom Writers
  18. Fruitvale Station
  19. The Godfather
  20. Good Will Hunting
  21. The Great Gatsby (1974)
  22. The Great Gatsby (2013)
  23. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  24. Larry Crown
  25. My Sister’s Keeper
  26. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  27. A Raisin in the Sun
  28. Rain Man
  29. The Social Network
  30. The Grey Zone
  31. To Kill a Mockingbird