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Libraries in Asia and Middle East Select Skilltype for Skill Development

Skilltype announces international expansion

BATON ROUGE, LA – MARCH 18, 2024 — Entering its fifth year of operation, Skilltype begins serving libraries across Asia and the Middle East. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Singapore Management University, and Georgetown University of Qatar are the latest international libraries to adopt the platform.

Skilltype’s training management feature offers libraries the ability to deliver personalized training pathways to staff that leverages local resources alongside 11,000 library training resources from conferences and vendors around the world. This enables libraries in any region gain instant value by delivering increased training opportunities to staff across emerging topics, aligning with strategic priorities at libraries such as HKUST, which has a current emphasis on investing in the library as an organization through 2028.

Gabi Wong, Director of Library Services “In academic libraries, staff is the driving force for all services, operations, and innovations. Talent management is one of the core priorities at HKUST Library. We are glad to join Skilltype, and we look forward to growing together with librarians from all parts of the globe.”

Similarly, Singapore Management University Libraries and Georgetown University of Qatar are adopting Skilltype as an investment towards the strategic priority of creating knowledgeable staff who pursue learning and development.

“Investing in the upskilling of library staff can significantly enhance their capabilities, resulting in more efficient and innovative services, while fostering a culture of continuous learning,” commented Jamillah Scott-Branch, Acting Director of Library Services at Georgetown University of Qatar. “Skilltype has played a pivotal role in this process by offering valuable training that keeps us updated on international trends and best practices”.

As the first libraries in their region to join the Skilltype community, each plans to contribute enhancements to the Skilltype metadata and content roadmap. In support of local skills frameworks, the Skilltype team is currently working on the support of custom knowledge domains to increase alignment between employee activity and regional standards bodies.

About Georgetown University in Qatar

The GU-Q Library is a dynamic organization dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Georgetown University in Qatar. By providing preeminent collections, services, and spaces, the GU-Q Library establishes the foundation for learning and research and facilitates the ongoing creation and pursuit of knowledge.

About Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library

HKUST Library supports the community at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in their academic pursuit as well as intellectual development. Founded in 1991, HKUST is a major research university in Hong Kong, as well as a forward-looking institution with international recognition.

About Skilltype

Skilltype, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA, USA, provides talent management software designed for knowledge management organziations and information professionals. Since its founding in 2018, Skilltype is now used by over 200 organizations across 8 countries.

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