Introducing the Superhuman Search Engine

Introducing the Superhuman Search Engine

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Introducing the Superhuman Search Engine
Introducing the Superhuman Search Engine

Get in the Know! Project Compass Workforce Recovery 2012

Information from Project Compass Florida:

There are more than 2 million small businesses in the state of Florida. They represent 98.9 percent of all employers and employ 42.3 percent of the private sector workforce.

Libraries are playing a leading role in developing the workforce of the 21st century. Project Compass is a nationwide effort to support public libraries as they strive to meet the urgent and growing needs of the unemployed and underemployed. This program will help public library staff increase their knowledge of available resources and handle the service needs of unemployed and job-seeking patrons. In an economy where more must be done with less, this program will also address how libraries can utilize existing resources and partnerships.

The goal of Project Compass is to support the workforce recovery efforts of libraries, particularly in counties with high unemployment. The program will introduce library staff to programs and services which they can deliver to job-seekers in their communities. Project Compass is brought to Florida public libraries by the Division of Library and Information Services, in conjunction with WebJunction/OCLC, as part of a grant funded by the Institute of Museum of Library Services.

Please check out the June 2012 Project Compass newsletter, which highlights some of the resources available to libraries to help develop and sustain small businesses in our communities.

Register today for the E-Gov & Get Help Florida Website Webinar!

Register now for this webinar!

E-Gov & the Get Help Florida Website
Mon., June 11, 2-3 pm ET

Many government agencies are closing offices and offering services exclusively online. Because libraries provide public access computers and offer assistance to patrons seeking information, many citizens naturally turn to the library for help when accessing government information such as food stamps, unemployment compensation, and social security. However, these increasing demands burden already short-staffed libraries that are reducing their services due to budget constraints.

Get Help Florida,, is a website developed by the Pasco County Public Library Cooperative to serve as a statewide portal to valuable e-government resources for those in need of help. This webinar will show you how to successfully navigate the Get Help Florida resource and assist Florida residents in accessing the government services they need.

Libraries Connect Communities Blog

Have you bookmarked the Libraries Connect Communities blog? Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study assesses public access to computers, the Internet, and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment, and sustainability.

Read the blog here.

So, what do YOU think?

Your experiences and insights are invaluable to helping to bridge the digital divide. The study builds on the longest-running and largest study of Internet connectivity in public libraries begun in 1994 by John Carlo Bertot and Dr. Charles R. McClure, Director at the FSU Information Institute. The Libraries Connect Communities blog aims to spur conversation about the study & its uses to promote and protect U.S. libraries, so don’t forget to leave a comment regarding your own experiences and thoughts on the crucial issues presented.

Florida libraries and their users will thank you!

Write your elected officials during National Library Week 2012!

Please write to your elected officials during 2012 National Library Week to let them know how important libraries are to you and your community. Tell them about how much your community, your state, needs its libraries! Support your state’s libraries now by sending your elected officials a message from your state library association’s take action page:

Libraries continue to be busier than ever helping families, students, seniors, etc., during these tough times. But as we know, public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries are still struggling to maintain budgets, staff, and resources to serve the needs of their communities. Your state government provides much needed funding for libraries to provide public access to the Internet to everyone, critical databases for individuals and small businesses, homework help, and much more.

If you want to, include in your message a personal story about how your library makes a positive difference in your life!

Please share this message with your friends, family, and colleagues, and ask them to take this opportunity to support libraries in your state!

Thanks for taking the time to support libraries, not only during National Library Week, but all year long!

*A message from Michael Dowling, ALA Chapter Relations Office Director*

Maximize broadband, minimize costs:Libraries Connect Communities Blog Interview

Find out what Sherry Millington, Technical Services Coordinator & IT Manager, does to maximize Internet broadband and minimize costs at the Suwannee River Regional Library System in this Libraries Connect Communities ALA Blog interview.

Read the blog post here.

So, what do YOU think?

Be sure to leave a comment and tell other library staff what tips you’d recommend, what has or hasn’t worked for your library system, or simply share your thoughts and suggestions on the issues presented.