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Aug. 24, 2011
Halifax Community College Library adds popular educational videos that patrons can stream instantly

WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College’s (HCC) library, the Learning Resources Center (LRC) aims to entertain parents, students, educators, history buffs, and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) fans of all ages with an array of new online educational videos now available in streaming format for free with a library card. North Carolina libraries purchased the new video content from PBS including the complete 14-part, award-winning Civil Rights Era history documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize.”

The new videos also include the popular Ken Burns’ series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” and Masterpiece Theater titles including “Wuthering Heights,” “Turn of the Screw,” “Wind in the Willows,” “Anna Karenina,” and many more. Patrons can watch these videos online at
http://www.halifaxcc.edu/Library/ or via http://media.nclive.org.

In addition to the nearly 100 new PBS videos added, a collection of local oral history documentaries produced in Wilkes County, N.C., was also added. Previously only available to watch on DVD in the library at Wilkes Community College, these high-quality documentaries about the people of Wilkes County are now available to watch in your home or classroom, anytime. The videos were created by the Save Our Wilkes County History Committee to document, explore, and preserve the county’s past.

LRC Director Mary Gail Cooper hopes North Carolinians will take the opportunity to explore the free online videos provided by North Carolina libraries. “These videos are available on the NCLIVE website accessible through our HCC webpage. Off-campus users (HCC students and faculty/staff) will need NCLIVE passwords, which are available at the library circulation desk,” explained Cooper.

NC LIVE, a consortium of nearly 200 libraries across North Carolina received a Library Services and Technology Act grant to purchase the videos from the State Library of North Carolina and the Department of Cultural Resources. A partnership between NC LIVE and the Department of Public Instruction extends the reach of the online video collection to all k-12 public schools, where teachers and students can stream the videos in classrooms across North Carolina.

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Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Public Information Officer, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., carterl@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239