Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"Did You Know?": Health Insurance

Continuing the theme of this week's student debate, today's edition of "Did You Know?" is all about the health care industry.


  • The first health insurance company was the Massachusetts Health Insurance Company in Boston, which was organized in 1847.


  • The first group covered by a hospital insurance plan was public school teachers in Texas, who were insured by Baylor University Hospital.


  • The Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans were established in 1939.


  • The International Ladies Garment Workers Union entered the first health insurance clause into a labor contract in 1941. Around 10,000 workers were covered.


  • The first state health insurance law was instituted in Rhode Island in 1942.


  • The first state that required, by law, that all of its citizens have universal health insurance was Massachusetts, starting in 2006. All employers with ten or more workers are required to offer health insurance, or to contribute to a state fund that would cover low-cost policies through private insurers.

Kane, Joseph Nathan, Steven Anzovin and Janet Podell. Famous First Facts. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 2006. Pg. 91. This book is located in the Mack Library's reference section at call number AG 5 .K315 2006.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Student Debate on Health Care

Get ready for an exciting, suspenseful and passionate debate between two student clubs! Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society will go up against Student Senate in this year's debate on the topic "Health Care: Who Should Provide It?". PTK will argue that private industry should provide health care, while Student Senate will take the position that the federal government should be responsible. The debate on this timely topic is sure to affect and inform anyone who watches it. Stop by Laub Lounge on Tuesday, January 27 at 11 a.m. to hear the discussion. You may even get to help choose the winning team!

The NCC Libraries have many resources on health care and related issues, so if you find yourself researching this topic for an English paper or Speech Communications project, be sure to take a look at what we have.

The Healthcare Fix: Universal Insurance for All Americans
by Laurence J. Kotlikoff
RA 412.2 .K68 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

A Second Opinion: Rescuing America's Healthcare: A Plan for Universal Coverage Serving Patients Over Profit

by Arnold S. Relman
RA 395 .A3 R45 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe


Solving the Health Care Problem: How Other Nations Succeeded and Why the United States Has Not
by Pamela Behan
RA 395 .A3 B44 2006 Stacks, Main

Evaluating the Healthcare System: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity

by Lu Ann Aday
E-BOOK (Online)


A Shared Destiny: Community Effects of Uninsurance

by The Institute of Medicine Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance
E-BOOK (Online)


Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective

by Paul J. Feldstein
E-BOOK (Online)

In addition to these books, both the ProQuest and EBSCOhost databases contain hundreds of articles on this topic. The "controversial issues" databases like Opposing Viewpoints, CQ Researcher and Facts.com also contain essays explaining the opinions held by parties from both sides of the issue. For help with any library database, contact a Reference Librarian by calling 610-861-5359 or by sending us an e-mail.

Friday, January 23, 2009

New Credo Reference E-Book Titles


Need to do research from home? The NCC Librarians recommend the Credo Reference database! This convenient electronic book collection provides full-text access to almost 400 reference titles, all of which are searchable. You can even find maps, images and audio! For instructions to connect to this database from off campus, please contact the Reference Desk by calling 610-861-5359, or by sending us an e-mail.

Here are the newest e-book titles that were recently added to the Credo Reference database:

Animals and Science: A Guide to the Debates *
Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists
Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers
Consciousness: A Guide to the Debates
Elgar Companion to Feminist Economics
Encyclopedia of Macroeconomics
Evolution Wars: A Guide to the Debates *
Homosexuality and Science: A Guide to the Debates *
Iberia and the Americas: Culture, Politics, History
Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia
Pop Culture Arab World! *
Pop Culture China!
Pop Culture Latin America!

*These titles are also available in print from the NCC Libraries.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Using Library Computers

This document describes where computers are located in NCC's Mack Library (Main Campus). Details include what version of MS Office is available on computers, as well as printing rules.

Library Computers

Library Floor Plan

For those students who are new to the College, welcome! We hope you enjoy your time at Northampton Community College. Please visit the Main Campus Library, which is located on the fourth floor of College Center. Take a look at our map to see where items and computers are located!
Computer Map

New McNaughton Titles

Here are the newest additions to our McNaughton browsing collection. Stop by the NCC Libraries to check one out!



Texas! Lucky
by Sandra Brown







Vindicated
by Jose Canseco








Plum Spooky
by Janet Evanovich








Independence of Miss Mary Bennet
by Colleen McCullough








Eclipse
by Richard North Patterson








Mortal Danger
by Ann Rule









Breath of God
by Harry Turtledove

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hail to the Chief!

On this historic Inauguration Day, Barack Obama will be sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States. Joe Biden, the new vice president, will also be taking his oath. Obama will be the first African American ever to serve as president and, at age 47, also one of the youngest. Television, radio and Internet channels will cover this event in detail, so be sure to tune in for performances and speeches that take place today in Washington, D.C.

For past inauguration speeches and presidential history, check out some of these Library resources:

The Presidency A to Z
by Gerhard Peters
JK 511 .P775 2008 Reference, Main and Monroe

White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters
by Robert Schlesinger
E 176.1 .S345 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Let Every Nation Know: John F. Kennedy in His Own Words
by Robert Dallek
E 842 .D27 2006 Stacks, Main

My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents, From George Washington to George W. Bush
by Michael Waldman
J 81.4 .M93 2003 Stacks, Main

Speeches of the American Presidents
by Janet Podell
E-BOOK (Available online through SpartaCat, the Library catalog)

The World's Great Speeches
by Lewis Copeland
PN 6121 .W66 1999 Reference, Main

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History
by William Safire
PN 6122 .L4 1997 Reference, Main

Friday, January 16, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Please remember that the NCC Libraries and college campuses will be closed on Monday, January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Throughout January, the college will honor the life of Dr. King with activities exemplifying the theme “One People, One Nation, One Dream.” For information, go to the Northampton NOW home page.

If you are interested in learning more about this Civil Rights leader, and why his life and work are celebrated on this day, check out some of these Library materials:

The Word of the Lord Is Upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Jonathan Rieder
E 185.97 .K5 R54 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Struggle for Civil Rights
by Bob Adelman
E 185.61 .A235 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign
by Michael K. Honey
HD 5325 .S2572 M465 2007 Stacks, Main

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68
by Taylor Branch
E 185.615 .B67 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe

To the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Sacred Mission to Save America, 1955-1968
by Stewart Burns
E 185.97 .K5 B798 2004 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Ring Out Freedom! : The Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement
by Fredrik Sunnemark
E 185.97 .K5 S866 2004 Stacks, Main

The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation
by Drew D. Hansen
E 185.97 .K5 H273 2003 Stacks, Main

Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man and the Dream [DVD]
A&E Television Network
E 185.97 .K5 M377 2002 Media Tower

"March On!": The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World
by Christine King Farris
E 185.97 .K5 F369 2008 Children's Literature (Easy), Main

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport
E 185.97 .K5 R36 2001 Children's Literature (Easy), Main and Monroe

Monday, January 5, 2009

Welcome Back!

The staff of the NCC Mack and Monroe Libraries welcome you back! We hope you had a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones.

The Libraries operate on a modified schedule between semesters, so be sure to check our hours before stopping by:

Jan. 5 through Jan. 9: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 10 and 11: CLOSED
Jan. 12 through Jan. 16: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 17 and 18: CLOSED
Jan. 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day): CLOSED
Jan. 20: Spring semester begins; Main Campus Library open at 7:30 a.m.


During inclement weather, changes to campus hours may be found on the NCC Web site or by calling the NCC weather hotline at 610-861-4595.

SpartaBlog! is taking a break between semesters and will resume regular postings when the Spring semester begins on January 20. Enjoy the rest of your winter break!