Libraries are a great resource for people that have been adversely affected by the economic downturn. NTLP offers resources and ideas for services your library can offer to help your community.
Resources from NTLP:
TWDL (Texas Workskills Development for Libraries) - The TWDL website offers tools that libraries can use when assisting patrons with basic computer skills or with searching for a job. The TWDL program can set up a workshop at your library to train your patrons directly.
Universal Accessibility - Make sure your library's services are available to patrons that might have special requirements in terms of mobility, vision, hearing or other concerns.
Libraries for Literacy - The Libraries for Literacy program has resources to help your library offer ESL classes, GED practice, information literacy training, and other services to help your patrons improve their literacy skills.
North Texas Resource Guide - This guide is a collection of information librarians can use for assisting patrons who are looking for federal, state, or regional assistance programs.
E-Government and Libraries: Helpful Resources
Job Fair Tips for Libraries
Literacy Programs in Texas - How Libraries can Take Advantage
Reaching Out to the Library Community’s Homebound Individuals
Top 10 Tips for Getting a Job
Helping Patrons with Legal Resources
How Libraries Can Help Job Seekers
Serving the Homebound
Using TWDL at Your Library
Inside TWDL Training
What is the Texas Workskills Development in Libraries Program?
Introduction to TWDL
Doing a Job Fair at Your Library
Literacy Programs in Libraries
Other useful resources:
U.S. Departnment of Labor: Find It! By Audience - Job Seekers / Unemployed
WebJunction: Workforce Resources (including Project Compass)
The Consumerist: 7 Ways Your Public Library Can Help You During a Bad Economy