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For Immediate Release: March 27, 2009
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

State Library provides free resources for students, job seekers

The current economic climate has some South Dakotans looking for work or heading back to school. State Librarian Dan Siebersma says one place residents can turn to for information is the South Dakota State Library’s Web site.

The State Library’s free online resource, Learning Express Library, offers access to information that can be helpful in a job search. Learning Express Library offers e-courses on resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking and success on the job.

It also offers practice exams for those considering further education or a career change. Users can access college and graduate school practice entrance exams; practice exams for civil service careers; and practice exams for careers such as EMT, cosmetologist, pharmacy technician, real estate broker and teacher.

“These practice tests are based on the ones found in the preparatory books you could purchase in book stores,” Siebersma said, “and they are available free to all citizens in the state.” Learning Express Library offers more than 300 practice tests with immediate scoring results, answer explanations and study suggestions.

Individual users must create a free, confidential account to practice any test.

Learning Express Library is available from the State Library home page and is directly accessible from any school or public library, and accessible from home with a valid library card from a South Dakota Library Network member library.

To learn more, visit the South Dakota State Library’s Web site at and click on “Library and School Users” or contact your local library.