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!

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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.

FIVE WAYS TO USE THE LIBRARY YOUR FIRST WEEK OF CLASS

COOL YOUR JETS
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.

GET THAT WORM, EARLY BIRD!
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!)

DO THE LIBRARY OVERDUE WALK OF SHAME
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.

CATCH UP ON MAD MEN
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!

FORGET GOING GREEN
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

We’ve Got That! | Volume II

This week on We’ve Got That! I’m highlighting a few of the great books in our collection that have been adapted into films that will be released this year. There are just a few short weeks left of summer, so stop by today to pick up one of these great reads before the fall semester starts.

Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a devil’s deal, Dick Lehr & Gerard O’Neill
If you’ve ever seen the movie The Departed, you’re familiar with this type of character. Except unlike Jack Nicholson’s role in that movie, which is only loosely based on Whitey Bulger, this book is all true. One of the most infamous modern American gangsters, the very real, very scary, Whitey Bulger, evaded capture for decades by working as an FBI informant and later going on the run. This book has now been adapted into a film titled simply, Black Mass, with Johnny Depp in the starring role. This non-fiction book, available electronically, tells the story of Bulger, his heinous crimes, and how he managed to hide from authorities for so long.
Scheduled movie release date: September 18th 2015

 

The Martian, Andy Weir
Originally released as a self-published novel in 2011, The Martian was eventually snapped up by publishers and went on to become a bestseller. This realistic sci-fi adventure novel tells the story of astronaut Mark Watney who (spoiler alert!) is left on Mars alone after his crewmates on Ares 3 believe he is killed in a dust storm. Watney, a botanist and mechanical engineer (READ: MacGyver on Mars), has to survive on his own with the supplies that were left behind, his training, a data stick loaded with old episodes of Three’s Company, a cache of disco music, and with very little hope of rescue. The film of the same name, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon as the ingenious lead character, will be coming out this fall.
Scheduled movie release date: October 2nd 2015

 

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Unless you’re extremely late to the party, you already know that this is the third and final installment of The Hunger Games series and that it continues the saga of the futuristic nation of Panem and its inhabitants, Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Haymitch Abernathy, and the dastardly President Snow. We’ve already seen part one of this installment in theaters, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. If you’re like me, you’ve already read the books, seen the movies, and are dying to see Mockingjay, Part 2. But in case you haven’t caught up on your reading, or in case you desperately need to re-read it, we’ve got you covered in both print and in audio.
Scheduled movie release date: November 20th 2015

In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick
I bet most of you didn’t know that Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was actually inspired by the true story of a real life whaleship called Essex. Once common knowledge, the story of what happened to the fated New England vessel is now little-known. Luckily, with the discovery of the manuscript of the ship’s cabin boy, lost for nearly a hundred years, historians were given a firsthand account of what happened on that fateful trip. It is this manuscript, in part, on which Nathaniel Philbrick based his 2000 non-fiction book. The film version of Philbrick’s rendering of the tale, In the Heart of the Sea, was directed by Ron Howard and will be coming to theaters this December, starring Chris Hemsworth as the ship’s captain and Tom Holland (and Brendan Gleeson) as the cabin boy, Thomas Nickerson.
Scheduled movie release date: December 11th 2015

Advance College Academy Students Pilot The Source Deck at Reynolds Library

Reynolds Library hosted 47 Advance College Academy students in two library instruction sessions as part of their SDV 100 course. The students piloted an information literacy activity called The Source Deck.

source deckThe Source Deck is a series of research activities that students complete in small groups. The activities are all hands-on, and include essential research skills like finding resources, identifying parts of a citation, evaluating resources and understanding the publication timeline.

The Source Deck was adapted by librarians Denise Woetzel and Mary Hanlin, seen here leading the session, based on The Source Deck originally developed at the University of Virginia.

aca 2These classes of ACA students are rising 11th graders at Tucker High School. In the summer between their sophomore and junior years, ACA students take two college classes on campus during one of Reynolds five-week sessions.

In the spring the library hosts ninth grade students from the ACA programs. This year 147 students came to Reynolds for a campus tour and to complete the Library Scavenger Hunt, a hands-on library orientation that involves small groups and iPads.

The Advance College Academy allows high school students to earn an Associate Degree while still in high school. ACA programs are available at Tucker, Highland Springs, Goochland and Powhatan High Schools.

 

Thanks for an amazing year!

Check out the infographic below for some of the biggest highlights of the past year. We would like to thank all of our students, faculty, staff, and community members for making this a memorable year at Reynolds Libraries! Year in Review