Monday, June 21, 2010

Marquette County Librarians Present Report to Board of Supervisors

Link to June 18 Portage Daily Register article, "Marquette libraries magnets for job seekers".

ExcerptPublic libraries were a large resource for job seekers last year, according to those in charge of each of the six in Marquette County.

Librarians from the Endeavor, Montello, Neshkoro, Oxford and Packwaukee libraries and Ethel Everhard Memorial Library in Westfield spoke Tuesday at the Marquette County Board of Supervisors meeting about increases in Internet usage over the last year. Supervisors also were given statistics of library usage by county residents.

The librarians said county libraries have become resources for job seekers because Marquette County no longer has a state job center. The closest state job center is in Baraboo and serves Columbia, Marquette and Sauk counties.

"The No. 1 increase over last year is Wi-Fi usage for job searches," said Marie Boleman of Ethel Everhard Memorial Library.

Libraries also provide assistance using computers to write resumes and letters of application, proofread resumes for errors, assist in finding job listings online and help in finding maps and directions for job interviews and job fairs.

"Every day, people are using (our) computers for job searching," said Jim Walker, library director at Oxford Public Library.

According to statistics given by the county's librarians, residents visited their libraries an estimated 33,676 times in 2009. This is an increase of about 6 percent over 2008 usage. Since 2000, library use by county residents has doubled, the report said

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