The Public Library as Innovator: Statewide Partnership for Economic Development (presented at PLA) …
The Public Library as Innovator: Statewide Partnership for Economic Development (presented at PLA)
Workforce woes and economic adversity: The local public library is there, both as sufferer and as remedy. Collaboration is imperative in such a climate! The South Carolina State Library has brought libraries to the table with workforce development specialists and small business support agencies, resulting in replicable innovative programs and web resources that spur local economic development and promote library sustainability. Learn how to make your library a "solution institution!"
Benefits and Learning Objectives
Program participants will learn three key lessons from the South Carolina Business & Workforce Development Initiative (WORKSC): How to incorporate business reference and good community business programming into the everyday mindset of the public library with a special emphasis on the training component; how to partner with business, workforce, literacy and adult education contacts to maximize the library's ability to partner in these areas; and, participants will observe an online portal that supports resources and services for local small businesses and Workforce Development Resources, emphasizing a replicable template, and including free tools to enhance communication, marketing and public relations. Participants will discover how to bring together the interests of rural and urban communities in support of local economic development efforts.