Thank You for Making Our Open Houses a Hit!

Check out photos from our Open House events!

In September Reynolds Library welcomed students and faculty back with open houses on the Parham Road and Downtown campus locations. With over 200 hundred attendees, the events were a tremendous hit and attracted both library regulars and newbies. The library took this opportunity to dazzle the college community with library services and new resources. More than one student commented, “The library should do this more often!”

Activities at the events included; a technology petting zoo, a mobile scavenger hunt, bead making, altered books, and hula hoop dancing. Many were thrilled at the chance to use an iPad in our mobile scavenger hunt. Others scanned their first QR code or learned the fundamentals of downloading eBooks to their mobile device. “QR codes are great,” one student told another, “you can get discounts and all sorts of stuff when you scan them.”

Maker spaces were a welcomed edition to the event. At the Altered Book table students marveled that the librarians were actually letting them write on, cut up, tear apart, glue and tape books. At the bead making table, students were equally amazed to see how simple paper could be made into a beautiful piece of jewelry. One young man even made a bracelet for his mother.

One of the greatest take-a-ways from the event, without a doubt, was the opportunity for the college community to provide feedback for the library. Each participant who took a library survey received a free pair of ear buds. Comments included, “I can ask for help and someone comes to my rescue,” and “staff is exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful.” The fact that so many participants remarked on the quality of staff just goes to show that no matter how many new resources and new technologies we provide for our college community, the most valued resource will always be the library staff who are committed to helping faculty and students find the information they need to succeed.

LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE! Come in and check us out!

You’re Invited! Reynolds Library will be hosting Open Houses at the Parham Road Campus and Downtown Campus. See what’s new for the upcoming school year.

  • Enjoy refreshments and giveaways!
  • Try our digital scavenger hunt!
  • Learn to download resources to your mobile device!
  • Create altered book art and beads!


Parham Road Campus

Wednesday, September 18th

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Downtown Campus

Thursday, September 19th

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tis’ the Season…for Group Study Rooms @ the Parham Campus Library


The Library Technology Center on the Parham Road Campus has eight group study rooms, each of which can accommodate six to eight people for up to 2 hours. All study rooms are equipped with wireless Internet access, white boards, and wall-mounted flat-panel display screens.  JRSCC students with a valid student ID are welcomed to use the study rooms for academic and college-related activities, such as collaborative learning projects, small meetings, advising or tutoring sessions, etc.  At the end of the semester, we recommend reserving a room in advance.  Please read the Group Study Room Policy before you make a reservation.

A Study Room can be reserved with any ONE of the following three methods. Please come to the Lower Information Desk to get your room at your reserved time.

  • Call the Library Information/Circulation Desk at 804-523-5220
  • Walk in and reserve at the Information/Circulation Desk
  • Fill out the following online reservation form

For Faculty – Library Resources & Services in a Nutshell

Want to learn about our library liaison program, how to request library instruction, reserve materials, use our online and print collections, recommend a purchase, and more?  Register online for our workshop, JSRCC Library Resources & Services for Faculty in a Nutshell, being offered the beginning of the Spring semester on the following dates:

  • Wed, Jan 5th / 2-3pm / PRC, Massey LTC, Library 103J
  • Fri, Jan 7th / 10-11am / PRC, Massey LTC, Library 103J
  • Mon, Jan 10th / 6-7pm / PRC, Massey LTC, Library 103J

You can also check out our online Faculty Services for JSRCC Library LibGuide.

For more information on this workshop, contact Denise Woetzel  (email: -or- call X5329).

Welcome back!

We hope everyone had a relaxing summer! Whether you’re new to JSR or returning, we’re happy to have you! We’ve been busy this summer, and here are just a few things we’ve been working on:

Workshops – ( We’ve brought back the classics and added a few to the list – be sure to check out our workshop schedule for this semester and sign up – remember they’re free!

Mobile Library Website – ( It’s still in ‘beta’ mode, so if you have any feedback for us, please let us know!

New LibGuides – We’ve added a few guides, like one on finding books , and updated some existing ones, like how to become a better writer. Be sure to keep an eye out for more in the coming weeks, or sign up for email updates!

Around The World Through Books Schedule – We will be discussing some great books throughout the year, Starting with Word Wizard by Richard Lederer. The author himself will be leading the first discussion on October 6; for more information and the rest of the schedule, please visit the website:

Some of our databases were given a face-lift over the summer – so if you’re having trouble with those or research in general, please feel free to give us a call or stop by. We’re happy to help!

More holiday safety

Holiday shopping is crazy enough without getting caught by traffic accidents. This link:

 shows real-time accident and hazard information for Henrico and Chesterfield counties as well as Richmond itself.

Another tip from the Richmond Police: “The single biggest problem right now is people leaving stuff in their cars.  GPS devices, presents, purses, etc that are visible through a window are likely to create a desire to break the car window and take the stuff.”

Be careful out there!

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month!


President Obama has declared October to be National Information Literacy Awareness month, according to this recent White House press release

Increase your own Information Literacy by attending one of the library’s free open session workshops- offered this fall at Downtown and Parham campus libraries! Spend some time learning about: Research the Smart Way; Cite it Right-MLA Style; Cite It Right-APA Style; Ms Word & Power Point Basics; and Is This Web Site Credible?

Be sure to sign up online for a free class!