SCLA 2011: Workforce Development Programming Ideas

[Gahhh!  Late thanks to the part where we had to pay to park & yours truly had to locate an ATM.]

Bless you, Jason Broughton, for the handout.  Here are some hilights from the presentation…

  • Boot Camps:
    • 1-2 day sessions, usually back to back
    • good for major needs, like if you know a large business is about to layoff a lot of people in your area
  • topics:
    • Effective Resume Writing
    • Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market
    • Niche Workshops
      • how the hiring process really works
      • networking 2.0
      • career assessments
      • topics like federal employment
      • try to bring someone in from a large business, example: ask Boeing’s HR to come to the library to explain how to properly apply at Boeing.
    • Computer help
      • offer classes
      • offer open lab & promote stuff like as something they can do during open time.  This free online tool will teach you how to type
      • Learning Express!  Don’t forget to promote this database, esp. as something people can do during open lab time
  • Speakers
    • important to consider as a time saver
    • time: at least 1 hour
    • Possible speakers
      • AARP has info for ppl over age 55 looking for jobs
      • staffing companies
      • toastmasters: they can offer a workshop on how to present correctly.
      • Chamber
      • Fire Deparment
      • trade schools & tech
      • OneStop
      • resort companies
      • Military
    • Unique & specific jobs = wedding planning, carnies, CIA (security lifestyle  – you have to be clean in all ways), a stuntperson, embalmer/funeral industry, crime scene cleaners & investigators
    • how to break into acting, entertainment, modeling, etc.
    • Set up a speaker’s bureau at the library
      • literacy
      • business resources
      • talk to Chamber, Womens’ League, Schools, etc., Prison, too
      • see Speaker’s Bureau worksheet to understand where you’re going to speak

David Sniffin

    • a site sponsored by Goodwill that offers free classes on computers, reading, math, etc.
    • holy cow!!!!  the topics!
    • they have financial literacy, PC, Office, Mac, Job applications, etc.
    • can do lesson online or print handouts
    • some very basic, some more advanced
  • Jason points out if a patron can’t read, none of this will help you.  Remember you may have to help patrons get contact with adult ed or (in Charleston) Trident Literacy
  • some of these would be great for kids, like how money works.


Things to consider when you plan a workshop:

  • Too much good lovin – don’t offer too much too soon too fast
    • Start slowly!
    • Think about committment versus interest : a quick & simple workshop
    • Have marketing flair: catchy titles help.
    • Notice might be too short or too far in advance
    • Don’t discuss stuff peoplel already know
    • Make it interesting – humor, props, participatory actvities, in addition to lecture
  • The Fatal Five: too long too much, no interaction, reading PowerPoint slides, lifeless presenter, room & tech problems
    • What do people want instead?  Clarity.  Interaction & connection.  Enthusiasm
    • Be prepared for frustrated people who might be difficult to handle, esp with job related workshops
  • A way to organize a presentation:
    • 1-32 minute lightning strike
    • 20-30 minute of content
    • 10 minutes of interactivity
    • 10-20 minutes of content
    • 1-2 minute summary
    • 5-10 minutes questions
    • closing lightning strike

Keep in mind different learning styles when planning the workshop

Jason also gave us planning sheets in the handout.

What’s the goal of the workshop?  Create an agenda.  Ask for feedback

Go to‘s Resources for Librarians for a list of possible workshops you can plan & the curriculum for a workshop to help you get started.

Ooo!  Door prizes!  🙂

  • A technology petting zoo demo at winner’s location
  • We’ll do a workforce development session at your location  [But you don’t have to win for them to come out]

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