As part of our National Library Week in April, we asked those who entered our giveaway to share how their libraries are transforming lives. While we received hundreds of thoughtful responses from librarians across the United States and Canada, we have chosen to highlight 10 entries here. (Some responses have been abridged.) Thank you for your submissions, and thank you for all you do!
Today’s public libraries are a key source of job and career support for their communities, with librarians helping to transform the lives of job seekers. The data confirms that job seekers are using the help offered through their libraries extensively. In the 2011-2012 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey conducted by the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), it was reported that 92.2 percent of libraries help people access online job databases and resources, 77.5 percent help them create resumes, and 76.0 percent assist with online job applications (1).
EBSCO is expanding its services to address education requirements and job skills with the acquisition of LearningExpress. EBSCO’s Senior Vice President of Product Management Michael Laddin answers the “why” behind this acquisition, which brings the education technology company LearningExpress into the EBSCO family.