The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia 1840-2013 at the Library of Virginia

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Virginians love their pets—and not only dogs and cats!

The Library of Virginia has a new exhibition called The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia 1840-2013.

The collection includes Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives, along with contemporary images.

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Browse the photos online, or check out the collection in person at The Library of Virginia (800 East Broad Street) through February 22, 2014.

Contribute to the collection! Submit your own pet photos.

Check The Importance of Being Cute site for details. Enjoy the vintage LOLcats – no Cheezburger needed!

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?

Alice in Wonderland sample page from EBL
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!

New trial database: Testing and Education Reference Center

The Testing and Education Reference Center from Gale is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  1. Over 300 practice tests and courses
  2. Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  3. Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  4. Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiation

Test preparation materials include:

Study Time by atconc on Flickr used under a Creative Commons License
Study Time by atconc on Flickr used under a Creative Commons License
  1. ASVAB
  2. CLEP
  3. GED
  4. MCAT
  5. Miller Analogies (MAT)
  6. NCLEX
  7. PRAXIS
  8. SAT
  9. TOEFL…and MORE!

Click the link to try the Testing and Education Reference Center; then vote below.

Note: trial is available on-campus only.

New subscription: The Teaching Professor

New semester, new inspiration!The Teaching Professor

Want to know how better to reach your students? The JSRCC Library now has an online subscription to The Teaching Professor, an acclaimed newsletter devoted to the art and science of better teaching.

Subjects include:  

  1. Student-centered learning
  2. Mentoring new and adjunct faculty
  3. Overcoming student apathy
  4. Energizing and re-inspiring experienced faculty
  5. Integrating new technology
  6. Responding to course evaluations and feedback

Articles in the current issue include:

  1. Student Engagement: Does It Always Improve Learning?
  2.  Texting: Extent, Attitudes, Other Interesting Information
  3. A Grade Forecasting Strategy

Our new online subscription includes the newsletter published 10 times a year, plus online access to the last 10 years of issues.

 Access

Access the library’s subscription to The Teaching Professor from this post or from the library’s web site:

  1. From the library’s home page located at http://library.reynolds.edu click on the More Databases from the Popular Databases menu on left.
  2. When the A-Z Resource List appears, click on the T tab from the alphabetical list of tabs located near the top of the screen.
  3. When the list of databases that begin with T appears, click on The Teaching Professor link.

Off-Campus: If you access the The Teaching Professor from this post or from the library’s web site from off campus, you will be prompted with a Virginia’s Community Colleges login screen first. Login with your My JSRCC username and password.

Questions? Contact us!

Nursing Education in Video

Nursing Education in Video photoLearn best by seeing? Need a demonstration of a technique to reinforce your textbook learning?

Nursing Education in Video is designed specifically for the education and training of nurses. All of the 290+ videos are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with federal guidelines.

  1. Stream videos in browser or on mobile device
  2. Embed and share videos with Blackboard or email
  3. Read complete transcripts
  4. Create and share clips
  5. Send to mobile with SMS or QR code

Access

Access the library’s subscription to Nursing Education in Video from this post or from the library’s web site:

  1. From the library’s home page located at http://library.reynolds.edu click on the More Databases from the Popular Databases menu on left.
  2. When the A-Z Resource List appears, click on the N tab from the alphabetical list of tabs located near the top of the screen.
  3. When the list of databases that begin with N appears, click on Nursing Education in Video link.

Off-Campus: If you access the Nursing Education in Video from this post or from the library’s web site from off campus, you will be prompted with a Virginia’s Community Colleges login screen first. Login with your My JSRCC username and password.

Check out this new addition to the JSRCC Library online collection!

New STEM-H eBooks @ JSR Libraries

Through the the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), JSRCC libraries now offer two new STEM-H eBook databases.  These subject-based e-book collections provide extensive, current resources in the STEM-H related fields, and support STEM-H curricula at the college.

Springer eBooks

Springer eBooks offer high quality Springer print book publications in a digital format. This collection covers Behavioral Science, Biomedical and Life Science, Computer Science, and Earth and Environmental Science. This purchase adds over 2,000 titles published in 2013 to JSRCC’s digital collection.

SciVerse Science Direct eBooks

SciVerse ScienceDirect eBooks includes nearly 700 titles from Elsevier’s most current 2013 collection. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. This collection includes titles from Physical Sciences, Engineering, Life and Health Sciences.

Both collections can be access through the library’s catalog, or directly through the vendors’ site listed on the library’s database pages.

Databases A-Z

Databases by subject

Wikipedia – Quality or Quantity?

As noted in a recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Quality, not quantity, has become Priority No. 1” for Wikipedia.  Which direction do you think Wikipedia should take?