The first Library Technical Assistant course will be offered in Fall 2004 through Metropolitan Community College. This course is being developed through a partnership between Nebraska’s community colleges, University of Nebraska at Omaha (UN–O), and the Nebraska Library Commission. This course is the first in a series of offerings expected to lead to an Associate of Arts Degree for Library Technical Assistants. LIBR 1010: Introduction to Library and Information Services will be offered by Metropolitan Community College as a hybrid course (face-to-face and online). The Omaha Metro campus will arrange for face-to-face sites, including field sites located around the state (to be determined by student location). This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the library and information science profession. Registration deadline is August 23.
All Nebraska community colleges will be involved in the development and
delivery of future courses. Most of the courses will be offered online or
Web-assisted. Negotiations are underway for the future transfer of some of
these credits to the UN-O undergraduate library science program. For more
information and a description of other courses under development, see the
Nebraska Library Commission home page Announcements, <nlc.nebraska.gov>. To register contact
Gretchen B. Schaeffer, Fort Omaha Campus, Metropolitan Community College,
P.O. Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103-0777, 402-457-2376, 800-228-9553, e-mail:
Commission Funds Motion
The Nebraska Library Commission recently renewed a statewide movie public
performance copyright compliance site license from Movie Licensing USA, Inc.
for all Nebraska public libraries for July 1, 2004 through September 30,
2005. With this license, videos may be shown in the library facility as part
of library programming, at no charge to public libraries. For more
information see the Nebraska Library Commission Web site,
nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/motionpicture.html or contact Pam Scott, 800-307-2665, 402-471-2694, e-mail: Pam Scott.
||Library customers often have questions about health conditions, treatments, and medications. From the public library patron needing information on diabetes to the student doing a project on anthrax, MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov), the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health Web site, gives librarians a comprehensive, authoritative, and free resource for meeting health information needs.
More than 650 Health Topics form the core of MedlinePlus. The Health Topics pages provide entry to hundreds of subjects, with more added each week. They provide links to information on the topic, current news, connections to related topics, and more. All of these resources are provided online in full text, at no charge. MedlinePlus is a selective list of authoritative health information from reputable organizations like the National Institutes of Health, not an exhaustive list of every health resource available on the Web.
MedlinePlus also includes a number of Interactive Health Tutorials, using sound, pictures, and easy-to-read text on specific health topics. Drug Information is available for thousands of medications, and can be accessed by either the brand or generic name, while a comprehensive Medical Dictionary and Encyclopedia provides definitions and spellings for more than 4,000 terms, tests, and procedures. Current Health News lists news by date and topic for the past thirty days. A Spanish-language interface is also available.
Marty Magee, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine liaison for the state of Nebraska, is available to answer questions or provide training on MedlinePlus, PubMed,
or any other National Library of Medicine database, 800-338-7657 or e-mail:
Librarians Urged to
Try Commission Web
Need information on ADA access to libraries, a video for story time, or
government information? Check out the Nebraska Library Commission's
collection through the new Mandarin Web Gateway on the Library Commission
home page, <nlc.nebraska.gov>, click on Commission Catalog. This upgrade, installed this spring, offers a number of new options.
Nebraska library staff members are encouraged to try this Web-based catalog and let Commission staff know how it works for you.
Use these simple steps:
• Do a basic word or phrase search from the initial Web page.
• Or choose Enhanced Search to limit by material type or to search by multiple indexes.
• When you find an item you want, click the Request ILL button (from the Details screen).
Follow the instructions or contact the Reference Desk, 800-307-2665,
402-471-4016, e-mail: Ready.