Library staff are often asked to help library users navigate job seeker and employment services. In partnership with the Job Center of Wisconsin, the Department of Workforce Development, and Wisconsin Workforce Development Boards, the DPI has developed multiple resources to assist in building partnerships with workforce development teams, and to enhance knowledge of workforce systems, and programs and services that support job seekers.
Along with the resources below, each library should assess and list on its website the specific services offered and any associated costs or required appointments. Then communicate this information to all staff. A Workforce Resources Inventory for Libraries is available to assist in this task.
This work through the Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program.
The Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) project grew out of a long-standing collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Wisconsin Library Association, and Wisconsin’s Workforce Development Boards. In 2018, the collaborative successfully applied for and was awarded a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant with a three-year budget of $244,999. The project began in October 2018, and has provided training sessions, developed online training resources, delivered outreach materials, and fostered closer collaboration between public libraries and LAWDS partner organizations throughout Wisconsin.