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Career Guidance at the Library

Students of all levels who are exploring careers, first time job seekers, and experienced employees contemplating switching jobs or a second career—all will find the information resources they need with Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, one of Naperville Public Library’s online resources.

This comprehensive career research resource is organized into three main sections.

  • Industries and Careers: Covers 94 different industries and career fields and thousands of professions with detailed profiles.
  • Plan Your Education: Helps students find schools that are the best fit, including undergraduate, graduate, vocational or technical schools in the U.S. and Canada. An advanced search option allows you to filter your list by location, tuition, areas of study, campus housing and other characteristics. An extensive collection of financial aid directories is offered. College data is provided by Peterson’s.
  • Launch Your Career: Provides expert advice on writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, finding apprenticeships and internships, business etiquette and other workplace skills. Various resume and cover letter templates are available for download. There are links to live job and internship postings through a partnership with the job aggregator

Convenient listings make it easy to zero in on the fastest-growing, highest-paying, and most in-demand jobs. There is a career advice blog with an archive of over 2,000 posts, with up-to-date content on networking, managing your online presence, and using social media in your job search. Additional features include a career interest assessment, a video library of interviews with professionals working in various fields, and a list of tips for graduates on “soft skills” provided by career expert Sue Morem.

Ferguson’s presents in-depth information in a straightforward manner. You can browse or take advantage of the site’s basic or advanced search options. Articles can be printed, emailed or saved to a folder (with a personal account). All videos are mobile friendly. Explore this comprehensive resource.

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 9:30am

Find New Customers and Grow Your Business

One of the many online resources available at Naperville Public Library is called AtoZ databases. This resource offers access to a directory of businesses and of residences in the United States. With a little bit of experience, it is relatively simple to navigate this powerful source of data.

Now there is a very simple way to get that experience. AtoZ databases runs live training webinars on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. CST or 2:30 p.m. CST.

The Friday webinar is all about finding new customers and growing a business. Interested entrepreneurs can log into the AtoZ University website at to register for the webinar. For more information customers may also call 877-428-0101 or email to

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:45am

Cybersecurity for Small Business

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), research shows that almost half of all global cyber attacks target businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Every connection to the Internet challenges small businesses to engage their protective defenses and minimize the risk of destructive cybercrimes.

The SBA has responded by dedicating a page on their website to cybersecurity resources for small businesses. This page offers tips, resources, best practices and a cybersecurity kit designed especially for social media applications. A review of one of the articles contained on the page, Top Ten Cybersecurity Tips, is a quick way to become familiar with some of the most important issues, including computer passwords, website protection, mobile devices and payment systems.

Additionally and in conjunction with its Small Business Tech Coalition partners, the SBA has created a free webcast on protecting small businesses from cybercrime. The webcast can be viewed here.

Interested business owners  may learn more about cybersecurity by reviewing some of the resources available at Naperville Public Library (NPL):

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There are also a number of online instructional videos available through the resource free of charge to Naperville Library Card holders. After selecting from the library's online resources users may login with an NPL card number and PIN, and then enter the search term "cybersecurity".

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 9:30am