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By Tracy Ihnot

Meeting spaces. Hotspots and Chromebooks for checkout. Digital Projectors. 24-hour high-speed wireless internet. Computer classes. Copy and fax machines. All of these resources and more are available through the libraries.

“People don’t automatically think of the libraries as a contributor to the local business community,” says LaDonna Gunn, District Director. “However, there are a number of resources that local business owners can utilize to enhance their operations while saving on overhead costs.”

One example of this is the online resources that provide access to hundreds of courses and tutorials.

“Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education courses, including courses in accounting, web design, office skills, business, career training and computer training,” states Gunn. The courses are educator led and provide a certificate of continuing education upon completion.”

“Business owners can use Universal Class as a cost-effective way to increase their own skills and provide professional development opportunities for their staff,” Gunn explains. “We even offer an online tutorial for patrons who are using this resource for the first time.”

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