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Career Databases on AVL

posted Feb 28, 2014, 12:19 PM by Lawrence County Public Library

Recently, the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) hosted an Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) Employment Resources Workshop. Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) Director Ron Leonard welcomed the audience, stressing the importance of AVL and its ability to enhance the quality of life for Alabama residents. With International Paper closing in Lawrence County this year, thousands of people will be without jobs and in real need of career assistance. Because of this situation, EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest have generously made career help resources available on AVL until the end of March.

 Mr. Leonard encouraged everyone to share the importance of AVL with friends, family, acquaintances, and community members so that they in turn will be more likely to share it with legislators. Representatives from both EBSCO and Gale spoke about the AVL resources available to help job seekers. To access these databases while they are available, click on the AVL Employment Resources tab at  They will be available throughout the end of March.  

 Demographics Now:  Business and People is one of the exciting databases available until the end of March.  This database allows small businesses, organizations, and prospective business owners the ability to run demographic reports on targeted locations.  This can be key to organizations that lack the budget to purchase these reports.

On February 18th, Lawrence County Public Library Director, Rex Bain, and NAAL Director, Ron Leonard, met with Senators Bedford and Orr to request funding that would allow the AVL to maintain these databases after March.  It is the LCPL’s hope that patrons will value these resources and let their legislators know how valuable these resources are to them.