Workforce Services


This section includes resources to help your library provide services and support to job seekers, small business and entrepreneurial start-ups, and the unemployed. Many of the resources here were collected as part of the IMLS-funded Project Compass, a national initiative to support public libraries' services to the struggling workforce.

See also the Project Compass Curriculum Workbook and Materials.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

Most Recently Added

Report on Public Libraries: A Community's Connection for Career Services

Publish Date: News / 21 November 2019

Local public libraries serve an important role in the national workforce development system. This role has increased since the Great Recession and became formalized through changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Public libra...

Library Offers Training to Enhance Job-Readiness in the Community

Publish Date: News / 15 February 2018

In 2016, Berkeley County in South Carolina was seeing an increase in businesses opening or moving to the area, bringing new job opportunities for community members. The Berkeley County Library System, along with their partners with the local school d...

Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

Publish Date: News / 24 January 2017

A collection of resources, webinars, courses, video, and articles on libraries and how they serve the homeless in their communities.

Four Ways to Reach Entrepreneurs in Your Community

Publish Date: News / 19 September 2016

If you are looking for an impressive number of resources, templates and ideas on how to reach and serve entrepreneurs at your library, then look no further than the webinar Support Small Business Development at Your Library.

Laura Metzler, Sma....

Trailblazer Profile: Norma Fultz, Rio Grande City Public Library

Publish Date: News / 28 June 2016

Library rock stars - we all know a few and can't wait to know more. They are full of passion, constantly form connections and seek to support their community in as many ways as possible. One library rock star we'd like you to know is Norma Gomez Fult...

Re-Envisioning Public Libraries: Action Guide Now Available

Publish Date: News / 1 February 2016

The Aspen Institute has released an Action Guide for libraries to accompany the 2014 report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries. In a recent Infopeople webinar, Susan Hildreth an Aspen Fellow, shared highlights from the report a...

Libraries Continue Job Seeker Support

Publish Date: News / 14 August 2015

As libraries continue to support economic success in their communities, WebJunction remains committed to bringing you programming which showcases libraries who continue to innovate in their Workforce Services. This recent WebJunction webinar zooms in...