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Check it out, library good for more than books

The Yolo County Library recently completed a strategic planning process that highlighted assisting job seekers as one of the community’s top priorities. As a result, the library’s strategic plan includes initiatives to support job seekers with submission of job applications and occupational education.

One tool the library provides is JobScout, a free online learning platform that teaches basic Internet skills needed to find a job. Found on the library’s homepage, www.yolocountylibrary.org, JobScout is designed to arm users with the know-how and confidence to use the Internet to its fullest potential to be on the path to employment, including lessons and games to reinforce skills learned. It is funded by the California Library Foundation and California Foundation.

The Yolo County Library also provides a free Testing and Education Reference Center database available to those with a library card. This database is full of tests and information to prepare people for jobs, careers and higher education. For reaching scholarship and educational goals, one popular feature of the database is access to practice tests for various career certifications and school entrance exams, including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL and GRE. The database also includes e-books and guidelines for building attention-grabbing résumés and cover letters, as well as tips on networking and interviewing.

Beyond guidance and training tools for employment, the library provides the ability to create, print or attach a résumé to an online application for those without up-to-date computers, or even access to a computer. The Yolo County Library has seven locations that collectively provide free use of 187 computers with basic software installed, as well as Wi-Fi. A library card is not required to utilize these resources.

For more information on the Yolo County Library, its strategic plan and job-seeking resources, visit one of its branches, or visit online at www.yolocountylibrary.org. In Davis, the Stephens Branch Library is at 315 E. 14th St.

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