HUDSOM — It may be closed during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, but the Hudson Library and Historical Society is still offering some services online, including for job seekers.

The library is offering access to a number of databases on its website that can be used in a job search, among other purposes.

"The library’s access to these databases is an extraordinary gift," said Adult Services Librarian Jodie Delamatre. "An unsung hero in an underused resource."

Examples include Business Insights: Essentials, which provides information about numerous companies, and Vocational and Career Collection, with hundreds of industry and trade publications. Lynda.com is a site with numerous free training videos for improving skills in a variety of areas, such as marketing, graphic design and the use of various programs like Photoshop, for people with a LinkedIn account.

Most sites require a library card or an eCard, which can be applied or on the library’s website. Go to www.hudsonlibrary.org/research/ for job-related and other databases. For job databases, click on "Job Resources" in the box at right under "Research It."

Delamatre said some of the databases, such as Lynda.com, come thanks to a statewide consortium that combines the resources of its member libraries to provide many of the databases.

"Ohio is really blessed in its consortium system," said Delamatre, adding that, "The databases are so expensive, that’s the only way, to pool your funds."

Other databases come through other sources. The Hudson library is also part of the Clevnet consortium, which provides databases like Reference USA, a site for creating marketing plans, conducting competitive analysis, raising funds and locating people. Still others, such as Business Insights: Essentials, are provided through funding from the Hudson-based Burton D. Morgan Foundation as part of the library’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research.

Besides job- and business-related databases, the library provides resources in areas like consumer information, genealogy and languages.

Delamatre said that while many of the databases are available remotely, some can only be accessed at the library, though the library is looking to change this.

Delamatre said that the vast majority of these sites are free to library patrons.

"Very, very rarely is there a fee to use resources at a library, a public library," she said.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.