Linking to Local and Statewide Workforce Ecosystems to Bring Workforce Recovery to the Library
Through powerful library networks and extended reality technology and content, Nevada’s state library is helping to lead workforce development through programs and initiatives that are meaningfully linked into statewide and local workforce ecosystems. This unified resource solution simplifies and expands the information discovery experience of the job seeker, facilitates streamlined career exploration and increases cooperation between teachers, librarians and career counselors.
Named Nevada's Deputy State Librarian in 2016 and state Librarian in October 2019, Tammy Westergard is focused on the library as an "onramp" for working-age citizens to reframe or gain marketable skills. She's helped arrange opportunities for training in advanced manufacturing - with ability to earn industry recognized credentials - at the library. She says focus on strategic partnerships through shared and complementary workforce development policy has been key to success and sustainability. In 2016 Library Journal named Tammy as an Agent of change Mover and Shaker. Tammy received her bachelor's degree in Speech Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has a Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management, a Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. Tammy also serves on the International Advisory board for the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation. The nonprofit organization was established in the United States to honor, preserve, and build upon the legacy of Vaclav Havel, the former President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. In addition to promoting worldwide awareness of Havel's contributions to the democratic transition in Central Europe, the foundation focuses on ongoing debates about the transition of the global community from the 20th to 21st century.
Katherine is the Senior Vice President of Partner Engagement for Headed2, LLC, bringing to the position 25 years of experience in applied social science. Specializing in workforce development, government relations and community development, Katherine facilitates innovative workforce partnerships that link educational programs with economic opportunities. For over 15 years, Headed 2 has matched the power of educational, career and labor market data with educational theory and computer science to build individuals' career navigation skills. Prior to joining the Headed2 leadership team, Katherine served in key positions within Virginia, including the Executive Director of Workforce Development for the Virginia Manufacturers Association; Deputy Senior Advisor for Workforce Development in the Governor's Office; Deputy Director for the Council on Virginia's Future; and the Director of Workforce Policy for the Virginia Community College System Division of Workforce Development. Katherine is from Nebraska where she graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Mark Andersen is the Co-founder and CEO of Lifelique, a workforce development and education platform for students to learn visually in digital 3D. Lifelique's platform distributes the world's largest digital Science library available in interactive 3D models, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Mark focuses on expanding Lifelique's career exploration and job training learning resources into schools and libraries. He created Lifelique's partnership with the Nevada State Library launching XR into 16 Nevada libraries. Lifeliqe is partnering with the College of Southern Nevada's dialysis tech certification program where Lifeliqe is piloting a first-in-the-world VR simulation to train dialysis technicians. Previously he was the Business School Chairman at Anglo-American University where he also taught for five years. For the past twenty years mark has worked as a marketing leader in tech startups in Silicon Valley. Before getting his MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg) Mark co-founded a successful startup that grew to 120 employees.
John MacLeod is the executive director of XRLibraries, a leading company integrating XR technology in libraries and schools. Over the last four years he has worked with state and local libraries to implement strategies for deploying augmented, virtual and 360 vr technology and programs. Over 200 VR systems have been installed in underserved libraries in California and Nevada, making this the largest VR installation in public library networks. He is a partner in Nevada State Library's Career Pathways Program providing the College of Southern Nevada the first-in-the-world dialysis technician training using 3D and virtual reality. He continues to build a national clearinghouse for libraries to share best practices in the use of XR technologies in libraries. XRLibraries provides end to end solutions for deploying and integrating Virtual, Augmented and Mixed (XR) technologies and programs in libraries and schools. Our goal is to enable equitable access to immersive technologies for all communities.