Crucial tools for the current downturn

Contact: Jill Davis

ALA Editions

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For Immediate Release

July 29, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Crisis in Employment: A Librarian's Guide to Helping Job Seekers” by Jane Jerrard with a foreword by Denise Davis,
Office for Research and Statistics (ORS). This timely ALA Editions Special Report, also available in
electronic format, provides the tools needed to support a growing group of patrons: people turning to their local library for help seeking new work in these difficult economic times. Based on interviews with librarians across the country, as well as research from ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics, this publication offers advice and methods for providing appropriate training and education to job seekers with

• Tips for maximizing your library’s physical resources

• A list of key reference resources useful to job seekers

• Advice on building partnerships with key community organizations

The Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) provides expert advice on all matters related to research and statistics about libraries, librarians, and library staff to association staff, members, and the public. Its multiyear study undertaken with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Public Library Funding and Technology Access, is the most comprehensive survey of patrons’ use of library technology ever undertaken; its 2009 report “Job-Seeking in U.S. Public Libraries” provides the quantitative underpinning of “Crisis in Employment: A Librarian’s Guide to Helping Job Seekers”.

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