New Library service supporting job seekers, adult learners, and K-12 and college students

by beth on October 29, 2020

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The Southborough Library is touting new additions to its online services for patrons. The Library signed up for a new service to help families struggling with the challenges of increased at-home learning and adults struggling with the impact of the pandemic economy.

Through its membership in Brainfuse, the Library can offer more free resources for job seekers, students, and adult learners. Unlike other digital tools the library offers, this service gives users access to live support from tutors and coaches.

Brainfuse flyerJob seekers will get resources and support to help with searches, writing resumes/letters and preparing for interviews.  (A dedicated tutoring/support section for adult learners could also help unemployed or underemployed adults seeking to strengthen their resumes.)

For students in grades K-12 and college, the new service provides access to live tutoring and study support.

To take advantage of the program, users need a Southborough Library card. (Your library number will serve as your user name.)

The new services supplement the many online services the Library already offers patrons. You can look at all of their e-resources here.

Here are more details on the new program:

What is Brainfuse?

Brainfuse helps students and job seekers reach their goals by connecting them with qualified eTutors and job coaches anytime, anywhere. Users can also initiate and organize online meetings for peer-to-peer learning. 

HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including SAT preparation with live tutors, writing labs, videos, diagnostic testing and a language lab. There is also an Adult Learning Center for learners of all backgrounds. Simply select the grade level and subject to begin your online learning. Users can also send experts questions and get expert answers!

To utilize the service, click here. Once you enter your library card number, you can proceed to create a new account.

Those interested in this service may also want to take advantage of the Library’s online Encyclopedia Brittanica resources.

JobNow

Brainfuse JobNow helps patrons can brush up on interview techniques or get live online interview practice from trained job coaches. Patrons can also submit their resumes any time through the JobNow Resume Lab and a job coach will send it back within 24 hours with detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement. Brainfuse job coaches can also help users strategically target jobs best suited to their interests and qualifications.

In addition, the Adult Learning Center offers test preparation (including the GED and the USCIS citizenship test) and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors!

To utilize the service, click here. Once you enter your library card number, you can proceed to create a new account.

For those that are looking for help finding jobs, you may also be interested in the following resources the Library has already been offering:

Cypress Resume 

An online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps. Specifically designed for job seekers skittish about writing, Cypress Resume allows anyone to create a professional resume — one that will stand out to potential employers — in a matter of minutes.

Reference Solutions 

Provides addresses, sales and executive information for over 11 million U.S. companies and now includes job listings. Users can also now find an electronic version of the U.S. Standard White Pages. http://www.referenceusa.com/

In addition, depending on the field you are pursuing (or company you are looking into), you may be interested in accessing some of the Library’s online databases, archived newspapers and/or scholarly journals. (Click here.)

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