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Jul 22
“Today America, libraries and the people who come to us for assistance have cause for renewed optimism. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recognizes that libraries are often the first places Americans seek when they need job training or job search assistance. We’re proud of what libraries have accomplished with meager resources over the last several years. Now, with the support of this legislation, we look forward to a brighter future for the American workforce libraries have served for more than a century.”

ALA President, Courtney Young on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Watch the 12pm (Eastern) signing ceremony live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live


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Mar 4

For those of you seeking library jobs

This twitter feed is a good one to watch.


Feb 12
Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP,” a new report (pdf) that details U.S. library engagement with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
The preliminary report is the first of its kind to highlight statewide library BTOP projects and the improvements they have made to public access technology resources, digital literacy and workforce development.
Highlights from the report:
The Maine State Library is working with the Volunteer Lawyers Project to provide legal information clinics through new library videoconferencing technology. The clinics will be offered in real time, allowing patrons at multiple locations, and especially in rural locations, to attend and ask questions directly of the presenting attorney.
More than 365,000 Coloradans increased their digital literacy skills through that state’s BTOP project. Ninety-five percent of those who took formal classes in Colorado stated they learned a valuable skill and would recommend the classes to others.
The Nebraska Library Commission expects to more than double its grant goal (45 libraries) for upgrading broadband speeds in this mostly rural state. Of the 85 libraries upgraded so far, the average speed moved from 2.9Mbps to 18.2Mbps. All 147 Nebraska libraries now offer Wi-Fi.

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP,” a new report (pdf) that details U.S. library engagement with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

The preliminary report is the first of its kind to highlight statewide library BTOP projects and the improvements they have made to public access technology resources, digital literacy and workforce development.

Highlights from the report:

  • The Maine State Library is working with the Volunteer Lawyers Project to provide legal information clinics through new library videoconferencing technology. The clinics will be offered in real time, allowing patrons at multiple locations, and especially in rural locations, to attend and ask questions directly of the presenting attorney.
  • More than 365,000 Coloradans increased their digital literacy skills through that state’s BTOP project. Ninety-five percent of those who took formal classes in Colorado stated they learned a valuable skill and would recommend the classes to others.
  • The Nebraska Library Commission expects to more than double its grant goal (45 libraries) for upgrading broadband speeds in this mostly rural state. Of the 85 libraries upgraded so far, the average speed moved from 2.9Mbps to 18.2Mbps. All 147 Nebraska libraries now offer Wi-Fi.

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Oct 25

At the height of the recession, the Saint Paul Public Library and the Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium initiated a project to help teach basic digital literacy skills and offer a certificate to help in job search. Our target audience was people lacking minimal computer literacy skills. We were working with people everyday without the computer skills necessary to apply for jobs on-line, engage in e-commerce and e-government, find library resources, participate in adult basic education and career readiness programs, or take basic courses at community colleges.

Now, a collaboration of organizations has launched the Northstar Digital Literacy Project, which offers free on-line assessments of basic digital literacy skills in six modules: basic computer use, world wide web, Windows 7, Mac OS X, using e-mail, and Microsoft Word, at www.digitalliteracyassessment.org.

Kit Hadley, Saint Paul Public Library Director

Oct 11
Corinne Dickman, managing librarian at the Sparks Library, displays Tuesday her packet from the Project Compass Workforce Recovery conference she attended in Arlington, Va. The conference was designed to help librarians nationwide develop services to enhance local jobs and economies.

Corinne Dickman, managing librarian at the Sparks Library, displays Tuesday her packet from the Project Compass Workforce Recovery conference she attended in Arlington, Va. The conference was designed to help librarians nationwide develop services to enhance local jobs and economies.


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