WIN at the Library

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The Texas Library Association is proud to announce a new campaign, WIN at the library. This program is designed to promote the many workforce and career/college readiness programs, activities, and resources available at Texas libraries.

Workforce Development – What is it?

In its broadest sense, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT is

an economic and educational development approach that attempts to enhance economic stability and prosperity by focusing on individuals. It is ... a holistic approach considering participants' many barriers, the overall needs of a region, and the potential for success of the emerging pool of workers. Today workforce development often is seen as a solution to issues of social equity. (Adapted from Wikipedia – a useful broad definition)

Why we should care…

The basis for individual and social stability and progress rests largely the ability of the population to meet essential needs while having the opportunity to augment life priorities (e.g., education, economic security, freedom of expression, creativity, and humanitarian work, for instance).

Furthermore, businesses, industries, and institutional interests rely on qualified and efficient employees to operate, innovate, and succeed.

As educational institutions, LIBRARIES share in the mission is to facilitate the achievement of these goals.

Workforce development is of keen interest to our stakeholders, communities, administrators, parents, businesses, employers, decision makers, costumers, and students.

Small Business Development Office opens at the Laredo Public Library.



Workforce & Career/College Readiness Programs & Activities

TLA thanks
LearningExpress, LLC
for its support
of this effort.


Goals of project WIN:

  • Define and highlight the role of libraries in workforce development through discussion, best practices, and new programming.
  • Learn about and collaborate with workforce solutions stakeholders to broaden the reach of workforce development programming and resources.
  • Strengthen the role of libraries, improve efficacy of program and services delivery, and avoid needless duplication through collaboration while increasing access to effective services and resources.
  • Increase public awareness as well as knowledge within the library and workforce field about resources, services, and programs through the development of resource and promotional materials.
  • Opening up pathways for partnerships and outreach with other allied groups.
  • Create energy and shared messaging to build a case for additional local and state investment in workforce development training and resources for all types of libraries.

For additional information, contact Gloria Meraz.

Created on Apr 6, 2014 | Last updated May 19, 2014