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June/July 2012, Volume 4, Issue 6

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Library best practices shared at Project Compass National Convening

Library staff members representing 45 states and the District of Columbia met in Washington, D.C., April 25–26, for the Project Compass National Convening, an opportunity for 215 participants in the project to share ideas supporting public libraries' efforts to meet the urgent and growing needs of communities impacted by the economic downturn.

Representing South Dakota were Wendy Brunnemann, Wall Community Library; Doris Ann Mertz, Custer County Library; Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library; Julie Erickson, State Library, and Jane Healy, State Library.

Project Compass National Convening

Attendees shared stories of patron impact, and worked together to learn about common challenges and find 21st century solutions to support their local economies. The convening featured guest speakers Mary Chute and Susan Hildreth from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); futurist Garry Golden; Assistant Secretary Jane Oates of the Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor; Terri Bergman from the National Association of Workforce Boards; author Marilyn Johnson; and Ron Carlee, from the International City/County Management Association.

"Working together, libraries and the workforce system are making a real difference in communities across the United States," said Susan Hildreth, Director of IMLS.

"Collaborations at the local and state levels are making it easier for citizens to access the services and resources they need. I am grateful for the excellent leadership of our partners at the Department of Labor on the federal level and to the leaders and many participants in Project Compass for making this project such a success."

"Three years after the onset of the American recession, people still flock to their public libraries for resources and guidance, and this places new demands on public library staff," said Chrystie Hill, OCLC Community Relations Director. "Project Compass offered training and support to 2500 library staff across the country, and gave them the boost they needed to continue their support for people writing resumes, applying for jobs, creating networks, or starting new businesses. I'm thrilled by the energy I've seen from our state and public library participants; they're literally powering economic recovery — and all Americans ultimately benefit from their commitment to this work."

In South Dakota since 2010, Julie Erickson and Jane Healy have led 18 Project Compass workshops across the state reaching over 100 people. A typical participant comment on the best thing about the training was "Great ideas for simple things that can be done even in rural libraries!"

All three SD public librarians who attended the National Convening will host Project Compass workshops with Julie and Jane in their communities this fall. Anyone interested in hosting a training or learning more about how libraries and community agencies can work together for local workforce and community development can see materials on the WebJunction Project Compass page or contact Julie Erickson, email, (605)295-1994, or Jane Healy, email, (605)295-3174.

Funded by a grant from IMLS, WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) launched Project Compass on Oct. 1, 2009, to investigate job seekers' specific demands on public libraries. For more information about the Institute of Museum and Library Services visit





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