MONTCLAIR, NJ – Montclair Public Library is one of 12 public libraries selected to participate in the New Jersey Library Association’s Access Navigators program. The libraries were selected following a rigorous application process and cover nine counties around New Jersey.
The Access Navigators program will provide a cohort of qualified trainers (Navigators) to participating libraries. The Navigators will rotate through the 12 participating libraries, in order to provide one-on-one assistance to those seeking employment, vocational training or digital skills. The program will also provide training in computer applications; help with resume writing and job search; and learning tools and electronic resources to teach and improve digital literacy skills. Entrepreneurs looking to start their new businesses will also receive help from Access Navigators, among other needs.
“This program will provide better access to our users who need vital resources and skills,” said Peter Coyl, director of the library. âWe are pleased to be a host site and partner in this statewide initiative. “
âWe are thrilled to launch the Access Navigators program,â said Dr. Juliet Machie, executive director of the New Jersey Library Association. âI am extremely grateful to the NJLA Board of Trustees, our Access Services Working Group, and our partners at the State Library of New Jersey, for their support and investment in this program. We hope that the Access Navigators program will make New Jersey public libraries destinations for the fulfillment of individual and community hopes and aspirations.
The full list of participating libraries is: Butler Public Library, Elizabeth Public Library, Keyport Public Library, Long Branch Free Public Library, Montclair Public Library, North Bergen Free Public Library, Pennsauken Free Public Library, Library Princeton Public Library, Wanaque Public Library, Warren County Library, West Deptford Free Public Library, Wharton Public Library.
The Access Navigators program is funded by American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds, received by the New Jersey State Library (NJSL), through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Access Navigators program is one of two pilot programs focusing on adult literacy and opportunities, made possible through the IMLS ARPA funds received by the NJSL.
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