Burbank Public Library Adds Skills Development Resources for Job Seekers
BURBANK, CA (January 6, 2022) – Job seekers and those looking to improve their career skills or explore new paths have access to a new set of free online resources through Burbank Public Library in 2022.
Access is made possible thanks to the award of American Rescue Plan Act funds by the California State Library to provide libraries across the state access to online job training, skill building, academic and vocational exam prep, and professional development in multiple languages and for a variety of skill levels.
“Many members of our community are looking to improve their career choices and prospects coming out of the difficulties of the past two years,” said Burbank Library Services Director Elizabeth Goldman. “Along with our Burbank Employment Connection service and existing collection and programs, this suite of online resources enhances our ability to support local economic recovery and help residents improve their prospects to obtain quality jobs in our local industries.”
Free workforce and skill development online resources available with a Burbank Public Library card include:
LinkedIn Learning: courses and training in technical and general subjects, ranging from brief videos to comprehensive preparation for certifications
Coursera: a selection of courses developed by accredited universities, with a focus on digital media, technology and workforce skills
Skillshare: video-based courses focused on creative industries, digital media and entrepreneurship
JobNow, LearningExpress Library and Peterson’s Test and Career Prep: resources to help determine career aptitudes, practice civil service and other exams, apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. JobNow offers one-on-one coaching
Northstar Digital Literacy: beginner computer and technology training
GetSetUp: lifelong learning and skill-building aimed at older adults
Those without a Burbank Public Library card can get immediate access by applying for an eCard at www.burbanklibrary.org.
Along with the online resources, the Library offers a growing suite of services to assist job seekers and employers. Burbank Employment Connection provides access to computers for job searching and applications; local job listings; assistance with registering for CalJOBS and training programs offered by the State; and connection with case workers at the Verdugo Jobs Center. One-on-one appointments are available for individuals. Employers with open positions to advertise, as well as job seekers, are encouraged to visit www.burbanklibrary.org/workforce to learn more.
The Spark! Digital Media Lab at the Burbank Central Library offers access to and training in specialized equipment used by the media industry. Spark! Lab users can use the Adobe Creative Suite and other digital media software, equipment for video and audio production, animation tablets, 3D printers and more. Visit www.burbanklibrary.org/spark to learn more.
The Library regularly offers workshops ranging from basic computer skills to advanced digital media, as well as instruction related to online job searching and the job application process. In partnership with the City of Burbank Economic Development Department, one-on-one appointments with SCORE business mentors are available each week for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
The new online resources were made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.
For more information, visit www.burbanklibrary.org or call (818) 238-5600.
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Burbank is a diverse community of 106,800 residents. Billed as the “Media Capital of the World”, numerous media and entertainment companies are headquartered in Burbank including Warner Bros. Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Netflix Animation, and Cartoon Network Studios. With the Hollywood Burbank Airport located within the City, Burbank is a go-to destination for business and tourism. Additionally, Burbank is known for its walkable and safe neighborhoods, well-run school district, and “small town” charm.