Libraries depend on a variety of resources to provide researchers and patrons with best-in-class services. Find out more about the resources that can help libraries serve the needs of their users.
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).
As the digital revolution has swept through higher education, it has opened up new ways for economically disadvantaged or otherwise underserved students to learn and thrive academically. Perhaps nowhere is this more acutely felt than in the community college sector. LearningExpress recently hosted the “Recipe for Academic Triumph: Steps to Empower Students” webinar with two staffers from Pueblo Community College (PCC), which serves about 7,500 students across four campuses in southern Colorado. Ross Barnhart is the Director of PCC’s Learning Center on the main campus in Pueblo, Colo., a multi-use space offering a variety of student services. Christina McGrath is PCC’s Library Director, working to deliver digital and physical resources to all students. What follow are some highlights from our conversation:
Every piece of engineering starts with research; whether it’s the lighting in our homes, the cameras in our phones or the real-life incarnation of a science-fiction robot. This article, from the team at IET, considers how the creative engineering behind the new Star Wars BB-8 toy can help to inspire the next generation of innovative engineers.
There’s no single path to success in college and beyond. Each individual must pursue personal goals, negotiate unique academic challenges, and make difficult professional decisions, all on his or her own unique timeline. To demonstrate a typical student’s pathway to earning an Associate degree, we’ve created a scenario with a fictitious student, Amy.
In a tough job market with flat wages, few job opportunities for high school graduates, and ever-increasing tuition costs, colleges are expected to maximize students’ time and money, as well as keep their graduation rates competitive and their programs attractive. See some steps that can help accomplish these challenging goals.
History teachers and students will be delighted to hear that they can have free access to two great online resources – the new Churchill Archive for Schools (freely available to all) and the complete Churchill Archive (normally available by subscription, but now free to high schools worldwide following registration).
At this year’s Charleston Conference, Senior Technical Product Manager - eCommerce, Khalilah Gambrell presented a poster titled “Eliminating Barriers: 7 Best Practices for Creating a User Friendly Library Website.” The poster was based on 18 months of work with the EBSCO User Research group conducting usability tests and a survey on how undergraduates conduct research. The following summarizes some of the findings.