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Resource of the Month: North Carolina General Assembly

mastheadIf you’ve kicked off 2017 with the resolution to get involved in local politics, wish to keep closer tabs on the General Assembly, or simply want to feel more engaged by being “in the know,” this resource is for you!

The official North Carolina General Assembly website is a one-stop shop for all things NC politics. It can be used as a tool to track bills, find and communicate with your state House and Senate members, and to follow chamber activity, meetings and issues before the General Assembly. The site also makes accessible broadcasts from live, real-time audio of daily House and Senate sessions, press conferences, and meetings held in the Appropriations and Finance Committee Rooms. Finally, a Citizen’s Guide found through the top navigation bar walks political newcomers through the basics of NC and US government branches, commonly asked questions, and other information to encourage informed and aware citizens. So no matter what your level of knowledge or previous experience in the realm of politics, this site can be a handy tool to jump in headfirst!

To find your way to the NC General Assembly home page, point your browser to www.ncga.state.nc.us. All sections of the site can be accessed through the blue navigation bar at the top, or by using the four search bars in the top right corner. If your time is limited and you want to skip directly to legislation and bills, you can go straight to http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Legislation/Legislation.html. No sign-in is required to access this resource.

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Resource of the Month: NC Division of Employment Security – Job Openings

DESDo you keep hitting a wall in your job hunt? Wish there was a resource that pooled job openings and job search resources in NC and across the country? Well you’re in luck – such a resource actually exists, and it’s free for anyone to use!

The NC Division of Employment Security (NCDES) Job Openings web page acts as a locally-based job-hunting index to the internet. It contains links to several useful resources including but not limited to: NC state government jobs, NC State Government Internship Program, NC job fairs, a list of NC employer websites, federal government jobs, CareerOneStop, and more. Want to teach in North Carolina? No problem, the NCDES Job Openings site will link you to Teach 4 NC for more information. Looking for more of a one-stop online resource to make your life easier? The NCDES Job Openings site has you covered and will point you to NCWorks and CareerOneStop. Need information on apprenticeships, job seeking tools, support services, and/or other special circumstances, like applying for a job as a former offender or youth ages 14-24? Just click the “Job Assistance” link in the dark blue banner at the top of the page to launch an NC Commerce page with all sorts of useful information. Finding a new job is never easy, but you can make it slightly easier on yourself by using the resources provided by NC Division of Employment Security (NCDES) Job Openings web page.

To access this resource, point your browser to http://www.ncesc1.com/individual/jobSearch/jobSearchMain.asp. No sign-in or NC LIVE access is required to access the website. Happy job hunting!

Resource of the Month: Go Ask Alice!

Go Ask Alice

Have a burning health question you’d like to anonymously ask a medical professional? Want to see what others have asked in your situation? Then check out Go Ask Alice!, available through NC LIVE. Go Ask Alice! is a health question-and-answer (Q&A) Internet resource produced by Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University, a division of Columbia Health.

Worried about the reliability of information found on an Internet website? Very smart of you to be wary, dear reader, but in this case you need not fear. Go Ask Alice! is run and supported by “a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers.”

To access this resource, navigate to the library’s website (www.chathamlibraries.org), click on Online Resources, and click the large NC LIVE link at the top of the resulting page. When you land on NC LIVE’s main page, you can access Go Ask Alice! several different ways. However, the easiest method is to click Browse Databases from the menu bar at the top of the page, then navigate to the resources beginning with G. You will not need your library card to access this resource outside the library.

Once on the site’s main page, you can ask your own question by clicking the Ask Your Question box. You can also see others’ answered questions by clicking Health Answers on the main menu bar and choosing the relevant section (such as Nutrition & Physical Activity). If you need assistance with this resource, feel free to contact the reference desk at 545-8086.