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Workforce Development/Job Assistance

Museums and libraries are working in partnership with business, education and public service agencies to provide workforce related training and services.

Partnership: Public Libraries and the Workforce
The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and IMLS are working together to highlight effective practices and encourage additional collaboration between the workforce investment system and public libraries.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen workforce development and job assistance (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Workforce development and job assistance content on the IMLS Web site:
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Learning Lab Publication Describes Transformative Spaces for Teens

November 20, 2014 10:19 AM
Learning Labs are creative spaces in libraries and museums that engage teens and tweens 21st century learning. Read More

 
$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA

October 21, 2014 02:23 PM
ALA, Depts. of Ed. and Labor, and IMLS will host webinar on workforce funding on October 27. Read More

 
Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S.

September 18, 2014 08:28 AM
Today IMLS announces recipients of the Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Grants awarded in 2014 inspire museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Read More

 
New IMLS Blog Post; Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

November 13, 2014 02:55 PM
The new law has a focus on community-based partnerships and recognizes libraries’ role. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Interview: Kansas State Library

October 23, 2014 02:43 PM
Kansas State Library is focusing on digital literacy and workforce development to reduce poverty and help their residents succeed as lifelong learners. Read More

 
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Blog Post: For Employment Training and Assistance, Look to Your Local Library


Libraries in communities across the country are providing job seekers with resources and assistance to help them find work. Read More

 
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August 2011: National Librarian Training Program Supports Workforce Recovery Efforts


A grant to WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina is helping libraries, nationwide, to meet increasing demands to connect customers with workforce resources. Read More

 
The Multicultural Internship Program (MIP) coordinator and a MIP intern.
March 2011: Multicultural Internship Program Mentors and Inspires Teens to Seek Library Careers


This month's project profile examines the positive impact of mentoring and empowering teens for library careers and community leadership. One of the goals of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program is to attract a new generation of diverse and creative people to librarianship. Read More

 
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July 2009: This Library System Means Business


To address two workforce training needs in Orlando, Fla.—technical skills and small business smarts—the Orange County Library System created the Grow Your Business program, which offered classroom and online courses in three languages. Read More

 
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Research Brief No. 4: Who is in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users


This brief provides a demographic analysis of public access computer users and uses and demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access. Read More

 
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Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries


Conducted by the University of Washington Information School and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IMLS, this report is based on the first large-scale study of who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries. Read More

 
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Talking Points: From Third Place to Makerspace: Public Libraries and Teens


A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Adults Gain Skills at the Library


Short overview of the impact of library services for adult literacy. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Library/Workforce Partnerships Spur Economic Development


Quick summary of the impact of library services for workforce development. Read More

 
Libraries to the Rescue

June 23, 2009 11:22 AM
Libraries to the Rescue shares with libraries steps that other libraries have taken to help their communities. The five episodes cover a range of topics, including how libraries are increasing access to key information through virtual libraries, the importance of broadband access, and new partnerships between libraries and state and federal agencies to help citizens access all types of assistance. Read More