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    • Rebecca Teasdale
      Reaching Forward
      April 30, 2010
      www.slideshare.net/reachingforward2010
      Getting Back to Work: Serving Job Seekers in Your Community
    • 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. ..
       
    • 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
    • How Did We Get Here?
      www.flickr.com/photos/jeremypullen/2770819302
    • 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
    • How Did We Get Here?
      National Unemployment Rate, Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • How Can Libraries Help?
      www.flickr.com/photos/anthonylibrarian/2498319970
    • #1Provide job hunting resources
      www.flickr.com/photos/paige_eliz/4350115446
    • Provide job hunting resources
      Job search guides
    • Provide job hunting resources
      Books on resumes, cover letters and interviewing
    • Provide job hunting resources
      Books about careers
      and changing careers
    • 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
    • Provide job hunting resources
    • Provide job hunting resources
    • Provide job hunting resources
    • Provide job hunting resources
    • Provide job hunting resources
    • Provide job hunting resources
    • Provide job hunting resources
    • Provide job hunting resources
    • Provide job hunting resources
    • #2Serve as job search central
      www.flickr.com/photos/prasan-naik/356299634
    • 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
    • Serve as job search central
    • Serve as job search central
    • Serve as job search central
    • 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
    • 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
    • #3Make it easy
      www.flickr.com/photos/katieharbath/4249809778
    • Make it easy
      Gather resources together – physically and virtually
      Use language that makes sense
      Brand it!
    • Make it easy
    • Make it easy
    • Make it easy
      www.flickr.com/photos/utopianbranch/3479256163
    • Make it easy
    • Make it easy
    • Make it easy
      www.flickr.com/photos/topekalibrary/3348784725
    • Make it easy
      www.tscpl.org/guides/comments/library_stimulus_package_provides_job_search_information
    • Make it easy
    • #4Provide access to experts
      www.flickr.com/photos/mskeet/4114956358
    • Provide access to experts
      Referrals to employment counselors
      Job search assistance at the library
      Resume help
      Job search strategy workshops
      Mock interview sessions
    • Provide access to experts
    • Provide access to experts
    • Provide access to experts
    • Provide access to experts
    • Provide access to experts
    • #5Address related needs
      www.flickr.com/photos/danielygo/2051810786
    • Address related needs
      Money management support
      Emergency assistance
      Mortgage help
      Health care assistance
      Counseling services
      Legal help
      Crisis services
    • Address related needs
    • Address related needs
    • Address related needs
    • Address related needs
    • Address related needs
    • But What About Us?
      www.flickr.com/photos/kingstonlibrary/4540133650
    • But What About Us?
      Libraries are busier than ever
      Our revenue is shrinking
      Helping job seekers is stressful
    • But What About Us?
      Start with what you already offer
      Look for community partners
      Take good care of yourself and each other
    • 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
    • But What About Us?
      Learn about the job search process
      Identify community resources
      Understand what you can do and what you can’t do
    • But What About Us?
      Try not to take it personally
      Try not to take it home
      Celebrate your successes!
    • Rebecca Teasdale
      rteasdale@stdl.org
      847.923.3326
      www.slideshare.net/reachingforward2010
      Thank You!