NJ Works: It’s time to land that job! November 1, 2014 tmcclaryPast Campaigns No Comments The New Jersey State Library received a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) award in the Public Computer Center category. The award consists of $5.1 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and matching funds of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave an additional $150,000 to the New Jersey State Library to support E-rate technical assistance, which will help sustain the project’s services. The goal of the project, entitled “New Jersey Libraries: Anchor Institutions as Instruments of Recovery”, was to help in the economic recovery of the state by giving libraries the tools they need to expand services to the unemployed and underemployed by enhancing training opportunities, broadband capability and workstation availability in New Jersey libraries. It was estimated that more than five million New Jersey residents would be served through this initiative over the three years of the grant project. More information about the State Library’s BTOP grant can be found here. NJWorks@yourlibrary™ is the statewide initiative that was designed for libraries to help job seekers. You can view the official website at http://njworks.org (please note that this website is no longer being updated). To help NJ libraries promote the statewide services available in their communities, NJSL provided each library with various marketing materials including postcards, bookmarks, posters and indoor and outdoor banners and signs.