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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.
  • 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 (Details forthcoming and date TBD)
  • Librarians Share Skills: UHLS and member library staff share reference interview skills with One Stop Counselors (Details forthcoming and date TBD)
  • Job Readiness Materials: Select print career exploration and resume preparation materials for all locations (coming in December, 2016).

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 Evelyn Neale of Successful Change. 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):

  • Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind
  • How NOT to Blow Your Interview/Damn Good Interview Skills
  • So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur
  • The Big Three: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviewing
  • Job Search Strategies that Work!

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

  • Free Skill Building Online
  • Resume Tools for Job Seekers
  • Skype for Job Interviews and Beyond
  • Free Resources for Job Seekers
  • Build Your Network on LinkedIn

Evelyn Neale of Successful Change (90 minutes each):

  • Optimizing Your Presence Online
  • Dealing with Difficult Coworkers
  • Being in the Mix: Working with Multiple Generations
  • The Art and Science of Getting a Job

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

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: Deadline to request a workshop from UHLS was 9/30/2016. In addition:

  • Workshops will be scheduled in October and November, 2016 and April, May, and June, 2017. 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. Please note: Dr. Tom Denham requires a minimum of five participants.
  • Joint Calendar: Once workshop schedule is confirmed by UHLS, all workshops must be added to the UHLS joint program 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.

All participating libraries have agreed to meet the above requirements.

2016-2017 Workshop Series Participants

Thank you to our participating member libraries! Workforce development workshops will be held in October and November, 2016 and April, May, and June, 2017 at the following locations:

Albany Public Library (Washington Avenue Branch), Berne Public Library, Arvilla E. Diver Memorial Library (Schaghticoke), Bethlehem Public Library, Castleton Public Library, East Greenbush Community Library, Guilderland Public Library, Nassau Free Library, RCS Community Library, Rensselaerville Library, Sand Lake Town Library, Stephentown Memorial Library, Troy Public Library, Valley Falls Free Library, Voorheesville Public Library, and Watervliet Public Library.

October, 2016 Workshops

November, 2016 Workshops

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