2014 / Our Business is Economic Growth


2014 / Our Business is Economic Growth

Jennifer Byrnes, Business Information Specialist, Rochester Public Library

Rebecca Ryan, Library Manager, Saint Paul Public Library

Pang Yang, Community Services Coordinator, Saint Paul Public Library

Mads Egtved AndersonLibrarian, Aarhus Public Libraries

Public libraries have a crucial role as partners for local economic vitality. Two key elements of their multi-faceted work in this arena support the skills of job-seekers and help local businesses grow and thrive. In this session, leaders from two U.S. libraries will share their approach to supporting adult learners as job-seekers and business leaders. 

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Speaker Bios

Jennifer Byrnes
Business Research Specialist
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County (NY)

Jennifer Byrnes is a Business Research Specialist in the Business & Social Sciences Division of the Rochester Public Library. In addition to business, she coordinates a financial literacy grant through FINRA and the American Library Association.  She has coordinated numerous research grants and contracts at both the state and federal levels.

Rebecca Ryan
Library Manager
Saint Paul Public Library (MN)

Rebecca Ryan currently manages a branch of the Saint Paul Public Library. Previously, she was the Community Services Coordinator and Project Manager for the mobile WORKplace. Since 2004 she has worked promoting, planning and implementing library services inside and outside of library buildings.

Twitter: @RyanRebecca29

Pang Yang
Community Services Coordinator
Saint Paul Public Library (MN)

Pang Yang is the Library Community Services Coordinator at the Saint Paul Public Library. Approaching her 10th year at the library, Pang manages the Mobile WORKplace and coordinates storytimes in various languages throughout Saint Paul. She is a graduate of Saint Catherine University, an advocate for unrepresented and underserved populations and an avid traveler.

Mads Egtved Anderson
Aarhus Public Libraries

Mads Egtved Andersen, Aarhus Public Libraries (Denmark). 2010 graduated from The Royal School of Library and Information Science. Experienced with giving courses with various digital topics to target groups that have difficulties with basic use of computer and the Internet. To me as a librarian it is imperative that people who are in need of help in this area has a place to go as the use of digital solutions will only expand in the future. The public library is an obvious place where this help is provided. 

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Comment by Melissa Bernasek on June 12, 2014 at 3:30

How can we best support adult learners/job seekers who have not received much professional development. I often talk with men and women about 50 years of age who haven't done anything to improve their skills. Sometimes I think they don't even know what they should learn to become more marketable. 


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