Library Resources for Business & Job Seekers-Presented at PLA Conference 2014


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  • Economic CensusCreating new business/business plan development
  • Let’s remember what we do!Outreach requires networking and relationship building within the community, we don’t stay insideWhat organizations do we connect to? Village, Rotary, Chamber, We respond – job seekers 2008-2012+Prepared to listen - We are exceptional listeners, neutral, participatory, action-orientedWe are prepared: With sources, demonstrated use, suggested use We rally support and know how to promote on a shoestringWe offer space and hospitality within the library Be ready with topics in your pocketGeneral Business services, General Career/Jobs servicesMiracle on 34thst.: We connect and openly share who we know and who we can connect
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  • Library Resources for Business & Job Seekers-Presented at PLA Conference 2014

    1. 1. Library Resources for Business and Job Seekers Public Library Association Conference March 14, 2014 Presented by: Shannon Distel, Arlington Heights Memorial Library Patricia Smolin, Schaumburg Township District Library
    2. 2. Business Reference  Definition according to Tana Elias, Business Librarian at Madison Public Library: “Business reference starts with standard company, industry, and financial information, but often quickly expands to include the subject areas of health and medicine, science and technology, law, computer troubleshooting, marketing, web design and any one of hundreds of industries.”
    3. 3. We source and navigate  Accounting/Tax  Companies  Competitors  Economics/Nat’l, Global  Entrepreneurship  Finance/Investment  Industry Research  International Business  Management/Leadership  Marketing  Public Relations/ Communications  Social media/advertising
    4. 4. Where we excel…  Outreach & Community Initiatives  We are exceptional listeners  We are prepared  Support and promotion  We offer space and hospitality  We are Smart Santas: Miracle on 34th St.  Who has what we/patrons need?
    5. 5. STDL Business Services  History: kept on pace with the village's fast-growing neighborhoods and business districts since the early 1970s.  Extensive print reference collection  Active membership in 3 Chambers (SBA, HE, HP), Community and Village events  Local business & career networking events  Business programming  SCORE, local business speakers, MSW, Fed Reserve  Monthly Business eNewsletter , Business Sparks  Active presence in It’s Just Business blog, LinkedIn  Book a Librarian: one-on-one reference appointments
    6. 6. AHML Business Services  Business Bytes presentations  Bi-monthly programs on social media & technology  Business Programming  SCORE, local business speakers, MSW  Monthly Business eNewsletter  One-on-one appointments  Active membership in local Chamber of Commerce  Presentations to community groups, Small Business Development Center, local colleges, organizations and career groups  Local business and career networking events
    7. 7. Neighboring Libraries Business Services  Mount Prospect Public Library, Downtown Business Initiative  Partnership with the Library, Downtown Merchants Association, Chamber, Village of Mt. Prospect  Library contributes the educational piece for business plan development, using e-sources for online business directories, generated leads/customizing lists  Mount Prospect Public Library, Jump Start Your Business  Library partners w/Chamber, open Library early, recruit speakers or present on Library sources/tools  Mount Prospect Public Library, Show Your Card  Free marketing for participating businesses in September  Barrington Area Library, video profiles for local businesses:
    8. 8. Library Instruction  Computer class and one-on-one appointments  Websites and blogs  Business branding/marketing  Ecommerce sites  Mobile apps  Databases  Social media tools  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Go ogle +, Foursquare  Video and Digital Studio production  Social media management tools (Hootsuite)
    9. 9. Company Information/ Marketing Lists Sources Outcomes Business Source Premier news, market reports Corporate Affiliations profiles, company & executive lists, contacts, email addresses Hoovers profiles, lists, contacts Gale Business/Company business plans, history LexisNexis profiles, company lists, contacts Plunkett’s profiles, industry reports Public Records real estate, new business licenses, transfers, background checks Reference USA profiles, resident and company lists, jobs  Free Resources: Corporate LLC, EDGAR (SEC filings), Annual reports, Company websites
    10. 10. AHML Jobs & Careers  Job Seekers Series  Job and career resources in the Library’s Business Center  One-on-one appointments  Databases, job search, LinkedIn  Outreach  Resume reviews  Community resources
    11. 11. STDL Jobs & Careers  Outreach  Partnerships with local job organizations  Community resources  Resume reviews by appointment  Ongoing job programs  One-on-one appts , Jobs & Career Accelerator  Generate lists of target companies (RefUSA/Indeed)  Job postings (In Jobs/Careers Center)
    12. 12. Resources  Small Business Development Center   Join BRASS, a division of RUSA  Online discussion forum, webinars (e.g. private company info, competitive intelligence)  Email list/BUSLIB-L Network with other business reference librarians.   BIG/Business Interest Group (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)  Support and idea sharing with 15 neighboring public libraries  Your Community  Attend Village meetings, business openings, job fairs, Chamber events  Book recommendation: Making Sense of Business Reference by Celia Ross  Symbaloo  