Opelousas-Eunice Public Library’s Weblog

Job seekers and those interested in new careers now have another new electronic resource available to them and it is completely free of charge. The Opelousas-Eunice Public Library has added access to a new web site called Louisiana Jobs and Careers Center (LAJaCC), available at http://lajacc.state.lib.la.us.

The new site, created and made available by the State Library of Louisiana, brings together more than 100 electronic resources that are divided into major categories, including Job Search Resources, Between-Job Resources, Electronic Resources and Small Business Resources. LAJaCC offers job search information designed to help find available job opportunities, explains how to apply for different types of jobs, how to write your resume, what to expect during a job interview and what will be expected of you in the workplace. The site also includes a link to all of the electronic resources available through the Opelousas-Eunice Public Library and the State Library.

Walter Stubbs, administrative librarian, says, “LAJaCC is just one more of the many invaluable and free tools that public libraries offer the public. Geared towards promoting a strong, well prepared Louisiana workforce, this web site is yet another resource provided to Louisiana residents through the Louisiana Libraries Connecting People to Their Potential project, funded through an $8.8M Federal Stimulus grant recently won by the State Library.”

The grant was awarded by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grant supports projects that enhance and expand public computer centers, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service.

A library user may link directly to LAJaCC from  the library’s Web site.

If a user clicks on a link that leads to one of the provided commercial resources, such Career Cruising, Learning Express or Tutor.com, it will ask for password, which is available for all registered borrowers of the Opelousas-Eunice Public Library.  Otherwise, the user is able to freely navigate the links and sites.

Heritage Quest Online and Ancestry.com are now available for all library users. Both may be accessed in the Library on public computers. Heritage Quest may also be accessed remotely (i.e., from home) by registered patrons of the Opelousas-Eunice Public Library. Contact the Library for more information. Ancestry.com is not available remotely, however, due to the licensing agreement.These databases are made possible with State funds administered through a Cooperative Endeavour Agreement with the State Library of Louisiana. Additional purchases made with the $18,500 in funds include the Daily World (newspaper) on microfilm (1988-1991) and book purchases for the local Heritage Collection (history and genealogy), continuing efforts made in past years with State Funding ($80,000 in past years) to enhance the Library’s special collection.

Wireless Internet access is now available at both branches during regular library hours of operation. There is no charge to access, but library policies relating to access apply. This is in addition to a recent bandwidth upgrade form 1 mbps to 9 mbps in 2009 at the Opelousas Public Library and a planned upgrade  at the Eunice Public Library in mid to late 2010.

The Opelousas-Eunice Public Library Performing Arts Series will feature free performances for general audiences. On the scheduled dates, performances will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Liberty Theater in Eunice and at 2:00 p.m. at the South Park Teen Center in Opelousas. Scheduled: Roger Day, singer/songwriter for children (Tuesday, June 2); The Healing Force, African storytelling and music (Thursday, June 11); Bobby Norfok, Emmy award winning storyteller (Tuesday, June 16); Steve Belliveau, Getting Excited About Science (Friday, July 10) and Mike Anderson, musician/storyteller (Thursday, July 16). The performances are funded, in part, by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Acadiana Arts Council. As space may be limited, groups of 20 or more are asked to contact the Library in advance.

For further information on the performers visit: Roger Day www.rogerday.com ; the Healing Force www.thehealingforceonline.com; Bobby Norfolk, www.folktale.com; Stve Belliveau, www.getscience.net; and Mike Anderson, www.dulcimerguy.com.

The Library’s “Once Upon a Time” Summer Reading Program for read-to me through 8th grade begins June 1. “I-Connect: Information and Interaction” is the theme for those in grades 9-12. Participants can earn reading certificates and other incentives. Storytime and other activites are also scheduled at each branch in June and July. The last day to register is June 27. Details are available at each branch.

As part of a planned upgrade to Internet connectivity, bandwidth at the Opelousas Public Library has been significantly increased from T1 to T9. The increase is currently being funded by the State Library of Louisiana. There are also plans to increase connectvity to T3 at the Eunice Public Library.  As future funding for connectivity has been jeopardized by decreased funding from the State Library of Louisiana, the Opelousas-Eunice Public Library has applied for, and has received approval through the Federal e-rate program, for an 80% discount , beginning July 1,  on the much needed bandwith increase.

The Library is also planning to introduce wi-fi (wireless connectivity) in each branch before the end of June.

FINE FREE WEEK In celebration of Children’s Book Week, all overdue library materials (books, DVDs, etc.) that were checked out at either branch of the Opelousas-Eunice Public Library and  returned May 11-16 will be received fine free.

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