Student job seekers @ your library

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/01/2012

Contact:

Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
Public Information Office (PIO)
800-545-2433 ext. 2148
mmcfarlane@ala.org

CHICAGO – While summer vacation is often a time when students kick back and relax after a long academic year, it can be a stressful time for college students returning home in search of summer employment and high school students contemplating what career path they want to take as they prepare to start college. For many students, the answers to both these questions can be found at their library.

This spring, libraries across the country are providing a common meeting place for both college and high school students looking for everything from part-time jobs to career guidance at career and job fairs.

Here are just a few examples of programs libraries are hosting.                                                       

Massillon (Ohio) Public Library's Cultural Diversity Committee will host Career Fair @ your library, during which teens in grades 8 and 9 can discuss future career options with business professionals from the local community.   Among the careers being represented during this event will be the military, occupational and physical therapy, nursing, safety services and building trades.

Through its website, Library Job & Career Center @ your library, the Niceville Library of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., promotes a number of job and career resources to young people. Recent articles and programs for young adult have included a job fair and a guide for seeking part-time summer jobs. The site also includes tips for first-time job seekers, including those on how to dress for an interview and how to write your first resume.  

The libraries at Johnson & Wales University of Charlotte, N.C., informs students interested in staying on campus and finding work during summer vacation that the best resources for finding jobs is @ your library. Students are encouraged to apply to be part-time library assistants at the university’s two libraries during the summer or academic year. The website also provides resources for locating jobs in other departments around the campus.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types—across the country and around the globe—use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.