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UHLS coordinates training opportunities for adult services librarians. In conjunction with the eContent Advisory Committee, the UHLS evaluates and manages digital content.

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NYS Adult Literacy Grant

The NYS Division of Library Development (DLD) distributes funds via the Adult Literacy grant to supplement public library systems' Coordinated Outreach Services. The program theme is "Workforce Development at New York Libraries through Public Library Systems." Participating public library systems offer training and resources to help New York's workforce attain literacy levels as well as the skills and tools needed for successful careers.

UHLS 2016-2019 Grant Cycle

During the 2016-2019 grant cycle, UHLS is delighted to offer both a series of workforce development workshops for the public and professional development for library staff who assist patrons with job readiness inquiries.

UHLS 2016-2019 Adult Literacy Grant partners include the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board and ACCES-VR.


What UHLS is providing:

  • Expert Trainers: Seasoned trainers deliver career counseling and job readiness workshops for library patrons. Please read the flyer for full description of sessions and see below for participation requirements. Sessions will be paid for with funds from the Adult Literacy Grant and supplemented with DLD's Coordinated Outreach Services funding (2016-2019)
  • Professional Development: Capital District Workforce Development Board train library staff to assist patrons with job search strategies, resumes, and more at the Albany One Stop (2017)
  • Job Readiness Materials: Select print career exploration and resume preparation materials for all locations (2016) and Cypress Resume (2017-2019)

Expert trainers at your library:

Our fabulous 2016-2017 trainers are Dr. Tom Denham of Careers in Transition, Sarah McFadden of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, and Marsha Lazarus of Your Career Fit Matters. Please read the flyer for complete workshop descriptions and see below for participation requirements.

Member Library Workshop Content Menu:

Dr. Tom Denham of Careers in Transition (75 minutes each):

  • Personal and Professional Goal Setting that Works
  • Changing Careers: Pros, Cons, Myths, Realities
  • 50+ Retirement Reimagined
  • Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind
  • So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur

Sarah McFadden of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County (90 minutes each):

  • Browse, Buy & Sell with eBay
  • Create Documents in Google Drive
  • Free Skill Building Online
  • Resume Tools for Job Seekers
  • Free Resources for Job Seekers

Marsha Lazarus of Your Career Fit Matters (90 minutes each unless otherwise indicated):

  • Feeling Stuck in a Dead-End Job
  • Network to that Right Job Fit
  • Beyond Being Hired!
  • Resume-critiquing sessions (Up to 3 hours; patrons sign up for 30-minute slots)

Member Library Workshop Participation Requirements:

Please note that UHLS serves its member libraries, and does not directly serve the public. Thus, only UHLS member library directors and adult services library staff are authorized to request a workshop. If you are a member of the public, please speak to the staff at your home library to learn more about attending a workforce development workshop.

Workshops Content: The content of these workshops has been previously negotiated and agreed upon, and will be delivered as described (that is, no customization requests, please).

Workshop Evaluations: All member library workshop hosts and all workshop participants must fill out evaluation forms for grant reporting purposes. The forms will be provided by UHLS and will be returned to UHLS within 2 business days via the courier, marked "Attention, Adult & Outreach Services Department" or scanned and emailed to deanna.dicarlo@uhls.lib.ny.us.

Workshop Marketing: UHLS will provide a customizable marketing flyer and social media graphic for all workshops, so member libraries can add their own logo and contact information. Member libraries may also create their own flyers and social media graphics, but all marketing materials must include the phrase "This program is supported by funds from the New York State Library's Adult Literacy Library Services Program."

Workshop Scheduling: The deadline to request a 2018 workshop from UHLS is 2/8/2018. In addition:

  • Workshops will be scheduled March, April, and May, 2018. Member libraries will schedule workshops via UHLS. Workshops will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis; however, UHLS will make every effort to balance the scheduling so that all libraries who want to participate are able to.
  • Advanced registration required: Once scheduled with UHLS, member libraries will manage advanced registration for all workshops.
  • Joint Calendar: Once workshop schedules are confirmed by UHLS, all workshops must be added to the UHLS joint Library Programs Calendar.
  • Partner with each other if possible: All three trainers are generously willing to travel to any of our 36 locations; however, member libraries that are in close proximity are encouraged to partner in terms of date and location.

By clicking "Request a Workshop," you agree to meet the above requirements.

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