Project Compass

Project Compass: Libraries lead the workforce for the 21st Century

Project Compass logoThrough two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) launched Project Compass in support of public libraries’ efforts to meet the urgent and growing needs of communities impacted by the economic downturn.

  • In the first year, the project brought state library representatives together to consider how they can support state-wide workforce recovery.
  • The follow-on grant for year two delivered training and curriculum materials to library staff on the frontlines of responding to the needs of the un- and under-employed.
  • Read The Impact of Project Compass for a summary of the 3-year project.

This work has resulted in a rich collection of resources on Workforce Services, including Project Compass Workshop Materials.

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

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The Impact of Project Compass

Publish Date: Document / 28 November 2012

After 3 years, the Project Compass initiative funded by IMLS has come to a close. This document reviews the impact of the program on communities across the U.S.

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Publish Date: News / 29 August 2012

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Project Compass National Convening

Publish Date: Document / 23 May 2012

Slides, links, and associated resources shared at the April 2012 Project Compass National Convening in Arlington, VA.

Project Compass Convening: Workforce Recovery and Beyond

Publish Date: News / 30 April 2012

Staff members from public and state libraries meet to share best practices from Project Compass, an IMLS grant funded project focused on public libraries’ efforts to assist the needs of job seekers in their communities.