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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:
A customer works with a Cuyahoga County Public Library “Cuyahoga Works” Career Counselor on polishing his resume. Credit: Roger Mastroianni
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

 
A child takes a photo of the program with his tablet.
Blog Post: Interview: Nevada State Library and Archives

October 7, 2014 01:15 PM
Nevada uses federal funds to digitize historical records, support literacy and workforce development, and keep teens learning after school. Read More

 
The chart of library services by Dewey number based on community conversations.
Blog Post: Interview: Delaware Division of Libraries

September 25, 2014 08:50 AM
To help plan the next five years of LSTA funding, the Delaware Division of Libraries launched “We Geek the Delaware Dream,” which included conversations with residents in six communities to explore how libraries can help them realize their passions and dreams. 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