Reynolds Libraries offers many resources and services for faculty. Take a moment to explore the resources below and discover how the library can help you integrate information literacy into your class. Each academic department has been assigned a library liaison to work collaboratively with its teaching faculty. Check out our Faculty FAQ, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with us!
If you would like to schedule library instruction, please submit a request via this online form.
If you are assigning a research project that will utilize library resources, please fill out this form to help us better prepare and assist the students.
Access this guide to learn about Open Educational Resources at Reynolds
Catalog to assist Virginia public college and university faculty in finding and selecting open and affordable textbooks for their courses in one place. On-campus access only.
We offer student workshops throughout the semester on a range of topics. Encourage students that might benefit to attend. We will also post any Faculty/Staff PDO opportunities on this calendar
Library Instruction Request
Faculty are encouraged to schedule library instruction for their students. Instruction sessions are more successful when tailored to an assignment. Instructor attendance during library sessions is expected, and important for your students’ successful learning. Our librarians are more than happy to work with you to tailor these hands-on classes to specific topics, themes, or class research assignments. Simply click on the campus where your class is held and complete an online Library Instruction Request form:
If you would like to review the various information literacy skills that can be covered in a session, please check our Research at Reynolds Libraries modules.
Please provide us one week's notice if possible to prepare instruction. A librarian will contact you within two business days to further discuss the assignment.
Handouts for Students
- 01. Topic Ideas: Handout | Worksheet
- 02. Types of Information: Handout | Worksheet
- 03. Find Books: Handout | Worksheet
- 04. Call Numbers: Handout | Worksheet
- 05. Find Articles - Online Search Techniques: Handout | Worksheet
- 06. Use the Internet - Library Databases vs. Google: Handout | Worksheet
- 07. Evaluate Sources: Handout | Worksheet
- 08. Avoid Plagiarism: Handout | Worksheet
- 09. Interpret Citations: Handout | Worksheet
- 10. Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines: Handout | Worksheet
- 11. Locate Full Text Articles: Handout | Worksheet
- 12. MLA Cite Sources: Handout | Worksheet
Reynolds Libraries are dedicated to building a Textbook Bank to make education more affordable to students. The goal is to collect at least one copy of textbooks for each campus at which every course is taught. Textbooks are supplied by instructors and academic departments or are taken from the library's circulating collection. Most textbooks have a 2-hour loan period and checkout is limited to 2 items.
The Textbook Bank is still under construction and does not contain textbooks for all Reynolds classes.
To see if a textbook is available, you can simply click on the program name abbreviation below.
Alternatively, you can conduct a Course Reserve search in the Catalog by typing in the Course Name abbreviation and the Course Number (i.e. ENG 242 for English 242).
On the right hand side, you can filter by Campus Library.
Library Liason Program
The purpose of this program is to facilitate communication between academic departments and the library in order to enhance collection development and the information literacy initiative. Each academic department has been assigned a library liaison to work collaboratively with its teaching faculty. The library liaison will serve as the academic department's first point of contact for information about library resources and services.
- Apprise faculty of library services and new information sources such as books, periodicals, databases, etc. Work with departments in meeting the educational mission of Reynolds, including identifying academic priorities, curricular development and accreditation.
- Build and develop the Library collection in all formats, including the selection of books, journals, electronic resources, audiovisual and digital media to ensure relevancy to the curriculum.
- Work with teaching faculty to learn about curriculum and course assignments. Support distance education that the department is offering by customizing library support services for those courses.
- Help faculty with specialized individual research, such as bibliographies and interlibrary loans.
Embedded Librarian or Tutor
An embedded librarian or tutor can be a great resource for helping your students succeed. Read about both below and please also encourage your students to use the drop-in tutoring services!
An embedded librarian can answer questions related to Reynolds Libraries resources and services and assist students with the following research skills:
- Selecting appropriate databases and other resources to use for a specific research assignment
- Identifying appropriate keywords and incorporating search techniques to retrieve relevant resources that address specific research questions or topics
- Evaluating the credibility and relevance of a resource
- Citing resources and formatting papers in a particular citation style (e.g., APA, MLA)
Embedded librarians can:
- Monitor and answer questions about Reynolds Libraries and research via an “Ask a Librarian” discussion that you can create in your Canvas courses.
- Create a research guide (LibGuides) tailored to a specific research assignment that includes links to relevant resources to use as well as examples and tips on how to do research. The librarian will provide a link to the research guide for you to include in your Canvas courses.
- Provide research guidance and collaborate with instructors to develop research skills worksheets that you can incorporate into your Canvas courses.
- Conduct live or recorded library instruction sessions on specific research skills tailored to a particular research assignment.
Embedded tutors can:
- Offer asynchronous assistance to students through discussion board
- Offer brief synchronous assistance to students through Zoom
- Offer clarification about assignments, course content and concepts
- Share learning strategies
Faculty Frequently Asked Questions
If your question is not answered below, please get in touch with us!
Students are often confused about what "online sources" mean. There are two types of "online sources" of which students should be aware. The first type of sources are "open web" sources, those that students getting by searching Google and other search engines. Students need to carefully evaluate the authority and reliability of the information retrieved from search engines. It is advisable to set restrictions on the use of this type of information.
The other type of online sources are materials such as periodicals and books accessible through the library's proprietary databases such as Academic Search Complete. Many of these online periodicals, especially scholarly journals, are only available through library databases. Reynolds Library subscribes to over 150 proprietary databases, with access to millions of full-text journal articles and hundreds of ebooks. Please make sure that your students understand these databases are different from the online sources and have the same authority as the printed original sources.