Survey of Public Library Efforts to Provide Job Information Resources

  • ID: 2365680
  • Report
  • 52 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This study looks closely at how public libraries provide job information resources to the public, including detailed data on budgets, resources preferred, classes provided, program assessment, resume writing and job search skills help, and many other areas of interest to public libraries in the job information arena. The study includes information on partnerships with local institutions designed to increase the visibility and success of job fairs and job finding efforts, as well as data on the amount of staff time expended on job information centers and their impact on library visibility.
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LIST OF TABLES
THE QUESTIONNAIRE
SURVEY PARTICIPANTS
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SAMPLE
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
1 Classes at the Library
2 Resources and Other Instructional Materials
3 The Job Center Space
4 Partnerships
5 Library Staff
6 Online Presence
7 Assessment
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This study looks closely at how public libraries provide job information resources to the public, including detailed data on budgets, resources preferred, classes provided, program assessment, resume writing and job search skills help, and many other areas of interest to public libraries in the job information arena. The study includes information on partnerships with local institutions designed to increase the visibility and success of job fairs and job findings efforts, as well as data on the amount of staff time expended on job information centers and their impact of library visibility.

Just a few of the many findings from this report are:
- Employment information centers at the libraries in the sample each attract a mean of 54.23 vendors per week
- In the past year, libraries in the sample spent a mean of $15,498 on books, CDs, instructional materials, and all other materials specifically for equipping the job center with reference and education materials
- 18.18 percent of survey participants say the library has one or more persons specifically devoted to the job center or job center related activities
- Just one survey participant employs or contracts a career coach at the library to help patrons
- 55.56 percent of those libraries in the sample with fewer than 10 employees offer resume writing classes.
- 42.86 percent of all libraries with 50 or more employees say the library serves as a conduit for want ads or other advertisements of job availabilities either through a bulletin board, listserv, or some other information device.
- Just 18.18 percent of all libraries in the sample have ever hosted a job fair
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- Bellingham Public Library (Bellingham, MA)
- Cheshire Public Library (Cheshire, CT)
- Douglas County Libraries
- East Baton Rouge Parish Library
- German Historical Institute
- Indian Valley Public Library (Telford, PA)
- LaFollette Public Library (LaFollette, TN)
- Laramie County Library System
- Latah County Library District
- Lawrence Library (Pepperell, MA)
- Linebaugh Public Library (Murfreesboro, TN)
- Mishawaka Public Library (Mishawaka, IN)
- O’Kelly Memorial Library (Loganville, GA)
- Patterson Library (Patterson, NY)
- Perry County District Library
- Shaker Heights Public Library (Shaker Heights, OH)
- Sno-Isle Libraries
- Southwest Wisconsin Library System
- Spokane Public Library (Spokane, WA)
- St. Mary’s County Library
- Upland Public Library (Upland, CA)
- Westport Public Library (Westport, CT)
- Williamson County Public Library
- Wilmington Public Library of Clinton County
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