News from the Reference Desk Category: Web Resources

O’Reilly offers online learning for key tech skills

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Keeping current on technology and business-related topics can be a challenge, and the Mount Prospect Public Library has a valuable resource to help. O’Reilly for Public Libraries is an e-learning platform consisting of business and technology videos, eBooks, and learning paths.  

O’Reilly for Public Libraries offers up-to-date information in multiple formats including: 

  • eBooks – Includes thousands of topics in the popular “For Dummies” series and titles from Pearson, DK, Harvard Business Review and O’Reilly. 
  • O’Reilly Answers – Ask a question and O’Reilly’s natural language processing engine serves up quick answers. 
  • On-demand courses – Learn exactly what you need to know for the top roles in tech today, no matter what your current skill level. 
  • Certification prep – Direct paths to the official prep materials plus practice exams to become an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Microsoft Azure Administrator, and more. 
Recently added items on O'Reilly for Public Libraries

O’Reilly for Public Libraries covers thousands of technology topics for patrons looking to advance their careers or their personal interests: 

  • Cloud Computing 
  • Data Engineering 
  • Data Science 
  • Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence 
  • Programming Languages 
  • Software Architecture 
  • IT/Ops 
  • And many, many more. 
Expert playlists from O'Reilly for Public Libaries

With have questions about accessing O’Reilly for Public Libraries or any of the resources available through the Web Resources page, contact the Research Desk.   

New resource: Live online job search assistance

free online resume review, get personalized feedback on your resume

Mount Prospect Public Library patrons have access to a new resource designed to support every step of the job search process. Brainfuse JobNow is available from any home or library computer and features the following services:  

Live Interview Coaching: Patrons can brush up on interview techniques or get live online interview practice from trained job coaches. Job coaches and patrons communicate via live chat in our online classroom from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. CST. In addition to live interview coaching, patrons have access to interview tips and career resources. 

Resume Lab: Patrons can submit their resumes any time through the JobNow Resume Lab and a job coach will send it back within one business day with detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement. Users are also able to download resume templates, or browse resources for producing better resumes. 


Career Resources: Patrons have 24/7 access to a carefully-selected library of job resources. In addition, Brainfuse job coaches help users strategically target jobs best suited to their interests and qualifications. 

Adult Learning Center: The Adult Learning Center provides foundational, career-enhancing skills to job seekers. In addition, the Adult Learning Center offers test preparation (including the GED and the USCIS citizenship test) and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors. 

Accessing Brainfuse JobNow requires a Mount Prospect Library Card number and PIN. With questions about Brainfuse JobNow or for assistance in accessing any library resources, stop by the Research Desk at the library, or contact us to request a reference appointment.       

New Web Resource: ConsumerLab is the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products. It publishes results of its tests in comprehensive reports at Since its founding in 1999, ConsumerLab has tested more than 6,600 products, representing over 950 different brands and nearly every type of popular supplement for adults, children, and pets.

Writing a resume with help from library resources

Changes in the labor market mean that many people are looking for a new job or transitioning to a new industry. Getting started with writing a new resume can be overwhelming, and MPPL cardholders have access to some helpful online resources to support resume and cover letter writing: 


Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – Under the “Explore Career” tab, this database includes a robust resume and cover letter builder, skills assessments, and additional career development tools.


LinkedIn Learning – High-quality and in-depth, these courses include valuable information about best practices in resume writing in a variety of situations, including switching fields and returning to work after a prolonged absence. 

There are also many books to support job searching and career transitions, available from the library.  

Find more online resources on the Jobs and Career Development Research Guide.  With questions about any of these resources, or to set up a time to meet with a librarian for a resume review appointment, please contact the Research Desk to request a reference appointment. 

Minding your money with library resources

There is a lot of economic news to keep track of these days. If you’ve got your mind on your money, the library has some helpful resources to put those economic indicators in perspective. 

These databases are freely available from any public computer in the library, or from home with your library card. 

Value_Line_wr_iconValueline: This investment research service creates reports on stocks and mutual funds, including their popular one-page reports.  


Morningstar_wr_iconMorningstar: The premier source for mutual fund information, Morningstar is known for their comprehensive star ranking system.  


weiss iconFinancial Ratings Series Online (Weiss): Find information about investments as well as ratings for banks, credit unions, Medigap plans, and much more.


The library also has a number of financial newsletters available in the Business Section. 

For more business and financial resources, visit the Business and Financial Research GuideWith questions about accessing these or any of the resources available from the library, or to schedule a reference appointment with the Business Librarian, contact the Research Desk.