Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?

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Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?

The old  Public library of Cincinnati was the sort of place you only see in a Harry Potter film; colossal cast-iron book alcoves and spiral staircases that went several stories high, checker board marble floors that shone beneath the skylight roof; a magnificent maze of books that is now lost forever.

February 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Resolve to Read! Cuyahoga County Public Library.

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Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL/the Library) wants all county residents to make reading and visiting the library their New Year’s resolution! The Library will kick off 2015 with Resolve to Read, a campaign to encourage customers to use their library card daily.

January 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

Ferguson Library is grateful for donations

During community unrest in Ferguson Missouri the library remained open and caught the attention and heart of the nation. Nearly $400K in donations poured in.

Here is the message of thanks from librarian Scott Bonner:

We are flabbergasted and heartened by the amazing support that the Ferguson Municipal Public Library District has received…..

The library’s Board of Trustees has formed a strategic planning committee to judiciously allocate funding for the good of our community, within the library’s mission. Our first priority is to bring in a full-time children’s librarian, which will radically enhance our ability to help the people of Ferguson, and increase monies devoted to community-focused programming.

 

 

December 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Public Libraries-Innovation and Opportunity in WIOA: A Playbook for Effective State Plans

Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Our agencies have long recognized the role of libraries to help meet the workforce training and job search needs of the American public.  At the height of the recession, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for workforce related needs and 3.7 million of them reported finding work.  Today, 96 percent of librariessurveyed offer online job and employment resources and 78 percent offer programs to help people apply for jobs.

In July, the President signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA)which strengthens and aligns Federal employment, education, and training servicesOverwhelmingly approved by both the House and the Senate, the legislation is the result of a bipartisan agreement that recognizes the vital role the workforce system plays in providing the services and resources job seekers need to access the kinds of skills training, career information, and education that are required for today’s job market. The Act aligns with and complements the President’s Vision for Job-Driven Workforce Development, as it prepares workers for 21st century jobs and ensures American businesses have skilled workers to be competitive in global economy.

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Webinar Q&A Session for Realizing Innovation and Opportunity in WIOA: A Playbook for Effective State Plans

Q6. What role if any have you seen or can you suggest for public libraries in the state plan and WIOA implementation generally?

The main roles that public libraries have played as part of the workforce development system are as a provider of adult education and as points of access to the one-stop career center system through publically available computers.

Recommendations on how state plans can advance strategies for sector partnerships, career pathways, cross-agency data and measurement, and job-driven investments.

December 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

11.13.2014.  From the IMLS blog.

Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Our agencies have long recognized the role of libraries to help meet the workforce training and job search needs of the American public.  At the height of the recession, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for workforce related needs and 3.7 million of them reported finding work.  Today, 96 percent of libraries surveyed offer online job and employment resources and 78 percent offer programs to help people apply for jobs.

In July, the President signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) which strengthens and aligns Federal employment, education, and training servicesOverwhelmingly approved by both the House and the Senate, the legislation is the result of a bipartisan agreement that recognizes the vital role the workforce system plays in providing the services and resources job seekers need to access the kinds of skills training, career information, and education that are required for today’s job market. The Act aligns with and complements the President’s Vision for Job-Driven Workforce Development, as it prepares workers for 21st century jobs and ensures American businesses have skilled workers to be competitive in global economy.

We are pleased that WIOA includes several exciting changes that better align federal resources and call for local community-based partnerships to increase access to services.  WIOA explicitly identifies public libraries as potential partners of the American Job Center network, and acknowledges libraries’ ability to provide an expansive array of job search services. It also recognizes libraries as important providers of federally supported training and employment for adult education and literacy. WIOA instructs state and local workforce development boards to boost “digital literacy skills” at American Job Centers – a task perfectly suited to public libraries!

We are delighted that the role public libraries play in workforce development is being acknowledged. Every day, people in communities across the United States use libraries to access the Web for career development—boosting their skills through online learning, improving their English literacy and digital literacy, and finding work. Public libraries can do even more with better collaboration with state and local workforce boards.

We thank American Job Centers, the nation’s employment skills training programs, and public libraries for all they do to serve our nation’s job seekers and contribute to the country’s economic vitality.   Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, we will deliver better coordinated services so that students and jobseekers acquire the skills needed in a competitive 21st century economy.

– See more at: http://blog.imls.gov/?p=5383#sthash.KWcTYFrb.dpuf

November 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm Leave a comment

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