Thursday, March 24, 2016

Creating a Job Seekers Toolkit

Wouldn't it be great if every public library in Wisconsin had access to a robust assortment of resources to support the job-search activities of their patrons? 

Searching - courtesy Pixabay
Searching - Courtesy Pixabay
 According to Department of Public Instruction (DPI) surveys, many of the dedicated professionals working in Wisconsin public libraries, school libraries, and public library systems think so.

DPI has been surveying libraries in recent months to find out what specific services, partners, and tools they’re using to support job seekers. 22 public libraries and 3 public library systems have told us they’d like to talk more about working together.  Another 9 libraries and one additional system would like to see the direction we take before deciding if/when they will participate. 

More than 150 separate resources of value to job seekers were recommended by library staff responding to the survey. The Department has organized them into a comprehensive list of Resources for Job Seekers. If you aren’t able to view the Google spreadsheet, please let me know and I’ll share it in another format.  

The Department is now inviting all public libraries and public library systems to join webinar to vet the recommended resources and discuss how they could be organized into a web page that all Wisconsin libraries could access, link to or tailor to their own needs.
Wisconsin Libraries - Courtesy DPI
Wisconsin Libraries - Courtesy DPI

Please let me know if you’re willing to join the conversation. I’ll be reaching out to select a date or dates to begin co-creating a job seeker support toolkit.

Let's make it easy for every library in any part of our state to share a robust collection of job seeker resources with their patrons.

Written by Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning