San José, CA, February 14, 2023 – Library technology company Skilltype announces its partnership with San José State University School of Information to provide access to its talent marketplace to students, faculty, and staff. This marks the second iSchool to adopt Skilltype’s talent management platform.
This adoption aligns with San José State University iSchool’s commitment to be a global leader in education delivering innovative research and top quality programs in the information profession. Their implementation of Skilltype will help ensure that the students receive up-to-date training on the skills and tools needed in the information industry to complement San José State University’s iSchool curriculum.
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“We have a saying, “Information is Everything.” We live and breathe this adage and Skilltype helps us adhere to this by providing us real time information aggregated from existing library jobs and the corresponding core competencies and skills they require. We highly covet this information as a way to make sure our curriculum and what we teach is well aligned with the rapidly changing needs of the field and LIS employers. This partnership reflects our commitment to being agile and data driven in all that we do,” says Dr. Anthony Chow, director for SJSU School of Information. “Students trust us with their education and we will always remain in the forefront of the field to ensure they get the best we can give them. Thanks to Skilltype, we feel we are doing that,” adds Chow.
Through the implementation of Skilltype, students will have access to thousands of on-demand library trainings from over 150 library conferences and professional associations and receive personalized training recommendations based on their interests. This partnership strengthens the development of the global library talent pipeline by exposing students to real-world competencies and organizational skill gaps while still in school. Employers can begin influencing the direction students pursue in their studies, better preparing them for the job market upon graduation.
“At Skilltype, we look forward to this unique partnership to explore the impact of the iSchool’s programs in developing graduates ready to meet the challenges of public and academic library organizations,” commented Tony Zanders, Skilltype’s founder and CEO.
San José State University iSchool's plans to utilize Skilltype’s unique data set as a complement to their robust curriculum. Skilltype’s data set comprises a controlled vocabulary of LIS competencies, interests, job roles and training that are important to organizations and employees across our industry.