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Providing Inclusive Training at LNDL

Skilltype becomes an instrumental tool at Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL), addressing talent management challenges by allowing learning opportunities to be inclusive to all library staff.

Revolutionizing learning

At the Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL), a transformation is underway, democratizing learning and empowering all staff members to reach their full potential with Skilltype. The shift from fragmented, word-of-mouth career development to a cohesive, structured platform marks a milestone in LNDL’s commitment to fostering an environment for opportunity and growth.

Before Skilltype’s introduction, LNDL relied on informal methods for career training, which often left staff outside the librarian circle with fewer opportunities to advance. However, after a compelling demonstration from Skilltype’s CEO, the library director recognized a golden opportunity to redefine how LNDL approached talent management.

Why did LNDL choose Skilltype?

It was the platform’s unique ability to equalize the professional development landscape that was the game-changer. Skilltype wasn’t just about upskilling; it was about creating a shared space where every team member could access the same opportunities to learn and excel.

LNDL Leveraged Skilltype to Enhance:

  • Career Management
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Evaluation
  • Talent Strategy

What resonated most with LNDL was Skilltype’s focus on the library industry. Although they could access platforms like LinkedIn Learning, many staff members felt it wasn’t tailored for them. Skilltype filled this niche by centralizing everything in one place and catering specifically to the unique needs of the library.

“Using Skilltype has been a game-changer for us. It allows us to offer opportunities to all our library staff members, not just librarians, leveling the playing field and bridging existing gaps.”

Lorena Dion
Operations Manager at Loyola Notre Dame Library

Embracing the change at Loyola Notre Dame Library

The introduction of Skilltype was met with a wave of enthusiasm across the board, particularly from the non-librarian staff, who were excited to have a system that spoke directly to their professional needs and aspirations. With Skilltype now an integral part of LNDL’s annual review process, the entire team is encouraged to embrace continuous learning with a clear and accessible means to track their progress.

Standout Skilltype features

“We appreciate that Skilltype is tailored specifically for librarians and information professionals. While we utilize other learning platforms, our staff often find that Skilltype’s training modules resonate more closely with their needs.”

Lorena Dion
Operations Manager at Loyola Notre Dame Library

More than just talent management

For LNDL, Skilltype has become synonymous with equity and opportunity. It’s the key to unlocking each staff member’s potential, offering a platform where learning is limitless and professional development is a right, not a privilege. This story of LNDL and Skilltype stands as a testament to how the right resources can be a catalyst for an inclusive and ever-evolving educational community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Skilltype’s talent platform uses real-time data to help information professionals and their teams identify, develop, and share expertise. The platform aggregates thousands of training resources, opportunities, and talent profiles of individuals, describing each with a controlled skills vocabulary to create a personalized career and organizational development experience.

Skilltype is used by library managers and their teams, along with communities, conference organizers, and vendors that train information professionals. Customers include libraries of all sizes ranging from 5 employees to 500 across North America, Europe, and Asia. Skilltype’s largest customers have thousands of data points being surfaced to help inform career pathways and organizational development strategy.

Skilltype indexes training resources and opportunities from over 100 conferences and training providers, enhances the records with our proprietary skills ontology, and delivers them to users through a personalized recommendation engine. We also partner with training providers who aim to grow and engage their communities using Skilltype’s tools.

Small libraries can be up and running in a day or two. Larger libraries may require more conversations and take up to a week or two. No implementation or professional services teams required. Just appoint a project manager to coordinate with our onboarding team on the timeline you set to roll it out across your organization.

Skilltype is priced on a per-employee basis. Most libraries sign annual or multi-year subscriptions, but we support shorter pilots for larger organizations with complex use cases. Skilltype also works with consortia to streamline your procurement process and offer discounts for Enterprise capabilities with additional features and premium support are available for organizations upon request. Contact us to get more details.

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