Wednesday, October 1, 2008

This Day in History

Join the NCC Libraries in celebrating two month-long events in October: National Medical Librarians Month and National Reading Group Month!

Medical librarians work closely with doctors and nurses in the health care field, which is constantly changing; new procedures, medicines and diseases are emerging every day. Medical librarians help health care professionals stay up-to-date in their specialties, as well as train them to find the information they need to treat patients. The Medical Library Association, one of the oldest special library organizations in the country, named October National Medical Librarians Month to acknowledge these hardworking information specialists and celebrate their accomplishments.

National Reading Group Month was created by the Women's National Book Association to encourage the development of reading groups. This month-long publicity campaign is aimed at both men and women, and has the following goals:
  • To bring about public awareness of the joy of shared reading.

  • To provide a time for existing groups to celebrate their accomplishments and make plans for the future.

  • To encourage libraries, bookstores, and various organizations to host special events for reading groups.

  • To provide opportunities for individuals to get involved in an existing reading group or start one of their own (quoted from this press release).
To participate, join the NCC Libraries' monthly Book Discussion Group, or find another group at your local public library or favorite bookstore. If you prefer online interaction, consider an online reading group. If you're just looking for some great reading recommendations, check out the New York Times Reading Group list or Oprah's Book Club.

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