DOL gets collaborative

Update: I was going to be in a meeting this morning (for work) with representatives from the Department of Labor and IMLS - talking about how libraries and workforce agencies can work together to meet the needs of unemployed. But the meeting was canceled due to all that weather out in DC. As lead up to the meeting, this info below was included. I’ll let you know if I find out about other resources along these lines.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the results of its Tools for America’s Job Seekers Challenge last week. Top-rated sites in each of 6 categories – general job boards, niche tools, career tools, career exploration tools, web 2.0 and “other” – are now available at www.careeronestop.org/jobseekertools.

From their press release: The job tools postings are the culmination of an eight-week effort to offer members of the public an opportunity to weigh in on their favorite career sites and to provide the sites themselves with a chance to raise awareness about the tools they offer. Government agencies, private companies, nonprofit organizations and many other entities came together to make the project a success. An alphabetical list of all sites will be available on www.careeronestop.org in the coming weeks.

Looks like a tool that may be useful for libraries working with patrons who are just jumping into the online job site world. Let us know if you find this (or other resources) helpful as you’re working to connect the unemployed in your library.

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Also, last week’s WebJunction  webinar on workforce resources was excellent! The webinar and all related materials are archived; please check out all the great ideas shared and generated by this gathering.