ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY
From the Central Library/State Library Resource Center
Job and Career Information Center Newsletter Fall 2014
This fall the Job and Career Information Center has several on-going offerings available for job-seekers.
Job-seeking customers can set up one-on-one appointments to sit down with a job-seeker coach for an hour and get help on resumes, job searching and applications, cover letter and other tasks. Customers can call or stop by to make these appointments, which take place on our Job Center computers. Several branch libraries also offer these appointments, including Brooklyn, Herring Run, Northwood, Orleans, Pennsylvania Ave, and Southeast.
Career Clinics in the Public Computer Center are offered on select Mondays in cooperation with the Library’s Information Services staff. The computers are reserved for job-seekers for two hours the mornings of the clinics and staff circulates throughout the room to assist customers with job searching and applications, resumes, cover letters and other tasks. Printing is available with 5 free pages per day for library-card holders.
Digit All Systems and Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center are pairing up to offer a 40-hour certification course on Microsoft Word and Google documents. This course will be offered November and December 2014 in the Public Computer Center at Central Library.
Microsoft Word software is an essential component of any workplace environment and can be applied to any office task. At the end of the course, students will be comfortable preparing documents. Word contains desktop publishing capabilities, and is the most widely used word processing program on the market. Word files are commonly used as the format for sending text documents via e-mail.
This course also teaches users to create Google documents, save to Google drive, and utilize Google hangouts. Those completing the course are eligible for funding to take certification tests for Microsoft Word and Google documents.
The 2015 edition of the classic What Color is Your Parachute? has arrived. In addition to information for career-changers and people making career decisions, there are practical tips and information for job-seekers. A career counselor recently told me that if someone could only read one book on careers and jobs, this would be the one to pick.
Other new titles on specific professions have also arrived, including some in the series Cool Careers without College.
That State Library Resource Center Fall conference will take place Wednesday October 15th. Of interest to those who assist job-seekers in libraries is this workshop:
Help Your Customers Get to Work
10:30 – 11:30 | Poe Room
Learn transportation tools to help your job-seeking and working customers get to work. Panel presentation includes information from Vehicles for Change and TRIP-Transportation Resource Information Point from Central Maryland Regional Transit.
To read more or register go to:
As a part of the State Library Resource Center, Job Center staff will travel to Glenarden branch of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System to co-teach a workshop for job-seekers in November.
Summer 2014 the law was passed which reauthorized the WIA-Workforce Investment Act, and it's now called:
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
The District Dispatch has several articles which address how it will affect libraries:
an older but more informative article:
For those wanting to take a look at the actual law ( Public Law: 113-128 which is 298 pages):
We would be happy to email you the pdf file, or you can get it from thomas.gov
The Job and Career Information Center at EPFL/State Library Resource Center offers materials and services to job-seekers, career changers, career-decision makers, library staff, and non-profit organizations. We provide free access to materials and information.
Jeanne (Jean) Lauber, Workforce Development
Business, Science, & Technology
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Central Library/State Library Resource Center
If you have questions please call 410-396-5317 or email email@example.com