“Anoka County Collaboration for Jobs”
Anoka County Collaboration for Jobs is a partnership between Anoka County Library, Anoka County Workforce Center and Metro North Adult Basic Education to provide access to job skills training, career information, networking for job seekers, a computer lab and basic computer literacy to approximately 2,550 of the Anoka County residents who are unemployed, underemployed, or lacking in basic computer literacy. The project will pilot how a public library branch can help bridge barriers to access through provision of formal instruction in basic computer literacy, computer based job searches and computer based career explorations. It will utilize a dedicated computer lab with volunteer and paid staff that can assist job seekers unable to access the workforce center due to the barriers of distance or poverty. Finally, it will build upon the resources already in place within the three organizations, using the library as a focal point.
“Audiovisuals for Student Success”
Anoka Technical College Library seeks to enhance and expand its audiovisual/digital collection to better address the academic needs of underserved populations. Underserved population includes students who have spent a long period of time outside of the educational environment, students who are acquiring proficiency in English, the hearing disabled and students with low reading comprehension or invisible disabilities and barriers. An updated audiovisual/digital collection and enhanced equipment would benefit underserved populations within the student body of approximately 2000 FTE. Numerous audiences with a mix of traditional and underserved students would view curriculum-enhancing audiovisuals in the classroom and in targeted program settings. A fledging English Language Learner program by our partner, Metro North ABE, would flourish with proper audiovisual resources and programming.
“Digital Immigrants II”
Digital Immigrants II will teach technology skills to persons who did not grow up in a digital or technological world. The project will include classes on social networking tools, electronic reading devices, Internet career and job search tools, and maintaining and upgrading computers.
“Video Service Plan for hclib.org & Hennepin County Library”
Hennepin County Library seeks to develop and implement a sustainable model for delivering access to library services, information, programs and training by video. This would give customers on-demand access to library resources from home, office, or mobile devices and would provide access to customers who can’t get to a library, or who need library information when library buildings are closed. Grant funds would support Hennepin County Library’s capacity to plan, develop and create a package of video services that can be used as a model for future Hennepin County Library service delivery, as well as in other Libraries across Minnesota.
“Plum Creek Library System Koha Open Source ILL Implementation Project”
Plum Creek Library System Koha Open Source ILL Implementation Project purposes are to:
“Assessing Competency in Northstar Digital Literacy Standards”
“Assessing Competency” creates an assessment tool for the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards. The target audience includes people of all ages and backgrounds with little or no computer experience. Current class attendance at Saint Paul Public Library and Ramsey County Library indicates a majority of people served will be adults, with a significant portion of the audience being English language learners. During the project, we will design, test and implement an assessment tool for each of five components of the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards. By the end of the project, all organizations using the standards will be able to offer pre- and post-class testing and provide certification of mastered competencies. Library patrons and others will be able to prove competency in specific skill areas. These skills will allow access to library resources, and job opportunities.
“E-Book and E-Reader Training”
Traverse des Sioux Library System seeks to purchase e-readers in a variety of formats to be used for member library staff training purposes, educating library staff on the current tools available for downloadable and streaming e-books and for marketing and promotional expenses to publicize the service.
“Mobile Laptop Training Lab”