New tutoring and job preparation tools now available at Stillwater Public Library

MEDIA RELEASE • For Immediate Release

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Aug. 27, 2012) – Students and job hunters have helpful new resources available to them at the Stillwater Public Library.  Through the OK Connect grant it received last year, the library received two databases, “Brainfuse HelpNow” and “Brainfuse JobNow.”  Both databases are free and available for use inside the library and for people outside the library with a Stillwater Public Library card.

“The library is committed to providing virtual, cutting edge services that give our patrons every opportunity to succeed,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director.  “Our two new databases will give those opportunities to students and job hunters.”

HelpNow is a comprehensive set of online academic services designed to support many learning styles from elementary students to adult learners.  It provides live, online help from qualified tutors who can assist with homework questions, essay writing and building academic skills. 

HelpNow is available 24 hours a day and live tutoring is available from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Its tutors are based in the United States and undergo background checks, must possess a four-year degree, and have prior teaching/tutoring experience.  Tutors can assist on most all subjects from kindergarten math to college physics.

“The highlight of HelpNow is obviously the live tutoring,” said Reynolds.  “But it also includes practice standardized tests and collaborative classrooms where students can meet to study for tests, work on homework assignments, or collaborate on projects.”

JobNow is a similar database geared for job seekers.  It includes tools for finding jobs, building a resume and practicing for job interviews. 

“JobNow is an amazing resource for people looking for jobs,” said Reynolds.  “If there is one resource I would use for a job search, other than Workforce Oklahoma, it would be this database, because you have live, expert help in constructing resumes and practicing for interviews.  We can offer programs like this every few months in the library, but JobNow offers it to you every day.”

JobNow live assistance is available from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. each day.  Live job coaches are available to answer questions about interviews and help participants brush up on their interview skills.  The JobNow resume lab lets jobseekers submit a resume and receive expert analysis within 24 hours.

HelpNow and JobNow are available on the library website database page at http://library.stillwater.org/database.html

For more information, visit the library’s website at http://library.stillwater.org, call the library Help Desk at (405) 372-3633, ext. 106 or email askalibrarian@stillwater.org

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

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