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Library Offers Job Shop for Unemployed

The Louisville Free Public Library has opened a Job Shop at its Main Branch. The Job Shop combines all the resources for job seekers previously offered at the library, including internet service, computers, and books, plus new additions, like video conferencing and a fax machine.

Assistant Library Director Nancy Browning says they’ve also prepared some librarians to work in the Job Shop.

“The staff has gotten some special training,” says Browning, “we’re not job counselors here at the library, but we do have some expertise in helping people update their resumes, and we’re really good at helping people know how to do online applications, etc.”

Browning says the library is also partnering with some area groups to provide free Monday evening training sessions on interviewing and resume writing.

The Job Shop is funded by a $50,000 grant from the Library Foundation.

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Former Ambassador To Speak In Louisville

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk is coming to Louisville this week.  Indyk was twice appointed to the post by President Bill Clinton and also held the job during the first six months of the George W. Bush administration.

He’ll speak this week at the Louisville Free Public Library about his diplomatic service, and his new book, Innocent Abroad. Indyk says he’s impressed with President Barack Obama’s knowledge of the Middle East and his instincts for dealing with unrest in the region.

“I think both Clinton and Bush in their very different ways tried to transform the region.  He has I think a more realistic expection of what can be achieved,” Indyk told WFPL in a phone interview.

Indyk will speak Tuesday evening at 7:00 at the main library downtown.

You can hear WFPL’s interview with Martin Indyk by clicking on the Studio 619 link at left.
 

 

 

 

 

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Library Plan Unveiled

A new master plan for the Louisville Free Public Library system will be presented to a Louisville Metro Council committee Tuesday afternoon.

Library Director Craig Buthod says the $100 million plan proposes the construction of three regional libraries, additional neighborhood libraries and  improvements to existing facilities over the next 12 years.

Buthod says the plan had to be scaled down after voters rejected a tax increase in 2007 to fund a more ambitious proposal.

“The very next day the mayor called the library leadership in and said, ‘let’s keep moving forward,’ and asked us to revise the master plan and come back with something that’s realistic given the new economic realities,” Buthod said.

Buthod says he hopes that library funding might be included in any  economic stimulus plan approved by the federal government next year.

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Faltering Economy Creates Risk in Library Master Plan

Louisville Free Public Library officials are less than two months away from their deadline to complete a new master plan for the system. The faltering economy isn’t making the process easy.

Library Director Craig Buthod has been charged with formulating a master plan and presenting it to the Metro Council by the end of the year. He says officials been taking comments from the public and observing libraries in other cities. But when it gets down to design plans, construction and costs, things are getting a little tricky.

“The economy worries all of us, whether it’s about whether we’ll have a job tomorrow, or whether, for my end, whether I’ll have sufficient funds to operate the library to meet the demands, the growing demands of the public,” says Buthod.

But – Buthod says – the master plan doesn’t have to be enacted until the economy improves. The national credit crunch is greatly affecting construction costs across the country.