News from the Reference Desk Category: Education

Many New Web Resources

This week MPPL rolled out a number of new web resources from Gale.

  • Gale General OneFile is an article database. You can search it directly here, or search it with our other article databases in Article Finder.
  • Gale Business Insights: Global is designed for professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and general researchers, delivering comprehensive international business intelligence, compiled into a logical, usable context.
  • Gale Small Business Resource Center covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Startups, established businesses, and business students alike can find answers from its mobile responsive experience.

Minority Entrepreneurship Program Launched in Illinois

In August, Governor Bruce Rauner announced that applications for the Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) program are now being accepted. ADME will identify high-potential minority entrepreneurs and provide them with resources to start and grow their business. Governor Rauner announced the program in February. It is run by the Illinois Department of Commerce with collaboration from Intersect Illinois. Program participants will be selected through a competitive application process, including the Entrepreneurial Profile 10 assessment, a research based talent assessment designed specifically to measure and help develop an individual’s innate entrepreneurial talent created and administered by Gallup. ADME pairs the EP10’s predictive power with resources and support to help minority entrepreneurs thrive. Selected applicants will receive access to education and training, capital, an entrepreneurial support system, connections to Illinois’ business community and other tools.

The Illinois Department of Commerce will develop and administer ADME’s training and facilitate investment opportunities through the Department’s Advantage Illinois program and community partners. Intersect Illinois, in addition to hosting the ADME website, will manage applications and assist with program marketing. The first year of the program will focus on minority communities, including women and veterans, in Chicago, Peoria and Rockford with the goal of expanding statewide. ADME is part of the Rauner Administration’s commitment to support minority and women-owned businesses and increase diversity in businesses and within the Illinois economy. Applications are available online at www.admeillinois.org and will close October 23, 2016.

New Guidelines for FAFSA

There have been some changes made to the filing process for the federal student aid application FAFSA. For the 2016-2017 school year, the application process is open. This application uses data from the 2015 tax return.  The open date for the 2017-2018 school year is going to be October 1, 2016. This application will also use data from the 2015 tax return.  Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will open on October 1, 2017.  This application will use data from the 2016 tax return. A chart showing all this information can be found at this website. It is possible to complete the FAFSA form and file it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Access to Online Courses

Gale Courses

Never stop learning.  Whether you’re looking for college-level, professional development, or personal enrichment courses, Mount Prospect now offers hundreds of online courses that are accessible anywhere online, 24/7. Gale Courses offer well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students.

Gale Courses offers access to online learning courses that are available anytime, anywhere, any place. Other benefits include:

  • Courses are free for all patrons interested in any discipline
  • Gale Courses is easy to use; you use your library account to sign up and log in
  • With six-week courses, you can join programs year-round

Gain valuable knowledge you can immediately apply to your life or on the job. There’s definitely something for everyone:

Career & Professional Development: Many courses are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations. Examples include: Accounting, Resume Writing, Business and Management, Grant Writing and Nonprofit, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Sales and Marketing.

  • Computers & Technology: Courses cover all skill levels from beginner to advanced, even focusing on specific software applications. Examples include: Introduction to the Microsoft Office Suite, Database Management, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and The Internet.
  • Personal Enrichment: A wide array of courses truly offers the opportunity to transform lives, whether related to hobbies, education, or life resources. Examples include: Children, Parents, & Family, Digital Photography, Health &Wellness, and Test Prep.

Contact us at reference@mppl.org to learn how you can benefit from this great resource.  Or visit http://mppl.org/webresources/gale-courses/ to get started.

Free DMV Permit Practice Tests

You can take free permit driving tests for car or motorcycle through our web resources page with our new site, Driving Test Prep. These are multiple choice questions and you can see the results immediately. Also available are practice tests for the CDL (commercial driver’s licence). This is an excellent resource for new drivers but also a great way to test your knowledge even if you’ve been driving for decades.