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Question of the Week: Preparing for a Test


Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam 2014 cover

A high school student approached the reference desk in search of an item he could not find - an AP exam prep for U.S. history. By checking the catalog, he had learned there were two copies of this item on the shelf, located on the 3rd Floor of King Library at 973.076. Pointing out that our educational test and job prep materials were separated from our nonfiction and located in a special area of their own, I walked him to this area. I told him to look for the most current material available, and let him know, that should he need, he would be able to request material from other branches, or even other libraries outside our system.

 

After selecting a few books from the collection, he stopped at the desk again and I gave him instructions on getting to LearningExpress Library - an online resource for test prep materials. Select "Research" at the top of the San Jose Public Library website, then the "Careers, Education and Testing" category. "LearningExpress Library Tutorials, Tests, eBooks" can be found there. Here we found the College Preparation tab on the left side of the page then located the "Advanced Placement (AP) Preparation" and found the 5 part AP Review for U.S. History. I also pointed out a secondary online resource for AP Placement: Shmoop Online Test Prep

 

Our student was astounded at the wealth of materials to be found at his library. My bet is he will ace his exam.

 

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Career and College Pathways


Dear 2013 College Students and High School Graduates,

 graduation hat and book  

graduation hat and book 

Congratulations on your success!

 

Did you know that the San Jose Library has resources that can help direct you toward the next step in your career or college pathway? http://www.sjpl.org/employment

 

  • Try the Learning Express Library to practice college entrance tests over the summer or use it to practice career entrance exams.  (To access this service you need a library card and pin number, and will need to set up an account the first time).

 

Still need help? Call your library or come to any branch of the San Jose Public Library and ask to talk to a librarian.

 



Global Jobs


United Nations logoAre you struggling with finding the local jobs?  Open your eyes wide, and why don’t you look for the global jobs or the nationwide jobs? Have a big dream to work in the United Nations or in the Federal Government.

 

 

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Two Exceptional Interview Books


I have not interviewed for a job in several years, but recently find myself in that processCover image of The Essential Book of Interviewing again. As such, I thought it wise to consult books on interviewing. Of the many books I skimmed through, two books were undeniable standouts and have provided me with a wealth of practical information. They were, The Essential Book of Interviewing by Arnold B. Kanter, and 201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview, by John Kador. I highly recommend these books for any readers interested in learning more about the interview process.

 

One idea from The Essential Book of Interviewing that really appealed to me was to create a commercial that sells oneself as a product. The author reasoned that creating a commercial gets one to be creative, to tell something personal while using simple and easy to understand language, to be positive, upbeat, and direct, and to have a theme. This exercise struck me as a great way to develop an opening or closing elevator speech. And, I can attest that envisioning myself as a product sold through a commercial advertisement was a real help as I prepared myself for upcoming interviews.Cover image of 201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview, by John Kador

 

In closing, I’d like to include some ideas I’ve picked up from most interview skills books. For example, it’s very important for the interviewee to take their time, listen fully to the questions being asked, and answer each part of the question fully, without rambling. Every book mentioned this point. Additionally, the interviewer needs to learn if the candidate can think and solve problems, plan projects and meet deadlines, and interact well with others while taking the leadership role, when needed. It is the candidate’s job to ensure they address these key areas.

 

Best of luck to everyone reading this blog! Ciao.



Career Lessons from the Wisest Americans


With the economic recession, today’s young adults seem to connect more with their grandparents than parents. The Legacy Project made “surveys of over 1200 of the oldest Americans, to see what advice they would offer new graduates hitting the job market.“ A summary of the survey results is presented in Next Avenue.

 

The advices from these people of the older generation are grouped into 5 lessons; and the biggest lesson of them all is:

 

Say “yes” - "People who passed up promotions, or opportunities to do things like work abroad, or who didn’t apply for a job because they thought they were underqualified said that not saying “yes” was their No. 1 career regret...”

 

There is one other lesson that I, myself, appreciate profoundly: Improve your people skills. “Don’t just be an interesting person, be interested in other people,” advises one of the respondents.

 

Steps you need to take to improve your attitude and skills are also listed for each of these lessons. These older Americans have experienced life through challenging historical events. Their words of wisdom will help us navigate our landscape.  Do you have an older person in your life to ask questions?

 

For more information on careers and jobs, the library’s webpage on employment would be of help to you . (Your library card is needed to logon some of the databases.)



Family Learning Center with a Career Exploration Program for Teens at Biblioteca Latinoamericana


grand opening of family learning center A Family Learning Center with a special emphasis on Career Exploration for Teens formally opened on January 25, 2012 at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana. This new center is the fifth to operate within the San Jose Public Library system. The four other Family Learning Centers are located at Tully, Hillview, Alum Rock and East Carnegie Library branches. The Family Learning Center is the recipient of a grant from the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation to establish a center within the Biblioteca.

 

The Family Learning Center programs focus on adult literacy, reading classes for elementary students and career exploration for teens. The ESL classes held at the center are taught by a certified ESL teacher.  A special collection of ESL materials, computers, and software enhance the various classes and workshops offered.  FLC offerings support the Latino population, youth at risk, underachieving youth, and new Americans.  All programs are free and open to the public.

 

KimNhung Nguyen, Senior Branch Manager for the Biblioteca and East Carnegie brings a wealth of experience to the Family Learning Center, previously managing a successful FLC at Hillview library. Cris Johnson, FLC coordinator will assist in promoting and presenting the programs.