LearningExpress Library, available to all Minnesota residents as part of eLibrary Minnesota (ELM), offers practice tests, tutorials, flashcards, and so much more. How can we, as librarians, teachers, and educators, market and promote these resources to our patrons and students? I was recently asked this question so I started digging around for answers. Before I get to that I'll tell you a little bit more about what this amazing resource, LearningExpress Library (LEL) offers. Along with practice tests and tutorials, LEL includes flashcards to aid in studying, microlessons for those who don't have time for a longer tutorial, easily downloadable ebooks in PDF format, a career dashboard, a resume builder, a job, college, and scholarship finder, civil service, military, and nursing exam prep, as well as tests like the ACT, GRE, PSAT, GED, and many more.
Some ideas to help patrons really make use of these resources include offering brief classes on:
- practice ACT, AP, or SAT tests at your library
- creating resumes
- taking occupational exams
- build skills to enter the workforce
- discover skills and interests and explore careers
- practice for the U.S. citizenship exam
If you don't have time or staff to offer classes then EBSCO has some marketing and promotional materials that might help. You can download a LearningExpress Library and LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator Social Media Kit at their promotional materials website. Along with Social Media Kits, EBSCO offers bookmarks, table tents, handouts, guides, posters, and takeaway guides. You can access materials specific to homeschoolers, Spanish speakers, high school students, and many other audiences.
If you're interested in learning more about LearningExpress Library please contact me to set up a brief overview at your convenience.