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Workforce Recovery and Libraries

February 5th, 2010 Comments off

During January, I participated in the Libraries and Workforce Recovery webinar, hosted by WebJunction. The hour long session focused on what public libraries are doing to help patrons find employment, to complete online applications, to develop resumes, and to cope in today’s economy. The webinar was inspirational. Libraries of all sizes are working to help their community. For inspiration at your library, listen to the archive of January’s Libraries and Workforce Recovery Webinar

Libraries & Tough Times in the News shares media articles and interviews highlighting how libraries are helping residents find jobs. You will want to share with your boards and mayors reports as you communicate what your library is contributing to the community. The American Library Association has posted Job-seeking in U.S. Public Libraries, another excellent resource about the impact job-seekers have had on libraries.

A recent Longshots podcast, Helping others cope with the challenges of job loss, focuses on building listening skills, learning about physical and emotional boundaries, among other skills. Longshots is a regular podcast from Sarah Long. A companion article is Addressing emotional challenges of patrons and yourself by Diane Shelton. Another podcast resource is from Fairfield Public Library (Connecticut) on various job skills, from resumes to workplace law. Of special interest are the podcasts for using the library’s online databases to help with job searches.

While this has a North Carolina focus, the Job Search Tool Kit by the State Library of North Carolina, is a wonderful starting point for libraries helping patrons. The Tool Kit is perfect for discussion at a staff meeting and linking from the library’s Web site. And it can be updated for your community and region.

Check out some of the programs Forsyth County Public Library (North Carolina) is hosting for area residents; visit their Survive & Thrive blog.

How is your library supporting residents seeking employment and recovery? Have you seen an increase in patrons using library computers for job searches? What programs have you hosted related to job searching?

Fun and Instructive Videos

March 5th, 2009 Comments off

Last year Amanda McKay introduced me to to Commoncraft, a company that creates short instructive videos on complicated topics such as mortgages and podcasting. We liked the Commoncraft concept so well we are using it for the delivery packaging best-practices video Mercy and Kevin are editing.

The Commoncraft idea uses papercut-outs and voice-over narration to explain a concept, theory or application in less then 10 minutes. Most of their videos are 5 minutes in length, perfect for introducing the topic without overwhelming the viewer. The newest Commoncraft video is Computer Hardware in Plain English, http://www.commoncraft.com/computer-hardware, The video is an easy way to learn about memory (basement storage), RAM (closets) and processers (Butlers).

Check out Commoncraft to see the other Plain English videos they have created. They are a perfect way to include staff development training in small but fun bites. Or to create a library instruction video for your students.