Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Libraries Strengthening the Talent Pipeline

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 107 AB

Libraries are one of the key places where jobseekers turn when they need assistance finding employment. But how can libraries integrate themselves more fully into the existing workforce development framework at the local, state, and national level? Further, how can libraries adapt to meet the evolving needs of employers? This program will explore the various ways State Libraries partner with workforce development groups and the opportunities for libraries to make valuable connections within their communities.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Define the role of librarians and library staff when assisting patrons with their career development and job seeking
2: Analyze employment and workforce development trends that shape the scope and delivery of jobseeker assistance in libraries
3: Develop strategies for establishing or strengthening partnerships with key workforce development organizations and locating funding

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2   Download 3  

Track: Collaborate

Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services, Reference Services


Andrea Levandowski, Project Manager for Small Business Development and Technology
New Jersey State Library , Trenton , NJ

Andrea Levandowski is the Project Manager for Small Business Development and Technology at the New Jersey State Library. Her areas of focus include business outreach, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Formerly, she was the Reference Librarian for Training and Funding Information at the New Jersey State Library.

Shirley Biladeau, Program Supervisor
Idaho Commission for Libraries , Boise , ID

Shirley Biladeau, Program Supervisor, Idaho Commission for Libraries. Currently serves as agency liaison with the Idaho Department of Labor in their WIOA program implementation. Spent the last 10 years as Continuing Education Consultant for the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Received her MLS from Texas Woman?s University in 2007. Active in American Library Association, Learn RoundTable, and the Idaho Library Association.

Elizabeth Iaukea, Digital Inclusion Librarian
Washington State Library , Tumwater , WA

Elizabeth Iaukea oversees workforce development, the Washington State Libraries? Microsoft Imagine Academy and Microsoft certification program, and digital literacy at the Washington State Library. Since receiving her MLIS from Florida State University in 1999, she has also held positions with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, several public library systems in Washington state, and WorkForce Central, the Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council.

Tammy Westergard, Assistant Administrator
Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records State of Nevada , Carson City , NV

Nevada?s Deputy State Librarian, Tammy Westergard is focused on the library as an ?onramp? for working-age citizens to reframe or gain marketable skills. She?s helped arrange opportunities for training in advanced manufacturing - with ability to earn credentials - at the library. She says focus on strategic partnerships through shared and complementary workforce development policy has been key to success and sustainability. In 2016, Tammy was named an Agent of Change Mover and Shaker.

Lisa M. Shaw, Rural & Small Library Specialist
Maine State Library , Bangor , ME

Lisa Shaw is the Rural & Small Libraries Specialist with the Maine State Library, working especially with public, school, and special libraries in smaller rural communities where information and workforce development resources are more difficult to access. She currently serves on the Youth Services Committee of Maine?s Northeastern Workforce Development Board and has worked in the past as a public library director, reference librarian, and as a CareerCenter Consultant with Maine?s Department of Labor.

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