Flagship of the University of Tennessee System, UT Knoxville Libraries has partnered with Skilltype in its ongoing pursuit of operational excellence, in alignment with its new strategic vision (which will be released in January of 2023), of strengthening faculty and staff, of developing resources and infrastructure, and of enhancing diversity and inclusion.
The Skilltype platform enables UT Knoxville Libraries 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.
"We look forward to working with Skilltype and its great team,” says Steven Smith, Bruce and Nancy Sullivan Dean of Libraries. “We see Skilltype as a critical piece of new and exciting training and development infrastructure, which will strategically augment and extend on our employee development program, ACE.
“This frees up time for managers and supervisors in providing training opportunities for staff members”, says Skilltype founder and CEO Tony Zanders. “Each employee receives personalized training plans, using data to present the right resources to the right staff member at the right time, in alignment with the library’s strategic plan.”
UT Knoxville Libraries is the eighth member of the Association of Research Libraries to adopt the Skilltype platform, and the third member from the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries consortium.
To explore how data can help improve employee engagement and organizational development, visit skilltype.com and request a demo for your library, state, or consortium.
Skilltype is a library software company specializing in using data to create modern talent management workflows. Libraries across six countries use Skilltype to provide personalized training to their employees, identify skill gaps, and make data-informed decisions on whether to recruit, reskill, or share expertise. Skilltype was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
About the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries
The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of Tennessee’s premier public research university. The University of Tennessee holds the Carnegie Foundation Research 1 designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus – through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The UT Libraries is a national leader in digital collections; in support of open access through our digital repository, Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise. The UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, HathiTrust, the Library Publishing Coalition, LYRASIS, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other University of Tennessee System libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment and the UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing.