Partnering to Meet Community Workforce Needs

08/19/2021 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Partnering to Meet Community Workforce Needs

As the nation begins recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people are seeking opportunities to build skills, find and improve job prospects, and prepare for in-demand careers. The Public Libraries: Partners in Workforce Development webinar series showcases public library and partner workforce and career services from around the country. Each webinar tackles a different topic related to workforce development and provides practical tools and tips for libraries to plan, deliver, promote, assess, and advocate for these services to advance equitable economic recovery.

The first webinar in the series introduces and showcases national workforce partners and local collaborative program examples. Panelists will answer the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and, most importantly, HOW to collaborate to improve library services and visibility—no matter your starting point—as well as enhance patron and community impacts. Hear from the director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and better understand their network and resources. Learn about local workforce ecosystems from the Urban Institute. And hear from Saint Paul (MN) Public Library and Ramsey County (MN) Workforce Solutions staff about their CARES Act-funded Career Labs and how they are working to sustain the labs and pivot to meet changing community needs.

The series is being co-developed by PLA and Libswork, a national networking group on workforce and small business development. Additional webinars in this series:

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify workforce development partners and opportunities to collaborate to best serve community residents;
  • Identify funding and other resources to support library workforce services;
  • Develop or expand workforce and career services with community partners; and
  • Connect with a network of libraries and partners delivering workforce and career services to share effective practices.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is intended for library and community partner staff formally or informally developing and delivering workforce and career services—or planning to do so—including administrators, reference staff, state library development staff, adult services staff, outreach and strategic partnership staff, and library trustees.

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