ABOUT

Equity, Data & Technology

Skilltype is a member-owned human resources technology collaborative established to unlock the information profession. Information professionals spend their entire careers investing in a patron’s future. At Skilltype, we build tools to invest in their future.

 
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Our Mission

Truth is under siege, making knowledge management, information technology and scholarly research more influential each day. The intertwining of information, cybersecurity, corporate interests and politics has created a new norm for leaders, learners, and everyday citizens. This new age, defined by the weaponization of low-quality information against society’s most sacred institutions, calls for a bold plan of action. Skilltype’s mission is to unlock the information profession by diversifying, developing, and disseminating our craft.


Our Strategy

Photo Credit:  JCLC2018 Twitter

Photo Credit: JCLC2018 Twitter

Diversifying the Profession

A global community of professionals commit their lives to the creation, access, management, security and preservation of knowledge. At Skilltype, we believe that the face of the profession needs to evolve to reflect the communities they serve. We are committed to expanding access to qualified individuals from every background based on their skills, rather than their creditworthiness, credentials or connections.

Photo Credit:  NEASIST Twitter

Photo Credit: NEASIST Twitter

Developing the Profession

85% of the jobs that exist in 2030 have yet to be created, requiring today’s training to be rethought and designed from the ground up. By then, only 9% of our workforce will be full-time, making the services we deliver, how we deliver them and who we deliver them to ripe for disruption. Skilltype develops tools to prepare individuals and teams for this new reality.

Disseminating the Profession

The future of the information profession is brighter than ever, but there are still glass ceilings to break. Not just within our institutions, but in new industries as well. We believe that our impact can be felt far beyond the college campus, and information professionals have an opportunity to lead government, corporate, and non-profit entities as they transition into the next information age.


Our Community

Our team encompasses a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds, from library science, cybersecurity and computer science, to management consulting, customer service and grassroots campaigning. We are united by our passion for libraries and their role in society, and creating equal opportunities for the people who serve the library’s mission.

Photo Credit: Harlin Miller

Photo Credit: Harlin Miller

Members

Amardo Cohall 👨🏾‍💼

Elaina Norlin 👩🏾‍💼

Harlin Miller 👨🏾‍🔧

Jacob Young 👨🏻‍💻 

Paul Hine 👨🏻‍💻 

Tony Zanders 👨🏾‍💼

Valerie Hawkins 👩🏾‍💼

Advisors

Alexia Hudson-Ward, PhD (Oberlin College)

Daniel Tarekegn (Google)

Ifeyinwa “Ify” Walker (Offor)

Jason Varghese (NYPL)

Julian Herbert (Amazon)

Kimiz Dalkir, PhD (McGill)

Safiya Noble, PhD (Oxford)

Development Partners

Black Caucus of American Library Association (BCALA)

Boston University Libraries

Brandeis University Libraries

Gonzaga University Libraries

Oberlin College Libraries & Conservatory

Tulane University Libraries

Wayne State University Library System

Wayne State University Office of Computing & IT

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

University of Rhode Island Libraries

Motivated by the lack of tools available for understanding the talent organizations have in house and how to align skills with strategic goals, Skilltype fills an urgent and ever-growing need. We envision a transformation in the way librarians, IT professionals and researchers are trained, valued, compensated and deployed into an increasing number of areas throughout society.

We hope you’ll join us in our mission to create the future of the information profession. Sign up now.