News from the Research Desk

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Money Smart Week goes virtual, April 10-17

Virtual Money Smart Week, April 10 through 17, 2021Virtual Money Smart Week 2021 will be held Saturday, April 10 – Saturday, April 17 . This week-long free virtual campaign aims to help people better manage their personal finances with a focus on those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This year’s line-up includes: 

Saturday, April 10 @ 10 a.m. 
Talking Cents (The University of Chicago Financial Education Initiative)

  • Sunday, April 11 @ 10 a.m. 
    Savings: A Little Can Make a Big Difference (FINRA Investor Education Foundation)
  • Monday, April 12 @ noon
    Bank On It: Finding Safe + Affordable Bank Accounts (The Economic Awareness Council)
  • Tuesday, April 13 @ 12:30 p.m.
  • Understanding the Basics of Federal Student Loans (U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid)
  • Wednesday, April 14 @ 1 p.m. 
    Tax-Related Fraud + Identity Theft (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Thursday, April 15 @ 1 p.m.
    Managing Personal Finances During Covid-19  (Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center)
  • Friday, April 16 @ noon
    Housing Protections + Resources (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
  • Saturday, April 17 @ 10:30 a.m.
    Tips for Managing Money Ups and Downs (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension)

View more details at www.moneysmartweek.org. Events are free and open to the public, but registration is advised. Questions for the panelists can be submitted during the registration process.

Upcoming webinars and community resource for job seekers

Illinois WorkNet American Job Center logoThe North Suburban Cook County American Job Center is a valuable local resource for any residents affected by job loss. One of over 3,000 federally-funded American Job Centers in the nation, the center offers free services to job seekers: assistance with resumes, mastering interviews, connecting with job training and more.

Did you know: volunteer experiences can boost your job search! As an active job seeker, volunteering can offer an opportunity to develop new skills and bolster your interviewing confidence. The North Suburban Cook County American Job Center regularly recruits volunteers, and often finds that job seekers who volunteer their time to the center find themselves landed in a meaningful employment more quickly.

Though the center is currently closed to the public, virtual services are available. Upcoming webinars feature such as working with recruiters, virtual networking, and identifying transferable skills. Webinar registration is available through their monthly evening calendar. 

Connect with all of their available job seeker services.

New Web Resource: HeritageHub

I am happy to announce that Mount Prospect Public Library now offers to its patrons a new genealogy resource. HeritageHub provides access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States. This one-of-a-kind collection helps patrons and family historians uncover new family members and understand family relationships on a deeper level than ever before. HeritageHub feature comprehensive coverage from all 50 U.S. states and territories, original obituary images from historical newspapers, hard-to-find digitized content from mid-to-late 1900s, and new records added daily.

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Free tech courses available to job seekers

Computer displaying online learningA technical skills upgrade is one effective way to add valuable, attention-grabbing content to an existing resume. LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft are making several technical courses available for free of charge and certifications in selected skills available at a greatly reduced price for many workers 

LinkedIn Learning has identified ten jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are positioned to grow in the future. They are making ten LinkedIn Learning Paths aligned with these jobs available for everyone for free in 2021.  

The ten role-based learning paths are:  

  1. Software developer – Become a Software Developer
    Sales representative – Become a Sales Representative
    Project manager – Become a Project Manager
    IT administrator – Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification
    Customer service specialist – Become a Customer Service Specialist
    Digital marketer – Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
    IT support/help desk – Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification   
    Data analyst – Become a Data Analyst
    Financial analyst – Become a Financial Analyst
    Graphic designer – Become a Graphic Designer 

LinkedIn Learning has also made learning paths focused on helping professionals come up to speed on soft skills.  

  1. Job seeker – Finding a Job During Challenging Economic Times
    Critical soft skills – Master In-Demand Professional Soft Skills
    Digital transformation – Digital Transformation in Practice: Virtual Collaboration Tools (combination of digital fluency and remote work)  
    Allyship and inclusive conversations – Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All 

In addition, Microsoft Learn is offering free and in-depth technical learning content that also supports these roles and job seekers pursuing developer roles can access the GitHub Learning Lab to practice their skills. 

Industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications are being offered at reduced cost. Exams that normally cost $100 or more will be offered for $15 for individuals who are unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19. All exams are available in English, Spanish, French, German, and more. See the website for complete Terms and Conditions. 

Using Ancestry Library Edition from Home

family tree clip artGood news for genealogists and family historians!  ProQuest, the company which makes Ancestry Library Edition available to library patrons, is continuing to allow researchers to access ALE from home until June 30, 2021.  Ancestry Library Edition is the library version of the commercial Ancestry.com database. Mount Prospect card holders can access the Ancestry Library Edition database by going to the Library’s Web Resources page either in the Library or at home.  If you are at home you will first need to enter your library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number) in order to get to the full list of resources.  Ancestry Library Edition is at the top of the alphabetical list.

Please know that you can contact the Library’s Research Services Desk by phone, chat or email if you have any questions as you use the database.  The genealogy librarian is also available to chat or to set up a Reference by Appointment session to discuss Ancestry Library Edition or another genealogical research issue you have.