Job and Career Information in New York’s Public Libraries

Local public library system and public library resources vary across New York. Following are some examples of the kinds of statewide and national resources that, along with local information and referrals services, are basic to public library Job Information Centers in New York.

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Selected Job Opportunity and Employment Web Sites (from the New York State Library)

New York's public library systems and public libraries offer information, resources, and referrals for New Yorkers and people looking to work in New York State. Job Information Centers in libraries and related services often include:

  • Specialized web resources developed by libraries and links to job search web resources
  • Information on career development
  • Education and training
  • Résumé assistance and other job hunt strategies
  • Workforce development services (Literacy instruction, GED assistance, citizenship information and referral)

These and much more are offered through public library systems and public libraries. They are even more important for New Yorkers and all Americans now.


The New York State Library is working with the New York State Department of Laborexternal link to offer support, training, and other job and career information and resources to public library systems and public libraries across the State.

In addition there are links to some basic resources found in public libraries and accessible through computers in public libraries.

Project Compass

Project Compass was developed and funded through a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the North Carolina State Library and WebJunction. The project helps state libraries across the country support and assist public libraries in their provision of workforce development services including job information, career development and small business resources and services. Project Compass offered four summit meetings across the U.S. during 2010 to bring state library agencies together to share best practices and create partnerships between states. The project goal of expansion and improvement of State Library workforce development services to public libraries during the current economic crisis is in progress.

More information on state library and public library workforce services external link from WebJunction logo; click to go to WebJunctionexternal link

Help Wanted: Tools for Tough Times logo Help Wanted: Tools for Tough Times external link (television series and multimedia project from PBS stations WMHT-Albany and WCNY-Syracuse; the New York State Library is a partner)
Workforce3oneexternal link, the  U.S. Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration knowledge-sharing tool, is a communications vehicle to offer technical assistance, share promising practices, and network with colleagues in the Workforce and Economic Development world. Through the workforce3one listserv, libraries are notified of upcoming training opportunities, new publications, and current information of interest to the workforce development community. The site is one part of the National Re-employment Initiative.The federal Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) is a partner which represents the nation's 123,000 school, academic, research and public libraries and 17,500 museums.

More information on specific services available in your region of the State

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Employment/Job Information Links in Public Library Systems

Public Library Systems with Job/Career Information Web Pages

Civil Service

Job Search Guides

Other Resources

The New York State Department of Labor has labor market analysts in 10 locations across the state. These analysts help employers and economic developers by providing data about wages, economic trends, and availability of labor. They also help job seekers by providing occupational and career information.

Regional Labor Market Analysts in New York's 10 regionsexternal link

And for statewide trends, please contact:

Kevin Jack, NYS Department of Labor
State Office Campus Bldg. 12, Room 490
Albany, NY 12240
Phone: 518-457-2919
Fax: 518-457-6199

Libraries and “Tough Times”

Last Updated: April 26, 2018 -- asm; for questions or comments, contact Mary Beth Farr