State Library provides opportunity for statewide job seekers

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – LYRASIS, a service that provides libraries with the tools they need to serve their communities most effectively, has teamed up with South Carolina State Library.

The service recently announced the collaboration with the state library and DISCUS, South Carolina's Virtual Library, to provide a customized online collection of current resources for job seekers in the state. The partnership is creating a collection, using the OCLC NetLibrary eContent platform of more than 250 electronic books for career and job seekers. South Carolina citizens will be able to access the collection from public libraries, schools, and institutions of higher education.

After creating their own personal NetLibrary accounts at one of these institutions, residents will be able to access the collection from home or office.

The collection content, developed by Timothy Cherubini, LYRASIS director of content innovation, includes current resources on careers, business, test-taking strategies, résumé writing, and other tools for job seekers. LYRASIS Senior Member Products and Services Consultant Kate Vincent serves as project liaison.

"South Carolina has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation. In large measure, South Carolinians are utilizing their local libraries to go back to work or to prepare for new employment challenges," said David S. Goble, South Carolina State Librarian. "The Career eBook Collection is one of those resources that the citizens of South Carolina need desperately at this time. It's also just as important to note that the collection is a great tool for the librarian who is assisting those citizens seeking employment."

"Drawing on our collective expertise and best practices, LYRASIS creates innovative programs like these statewide collaborations to support libraries and their users," said LYRASIS' Timothy Cherubini.

Copyright 2010 WMBF News. All rights reserved.