Since the start of the recession, Kansas librarians have been helping people conduct job searches and find the resources they need. Libraries across the nation have been praised as effective first responders for citizens who urgently need help.
In the spring of 2012, the State Library of Kansas will host a series of three workshops inspired by WebJunction’s Project Compass Program. These workshops are intended to help Kansas librarians continue to contribute to economic recovery in their Kansas communities.
The first of three webinars in the Kansas Workforce Recovery Series will be held on Tuesday, April 17, from 10:00 to 12:00.”Helping Job Seekers” will emphasize the importance of providing assistance to job seekers and make the participants more aware of national and state job search resources that are available for those helping Kansas job seekers.
The second webinar will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. It will be on the Learning Express Job and Career Accelerator. This program will be held on the Kansas Collaborate Training Platform, and it will emphasize the LE features for organizing a job search, the information on occupations, the best ways to locate desirable jobs, and the skills for getting hired for desirable jobs.
The third webinar will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 10:00 to 12:00. ”Partnering with Business.” will emphasizes a different aspect of community economic development. Librarians have a growing interest in partnering with small business and entrepreneurs in their communities. Many economists believe that small business will be a major driver of the long-term economic recovery. This program will emphasize the amazing resources that Kansas librarians have available through WebJunction and Gale Business. Once they understand that they already HAVE a Business Resource Center, Kansas librarians can assess what partnering with business can do for both the library and the community
Please save the dates for these spring webinars on Workforce Recovery, because we will be sharing a lot of information that is critically important for Kansas citizens who are still trying to cope with a difficult economy. These resources are essential to excellent customer service at Kansas libraries. All three programs will be archived.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call 785-296-2148, or send email to Shannon.Roy@library.ks.gov.