The California State Library has generously made use of State COVID-19 funding to supply A.K. Smiley Public Library with six new electronic resources to help with job hunting and skill building.
These new eResources will be available through September 30, 2022. They may be accessed at the Library or from your home.
- Coursera partners with colleges and universities to teach interactive courses leading to “gateway” certifications, which help people get into entry-level jobs where they can continue learning as they move up in their careers.
- GetSetUp is specifically for adults over 55. It features live classes on physical, mental, social, and vocational health. The main objective is to help close the digital divide and teach adults over 55 new skills.
- Learning Express has many test preparation resources and also teaches basic adult core skills such as reading and writing improvement, grammar, and college preparation. This resource can also be used to prepare for the citizenship test. Learning Express is integrated with the job searching website Indeed, so you can search for appropriate jobs without having to leave the site.
- LinkedIn Learning offers state-specific exam preparation in seven languages. Coursework in business, technology, and related areas is offered. This resource is designed for people who have a good working knowledge of technology and wish to keep learning.
- NorthStar Digital Library is helpful for adult learners looking to expand their job opportunities and basic computer skills. You may log on to take an assessment test leading to a specific learning pathway. Essential computer skills for people in today’s job market are taught at a slower pace, and certificates or online badges are awarded when a class is completed.
- SkillShare is an interactive online learning community with a focus on creativity. Learning goals are suggested depending on individual interests. You can use this platform to learn everything from crafts to web design.
These resources can be found on Smiley Library’s eLibrary page at www.akspl.org/elibrary/, along with many other electronic resources for research, learning, and entertainment.