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

Mometrix – A New Test Preparation Resource

Think of joining the military but have never heard of the ASVAB?  Need to study for NCLEX?  Prepping for the GED?  Good news!  Reynolds has licensed a new resource that could definitely help you in your test preparation.  Mometrix offers test preparation resources, such as study guides and flashcards, for a variety of standardized tests and certification exams. It also provides many sample test, so that you know what kind of questions to expect on the exam.

To take a practice test, login to Mometrix using your  Reynolds user name and password and click on this image.

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To access the study guides, login to Mometrix and click on this image.

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Questions?  Feedback?  Contact any Reynolds library.

New EBSCHOhost eBooks added to Reynolds Library collection

my paris kitchenReynolds Library has recently added new fiction, cooking and self-help titles to the existing EBSCOhost eBook collection.

These titles can be read in your browser, or downloaded to your computer, tablet, phone or other mobile device.

Popular titles include:

wiohb imageNeed help with using or downloading these titles? Check out these research guides for more information.

Questions? Contact any Reynolds Campus Library. We are happy to help!

New library database: Statista

Statista, Reynolds Library’s new database, is a statistics portal that simplifies finding, understanding and sharing statistics.

Statista brings together data from over 18,000 sources, providing access to 1 million statistics. Statista adds easy-to-understand charts and infographics, which can be customized for presentations or projects. Data can be downloaded into PowerPoint presentation slides. Statista’s built in embedding and citation tools simplify sharing.

Check out this infographic for National Doughnut Day!
Infographic: National Doughnut Day 2013 | Statista

Other statistics and infographics include:

Most played PC games in April 2015, by share of playing time
Big Mac Index: Global Prices for Big Mac 2015
Americans Lost Hundreds of Millions to Online Scams in 2014

Contact Reynolds Library for help using Statista or any of our other resources.

Downtown Display: Can You Hear Me Now?!

Display about Hearing Loss
One of the worst places for people with a hearing loss to work in is the library, because everyone whispers.   I am one of those people.

In his thirties my father had the hearing of a fifty year old man.  He slowly lost his hearing and became profoundly deaf in his 60s.  He had to retire early because his hearing aids could not give him the hearing he needed for his job.  I have also been losing my hearing over the years starting in my early 40s.  I now have a hearing aid that is much better than his, but my hearing is still not perfect. I often have to ask people to repeat themselves and to face my way so I can read their lips.

Hearing loss can be very exasperating for the hard-of-hearing person and the people with whom he communicates.  Family and friends get tired of repeating everything, and for the person with a hearing loss, it sounds like everyone is mumbling.

Age-related hearing loss has been a problem for generations, but now noise-induced hearing loss is a growing problem.  People who listen to music through ear buds in the high decibel range could lose their hearing many years before they should.  A decibel is a unit used to measure the intensity of a sound which increases on a logarithmic scale.  Listening to sounds greater than 85 decibels for extended periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss.

Young people today may have the option of cooler hearing aids (see below), but being hard of hearing is a permanent and frustrating state of being.  Prevention is the best cure.

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Wired for sound
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Guerilla Goodness Update

If you missed our last post, you may not know that members of the library staff have been leaving notes around the library for students to find that will encourage them during this last week of classes and finals.

One student appreciated the notes she found so much, that she brought one staff member a little treat as a thank you!

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Keep working hard, everyone! We are behind you one-hundred percent!