By: Elizabeth Cate
For: Red Rock News
Date: July 20, 2012
- Monday, July 23 through Saturday, July 28: Sedona Railroaders Model Train Exhibit will be on display in the Si Birch Community Room during library hours.
- Wednesday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m.: Votes for Women: The Arizona Woman Suffrage Movement, 1813 - 1912. This Arizona Humanities Council program will be held at Sedona Winds on Jacks Canyon Road and is open to the public.
New Computers for Job-Seekers Available at Library
In last week’s column, Sedona Public Library in the Village manager Cheryl Yeatts cited statistics demonstrating that Arizona residents heavily depend on the services public libraries provide. She also praised the efforts of our state library agency in supporting public libraries across Arizona. At Sedona Public Library, we’re offering a valuable new service sponsored by the Arizona State Library—the addition of two public computers dedicated to job-seekers.
Approximately 200 public libraries throughout Arizona are installing similar dedicated computer workstations by participating in the State Library’s Arizona Job Assistance Center (AzJAC) project. While the AzJAC project is administered by the State Library, the program is funded by a national federal grant intended to address the increased demand by job-seekers on local libraries as places where they can apply for jobs or gain job-related skills. The computers supplied to Arizona libraries through the AzJAC project are officially referred to as Virtual Workforce Workstations, but here at Sedona Library, we call them the “job computers.”
Under the terms of the AzJAC program, a library’s job computers can be used only by individuals looking for employment, applying for positions, planning careers, improving their job skills, creating a business, or engaging in educational or training activities. These conditions are not as limiting as they first appear—anyone with education or training goals can use a job computer.
In addition to providing Internet access and Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel, the Library’s new computers include special features for job-seekers. For example, a software program called WinWay Resume helps applicants create resumes and cover letters. Also, the web browser homepage on the computers, the AzJAC project web site, contains Arizona employment information and includes links to other useful resources. From the AzJAC web site, you can access online tutorials on topics such as using social media, practicing for the GED, and preparing for interviews.
Sedona Library’s AzJAC computers each have an attached printer offering free black-and-white printing, copying, and scanning. Flash drives for saving work and earbud headphones are also provided at no cost to eligible computer users.
Located in the same area of the Library as our regular public use Internet computers, the new dedicated workstations also offer longer sessions than our standard computers so that users can work uninterrupted. You do not need to be a Sedona Library cardholder to use the job computers; simply sign in at the reference desk with a computer volunteer or staff member.
We hope that our new computers will directly benefit Sedona job-seekers, lifelong learners, and other community members. However, you don’t have to visit the Library to access employment and instructional resources. You can browse the AzJAC web site from your home computer or device with an Internet connection—the web site address is jobhelp.azlibrary.gov. Finally, be sure to check out the web site for Yavapai Workforce Connection—www.yavapaiworkforce.org. This organization offers comprehensive services for both job-seekers and businesses, including job placement, specialized assistance for veterans, workforce training, and referrals to a variety of social service agencies.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Elizabeth Cate is Collection Development Librarian of Sedona Public Library.