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Support Workforce Development

NBPL does its best to provide assistance to the unemployed and underemployed, and to help build crucial job skills. In addition to the help our staff gives to patrons, the library offers many electronic resources to help guide patrons in the right direction.

  • Grow with Google Grant: NBPL was honored to be chosen for the Grow with Google Grant which provided us with resources to host virtual job help programs. "Libraries Lead With Digital Skills" series was made possible with the help of this grant. Through this series, the library was able to get local small business owners in touch with valuable resources and networking.
  • SCORE, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and the Hispanic Business Alliance: The library teamed up with these local groups to bring information and resources to small businesses. All three groups presented at our Grow With Google programs and we received at least 30 participants at both of our sessions.
  • Alamo Workforce Solutions: NBPL is always glad to support or host workforce development, and we work closely with Alamo Workforce Solutions particularly at our Westside Community Center location.
  • Meeting Spaces: NBPL and the WCC offer work spaces for any non-profit organization. Due to its popularity, new policies had to be created about how often each organization can book a room in order to give other groups and organizations the same opportunity. Our meeting rooms are generally booked at least two months in advance. Due to new social distancing protocols with the pandemic, the library had to suspend our meeting space usage to the public but we have plans to reopen once restrictions are lifted.
  • Test Proctoring: The library gives patrons the opportunity to have their tests proctored in our facility. Patrons only need to fill out a Proctor Interest Form and they receive an email within 48 hours. We then work with the patrons' instructors to get all proctor information and schedule a test date. We have also had to suspend this service with COVID-19, but will reopen as soon as we can.
  • Career/Employment LibGuides: The library also maintains a few LibGuides with information focused on employment, resume creation, job seeking, business resources, and enhancing computer skills. Theses libguides help patrons navigate our resources and help narrow their searches.
  • Databases: In addition to LibGuides, the library has databases to help with a variety of trainings, including Learning Express 3.0, Hoonuit, ProCitizen, Pronunciator, and Brainfuse. Through these databases patrons can learn basic computer skills, employment information, testing preparation, or even learn a new language.
  • The Niche Academy: The library continues to offer Niche Academy tutorials. This gives patrons the power to go through tutorials at their own pace. We are constantly updating our Niche Academy tutorials and adding new resources for patron use. NBPL also has a staff version of Niche Academy that allows staff to learn about these resources from the staff side. An example would be Overdrive. Most staff already know how to help patrons with Overdrive questions, but the staff training has taught us how to transfer holds over when patrons get new library cards.
  • Tech Help Sessions:  The library has also continued its successful Open Tech Sessions to help patrons with all tech or software related questions. Many staff have been trained so they are able to assist with this program. We have also expanded our Tech Help hours from twice a week to six days per week. While we cannot give one-on-one help during the pandemic, we have made plans to resume our tech sessions as soon as we can.

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