Cumberland County Public Library wins IMLS Medal for Serving Patrons During Economic Downturn

December 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

RALEIGH — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Cumberland County Public Library the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for community service. The Cumberland County Public Library is one of 10 libraries being recognized for its numerous programs to serve patrons in an economic downturn. Of those services being recognized, one includes the Job Search Toolkit developed by the State Library of North Carolina in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

“Hundreds of individuals have taken advantage of our monthly classes,” explained Cumberland County Library Director Jody Risacher. “We also found that our one-on-one service, Book A Librarian, meets the needs of individuals who learn better in this environment rather than a classroom.”

The Cumberland County Public Library held job fairs in March and August that attracted approximately 800 patrons each. Risacher says people are being hired after the events in the areas of insurance, project management, hotel support, government services, and more.  The library also is providing information and connections to help citizens start their own businesses.

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Entry filed under: IMLS, information and referral, job seeking assistance.

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