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Crisis in Employment: A Librarian's Guide to Helping Job Seekers
Jane Jerrard with a foreword by Denise Davis, Office for Research and Statistics (ORS)
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1013-9
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
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76 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1013-9
Year Published: 2009
AP Categories: A, C

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In difficult economic times people turn to their local library for help seeking new work. Crisis in Employment will give you the tools you need to support this growing group of patrons. Based on interviews with librarians across the country, as well as research from ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics, this ALA Editions Special Report offers advice and methods for providing appropriate training and education to job seekers with

  • Tips for maximizing your library’s physical resources
  • A list of key reference resources useful to job seekers
  • Advice on building partnerships with key community organizations

    Crisis in Employment will help you meet the needs of patrons seeking new work, making career changes, or starting their own businesses in a comprehensive way that suits your local community’s conditions.

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    Table of Contents



    1. The Employment Crisis Hits the Public Library
    2. An Operations Manual for Getting Started
    3. How-tos for Providing Hands-on Help
    4. Resources and Reference: Think Beyond the Bookshelves
    5. Partnerships: You’ll Never Work Alone
    6. Best Practices: What Libraries Are Doing Right


    A: Key Resources

    B: Sample Documents



    The Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) provides expert advice on all matters related to research and statistics about libraries, librarians, and library staff to association staff, members, and the public. Its multiyear study undertaken with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Public Library Funding and Technology Access, is the most comprehensive survey of patrons’ use of library technology ever undertaken; its 2009 report Job-Seeking in U.S. Public Libraries provides the quantitative underpinning of Crisis in Employment: A Librarian’s Guide to Helping Job Seekers.

    “Provides suggestions for providing low-cost assistance to job-seeking unemployed library users … a valuable book.”
    --Library Journal

    "A terrific resource for American librarians and a fascinating read for LIS workers in other countries. The report contains vivid case studies throughout, a large number of job-seeking tips, and appendices with key resources plus sample advertisements for various job-hunting workshops and seminars."
    --The Australian Library Journal

    "This slim volume is a handy resource for any library looking to expand and improve their job-seeking assistance efforts."
    --Public Libraries

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