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Mayor Helps Open New Job Shop at Southwest Library

Tuesday June 7, 2011

Second location provides resources for job-seekers

Job-seekers in southwest Louisville received a boost today with the opening of a Job Shop at the Southwest Library, located at 10375 Dixie Highway. Mayor Greg Fischer, Library Director Craig Buthod and southwest Metro Council members celebrated the new space during the grand opening event.

The Southwest Library Job Shop provides 13 new computers in more than 600 square feet of space dedicated to job searching activities. A small meeting area offers privacy for telephone or video interviews. Library employees are on hand to help job seekers create e-mail accounts, develop resumes and complete online applications. Printing and faxing are free-of-charge.

“The Job Shop connects people with the resources they need to succeed in today’s competitive job market,” Fischer said. “With everything from access to technology to resume assistance, this is an asset that will give those looking for employment an edge.”

A regular schedule of computer classes will be offered. Community groups and human resource experts will be invited to present workshops. Other programs are being planned to create opportunities for networking, discussion and encouragement.

“We were inspired to open the space after reviewing the success of a similar program at the Main Library,” Buthod explained. “Hundreds of job seekers benefit from the downtown program each month. We are excited to offer these supportive services at a convenient location for southwest Louisville residents.”

The Southwest Library Job Shop is part of a $1.2 million three-year effort to expand access to technology and the Internet at all 18 Library locations. Related projects include Internet bandwidth upgrades, increased computer stations and more technology training. Support comes from funds provided by the Library Foundation and from the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program [BTOP], part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act [ARRA].

For more information about the Southwest Regional Library Job Shop, call 933-0029 or visit

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