Introducing Flipster Digital Magazines!

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We are excited to now offer digital magazines through Flipster! You can access, browse, and read digital magazines on your computer, tablet, or phone. It’s easy to get started: just visit the Flipster page and click a magazine title to immediately start reading in your browser from on campus. If you’re off campus, you will be prompted to login to your My Reynolds account before accessing.

Use the Flipster app, available through the iTunes store for Apple devices, and on the Google Play store for Android devices, to download magazines for offline reading.

Important Note: You must download the app on any of the three Reynolds campuses for it to work.

Follow the instructions below for downloading the app and accessing magazines from your mobile device:

  1. Come to any Reynolds campus and download the Flipster app on your mobile device.

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2. Open the Flipster app.

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3. Click on the Get Started button.

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4. When the following prompt appears, Allow “Flipster” to access your location while you use the app? select Allow.

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5. From the Find My Library screen, select J S REYNOLDS COMM COLLEGE from the Nearby Libraries list.

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6. You will then be brought to a browse list of All Magazines.

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7. From then on when you open Flipster from on or off campus, you will not be prompted to login.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us! Enjoy!

Find your Fandom at the Library

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Comic Con Display at the Downtown Library

Did you miss the New York Comic Con this year?  Are you going to the Virginia Comic Con in Richmond at the end of October?  Get help choosing your Fandom at the Library.  We have DVDs of The Avengers, X-men, The Hobbit, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. along with many Anime DVDs.  We also have books on Superheroes, Manga and Comics.  Once you’ve found your Fandom, you can use this online book, 1000 incredible costume & cosplay ideas a showcase of creative characters, for Cosplay costume ideas.

Comic Con: Comic book convention
Cosplay: Literally “Costume Play.” Dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character).
Fandom: The community that surrounds a TV show/movie/book etc. Fanfiction writers, artists, poets, and cosplayers are all members of that fandom. Fandoms often consist of message boards, livejournal communities, and people.

Definitions from UrbanDictionary.com.

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

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.

Library in your Pocket: Go Mobile @ Reynolds Library

Got a cool new tablet and want to know more about how to use it?

Thought about what a mobile device could do for your research—as well as your recreational reading?

Check out our new guide!

Library in your Pocket: Go Mobile @ Reynolds Library

The guide covers

  1. iPad
  2. Kindle Fire
  3. Kindle Paperwhite
  4. Nook HD
  5. Nook Simpletouch

What’s included?

  1. Info about which Reynolds Library eBooks work with your device—and which ones DON’T.
  2. Public library resources to try
  3. Open resources to explore
  4. Apps that enhance your reading experience
  5. Printable PDF for offline reference

Find the guide:

  1. Library home page: http://library.reynolds.edu
  2. Click on Research Guides tab
  3. In the search box, type eBooks (or Kindle or Nook or iPad)
  4. Find Library in your Pocket: Go Mobile @ Reynolds Library (http://libguides.reynolds.edu/pocketlibrary)

Questions? Contact us!

NEW: Ebook Library / EBL

What is Ebook Library (EBL)?

Ebook Library (EBL) is the newest resource from our VIVA membership (Virtual Library of Virginia). JSRCC  partners together Virginia’s public (and some private) institutions for more purchasing power. This new collection model, called “demand‐driven acquisitions,” allows patrons to choose what books are purchased.

More about the pilot program for EBL.

What does EBL provide?

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Alice in Wonderland sample page from Ebook Library

Over 2200 ebooks from premier publishers including John Wiley & Sons, Oxford University Press, Jossey‐Bass,McGraw‐Hill and Wiley.

Titles selected in science, technology, engineering, math and health (the STEM-H fields.)

How can I read these titles?

The EBL collection is flexible. Users can choose to:

  1. View and read in browser on computer
  2. Download for later and view/transfer to mobile device using Adobe Digital Editions.
  3. Read on iPad, iPhone and Droid using Bluefire Reader

Access

From the library’s home page located at http://library.reynolds.edu click on the More Databases from the Popular Databases menu on left.

  1. When the A-Z Resource List appears, click on the E tab from the alphabetical list of tabs located near the top of the screen.
  2. When the list of databases that begin with E appears, click on Ebook Library (EBL) link.
  3. Choose J. Sargeant Reynolds from the institution list and press GO.
  4. Log in with your MyJSRCC id and password (both on and off-campus users will need to log in.)
  5. Begin browsing!

Questions? Contact us!

Practice Tests Available Online!

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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.