Public Libraries & Workforce Development

Every day, libraries across the country empower job seekers to access employment services and training, leading to better jobs and improved career pathways. People use libraries to gain digital skills, access new technologies, pursue vocational and educational programs, and start new businesses. Libraries are established centers for learning and advancement and hubs for community connection and referral. PLA’s workforce development initiatives help libraries nationwide respond to these critical needs with strengthened workforce collaborations and expanded services.

Continuing Education

Click links below to access presentation resources such as recordings and handouts.

Libraries and Workforce Development: Connecting the Dots between Your Patrons and Public PolicyLibraries and Workforce Development: Connecting the Dots Between Your Patrons and Public Policy. Originally presented with the National Skills Coalition on March 30, 2021, this webinar features national policy experts providing big-picture context, data, and resources to help library staff to strategically connect with local, state and national workforce policy conversations. Learners get an overview of major federal policies that support workforce development and find out how libraries fit into this conversation.

150 Million New Technology-Oriented Jobs and the Skills Needed to Get Them150 Million New Technology-Oriented Jobs and the Skills Needed to Get Them. Originally presented on November 5, 2020, this webinar presents the problem we are faced with solving along with steps to solve it. Using labor market data and skills insight from dozens of countries, presenters identify ten jobs that are well positioned to continue to grow in the future. Hear about time-limited resources to integrate into the library’s programming and communications, such as free learning paths and LinkedIn Learning classes, GitHub Learning Lab tools, and low-cost Microsoft Certifications.


From ALA and PLA

  • PLA’s Digital Literacy and Skilling for Employment initiatives help libraries provide technology and other skills training for job seekers and entrepreneurs
  • The ALA and PLA initiative Libraries Lead with Digital Skills includes over 20 state success stories about how libraries helped small businesses, entrepreneurs, and job seekers, as well as links to Grow with Google tools
  • Project Outcome includes resources for performance measurement, such as surveys related to job skills and economic development, and case studies
  • ALA Public Policy and Advocacy’s Workforce Innovation page

Other Resources

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