The Addison Public Library was recently awarded a grant to participate in the Libraries Lead with Digital Skills program, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) that is sponsored by Google's 'Grow with Google' initiative. The goal of the Libraries Lead with Digital Skills program is to ensure that libraries across the U.S. have ongoing access to tools and resources to help workers grow their skills and participate in the workforce. As part of its participation in the program, the library will be offering a series of programs for job seekers called Getting Addison Back to Work in September, starting with a virtual kick-off event on Thursday, August 13 from 10:00-11:00.
"The grant gives us access to a lot of Google programming, as well as the extra funds to pay presenters to offer additional programs for job seekers," said Business Services Specialist Lesley Cyrier, who applied for the grant. "We know a lot of our community partners that work with job seekers have been strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know a lot of jobs have moved to a digital space, so we knew the [Libraries Lead with Digital Grant] would be a perfect fit for the Addison community."
About Getting Addison Back to Work
The Getting Addison Back to Work series will offer one Google-focused program each week of September, where attendees will learn how to use Google tools to support their job search, as well as library-sponsored programs on other job search topics. The full event descriptions and links to register can be found at addisonlibrary.org/addison-works. All programs will meet via Zoom:
Resume Revamp - Tues., Sept. 1 10:00-12:00
Power Your Job Search with Google Tools - Weds., Sept. 9 10:00-11:00
Discover and Prepare for Flexible Careers with Google Tools - Mon., Sept. 14 10:00-11:00
Personal Career Consultations - Tues., Sept. 15 10:00-12:00
Collaborate, Meet, and Work Remotely - Thurs., Sept. 24 10:00-11:00
Searching for a Job During Uncertain Times - Weds., Sept. 30 10:00-11:30
Those who attend all the Getting Addison Back to Work programs will be awarded a completion certificate. Recordings of the programs will be available to watch later; attendees do not have to attend the program live to receive the completion certificate.
Cyrier hopes the certificates will be an added bonus for job seekers, and says the Getting Addison Back to Work series is designed to apply to as many people as possible.
"The resume class could be about making your first resume or even refining it for a position at an executive level. The program on flexible careers will be helpful for a lot of people, but especially so for military families. And the program on collaborating is all about having the skills to work in a virtual environment and be productive," said Cyrier. "The range [of the series] is pretty generous, so I think it would go well for people at all levels in the workforce."
About the grant
Libraries Lead with Digital Skills was created so that local libraries can combine their own program offerings with Grow with Google training materials to offer virtual community workshops or other activities aimed at empowering small businesses to grow online or assisting job seekers to prepare for and find work. The Grow with Google initiative draws on Google's 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses succeed.
"Libraries have long been America's gathering place for learning. From learning new digital skills for the workplace, to creating a résumé or growing your business online, people are going to libraries as resources for professional growth now more than ever," said Nicky Rigg, program manager for Digital Skills outreach at Google. "Grow with Google is excited to support library programs across the country to help ensure that economic opportunity exists for everyone."
For more information
The Addison Public Library is located at 4 Friendship Plaza. More information on the Getting Addison Back to Work series can be found at addisonlibrary.org/addison-works. For more information, contact:
Lesley Cyrier, Business Services Specialist