Resources from the Library

What is a Business Librarian?

Our Business Librarian is trained to help small businesses, nonprofits and job seekers find the information they need to make decisions. When you Book a Librarian, you’ll be connected with resources and services that match your needs.

  • Small Business: starting, running and succession for small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Nonprofit: leaders and staff can find connection with grant writing workshops and resources for organizational growth and change
  • Job Seekers: resources are available for job seekers at any point in their search process

Business Info Services

Available online by appointment

Book a Librarian for individual consultations, or attend a class and learn with your peers.

The Business Librarian can help you find information on…
Developing a new business or nonprofit
Working through challenges of a current business or nonprofit
Planning a grant seeking strategy
Locating job-seeking resources

Available by appointment only

JCLS is pleased to offer notary services at no charge in English and Spanish. Please be sure to read all information in the drop-down tabs below. Spanish language services are available at the White City branch. If you have any questions, please contact notary@jcls.org.

Public Notice:
Jackson County Library Services staff notaries are not attorneys licensed to practice law. JCLS staff notaries are not allowed to draft legal records, give advice on legal matters including immigration, or charge a fee for those activities.
JCLS staff notaries do not charge a fee for notarial acts. This notice applies to services provided in English and Spanish.

Available Services

Library notaries can perform the following acts

Acknowledgement
Verification of oath or affirmation
Witnessing or attesting a signature
Certifying to a copy of a document

JCLS provides notary services by appointment only in

Ashland
Eagle Point (Coming Soon)
Medford
Rogue River
White City (Español)

How to Prepare

Do not sign your document until you are talking with a notary.

Know what type of notarial act you need.
Talk to the organization that requires notarization of your document(s).
If you’re not sure, read the Notary Bulletin Most Common Types of Notarizations

What to bring:
Government-issued photo identification
Driver License, Passport, or a credible witness who can provide valid photo identification and swear to or affirm your identity.
All individuals signing a document must be present and provide valid photo identification, including minors.

Limitations

Library notaries are not able to

Notarize I-9 forms
Make or note a commercial protest
Make copies or certify copies of:
-Birth certificates
-Death certificates
-Marriage certificates
-Divorce certificates
Prepare a legal document
Give advice about legal matters, including immigration
Notarize documents in which they have a personal interest
Library staff cannot act as a credible witness, and credible witnesses may not be solicited from patrons using the Library.

Doubt or Uncertainty

Library notaries will not provide notarial services if the document or circumstances of the request for notary services raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt or uncertainty for the Library. In such an event, a Library notary may decline to provide services.

Language Limitations

Notaries must be able to read and understand what they have been asked to notarize.
Notaries are unable to notarize documents in any languages other than English or Spanish.
The notary and the individual whose documents are being notarized must be able to communicate directly without a translator.

Other Notary Services Available Without Charge

Your bank
Ashland Community Resource Center

JCLS meeting rooms are available at no charge to the public with a JCLS Full Service library card in good standing. A library card is required to book a meeting room.  If a group is from out of the area, a JCLS non-resident library card may be purchased.

Library meeting rooms—large and small—throughout JCLS branches


Programs and Events

Grantwriting: An Intensive Workshop Series | Spring, Fall

Job Seeking: Local Help and Resources | Summer, Winter

Business and nonprofit book discussions | Monthly


Book Collections by Subject & Topic

e-books | e-audiobooks | print


Research Databases

The Foundation Center empowers you to connect with the right foundations to strengthen community services at your organization. Access over 140,000 foundation profiles. View giving subject focuses, and LinkedIn connections to officers and directors to grow your nonprofit network. And find each foundation’s history of giving to individual nonprofits. With this powerful tool at your fingertips, you can begin the path toward successful grant writing.

*In Library Use Only – Medford Branch – Or fill out this short form to request remote research assistance.

The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. This database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more

Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and personal interests. Connect to 4,000+ on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors. Access available to Full Service (including Non-Resident) card holders only. eCard holders may upgrade to a Full Service card by visiting any branch.


Small Business Antiracist Resources

Contributing librarians have worked together to create a guide for business owners, entrepreneurs and students who are interested in creating equitable, diverse and inclusive places of business for all. Small business has a big impact on local communities. Provided here are resources to create equitable impacts on local communities.

Articles & Reports

U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism

Harvard Business Review

How Monique Melton is Helping You Be An Antiracist

Forbes

Google Think Tank Search

Harvard Kennedy School: Library and Knowledge Services

Search tool for weblinks to public policy information from universities, government, advocacy groups, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. 

Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters

The Economic Impact of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

COVID-19: Investing in Black Lives and Livelihoods

McKinsey & Co

Guides

Anti-Racist Organizational Change for Nonprofits

CommunityWise Resource Center

Training and Resources: Anti Racist Organizational Development

National Juvenile Justice Network

Provides resources relevant for any organization, including the important 

self-assessment questions organization leaders should be asking.

Anti-Oppression LibGuide: Identifying Our Biases 

New York Tech Library

Describes what bias is, and explores biases inherent in people and technology.

The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth

W.K Kellogg Foundation

The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity

FSG & PolicyLink report (freemium: must register to download)

Developed in partnership with PolicyLink and funded by the Ford and W.K. Kellogg foundations

Anti-Oppression: Anti-Racism

Simmons University LibGuide

Anti-Racist Resouces

University of Denver LibGuide

Contributing Librarians

Thank you to all of the Librarians across the United States who have contributed to this guide. 

Chelsea Barrett
Business Librarian / Reference Coordinator
Seton Hall University-Walsh Library, New Jersey

Amelia Cohoes
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, Minnesota

Elanna Erhardt
Business Librarian
Jackson County Library Services, Oregon

Sarah Fouts
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Columbus State Community College, Ohio

Laura Kohl
Director of Library Services
Douglas and Judith Krupp Library – Bryant University, Rhode Island

Nancy Lovas
Entrepreneurship and Business Librarian
University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tim Tully
Business Librarian
San Diego State University Library & Information Access, California


Small Business Planning Resource Guide
Statistics & Data
National & Local

Find the info you need to create a new business, or pivot an existing business. Resources provided here can be used in combination with Statista database to visualize and contextualize information.

Industry

Business and Industry Statistics 
Market share info for specific industries 

Income Statistics 
Current labor statistics by industry 

Economy

Economic Indicators 
Consumer and spending information 

Money and Interest Rates 
Statistics for informed spending 

Trade Statistics 
National product availability and U.S. standing in global economy 

Consumer

Consumer Statistics 
Financial indicators about your future customers 

Demographics 
Customer research based on demographics and travel 

Production and Sales Statistics 
Product and sales planning 

Google 
Products and services being searched by location 
Track your research geographically 

Local

City and State Resources for Jackson County, Oregon 
Local resources to support small businesses 

Secretary of State – Oregon 
Business search and registration 

Jackson County Roads
Consumer travel data

Small Business Administration 
Business planning guide


Nonprofit & Grant Seeking Research Guide

The world of nonprofit startups and organizations is very different from small business. This guide lists the resources you need to begin the journey of creating a nonprofit, or find tools to succeed in your existing organization.

Who is eligible to write a grant, and win grant funding?

Generally, registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants. However, groups or individuals with a vested interest in an issue can occasionally find eligibility to apply for some grants. Some groups seek fiscal sponsorship from established 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Some groups qualify if the work they are doing aligns with the missions of specific foundations. There are a lot of variables, and this resource list will help you navigate.   

  • IRS: Charities and Nonprofits 
    There are many nonprofit legal status options. Each one functions to serve a specific purpose. This guide defines all tax-exempt legal statuses and describes their benefits and limitations.  
  • The Only Grant Writing Book You’ll Ever Need  
    If you are new to grant writing, this is a great guide to what grants are and are not, who should write grant proposals, how, and the planning process involved.  
  • Government Grant Applicant Eligibility 
    If you have never written a government grant, this resource offers some guidance on where to begin.  
  • Grant Writing: An Intensive Series  
    This series is offered every spring and fall at the Library. Watch these recordings, or join the live programs to network and ask questions.  
  • Foundation Directory Online  
    This database is a great resource for learning about foundations, their funding priorities and past funding. 

What is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization?

IRS: Charities and Nonprofits 

The IRS defines 501(c)3 organizations as federally recognized organizations that are tax exempt, and eligible to receive tax deductible contributions in accordance to specific codes.  

National Council of Nonprofits 

The National Council of Nonprofits offers a definition that may be easier to digest. “Charitable nonprofits embody the best of America. They provide a way for people to work together for the common good, transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. They give shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes. America’s 1.3 million charitable nonprofits feed, heal, shelter, educate, inspire, enlighten, and nurture people of every age, gender, race and socioeconomic status, from coast to coast, border to border, and beyond. They foster civic engagement and leadership, drive economic growth, and strengthen the fabric of our communities. Every single day.” 

Both of these definitions are accurate. The IRS highlights the legal and financial structure, while the NCN highlights the social structure.

How do I start a nonprofit organization?

NOLO Starting and Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide 

NOLO guides are great for learning legal structures and processes. They can be read as a reference source, or cover to cover if you are studying to be as prepared as possible. 

Small Business and Nonprofit Book Collections  

This these book collections are located just above this guide on the JCLS Business Resources web page. Visit this collection for more information on what is needed to start and run a sustainable nonprofit. In this collection, you will find guidance on the human and tactical aspects of running a nonprofit.  

Local and National Nonprofit Resources 

  • Jefferson Funders Forum 
    Resources and data on nonprofit organization building and structure. 
     
  • Gordon Elwood Foundation 
    Educational resources to help organizations and businesses move forward in their mission in the best way possible. 
     
  • Nonprofit Association of Oregon 
    To help Oregon’s nonprofits thrive, NAO has developed Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence – proven ethical, legal, equitable and effective best practice resources that nonprofits can access and use to guide their work. These Principles and Practices embed Independent Sector’s Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice and contextualize them to Oregon.  
     
  • National Council of Nonprofits 
    The National Council of Nonprofits produces and curates tools, resources, and samples for nonprofits. View the most recent additions, browse by category or tag, or search for the specific information you are looking for.  

Financial Information Resources for
Families and Individuals

Recursos de Información Financiera para
Familias e Individuos

Everyone needs information about how to manage our financial wellbeing. The resources listed here are
designed to help you along your way as you plan for your future, support a family, recover from financial fraud
or natural disasters, etc. The information here was curated with guidance from FINRA (Financial Industry
Regulatory Authority) and the ALA (American Library Association).

Todos necesitan información sobre cómo manejar nuestro bienestar financiero. Los recursos listados aquí
están diseñados para ayudarle conforme planea su futuro, mantener a la familia, recuperarse de un fraude
financiero o desastres naturales, etc. La información aquí se seleccionó con la guía de FINRA (Financial
Industry Regulatory Authority) y ALA (American Library Association).


Business Librarian

Elanna Erhardt Portrait

Elanna Erhardt, MLIS
205 S. Central Ave
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 734-3992