Category Archives: Workforce Services

Providence Public Library hosts Jobs Club for ELL adults

Jobs Club is for ELL adults who are looking for work.  At Jobs Club, learners practice language and skills for interviewing and completing job applications.  They practice digital literacy skills for the job search online: researching openings and navigating online applications.  They receive assistance with resume preparation and one-on-one support with their job search during office hours outside of class time.  Learners are oriented to entry-level employment in different sectors.  The class visits local employers for back-of-house tours, and the opportunity to meet with HR.  This spring, the class visited hotels, a nursing home, a grocery store and a production bakery.  According to interest, learners complete a food handler certificate relevant to entry-level work in the hospitality and health care sectors.  Learners are referred to additional training, volunteer opportunities as appropriate for their interest and experience levels.

Jobs Club provides a valuable introduction to US culture around the job application process and the workplace for foreign born adults.  For the majority of participants, this may be their first job in the US or their first job search via online application and resume submission, as opposed to in the informal economy.

This year’s spring session was facilitated by the Institute of Labor Studies and Research (ILSR) as part of the Providence Public Library’s Learning Lounge services through ALL Access in the Libraries.  The Club served a total of 14 adults, with 8 gaining employment as a Cook, Room Attendant, Car Attendant, Cleaning (2), Housekeeping (2) and Laundry.   One participant was connected with volunteer work related to her graduate degree.

The Providence Public Library Jobs Club is specifically focused on ELL adults but Cranston Public Library is also offering a Jobs Club for anyone who is looking to improve their employment situation. Learn more about ALL Access Jobs Clubs by clicking here.

Our presentation at COABE 2015: Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development

Our presentation at COABE 2015: Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development

Karisa Tashjian and Mary Jo Feeney attended the annual conference for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) last week, and presented “Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development” to an enthusiastic and receptive group on Friday. In our presentation we demonstrate how in Rhode Island, ALL Access in theContinue Reading

Watch a short video about the Learning Lounge

For more information about the Learning Lounge at Providence Public Library or the similar Learning Lab at Cranston Public Library, visit the page.

Congressman Jim Langevin and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung Visit C-Lab

The new C-Lab at Cranston Public Library is the location of ALL Access services. It was an honor to host Congressman Jim Langevin and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung yesterday. Congressman Langevin posted on Facebook: When is the last time you visited your local library? Our libraries are essential centers of our communities and they doContinue Reading

Governor’s Workforce Board Biennial Report cites Learning Lounge and RI Resource Hub as progress

The full report is available as a .pdf here.

U.S. Senator Jack Reed Visits Providence Public Library, “checks out” ALL Access

It was an exciting day for ALL Access and an honor to host the Senator.  Find the official press release here:

Learning Lounge Now Open!

The Learning Lounge at the Providence Public Library is an inviting, casual space for technology-enabled adult learning.  The Learning Lounge is an environment where adults can use digital tools and resources for education and career needs, improve their computer skills, and learn with and from their peers.  Experienced teachers are on hand to guide and supportContinue Reading

Introducing RI Resource Hub

We’re excited about this cool new tool to help Rhode Islanders find the career, education, and advancement resources they need. Learn more about it at!

This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services Grant LG-07-13-0318-13