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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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...
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...
Publish Date: Webinar / 14 February 2017
In this webinar, learn about the financial education resources you can use with your patrons, made available by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
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.
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...
Publish Date: Webinar / 15 September 2016
In this webinar, find out how your library can be an excellent resource for aspiring and experienced business owners.
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...
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...
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...
Publish Date: Webinar / 16 July 2015
This webinar, presented in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, showcases successful adult education opportunities for patrons who lack a GED, or other high school equivalency.