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LinkINjob: job-hunting with the help of librarians
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In February 2014 were approximately 25,920 million unemployed people in Europe, unemployment rate was 11,9%. It is essential for unemployed to keep informed, that they receive new knowledge and develops social and civic competences as tools in preventing social exclusion. The unemployed are faced with many problems when looking for employment. Many of them have a lack of information literacy and skills for detecting own personal strengths, weaknesses and interest. Public libraries as social responsible institutions can help to change this. Contemporary public libraries are local centres for education, culture, information and at the same time they function as social meeting points. Seven public libraries (Mestna knjiznica Ljubljana, Regional Public Library “Petko Rachev Slaveikov”, Monaghan County Library Services, Volkshochschule- Stadtbibliothek Linz, The County Library in Brasov, Library and Information services/ The City of Vantaa and Kaunas county public library) through use of innovative practices and methods raised competences of unemployed to reduce the number of less educated unemployed (especially in the field of ICT) and to strength connection between education and labour market. Objectives of the project LinkINjob - Job hunting with help of librarians: • Training course for library staff working with the unemployed (20 participants) was developed. With new practices in the field of adult education the project result – training model for librarians - stimulates professional development of library staff and strengthens position of libraries as learning organizations. • e-Guidelines of best practice based on training activities for unemployed in libraries and on new skills related to library staff were developed. e-Guidelines were translated in six national languages and on this way support multilingualism. • 32 learning activities for unemployed, among them 10 based on ICT (350 participants) were organized. Activities (workshops, courses, presentations etc.) were prepared in partners libraries, based on new skills and ideas of library staff. Learning activities were focused on new skills: financial literacy, computer and information literacy and entrepreneurship as key competences for lifelong learning of unemployed. As unemployed are a heterogeneous group the libraries formed learning activities adapted to the needs of smaller groups and individuals: long term unemployed, old workers, less educated, women, migrants, people with special needs, first job seekers. • During the project libraries have informed the target group and wider community about lifelong learning and access to it in libraries. • Strong partnership of public libraries from 7 European countries was established. • Other European libraries and institutions for adult education have open access to e-Guidelines of best practices and other products of the project (OER). • The project has contributed to the general development of civil society on the local level and has favoured the integration of the target group of unemployed people. Partnership was established on basis of former cooperation and on detection of similar problems with which library staff are faced when work with unemployed. Partners communicated through transnational partners meetings (4 meetings, 54 participants), library staff training course and also via different communication channels. For monitoring and evaluating results of project partners used indicators based on library statistics, list of participants and questionnaires. Impact of the project was focused on participants (unemployed and library staff), on partners’ organizations and on other relevant stakeholders. Dissemination of project results has been very important phase in project structure. Partners disseminated results and good practice on valorisation meetings with relevant stakeholders in local community (7 meetings, 143 participants), among different national and international networks, project web page was prepared and regularly updated during the project. All partners took part in dissemination activities and used proven methods of public relation.
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