|U.S. Dept of Labor - courtesy DOL|
The Notice includes this statement as an Action Requested: "State and local workforce development boards, state workforce agencies, and American Job Centers are encouraged to collaborate with public libraries to complement and extend the career and employment services available through the public workforce system to job seekers and unemployed workers."
This call-to-action demonstrates an appreciation of the long-standing dedication of local librarians who work tirelessly with job-seeking residents. Through boom and bust times, people in communities large and small turn to their local public library for help building job skills and seeking new opportunities.
|Happy workers - courtesy Linea Resourcing|
The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have been encouraging recognition of the active role public libraries play in addressing work force development issues for a long time. COSLA facilitates dialog on library-related issues of concern to all states. Their spring meeting included a presentation on the work of the National Governor's Association, Education and Workforce Committee, of which Governor Walker is a member.
The presenter, Stephen Parker, Legislative Director, Education and Workforce Committee, National Governor's Association, stressed the importance of engaging libraries along with workforce agencies at the local level. He discussed the pathway created by the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, and the role public libraries can play.
If you would like more information on this topic, please contact your public library system or me.
Martha Farley Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning