$3,000 Prize Grant Will Help Train Job Seekers and Nonprofits
December 26, 2019 — The Springfield-Greene County Libraries’ efforts to boost workforce development were recognized recently with a grant to continue the work.
The Library received a Spotlight Award from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of the American Library Association and Public Library Association, sponsored by Grow with Google.
In September 2019, Library staff taught free workshops designed especially for job seekers, including building digital skills necessary for job applications, building a resume and online job searching. The Spotlight Award includes a $3,000 grant to cover the costs of continuing programs for workforce development across our communities.
The Library will also receive marketing support, technical guidance, advocacy tools and a community of practice with the goal of drawing attention to the services libraries provide.
The goal of the initiative is to ensure that public libraries nationwide receive ongoing access to free tools and resources to help everyone across America grow their skills, careers and businesses. The Library was selected based on its demonstration of exceptional program implementation in the following categories: Sustainability, reach, community partnerships, staff training & development, outcomes, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Four new, free workshops are planned in early 2020 at the Library, including sessions for job seekers and nonprofits wanting skills to help them grow their organizations.