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Saint Paul Public Library - Central

Partner Agency:  Saint Paul Public Library
Location(s):  Central Library, 90 4th St W, Saint Paul MN 55102
Name of Site Supervisor and Title: Amanda Feist, Librarian for Workforce and Innovation Center            

CTEP Program Description

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all.  CTEP sponsor organizations include: Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), the Community Computer Access Network (CCAN), and the City of Minneapolis.

Site History and Mission

Saint Paul Public Library serves a diverse urban population of immigrants, refugees, and native born residents, who come to public libraries for computer classes, resume writing assistance, job-search skill building, assistive technology, English Language classes, homework help, literacy resources, information searches, and media training. George Latimer Central Library (288,438 visitors in 2010 with 8998 youth and teens attending programs) serves many job seekers and learners developing their digital literacy skills, including a growing number of learners who are homeless.  Outreach to under-served groups is a key goal of the Public Library’s work. 

Recent renovations to George Latimer Central Library resulted in the creation of the Nicholson Workforce and Innovation Center, where the CTEP will primarily be housed. The Workforce and Innovation Center is a department devoted to the development of workforce skills, entrepreneurial activity, and creative work in Saint Paul. It houses a makerspace for adults equipped with a 3d printer, laser engraver, digitization equipment, artistic software and a recording area. The makerspace is designed to be an area for self-guided and assisted learning, experimentation and production.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

George Latimer Central Library is open 7 days a week, Tuesday-Friday 9-5:30, Saturday 11-5, Sunday 1-5, Monday 12-8. Members will need to have availability on Monday evenings and some weekend days in combination with weekday hours.

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes in the workplace, and citizenship skills.  These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rdFridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory.  Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.

Site Specific Responsibilities

  • Raise community awareness of the power of information that can be accessed for free at the public library.
  • Provide one to one tutorial assistance with electronic and print resources encouraging workforce skills development and word processing skills acquisition
  • Develop and teach classes focusing on technology needs and literacy, based on community need in varying locations with new and existing technology.
  • Extend technology training and classes to job searchers, English language learners, new immigrants, and diverse communities.
  • Create partnerships with community and cultural organizations, and strengthen existing collaborations with community partners.
  • Encourage a variety of age groups to consider the library as a partner for lifelong academic and technology learning.
  • Build meaningful mentoring opportunities for talented volunteers.
  • Recruit and train new volunteers.
  • Foster peer support and new opportunities for young people.
  • Create print and electronic educational documents to assist patrons with the creation of digital and physical products in the Innovation Lab
  • Develop classes and programs for adults to enhance technological literacy and enhance business networking in the community

How to Apply

Apply online at my.americorps.gov and click on “Apply to Serve” (be sure to search for the “Community Technology Empowerment Project” or “CTEP” when asked to indicate what program you would like to send your application to).  Contact: Joel Krogstad, krogstad@spnn.org, 651.556.1384

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.  Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.  Alternative formats of this document are also available.