The George F. Johnson Memorial Library (Endicott NY) is one of 30 libraries in New York State to receive $244,517 in funding to create a Public Computing Center in the library. This award is provided as part of a grant awarded to the New York State Library through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). One of the main goals of this federally-sponsored program is to provide funding for training and resources that will help vulnerable populations, such as the unemployed or underemployed, learn critical workforce development skills.
Training courses will include sessions on how to search for employment opportunities utilizing online tools, learning new computer skills, resume and cover letter writing, use of e-government services, social networking, videoconferencing, and use of library databases and online services; including the recently debuted “Overdrive” downloadable “e” and audio-book service.
The library has renovated space and installed computing equipment and furniture, and hired staff, all paid for with grant funds. Classes will start February 1, and a schedule will be posted on the library web site (www.gfjlibrary.org) (see “PCC” tab). The PCC will be under the direction of Gail Szeliga. Questions should be directed to the library at 757-5350 (option 2) or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.