Find Success at the Start of a New Semester

Photo of the Choose Success Display at McGraw-Page Library.Are you looking to start the new semester off on the right foot?  Look no further, the McGraw-Page Library has a fresh display to help support your pursuit of academic and personal success.  Featuring both e-books and print books, below is a selection of 5 books from the display that will help get you on the right track.  For more selections, come down to the Library and check out our display!

 

Infographic Guide to College
by Adams Media
Cover of the book The Infographic Guide to CollegeCollege survival just got graphic! There’s so much more to college than course guides and picking your dorm. From doing your own laundry to making friends to scoring a job and staying healthy, there’s no shortage of things to figure out! No need to panic. The Infographic guide to college has you covered with illustrated, realistic advice on how to: avoid the freshman 15, ace your exams, declare a major, master study habits, get around town, get along with your roommate, apply for a loan, and so much more!
Call Number: LB2343.32 .G345 2017
Catalog Link – Infographic Guide to College


Kickstarting your Academic Career 

by Robert Ostergard
Cover of the book Kickstarting your Academic Career.Taking a skills-building approach, Kickstarting Your Academic Career is a primer on the common scholastic challenges first-year social sciences students face upon entering college or university. Based on the challenges that instructors most often find students need help with, the authors offer practical advice and tips on such topics as communicating with instructors, note taking, how to read a textbook, writing exams, and researching and writing papers. The succinct writing and clear organization make this an essential reference for first-year students as they encounter post-secondary work for the first time, and a useful refresher for upper year students looking to refine their skills.
Call Number: E-Book
E-Book Link – Kickstarting your Academic Career


15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

by Kevin Kruse 
Cover of the book 15 secrets successful people know about time managementWhat if a few new habits could dramatically increase your productivity, and even 5x or 10x it in key areas? What if you could get an an hour a day to read, exercise, or to spend with your family. New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kruse, presents the remarkable findings of his study of ultra-productive people. Based on survey research and interviews with billionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students, and over 200 entrepreneurs—-including Mark Cuban, Kevin Harrington, James Altucher, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Grant Cardone, and Lewis Howes—-Kruse answers the question: what are the secrets to extreme productivity?
Call Number: HD69.T54 K78 2015
Catalog Link – 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

Maximize your Memory
by Ramón Campayo
Cover the book of Maximize your MemoryEach of us has the ability to develop and improve our minds in amazing ways. All you need is motivation, an effective method, and an expert guide. Ramon Campayo’s method shows you the fastest, easiest and most effective way to: -Drastically and almost immediately increase your memorization capacity and reading speed.-Enhance your learning methods, study techniques, and psychological preparation.-Improve your study habits and prepare for exams. Maximize Your Memory is for students who want to reach their best potential, as well as anyone else who dreams of increasing his or her mental capacity. As Campayo himself declares, “It is possible to learn the things I can do. And everyone can learn. I am the world champion in speed memory, but my wife is second and my brother is eighth. After one hour of training with my methods, my students can triple their reading speed.
Call Number: E-Book
E-Book Link – Maximize your Memory 

Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond
by C. M. Gill

Are you ready to improve your writing skills? Most college students will be tasked with writing a term paper, assessment, or thesis sometime during Cover of the book Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyondtheir academic career, even when their chosen concentration isn’t English or Literature. While there are countless textbooks dedicated to the subject, there are virtually no books dedicated to providing practical, down-to-earth advice that will allow the college student to write concisely, coherently, and successfully. Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond is a refreshing take on college writing instruction for students in any major.
Call Number: PE1408 .G55837 2014
Catalog Link – Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond

Three on the Third – September 2019

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection.  Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.

“Muslim” a Novel
by Zahia Rahmani
Cover of the book Muslim a novelMuslim A Novel is a genre-bending, poetic reflection on what it means to be Muslim from one of France’s leading writers. In this novel, the second in a trilogy, Rahmani’s narrator contemplates the loss of her native language and her imprisonment and exile for being Muslim, woven together in an exploration of the political and personal relationship of language within the fraught history of Islam. Drawing inspiration from the oral histories of her native Berber language, the Koran, and French children’s tales, Rahmani combines fiction and lyric essay in to tell an important story, both powerful and visionary, of identity, persecution, and violence.
PQ 2718 .A36 M8713 2019
Catalog Link – “Muslim” a Novel

 

The Moment of Lift
by Melinda Gates
Cover of the book the Moment of Lift.For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down. In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, ‘That is why I had to write this book – to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.’ Melinda provides an unforgettable narrative backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention — from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world – and ourselves. Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another. When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.
POP HQ 1155 .G38 2019
Catalog Link – The Moment of Lift

Thick and other Essays
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Cover of the book ThickIn these eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom -award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed- embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society.  Ideas and identity fuse effortlessly in this vibrant collection that on bookshelves is just as at home alongside Rebecca Solnit and bell hooks as it is beside Jeff Chang and Janet Mock.  It also fills an important void on those very shelves: a modern black American feminist voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms as she covers everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies and is far more genre-bending than a typical compendium of personal essays.
POP HM 479 .C68 A3 2019
Catalog Link – Thick and other Essays

Welcome (back) to R-MC, from the McGraw-Page Library!

It has been a busy summer at the McGraw-Page Library, though much of the work has been behind-the-scenes.

We are pleased to announce a new catalog system: WorldCat Discovery. The new system allows you to search local R-MC collections as well as libraries worldwide with the click of a button. In addition, it is possible to search only for books or only for articles using the same system. This provides a smoother experience, as you only have to learn a single system to access many of our materials. A switch like this takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work, and Library staff, especially Lynda Wright, Kelli Salmon, Laurie Preston, and Judee Showalter, deserve a lot of credit for the smoothness of the transition.

WorldCat Discovery does not include all of our databases and collections, but focuses on those that are most broadly useful to users: the Library’s print and electronic book catalog,  Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, and other general subject databases. For in-depth, discipline-specific research, specific subject databases such as PsycINFO are still the best tools to use, and they can still be accessed through the Databases tab on the library homepage.

The Research Guides have been revised to point to our new WorldCat Discovery system, as well as to provide a “Start Here” tab, which provides quick access to the most useful resources, especially selected to support someone who is new to researching in a subject.

We also celebrate a new roof on the building, a project that took all of June and about half of July to complete. A huge shout-out goes to the R-MC Physical Plant for their work coordinating these efforts.

The Library is ready for new and returning students, and we look forward to supporting students, faculty, and staff through the 2019-2020 academic year!

Summer at the McGraw-Page Library

The McGraw-Page Library will be taking a break from blog posts over the summer. Look for more news and resources in the Fall! We are concentrating our energy this summer on two major projects:

Launching our new Library and Discovery System, WMS and WorldCat Discovery.

WMS and WorldCat Discovery will replace our MaconCat Library Catalog that we have been using since the mid-1990s, as well as our EBSCO Discovery Service. These new systems integrate some of our existing services, such as Discovery Searching, WorldCat, and interlibrary loan for a more streamlined searching experience. The services are cloud-based, and so bring some efficiencies for staff behind the scenes as well.

We plan to go live with these systems on July 8, 2019, but you can explore the WorldCat Discovery beta search at https://rmc.on.worldcat.org now!

Re-imagining our Subject Guides

The Library has provided subject guides for several years. The purpose of these guides is to provide an introduction to the resources someone might want to use to begin research in a discipline, as well as a connection to the subject librarian who would be available to provide research support. The guides have been linked in Canvas courses since Summer 2017. After some conversations with students, we believe these can more effectively serve as a starting point for student research, so the Librarians, in partnership with Instructional Designer Lily Zhang, will explore new ways to organize and present information to meet researchers’ needs. You can see our existing guides at https://library.rmc.edu/subject-guides.

Library Anxiety? Is that a thing?

Did you know that when many people walk into a library they feel intimidated and anxious? Library anxiety is real, and has been well-documented by the library field. What is library anxiety? It is the sense that one should know all about libraries, know how to do research, know how to find both physical and electronic resources, and that not knowing how to do these thing is shameful and should be hidden. Grand reading rooms like the one below, and the idea that a student is surrounded by centuries of knowledge, can often be intimidating rather than inspirational.

Picture of study tables at the reading room in the Hunt Library, NCSU
Quiet Reading Room of the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, North Carolina State University

Now there is research that suggests another phenomena prevalent among first-year students: overconfidence that they understand the library and how things work, and so library instruction or help is unnecessary. It is thought that this overconfidence comes stems from the use of Google and other search engines for any kind of information need. Students know how to search in a general search engine, and assume that those skills translate 1:1 into the research world. The truth is that they do, but those search abilities are only one piece of what is needed. There’s a lot more to research than just picking out good search terms or knowing how to use quotes around a search phrase.

You can learn more about library anxiety in this article from JSTOR Daily.

Libraries can be a little intimidating at first, but they are friendly, welcoming places, and R-MC Librarians are excited to help you learn your way around. In fact for many of us, working with students remains our favorite part of this job. Being asked to help a student with a project is never a bother!

If you have a final paper or project coming up and you aren’t sure about your topic, research question, or your sources, schedule an appointment with a research librarian at https://rmc.libcal.com/appointments.

Or, join us for our LNAP event (Long Night Against Procrastination) on May 7, 7-11pm! Bring your topic, project, idea, or paper with with you, no appointment needed, and Prof. Treneman and I will be there to help.

Library anxiety may be a thing, but it doesn’t have to hold you back!

Three on the Third – May

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection.  Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  This month we are featuring several exciting new additions to our POP collection.

The Promise of Wholeness 
by Eric Ehrke
Cover of the book the Promise of Wholeness.Henosis is the Greek word for oneness/unity. Since time immemorial this universal concept has been championed within traditional wisdom, ancient philosophy and theology. The psychoanalyst, Carl Jung referred our shared human experience with the phrase “collective unconscious,” while physicists use the term “quantum entanglement” to describe how every particle is inherently connected to the whole. The missing links between the wisdom of ancient philosophy and the startling insights within modern psychology to transform suffering, transcend circumstances, and increase our capacity for love are explored in The Promise of Wholeness.
BF161 .E385 2019
Catalog Link – The Promise of Wholeness


A Heart in a Body in the World

by Deb Caletti
Cover of the book A Heart in A Body in the WorldWhen everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run? From Seattle to Washington, DC, Annabelle is running through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how – muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person – The Taker – that haunts her. Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that. Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keep running to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face the miles of love and loss behind her…and what still lies ahead.
PS3603.A43 H4 2018
Catalog Link – A Heart in the Body in the World

 

Dear Evan Hansen
by Val Emmich
Cover of the book Dear Evan HansenEvan is shy, lonely, and bullied for it. He has a chance encounter with Connor Murphy–just before Connor commits suicide. Evan’s life suddenly gets turned around, and suddenly he isn’t invisible anymore to the girl of his dreams–Connor’s sister, Zoe, who believes Evan was Connor’s only friend. As Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone’s hero and a social media superstar, Evan is filled with confidence … until things start unraveling.

PS3605.M565 D43 2018
Catalog Link – Dear Evan Hansen

National Library Workers Day: April 9, 2019

National Library Workers Day is a fitting time to acknowledge the recent passing of Eleanor Wallace (March 2, 1928 – March 18, 2019). Eleanor Wallace began working in the Cataloging Department in 1977 in what was then the Walter Hines Page Library. In 1987, a major library renovation and expansion resulted in today’s McGraw-Page Library. As part of the library’s make-over, the library staff oversaw the removal of the entire collection to the Copley Science building, converted the call numbers from Dewey Decimal to Library of Congress classification, and returned the collection to the renovated building. Eleanor was later part of the team which transferred information from printed catalog cards into the library’s first online catalog, MaconCat.

Eleanor was a Library Assistant in the Library from 1977-1994.  Below is the McGraw-Page library staff pictured in the 1985 Yellow Jacket Annual.

Three on the Third – April

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection.  Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  This month we are featuring several exciting new additions to our POP collection.

A Sucky Love Story
by Brittani Louise Taylor
Cover of the book A Sucky Love StoryWhat if falling in love meant almost losing everything? Where does a moderately popular internet star who never leaves her house look for potential suitors? Online. Tinder, Bumble, Match.com, OkCupid–I tried them all. My thirty-one-year-old self clicked and swiped her little heart out, leading to more dates than I could count, and more disappointment than I was prepared for. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you know all too well the perils of modern dating. But let’s say, eventually, you meet someone. You think to yourself, ‘Wow, they’re perfect! Take me off the market, put a ring on it, knock me up, the whole enchilada, because they are “the one.”‘ Let’s also say that they ‘feel the same way’ about you. Your life starts to make sense! All the pain, heartbreak, and frustration from past failed relationships was worth it. Slow clap. That’s how I felt about Milos. He was from Europe, a doctor, wealthy, athletic. He had an accent and a dog. Milos was textbook marriage material. For him it was ‘love at first sight,’ but for me, it was ‘anxiety on every date.’ Something was telling me to run–but for two years, the only running I did was straight into his arms. If only I would have listened. This isn’t a love story. It’s my story of survival.
POP PN1992.9236.T39 A3 2018
Catalog Link – A Sucky Love Story 

 

On the Come Up
by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time– and has massive shoes to fill. She’s been labeled a hoodlum at school, and the fridge at home is empty after her mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral — for all the wrong reasons. Portrayed by the media as a menace, Bri makes a choice– and becomes the very thing the public has made her out to be. The odds are stacked against her, and freedom of speech isn’t always free.
POP PS3620.H62463 O6 2019
Catalog Link – On the Come Up

Laws of Human Nature 
by Robert Greene
Cover of the book Laws of Human NatureRobert Greene’s bestselling 48 Laws of Power (1988) distilled ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding, and mastery. Now he turns to understanding people’s drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people’s masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose.
POP BF637.S4 G7384 2018
Catalog Link – Laws of Human Nature

Road Trip Reads – Why and How to Read over Spring Break

Randolph-Macon College is on Spring Break March 30-April 7, 2019!

A collage of images showing the road trip spring break exhibit in the library vestibule
Exhibit in the McGraw-Page Library vestibule, Spring Break 2019

Whether your Spring Break this year includes an exciting trip or you’re just just headed home, don’t leave campus without a good book.

Why should you read for fun?

  • Reading about exotic places allows you to travel even if your bank account won’t let you actually get there (yet).
  • Reading builds empathy for people, cultures, and places you don’t have much experience with.
  • In an age filled with texts, Snapchat, and a million other distractions, reading helps you concentrate for longer periods of time than you usually do.
  • Reading for fun helps you read academic texts better. And it helps you write better, too!

Haven’t read for fun in such a long time you don’t even know what you like any more? The easiest place to start is the McGraw-Page Library (of course!). Visit the tables near the Information Desk to see some of our new books, or visit the POP (Popular) Reading Area near the Library entrance to the 24/7 room. There you’ll find a good mix of fiction and non-fiction, and almost all titles are related to movies, bestseller lists, or current events.

Looking for Audiobooks for a long drive? Check out OverDrive or hoopla available through the Pamunkey Regional Library, located just a few blocks away in downtown Ashland across from The Caboose. R-MC students are able to get a library card and use these resources for free!

If you’d like to explore before heading to the Library to see what we have, check out this list of suggestions from Lifehack: 17 Ways to Find Good Books to Read.

Fairy Tale Beginnings in 3D

[This is a guest post from Visiting Instruction Librarian Gardner Treneman.]

Professor Valentine Balguerie’s French 273 – “Fairy Tale Beginnings” class was always about building imagery. Based on classic folk/fairy tales, the class was asked to read several and analyze the common elements found in them. Instead of the ten-page paper, Prof. Balguerie wanted her students to try something she thought would be more fun. This is where our conversation started.

I’d seen a project posted online from the artist Tom Burtonwood. He was looking at the newer wave of open source 3D printing – providing the ability for the masses to work in a new medium. His project website says,

Within this context of free cultural products I chose to publish Orihon the world’s first entirely 3D printable book. The subject matter for Orihon is derived from 3D scans made of sculptures and reliefs, found at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural in New York and The Field Museum in Chicago.

This immediately drew my attention, and since his focus was the openness of this new platform, he provided the files on one of the internet’s largest 3D file sharing sites, Thingiverse. The idea was wonderful, but the technology as progressed quite far in the six years since he created his plates and hinges. So I took the modular plate and created a new hinge that harnessed the abilities of our Ulitmaker 3, namely the ability to print in two materials. This new hinge was able to flex like a standard paper book but still had the modular aspect. These were printed ahead of time since the students didn’t need to edit them.

3D printed book hinge with four printed strips

 

When it came time for the students’ work they were shown both Thingiverse and Sketchfab: two repositories of opensource 3D models. The idea was for them to display the themes found in the fairy tales through visual objects, placed in the book’s pages. We had a class period in the Library Lab where they started learning and working in the free modeling software Tinkercad. Over the next few weeks I received all the individual students’ work, and began printing them when they came in. Nine students with four pages a piece added up to a lot of hours on our two printers!

3D book and the book Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo and a small round compact mirror
3D book showing themes from Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo
3D book and the book Twilight with a small blond doll in a purple dress
3D book showing themes from Twilight

In the end every student had their own, custom book that covered their specific fairy tale. This project built on a short paper (written in French) that explained what the themes were, and how they connected to today’s world. Professor Balguerie called this a success and is now planning a project to have her class produce “classic” books: printed on paper, bound with thread. We at the McGraw-Page Library are really looking forward to helping with that!

The 3D books created in “Fairy Tale Beginnings” class have been on display in the McGraw-Page Library vestibule since mid-January.