ARSL, Library Services, Workforce Resources

ARSL: Libraries and Workforce Recovery

By Jennifer | October 28th, 2010 | Comment?

Still reeling from the 2010 joint ARSL/ABOS conference doings and very excited to report with some session followup. I was joined by these fine folks below, P1010732 to present twice, our session on Libraries and Workforce Recovery. I wanted to showcase a couple excellent resources mentioned during the presentations as well as encourage you to take a look at our session page on WebJunction.

Kathleen Rainwater, Business Librarian in the Arapahoe Library District, shared how her library is using free web tools made available by the U.S. Department of Labor on CareerOneStop.org to support their patrons. Attendees were very excited to hear that she’s created and made available on WebJunction, a comparison of subscription based job tools and these free, federally hosted sites. She also explained the “Book a librarian” service they provide to patrons who need a bit more time than can be provided during regular reference desk shifts. Their library also provides instruction to patrons on how to search the hidden job market and how to leverage social tools in their job searching. She concluded with some of the tools and databases they use to support small business development in their communities.

Jackie Kuusinen, Associate Reference Librarian at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs presented on how her library hosted a volunteer-staffed resume writing workshop. And she’s kindly recorded her presentation to share with all who are looking for shoestring strategies to address job-seeker’s needs. Thank you, Jackie! In addition to the video, Jackie has shared the emails she used in recruiting and preparing her volunteers for the workshops.

And in true WebJunction collaborative form, the ARSL session attendees provide their own suggestions and examples of libraries responding to their patrons’ workforce development needs. We collected their responses to these questions and have posted the full list of responses here.

  • How have you responded to this increase in job related needs in your library?
  • Who have you partnered with in your community to respond? Business, social service agencies, churches, chamber of commerce?
  • What shoestring or non-existent budget suggestions?

And as Shelley Walchak, from the Colorado State Library, shared in our session wrap-up, this conversation continues! WebJunction wants to hear more about the work you do in your community to support job-seekers! All are welcome to contribute, to learn, and to share in the growing Workforce Resources collection on WebJunction.

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