The Library assisted individuals in finding resources to improve their job prospects and in obtaining the necessary computer skills for the 21st century.
IMCPL presented 909 free computer training classes attended by 9,654 individuals on programs that included computer basics, HTML, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and other applications.
Spanish-language computer classes were presented at the Haughville and Eagle branches, helping those in the Latino community improve their personal and professional skills.
Central Library’s “Internet Job Search” program taught 132 participants about Library resources for online job searches, resume creation and interviewing skills. A systemwide program, “Need a Job,” assisted job seekers on similar activities along with helping them improve basic computer skills.
For those needing to file unemployment claims, Central Library’s Computer Lab offered 48 special sessions that provided assistance and free computer access to 3,253 individuals. Similar activity took place on public PCs throughout the system.
The Library continued its service for those with little or no access to computers. Public computer use increased by 4% in 2010 as nearly 1.3 million computer session hours were recorded.
For those interested in developing language skills, IMCPL unveiled its new World Language Service, providing patrons from home or any Library location with a fun and easy-to-use online tool to learn or brush up on Spanish, English (ESL), French, German, or Mandarin.