Libraries Mean Business for You

Do you want to start your own business and join other ambitious entrepreneurs? Are you looking for a job and want to know more about prospective employers in your field? Is it time to beef up your technology and software skills, or do you need targeted marketing resources?

It’s time to check out your public library.

Yes, your library features print and eBooks and presents authors and book discussions. It entertains you with movies, musical and dance performances, humor and magic, and other attractions that make it a great community magnet. But don’t forget that your public library also offers dozens of programs, digital resources, consultations, and databases that focus on professional and business challenges.

“We work with businesses and individuals from several perspectives,” explains Amita Lonial, Adult Services Program Coordinator, Skokie Public Library. “For example, you can schedule a private consultation with a librarian to discuss your goals and identify which resources will help you achieve them…very tailored to your interests.”

The library’s Digital Lab is another opportunity: make movies and videos – in the lab or at your business – and post them to your target sites; learn more about eReaders and tablets; improve your tech and software skills with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and more. Get ready for podcasting, Stop Motion Animation, and other possibilities that take you to new places.

You can Digitize All the Things, Touch Up Old Things, use the library’s studio, express yourself on the drawing pad, take advantage of the USB Record Converter, get started on Green Screen Basics, and create your own eBooks for the self-publisher in you. The Skokie Public Library Channel on YouTube will introduce you to the Digital Media Lab, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehbYgogSU38

Amita Lonial adds that dozens of databases help you reach your professional, career and business goals. Some databases can be used in the library or accessed remotely from your home. A few of the many possibilities include Learning Express (classes at learnatest.com), MangoLanguages (learning languages at mangolanguages.com), and for software, business and creative learning, check lynda.com.

“Our Skokie Public Library Business Portal offers other business resources, such as helping users create mailing lists for target markets and grow their businesses in other ways.”  http://business.skokielibrary.info/

If you’re ready to do business, check out your public library. It’s free.

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