Master Key Personal Skills to Reduce Stress: LearningExpress Introduces Personal Success Skills

Library Resources | April 02, 2019

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EBSCO LearningExpress Library offers new content to help library patrons acquire and strengthen soft skills for personal and professional success.

Public libraries are well-positioned to help their patrons acquire the core knowledge and skills needed for success in life and at work. These include organization, time management and personal finance literacy.

In a recent interview, EBSCO LearningExpress’s Senior Content Director, Ilsa Halpern, Ph.D., and Content Development Director Marco Annunziata, talked about a new collection of soft skills content released as LearningExpress Personal Success Skills. Ilsa and Marco shared insights on the thinking behind the creation of this new content for public library patrons and how it can help them personally and professionally.

Why did the LearningExpress Content team think that new soft skills content was warranted for LearningExpress Library?

The thinking was to add new resources that would make a noticeable impact on the lives of patrons. As a team, we identified the skills that almost everyone needs — skills that would benefit the widest range of public library patrons. The soft skills come to mind, but really this is a misnomer. There is nothing “soft” about acquiring these skills, which are often hard to master.

What new content is included in LearningExpress Personal Success Skills?

Personal Success Skills, as the name implies, contains resources that can help busy adults improve organization, time management, personal finance literacy and more. These soft skills can help them better navigate not only their personal lives, but also their professional lives because many are transferrable to the work setting. Topics include:

  • Teamwork and Professionalism
  • Attitude, Critical Listening, and Successful Negotiations
  • Email and Workplace Etiquette
  • Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Writing for the Workplace
  • Organization Strategies
  • Goal Setting, Multitasking, and Time Management
  • Balancing and Understanding Credit and Debt
  • Money Management and Investing Basics
  • Introduction to Insurance, Benefits and Taxes

People may have a handle on the specific skills needed for their jobs, but they may not be as skillful in collaborating with co-workers or communicating in the workplace — skills employers across industries recognize as critical.

How can acquiring these soft skills reduce stress?

We know that money is a major stressor for many people, so we made sure to provide content to help them develop basic financial literacy skills. People who struggle with money management and decision-making can experience serious financial setbacks, and these setbacks can impact other areas of their lives, such as mental well-being and work performance. Personal Success Skills resources will help people better understand credit and debit, insurance, benefits and taxes. This is valuable information for adults as well as those entering or graduating from college, considering the financial decisions that arise.

How will Personal Success Skills benefit public library patrons and staff?

Personal Success Skills enables libraries to provide patrons with access to resources that will help them develop the soft skills needed for both personal and professional success, and at no cost to the patron. People may have a handle on the specific skills needed for their jobs, but they may not be as skillful in collaborating with co-workers or communicating in the workplace — skills employers across industries recognize as critical. Patrons wanting to improve these foundational skills need to look no further than the library. We hope that our public library customers and their patrons will benefit from the content we’ve curated in this new collection.

For a complete list of resource types and titles, or to request a demo, visit the LearningExpress Personal Success Skills product page.

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