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  • 1. Rebecca Teasdale
    Reaching Forward
    April 30, 2010
    www.slideshare.net/reachingforward2010
    Getting Back to Work: Serving Job Seekers in Your Community
  • 2. Getting Back to Work
    Yes, librarians still check out books and collect fines. But they also help patrons with online applications and job searches. They print documents, explain software programs, navigate unemployment sites, locate social services and buoy spirits. ..
     
  • 3. Getting Back to Work
    Librarians have become the everyman's job counselors and computer instructors, and the libraries their career and business centers.
     
    Britt Aamodt
    Commentary, MPR NewsQ
    Minnesota Public Radio
  • 4. How Did We Get Here?
    www.flickr.com/photos/jeremypullen/2770819302
  • 5. How Did We Get Here?
    Recession officially began December 2007
    Unemployment rate started to climb in 2008
    Appears to have peaked in late 2009
    Highest levels in 27 years
  • 6. How Did We Get Here?
    National Unemployment Rate, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • 7. How Did We Get Here?
    Unemployment rate, March 2010 :
    Illinois = 11.7%
    Cook County = 11.3%
    DuPage County = 9.2%
    Lake County = 13.0%
    Kane County = 12.2%
    McHenry County = 11.3%
    Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • 8. How Did We Get Here?
    Low skill and high skill workers
    New workers and mid-career workers
    All segments of economy
    Veterans and people with disabilities
  • 9. How Did We Get Here?
    Library use has risen 23% during recession
    62% of public libraries consider job search assistance as “critical” to the library’s mission
  • 10. How Can Libraries Help?
    www.flickr.com/photos/anthonylibrarian/2498319970
  • 11. #1Provide job hunting resources
    www.flickr.com/photos/paige_eliz/4350115446
  • 12. Provide job hunting resources
    Job search guides
  • 13. Provide job hunting resources
    Books on resumes, cover letters and interviewing
  • 14. Provide job hunting resources
    Books about careers
    and changing careers
  • 15. Provide job hunting resources
    Free websites
    Sites to search jobs openings
    Resume and cover letter sites
    Sites about interviewing
    Career and career transition sites
    Sites for company research
    Online subscription products
  • 16. Provide job hunting resources
  • 17. Provide job hunting resources
  • 18. Provide job hunting resources
  • 19. Provide job hunting resources
  • 20. Provide job hunting resources
  • 21. Provide job hunting resources
  • 22. Provide job hunting resources
  • 23. Provide job hunting resources
  • 24. Provide job hunting resources
  • 25. #2Serve as job search central
    www.flickr.com/photos/prasan-naik/356299634
  • 26. Serve as job search central
    Computers, computers, computers!
    Online job postings have replaced the newspaper
    Entry-level jobs require online applications
    Networking is happening via LinkedIn
    Many people are cutting home Internet service
    Computer help
  • 27. Serve as job search central
  • 28. Serve as job search central
  • 29. Serve as job search central
  • 30. Serve as job search central
    Job skill training
    Computer skills
    English for employment
    Information and referral
    Department of Economic Security
    workNet Centers
    Job clubs
    Employment counselors
    Job fairs
  • 31. Serve as job search central
    A place to “be”
    Quiet (ish) space to work
    Free gathering spot
    Place to take a break
    Atmosphere of welcome and respect
  • 32. #3Make it easy
    www.flickr.com/photos/katieharbath/4249809778
  • 33. Make it easy
    Gather resources together – physically and virtually
    Use language that makes sense
    Brand it!
  • 34. Make it easy
  • 35. Make it easy
  • 36. Make it easy
    www.flickr.com/photos/utopianbranch/3479256163
  • 37. Make it easy
  • 38. Make it easy
  • 39. Make it easy
    www.flickr.com/photos/topekalibrary/3348784725
  • 40. Make it easy
    www.tscpl.org/guides/comments/library_stimulus_package_provides_job_search_information
  • 41. Make it easy
  • 42. #4Provide access to experts
    www.flickr.com/photos/mskeet/4114956358
  • 43. Provide access to experts
    Referrals to employment counselors
    Job search assistance at the library
    Resume help
    Job search strategy workshops
    Mock interview sessions
  • 44. Provide access to experts
  • 45. Provide access to experts
  • 46. Provide access to experts
  • 47. Provide access to experts
  • 48. Provide access to experts
  • 49. #5Address related needs
    www.flickr.com/photos/danielygo/2051810786
  • 50. Address related needs
    Money management support
    Emergency assistance
    Mortgage help
    Health care assistance
    Counseling services
    Legal help
    Crisis services
  • 51. Address related needs
  • 52. Address related needs
  • 53. Address related needs
  • 54. Address related needs
  • 55. Address related needs
  • 56. But What About Us?
    www.flickr.com/photos/kingstonlibrary/4540133650
  • 57. But What About Us?
    Libraries are busier than ever
    Our revenue is shrinking
    Helping job seekers is stressful
  • 58. But What About Us?
    Start with what you already offer
    Look for community partners
    Take good care of yourself and each other
  • 59. But What About Us?
    It's like the new normal to have social work be part of being a librarian. Sometimes as a librarian you feel like you're throwing out a life preserver to a person ... they are often at the edge of an abyss.
    -- Kim Poole
    Hennepin County Library
    Morning Edition, NPR
  • 60. But What About Us?
    Learn about the job search process
    Identify community resources
    Understand what you can do and what you can’t do
  • 61. But What About Us?
    Try not to take it personally
    Try not to take it home
    Celebrate your successes!
  • 62. Rebecca Teasdale
    rteasdale@stdl.org
    847.923.3326
    www.slideshare.net/reachingforward2010
    Thank You!

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