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UC Santa Barbara Library Adopts Skilltype for Staff Development

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SANTA BARBARA, CALIF., March 18, 2022 — The UC Santa Barbara Library has implemented Skilltype for Teams — a cloud-based skills management platform for libraries and knowledge management organizations.

Launched in 2020 in response to the shift to remote work and online conferences, Skilltype enables personalized professional development for its employees, while producing real-time talent insights across the organization. UCSB is the sixth member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to adopt Skilltype.

The software will enable UCSB Library employees to access thousands of on-demand trainings, presentations, and other professional development resources from trusted conferences, professional associations, and vendors. All staff members can begin developing expertise—whether working on campus or remotely, and regardless of rank or role—addressing long-standing DEI issues created by the traditional professional development model.

”At the heart of any Library’s mission is advancing education and learning and making information accessible,” said Kristen Antelman, University Librarian at UC Santa Barbara. “By making Skilltype’s numerous resources available to our staff, we are able to incorporate our employees into that mission and support their growth.”

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“From open access to library automation, the UCSB libraries are a leading organization both within their consortium and the broader research library community,” said Tony Zanders, founder and CEO at Skilltype. “We have already benefited from the thought they have put into organizational development, and we are excited to contribute a new suite of tools to their repertoire for this post-pandemic environment.”

About UC Santa Barbara Library
The UCSB Library supports more than 25,000 students, over 1,000 faculty, and many visiting scholars and researchers. For more information, visit www.library.ucsb.edu

About Skilltype
Skilltype is an American software company headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 2018, the company offers talent management software for information professionals and their teams to analyze, develop and share expertise. Skilltype was funded by academic libraries in the United States, and has since developed a global community of learners and training providers across 12 countries.


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