Meeting Community Needs with Job and Career Services: A How-to-Do-It Manual

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This is an overview of 40 job and career information centers operated by public libraries that Durrance (Serving Job Seekers and Career Changers, Professional Reading, LJ 7/93) studied on behalf of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which has funded many attempts to enhance how librarians respond to job and career information requests. Having taught and written about community information services for the last 20 years, Durrance is one of the few professional library educators in the country with the background necessary to have conducted such a study. The strength of her work lies in the practical advice she offers on how to plan, organize, and deliver enhanced career information. Durrance hits at the heart of the matter in her discussions on really learning how to deliver need-based reference work. This book is of significant value to any library wanting to improve its response to this ever-growing area of community concern.-Norman Maas, PLs of Saginaw, Mich.
Aid for librarians seeking to offer service-oriented job, career, and education information centers. Stories, strategies and programs are illustrated by real-life experiences in public library services such as career centers, economic development centers, and education and job information centers. Offers advice on defining community needs and working with other organizations. Includes a list of addresses of selected job and career services in public libraries across the country. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Carolyn Phelan
First published as a special issue of "The Bottom Line: A Financial Magazine for Librarians", this volume brings together 12 articles on aspects of children's library services in American society. In the introduction, Mathews suggests the major themes, while individual articles focus on the authors' experiences and their ideas on subjects such as the overriding necessity of funding, the building of public support, the effects of technological change, the library's role in literacy, and the importance of libraries, taking an active role in shaping the future. Children's librarians and administrators engaged in planning for the future will find several thought-provoking articles here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555701772
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: How-to-Do-It Manuals Series
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Services that Start with the Need 1
2 Profiles of Need-Based Services 11
3 The Need Behind the Question 37
4 Strategies Designed to Raise Awareness and Increase Access 81
5 Personal Assistance Strategies Designed to Increase Access to Information 101
6 Personal Assistance Strategies that Promote Self-Assessment, Problem-Centered Diagnosis and Intervention 117
7 Strategies: To Provide Instruction and Instructional Materials 133
8 Strategies Designed to Assess the Community, Create Links, and Make Referrals 163
9 Putting It all Together 187
10 Evaluating Job and Career Information Centers 209
Appendix A 229
Selected Job and Career Services in Public Libraries 239
Index 243
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