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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:
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

 
Grant Awards Announcement: IMLS Provides $241,500 in Grants for the Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States

August 6, 2014 08:44 AM
IMLS announced grants that will help expand digital services and connectivity, digital literacy, professional development, and support summer reading, bookmobiles, collections, and more. Read More

 
Call for Applications: FY 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

July 15, 2014 09:01 AM
IMLS is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program through September 15, 2014. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama presents Chicago Public Library Commissioner and Community Member with the National Medal.
Blog Post: Getting Down to Business

September 17, 2014 02:39 PM
National Medal Winner the Chicago Public Library provided knowledge and resources to community member Chris Force to help kick start his business. Read More

 
Blog Post: CFPB Offers Free Materials and Other Resources for Libraries

August 8, 2014 09:22 AM
Resources on financial literacy, such as print materials, program ideas, and web resources, are available to librarians from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read More

 
Blog Post: Congress Passes Legislation Recognizing Libraries in Workforce Development

July 16, 2014 03:29 PM
Congress passes sweeping overhaul of nation’s workforce law. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 affirms the role of libraries in assisting the country’s job seekers and employers. Read More

 
Three members of the Project Compass team.
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

 
A Technology Trainer teaches a software class to patrons.
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