The Daviess County Public Library is one of six libraries in the Kentucky selected to continue their work as a Grow with Google Partner through a digital skills program.
Libraries Lead with Digital Skills is an initiative of the American Library Association and Public Library Association to help them support job seekers and small businesses with digital skills training from Grow with Google. The selected libraries will receive grant funding to host virtual or in-person workshops using Grow with Google resources in the next two months.
“Our library has been participating in the Grow with Google Program for about a year now,” said Shannon Sandefur, community engagement manager. “Through those resources, we have been able to host digital workshops and provide the resources from Google to job seekers and small business owners or those who aspire to own a business.
She said they have used the program to connect with those in the small business community to help them grow and to share their experiences and successes.
“We have also been able to partner with German American Bank on this project,” Sandefur said. “Their partnership has allowed for us to provide lunch and dinners at our trainings and for the bank to make contact with small business owners that may be in need of a small business loan.”
As a Grow with Google partner, the DCPL staff have received specialized training on Google products, resources such as Get-started guides, presentation decks and outreach materials.
A variety of in-person trainings were provided before the pandemic. Topics included how to utilize YouTube, Google Analytics, and Google Ad Words.
The library is hoping to resume in-person events in the next few weeks. If anyone is interested in learning more about the program and upcoming trainings, contact Trevor Pierrard at firstname.lastname@example.org.