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Archive for the month “November, 2011”

Webinar Alert: Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … PubMed, PubMed Central, and Medlineplus


Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … PubMed, PubMed Central, and Medlineplus – What’s the difference? (Lea Leininger, Health Sciences Librarian at the University of North Carolina Greensboro)

Do you support health science students? Are you on the hunt for another non-Google tool for health questions from the general public? Maybe you’ve heard that PubMed, PubMed Central and MedlinePlus are great sources for reliable medical information, but you’re not sure which site is best for your needs.  If so, please attend our webinar on December 9 at 12 pm (EST).  A health sciences librarian will provide an overview of PubMed, PubMed Central, and MedlinePlus with some searches and links to additional information.  This session is designed to be a basic introduction for non-medical librarians, but librarians from all settings are welcome to attend.

Ms. Lea Leininger has been the Health Sciences Librarian at the University of North Carolina Greensboro since 2004. She is the liaison librarian for nursing, biology, public health education, nutrition, communication sciences and disorders, nanoscience, and genetic counseling. She has a BA in French, a BA in Humanities, and an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin.

Session #11 will be helod online on December 9 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EST). Please RSVP for the Session by December 8 at 5:00 pm using this link:

Technical requirements: We will be using collaborative software called Elluminate. It requires that you be able to download Java onto your computer, but you do not need any special software. After you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can use to test the software. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Kellam ( You do not need a microphone as a chat system is available in the software, but you do need speakers or headphones.


The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (


FDsys: What is it and how to use it

Are you new to federal documents?  Are you trying to brush up on your reference skills?  Do you want to learn more about federal documents? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should watch the videos created by the University Libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder.

FDsys, or Federal Digital System, was created by the GPO to provide access to documenats produced by the Federal government.  Ussers can search, download, and print documents for free. To access FDsys click here:

Click here to see the video “What is FDsys?”.

Click here to see the video “How to use FDsys”.

Webinar Alert: Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents …Beginner’s Guide to Legislative History

On November 9th, Steve Case, Access Services Librarian, and Rebecca Hymann, Reference and Outreach Librarian, both from the State Library of North Carolina will be presenting on legislative histories. Before working at the Government and Heritage Library Steve worked at the UNC Law Library for 12 years.

Legislative history attempts to answer two questions: (1) *What* does the law say (or, more often, what did it say in the past), and (2) *Why* does the law say what it says.  Being able to track legislation from inception to General Statute is vital to answering these questions.   This session will explain more fully what legislative history is (and is not), look at the print and online resources available, show what roadblocks may prevent patrons from finding complete answers, and provide suggestions for alternative sources of information.  Familiarity with the NC General Statutes and NC Session Laws is helpful but not required.

Sign up for this webinar by Novemember 8th at 5 PM EST at

New Library: LGBT Center of Raleigh Library

On October 11, 2011 the LGBT Center of Raleigh opened it’s new library!  “The Library’s mission is to provide access to resources for LGBT study and entertainment, and to encourage exploration of the LGBT experience in a safe and welcoming environment.”  The library has over 1,000 volumes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) fiction, nonfiction, and reference materials, all of which was generously donated from donors all across the country.

If your a library science student and are interested in gaining experience or volunteering in a public library then contact the Librarian Erin Iannacchione at

Library 2.011 World-wide Virtual Conference, Nov. 2-4, 2011

Tomorrow don’t forget to join the Library 2.011 World-wide Virtual Conference!  This conference is being held online November 2-4 and is being sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San Jose State University.

This free conference has a wide range of  presentations ranging from emerging technologies, social networking, using Ebooks, to the state of public libraries in Mongolia.   This conference promises to be widely attended as there are currently 5,500 registrations from 151 countries.

Click here for a conference schedule which is specific to your time zone:

E. J. Josey Scholarship Award

The 2011-12 E J Josey Scholarship Award Committee of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association is accepting essays on the topic of social media.  Two winners will receive a grant of $2,000 awarded to African American students. Essays should address the following ideas: “The rising popularity of social networks has introduced new opportunities and challenges for the African American community.  Discuss ways that information professionals might assist members of our community in understanding and safely using these digital tools to their advantage.”

For more information click here:

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