Workforce Services

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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.

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Library Offers Training to Enhance Job-readiness in the Community

 News / Last Modified: 08 March 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

 News / Last Modified: 06 March 2018

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

Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Your Library

 Webinar / Last Modified: 14 February 2018

Archive and related resources for a webinar presented on May 31, 2012 by Linda Bruno on compassion fatigue and how it affects you and your working environment.

Connecting Libraries to Employment with Workforce Literacy

 News / Last Modified: 02 September 2017

Public libraries are often the go-to resource for job seekers whether they are using the internet for online searches, updating or crafting a new résumé, or laying groundwork to acquire new skills. To assist libraries in compiling resources and suppo...

Job Searching Bootcamp

 Document / Last Modified: 08 June 2017

Case study and templates from the Bensenville, IL Library describing their 4-day Bootcamp offering intensive training to those looking for work.

Resources and Websites for Careers & Employment

 Document / Last Modified: 07 June 2017

A collection of resources for supporting patrons in career and employment services shared during the 5/6/15 webinar, Workforce Literacy: Supporting Job Seekers in Your Community.

Federal Workforce Development Resources

 Document / Last Modified: 06 June 2017

Pathfinder to workforce related resources made available through the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and through other national agencies.