The Delray Beach Public Library has long been known for helping people with job searches and gaining digital literacy, through one-on-one resume advice and classes teaching computer skills. While many Palm Beach County libraries closed physically due to the pandemic, the Delray Beach Public Library was among the first to re-open on May 21. The Library has continued to offer job search and technical skill building virtually so people can benefit from the resources at home.
“Too many people are laid off or furloughed and they’re having trouble-not just completing unemployment, but figuring out what they can do next,” says Ben Kon, Delray Beach Public Library’s new Community and Instructional Innovation Librarian. “Many of those impacted are the most vulnerable, represent lower income levels and are unprepared to launch job searches. They may also be small companies or entrepreneurs who are struggling to survive while learning new skills.”
“People want to know that they can talk to someone to guide them,” Kon says. “Some of these unemployed or underemployed individuals have been employed their whole lives, so this is something new. They need new technology-related skills, whether for updating a resume, navigating online job searches, or pivoting their business for growth in these challenging times. Virtual access to programming allows instruction to continue, enabling the library to serve a growing base of grateful users who are eager to learn new skills that address the challenges they are facing.”
“The Delray Beach Public Library continues its supportive role in our community’s workforce and economic development. We’re dedicated to providing excellent resources, classes, and professional expertise to help job seekers, entrepreneurs and businesses navigate their way to success,” states Karen Ronald, Executive Director of the Delray Beach Public Library. “Our provision of quality resources – both physical and digital – are all free with just a library card. Professional librarians with cutting edge technology knowledge develop and deliver classes to instruct people how to retool their resumes, design logos, develop podcasts, create digital portfolios and more. Follow-up appointments are available for individuals to receive further and more customized assistance. Free, easily accessible and content rich for all.”
CareerSource Palm Beach County has established a new partnership with the Library. In-person services for job seekers are now available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm at the Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. CareerSource staff will be at the library during these times for services such as navigating the Employ Florida online state job database, resume preparation, conducting a job search/interview, reemployment assistance and more. Computers also are available for job seekers to use at no cost. Staff members are bi-lingual including Haitian Creole.
“We’re very pleased to partner with the Delray Beach Public Library at this time when residents need these services the most. The library expands in-person services for job seekers in the south county area and augments our career centers in West Palm Beach and Belle Glade,” states Michael Corbit, CareerSource PBC Director of Business Development. Appointments are not needed to access this free service.
Thursdays, weekly on Thursdays @ 2:00 PM
Detailed explanations as well as step-by-step processes for creating an effective resume, plus tips on how to get the job you want. You can watch the instructional video whenever is best for you and then join the live discussion on Zoom for questions and more tips. Additional one-on-one consultations can be booked Mondays and Thursdays in half-hour sessions by appointment. Register at: https://www.delraylibrary.org/virtual-classes/online-resume-help-workshop/
Libraries have long recognized that not everyone has computers. Before the pandemic, some patrons, including emerging small business owners, only had access to technology when they visited the library. Reducing the Digital Divide in our communities, providing public access to free WI-FI and breaking down barriers for success have long been key elements of the library’s mission. Since 2017, the Library has delivered more than 2000 classes for more than 13,000 participants. In re-opening safely, the library now provides one-hour time slots for entry Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm. After each computer session the library has a protocol to disinfect and clean all surfaces for the next user.
Here are some of the ways you can expand your skills and help grow your business using the Library’s free resources:
Upcoming Classes Technology, Training, & Innovation Lab Webinar Series
Early users of the expanded Technology, Training and Innovation Lab (TTIL) had used programming and limited open lab time to learn skills to do everything from create logos for new brands, conduct business research, create podcast series and record an audiobook. The Lab had just received delivery of 10 new computers and training equipment, preparing to launch additional classes, one-to-one instruction and additional lab time when COVID-19 hit. Quickly the library staff pivoted to recording webinars and offering instruction via Zoom.
Register Online at https://www.delraylibrary.org/virtual-classes-cat/technology/
Thursday, October 8 @ 2:00 PM
Logo Design with Adobe Illustrator - Get to know basic tools for working in Adobe Illustrator with a demonstration on how to create a simple but effective logo. Understand what vector graphics are, choose the best drawing tools for your design, format text effectively, work with color gradients and apply effects where appropriate.
Wednesday, October 14 @ 2:00 PM
Podcasting with Adobe Audition - Learn how to record and edit your own podcast episode. Add background music, create intros and outros, remove unwanted noises and dead space, work with volume automation, insert fades and export finished audio.
Thursday, October 22 @ 2:00 PM
Image Compositing with Photoshop - Find out how to creatively mix together elements from two or more photographic images and modify them using Adobe Photoshop. Topics covered include working with layers, using selection tools, applying adjustments layers and exporting image projects.
Wednesday, October 28 @ 2:00 PM
Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro - Gain an introduction to video post-production techniques and workflows. Put together multiple video clips to create a sequence, trim unwanted footage, add transitions, create text overlays, insert graphics, mix in background music and record voice overs.
Instructional videos can be viewed upon registration for the class.
Additional one-on-one consultations can be booked Mondays and Thursdays in half-hour sessions by appointment.
TIIL instruction and one-on-one consultation is provided by Ben Kon, Delray Beach Public Library Community and Instructional Innovation Librarian. Kon has a Masters in Library Science and is a certified Adobe Education Trainer and has been on the Library staff since 2016. Other upcoming classes will be led by guest presenters.
Databases and Services
Brainfuse JobNow is America’s premier online career-enhancing resource! JobNow provides interactive live online assistance, as well as online resources, to guide you through the process of getting a job.
JobNow provides library members with resume writing feedback through email and one-on-one interview help via chat from Brainfuse trained job coaches. Library members also receive free access to premium resume creation software, hundreds of resume templates and thousands of industry-specific interview coaching videos.
Brainfuse JobNow also offers access to Interview Tips, Career Resources, Career Assessments, Job Search, and eParachute to help discover the college majors and careers that match customers’ skills and interests.
Job Now - Provides LIVE assistance from 2pm-11pm EST
- Online resources
- Resume lab - submit your resume for feedback within 24 hours!
- Live Help
- Mock Interviews
- Live Job Coach
- Career Assessment
- Job Resources
- Optimal Resume – Award winning resume creation software, job interview prep FREE (with other companies this service ranges from $140-$400!)
NEW! Gale Courses supports libraries by providing easy access to lifelong learning opportunities including professional development, technology and personal enrichment courses taught by college instructors. Over 360 six-week long courses are offered and new courses begin each month. Many courses are focused on business, computer and technology subjects such as entrepreneurship, marketing, software, web design and programming and include weekly discussion boards with the professor.
NEW! TERC- Testing and Education Reference Center (part of Gale Courses) – is a valuable online tool where you can receive test prep, college readiness and career development within Gale Courses. You can take full-length timed practice exams and diagnostic pre-tests in areas such as SAT, AP, ACT, GED, Nursing, Real Estate and many other fields.
NEW! SizeUp empowers users with market research and business intelligence by helping you map your performance to other competitors in your industry and isolate areas where you can improve or save money.
Additional Virtual Resources:
- Books: borrow e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines with Overdrive/Libby App, Hoopla, and RBDigital and NEW! Cloud Library
- Music, TV and Movies: with Hoopla you have access to free streaming entertainment for the whole family!
- Research: with Brainfuse Help Now you have access to FREE on-demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning. Brainfuse HelpNow is easy, intuitive and engaging eLearning is for all ages and levels.
- Homework Help: Use Brainfuse Learn Now for FREE live, on-demand, online tutoring, practice tests and more!
- Virtual Meetings: when you can’t meet in person, collaborate with Brainfuse Meet.
- Learn a New Language: Learn a new language with Mango Languages!
- Reference Databases: Reference USA gives you access to databases of US and Canadian Businesses, Health Care, Jobs, Internships, Residential, Consumer research and White Pages.
- Online Resources for School Research or Entertainment: Florida Electronic Library provides access to a multitude of online resources.
To access these virtual resources, you will need a library card number and your PIN. Don’t have a library card? Please visit the Library or you can apply for virtual card on the website. For more information, visit www.delraylibrary.org/information.