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1 Libraries and Workforce Recovery Association for Rural and Small Libraries Denver 2010

2 Presenters Shelley Walchak Senior Consultant Colorado State Library 303-866-6891 Jennifer Peterson Community Manager WebJunction Kathleen Rainwater Business Librarian Arapahoe Library District Jackie Kuusinen Associate Reference Librarian Bud Werner Memorial Library

3 What is the current national unemployment rate? 9.6% Bonus question: Do you know your state’s rate? Highest=Nevada 14.4 %

4 YearJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec 20085. 20097. 20109.7 9.6 Data Discovery: Finding Unemployment Statistics National Unemployment Data

5 More than what % of new jobs are created in the small business sector? 75% Making Cities Stronger, ULC, 1/2007

6 How many public libraries are there nationwide? 9,221 (16,604 buildings) What % of those are in rural communities? 77.8% in areas serving < 25,000 and ALA, A Perfect Storm BrewingALA, A Perfect Storm Brewing

7 Libraries as Lifelines to Economic Recovery A collaboration of WebJunction & the State Library of North Carolina Funded by a grant from IMLS A Year with Project Compass

8 Questions for Today How have you responded to this increase in job related needs in your library? Who have you partnered with in your community to respond? Business, social service agencies, churches, chamber of commerce? What shoestring or non-existent budget suggestions?

9 Patron Needs 30 million people used library computers or wifi for job help in the past year photo by All_Utah_Libraries on Flickr

10 Your Top Needs 1.Staff training 2.Patron training & resources 3.DOL partnerships, state & local 4.Support for entrepreneurs 5.Augmenting the value of libraries

11 Showcasing accomplishments

12 Staff Training North Carolina – Job Search Workshops

13 Florida – E-Government Resources and Training Pasco County Library System Offer e-gov training to the public Collected resources online Partner with other agencies including One-Stop Career Centers Patron training & resources

14 Arizona – Job Help Program The Pima County Public Library (PCPL) and Pima County ONESTOP Career Centers formed a partnership to create programs and identify technology-based solutions to meet the needs of the community’s growing displaced worker population. Partnerships

15 Support for entrepreneurs How to Make Your Library Entrepreneur-Friendly Turning Your Databases into Business for Your Customers Going to Your Customer - Outreach and Strategic Partnerships Colorado – Webinar series on Libraries and Economic Development Suzanne Kaller, Arapahoe Library, Business Expo

16 Tell Us Your Story Campaign Snapshot: One Day in the Life of New Jersey Libraries Augmenting the value New Jersey – Libraries Transform Lives Colorado – Big Hairy Audacious Goal Colorado Association of Libraries Advocacy Initiative Non-library spokespeople Describing the value of public libraries Easily reproducible

17 Workforce Resources community

18 You can tweet to this hashtag! Twitter hashtag #libs4jobs Archive of tweets:

19 Project Compass Continues! A new IMLS “follow-on” grant the partnership continues! Grant funding Partners

20 Stay Tuned

21 Arapahoe Library District locations and Bookmobile stops Kathleen Rainwater Business Librarian, Arapahoe Library District Arapahoe Library District Databases and Find a Great Job a Great Job


23 Free Web tools CareerOneStop O*NET System myskills, myFuture Book a librarian Hidden job market and social tools Tools for small businesses

24 Steamboat Springs, Colorado Jackie Kuusinen Associate Reference Librarian Bud Werner Memorial Library Photo Courtesy of Jason Edinburg Holding a Resume Workshop Event at your Library

25 Take Action! What’s next? What are the barriers to my actions? With these barriers in mind, what one thing can I do? What will success look like? (fantasy outcome...dare to dream!)

26 Workforce Resources Handout and Slides are available on WebJunction:

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