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Thursday, July 8, 2010

'Institute of Museum and Library Services and Department of Labor announce new partnership'

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration held a press conference today at the Washington Convention Center during ALA’s Annual Conference to announce a new partnership that will help job seekers access employment and training services in public libraries.

“Public libraries are working diligently in our urban, suburban and rural communities to be an essential partner in putting people back to work, helping people stay in their jobs, and giving people a step up to a better job. We are pleased to be here to announce the partnership between the Department of Labor and the Institute for Museum and Library Services,” said Public Library Association President Sari Feldman, who opened the event.

Feldman added that by working together at the federal level, IMLS and the Department of Labor can help shine a spotlight on what works and encourage even greater more effective collaborations at the state and local levels.

Jane Oates, assistant secretary for the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, acknowledged the significant efforts libraries across the country make to aid job seekers and expressed excitement that this new partnership.

More information on this partnership, including a Webinar to be released in July, will be available on District Dispatch.

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