Local Libraries Qualify As NJWorks Job Seeker Destinations

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TRENTON – Fifty-six New Jersey libraries, including the ones in Clark, East Brunswick, Monroe, Piscataway, Rahway and Sayreville, have qualified to be designated as NJWorks Job Seeker Destination Libraries by the New Jersey State Library. The librarians at those facilities have been trained and are ready to assist job seekers with resume writing and job searching. In addition, the libraries offer resources to help with job transitioning and interviewing.

“More than 78 percent of our libraries report that their top priority for the past few years has been helping jobseekers,” said Norma Blake, NJ State Librarian. “Since the beginning of this economic downturn our residents have turned to their libraries for help. So many of those laid-off workers never had a need for computer skills; their librarians were a safe, trusted source to give them the help they needed to learn the basics, file for unemployment, get an e-mail account and access on-line job search programs.”

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“Helping our residents find and keep jobs they love is an important part of what we do,” said Kathy Schalk-Greene, director of the Mount Laurel Library. Melissa Kopecky, director of the South Orange Library agreed, “One of the things we most often help people with is resumes, whether it’s formatting them or e-mailing them.”

NJWorks@yourlibrary™ is the statewide initiative designed to provide libraries with resources to help job seekers. It is funded by the $5.1 million federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant received by the State Library to add computer workstations, upgrade Internet connectivity and provide job search assistance and workforce development programs at libraries throughout New Jersey.

To be designated an NJWorks Job Seeker Destination Library, the staff is trained in the use of specialty databases designed to help job seekers; are able to help craft a resume or direct job seekers to a class that will help; and be able to help fill out online job applications and establish e-mail accounts. The libraries offer the use of scanners, fax machines, computers, printers and copiers for public use, and help using them is available, if needed. The libraries also host programs and workshops on job seeking tips and career building advice. For more information on NJWorks@yourlibrary™ go to http://njworks.org.

NJWorks Job Seeker Destination Libraries are:

  • Atlantic City Free Public Library
  • Bergenfield Free Public Library
  • Bernards Township Library, Basking Ridge
  • Bernardsville Public Library
  • Bridgeton Free Public Library
  • Burlington County Library, Westampton
  • Burlington County Library – Cinnaminson Branch
  • Camden County Library, Voorhees
  • Cape May County Library, Cape May Court House
  • Cherry Hill Free Public Library
  • Clark Public Library
  • Cranbury Public Library
  • Cresskill Public Library
  • East Brunswick Public Library
  • East Orange Public Library
  • Fair Haven Public Library
  • Gloucester County College Library, Sewell
  • Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill
  • Gloucester County Library – East Greenwich Branch, Mickleton
  • Gloucester County Library – Glassboro Public Library Branch
  • Gloucester County Library – Greenwich Branch, Gibbstown
  • Gloucester County Library – Logan Township Branch Library
  • Gloucester County Library – Swedesboro Branch
  • Haddonfield Public Library
  • Hamilton Township Free Public Library (Mercer County)
  • Hoboken Public Library
  • Jersey City Free Public Library
  • Johnson Free Public Library, Hackensack
  • Long Branch Free Public Library
  • Long Hill Township Free Public Library, Gillette
  • Lyndhurst Free Public Library
  • Maplewood Memorial Library
  • Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library, Hurffville
  • Middletown Township Public Library
  • Monmouth County Library, West Long Branch
  • Monroe Twp. Public Library/Middlesex
  • Montvale Free Public Library
  • Morris County Library, Whippany
  • Mount Laurel Library
  • Nutley Free Public Library
  • Oradell Public Library
  • Orange Public Library
  • Paramus Public Library
  • Paterson Free Public Library
  • Piscataway Public Library
  • Rahway Public Library
  • Ramsey Free Public Library
  • Sayreville Free Public Library, Parlin
  • Somerset County Library, Bridgewater
  • South Orange Public Library
  • Union City Public Library
  • Vineland Public Library
  • West Caldwell Public Library
  • West Orange Free Public Library
  • Westwood Free Public Library
  • William E. Dermody Free Public Library, Carlstadt

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