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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60 (plus) Ways Libraries Can Help Job Seekers

 Document / Last Modified: 03 July 2018

A (growing) list of ideas developed by trainers involved with Project Compass. Please post your additional ideas to the comments area below!

Project Compass Convening: Workforce Recovery and Beyond

 News / Last Modified: 21 May 2018

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.

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...