Libraries a business

I never really thought of libraries as a business in the true sense of the word.  Being in education for my entire life, I always thought of the “business world” being a company or a business.  However, an article in the Business Section of the Fresno Bee has caused me to think differently. (October 3, 2007)
The article, entitled “Employment research:Library has become a one-stop information center for job seekers,” discusses how libraries are now used:

A recent study by the American Library Association found that the top three Internet services most in demand in libraries were educational resources for students, job information and computer training.”

The local librarian is known as “Coach Kao” and she helps job seekers to find jobs by presenting workshops on job searching, applying for jobs and interviewing for jobs in the library.  She explains:

“It is not easy trying to find a job or switch careers, but we can help give people the tools they need.”

And, something we all know, but is good to remind ourselves:

“People have always turned to libraries for information. It is a safe place to explore and learn,” said Larra Clark, project manager for the American Library Association’s office of research in Chicago. “

Way to go Fresno Public Library!  Great services for the end user.


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