Magazine article American Libraries

Case Study: Continuing AID for Unemployed Patrons

Magazine article American Libraries

Case Study: Continuing AID for Unemployed Patrons

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LearningExpress, LLC, is continuing aid for people who are unemployed through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). Job and Career Accelerator, an online resource from Learning Express, arrived as the unemployment in Michigan had risen to 12.9%. This new resource is made possible by a $6 million federal grant awarded to Michigan State University in August 2010. Deb Biggs Thomas, Michigan eLibrary and library outreach coordinator at the Library of Michigan, says Job and Career Accelerator was added in January 2011. "It's a wonderful resource that's intuitive and available at no cost to Michigan residents. Job and Career Accelerator lets users interested in changing career paths explore occupations and find potential jobs."

Job and Career Accelerator integrates everything library patrons need to conduct a successful job search while enabling them to search millions of job listings, both locally and nationally. Interactive wizards guide patrons through each step of the process, from exploring occupations and finding jobs to preparing resumes, completing job applications, and improving job search skills. …

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