Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fond du Lac LSTA Grants Expand Program Access

Link to February 9 Fond du Lac Reporter article.

The library's website provides a better overview.

Two new grants will help the library greatly expand access to its programming, funding a new mobile computer training lab and online video broadcasts of events.

As unemployment rates in the city and county climbed
[not to mentioned the Mercury Marine what if], the library experienced a surge in usage, especially of its public access computers and computer skills training. During the last year, libraries in the county have seen circulation increases of up to 18 percent.

The library has become a
resource destination for people looking for work. The county’s manufacturing-based economy produced job seekers who need basic computer skills training and, in many cases, access to the internet. Computer classes through the library’s Money Smart U often are filled to capacity. The same can be said for internet job-search training through AmeriCorps VISTA Job Smart U. Both are held in the library’s Mid-States Aluminum Training Room. But for the approximately 50,000 county residents who live outside city limits, attending these programs is not always possible.

With just over $16,500 in funding from the Jobs Grant, the library will create a mobile computer lab that will visit the libraries of Oakfield, Campbellsport, Brandon, Ripon and North Fond du Lac. The mobile lab will provide increased internet access as well as programs and workshops for job seekers.

As the mobile lab brings the library to outlying areas, the Vodcasting Grant will take the library to the World Wide Web.

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