If you are a small-business owner and haven’t taken advantage of what our libraries have to offer, you may want to keep an eye on the upcoming renovations of the Georgina Cole Library on Carlsbad Village Drive and the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane.
Both libraries will feature a “living room” feel where users can sit and work in a more comfortable setting, with better access to power outlets and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities. A big part of the redesigns include improved spaces for collaboration, and the Dove Lane library will add rooms equipped with new meeting technology, making them an ideal setting to prepare for conferences, conduct group research or meet with clients.
The Dove Lane library will also feature an expanded café with an appealing menu of food and drink choices, perfect for informal meetings and networking.
The libraries have always been a go-to place for valuable information that will help you make business decisions. All you need is a Carlsbad library card to access such premium databases as Reference USA, which contains a wealth of information on businesses and residents that can help you grow your business; Weiss Financial Ratings, which rates thousands of banks, insurance companies, stocks and mutual funds; and Lynda.com, a video library of top-quality training and informational courses taught by industry experts. The Learning Express Library offers an extensive battery of online tests, books and courses for business professionals.
The city’s libraries also offer a variety of computer classes including how to research financial and stock information, saving images and content to the cloud, and using Microsoft Office applications.
For the renovations, the Cole and Dove libraries will need to temporarily close for several months during construction. Only one library will be closed at a time. Cole Library is currently closed through early 2016. Work on the Dove Library will take place in early 2016 through mid-2016 and will begin after the Georgina Cole Library construction is complete.
Construction at the Dove Library is being phased to allow sections of the facility to remain open during some periods of work. The Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, at 3368 Eureka Place across from Holiday Park, will continue to provide library services with expanded hours, while the other libraries are closed. For more information about the project, visit the website at www.carlsbadca.gov/libraryredesigns.
Professional Development Opportunities
In addition to modernizing the library buildings, the city is increasing its programming geared toward local professionals. The library already conducts an evening workshop series, “Your Library Means Business,” every year from January through April. These programs teach skills to help new and small businesses and include such topics as developing business and marketing plans, finding financing and other subjects that will help you grow your business. Keep tabs on the library’s Web page for details on the 2016 program.
The city is offering a new program this fall for small businesses called, “Let’s Do Lunch,” a workshop series designed to combine instruction and networking. The series will kick off on Sept. 23 with Business Finances: Traditional to Nontraditional Funding Options, featuring Joseph Molina, a specialist in advising small businesses. The second get-together will be on Oct. 28 and will feature a program on Social Media Marketing: General Tools and Focus on Trends in the Social Media Realm Today, conducted by marketing expert Cyndi Darlington. On Nov. 18, Joseph Molina will return to conduct The Motivation and Leadership Workshop. Each session is 90 minutes, including time for questions and answers and networking. Workshops are free and will begin at noon in the Gowland Meeting Room at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. Bring your lunch; light refreshments and beverages will be provided.