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Aligning Strategic Direction at MUSC Libraries

Medical University of South Carolina Libraries (MUSC) leveraged Skilltype to align learning opportunities with MUSC’s set goals, fostering a culture of targeted skill development and growth.

Location: South Carolina, USA

Organization Type: Medical/Health Sciences Library

Creating synergy in learning and Growth

Medical University of South Carolina Libraries (MUSC Libraries), a cornerstone in health sciences education, recognized a critical need to dissolve silos and weave a thread of connectedness through its professional development endeavors. That is because this decentralized approach posed risks. If departments couldn’t access or share common knowledge on vital topics, the library’s overarching mission and vision could be compromised. Above all, they needed a learning experience that resonated with the library’s strategic direction. This ensures that every professional stride taken is in lockstep with the institution’s overarching strategic direction.

MUSC Libraries’ embracing a tailored, user-centric platform

With a vision for a unified and strategic approach, MUSC Libraries sought out a solution that promised flexibility and a simple user experience. Skilltype emerged—a state-of-the-art platform specifically designed for libraries to improve professional development and talent management.

Selecting Skilltype was a decision anchored in strategic intent:

  • Collaboration to create health science library-specific content.
  • Aligning professional development with MUSC Libraries’ strategic thrust.
  • Championing a Black-owned enterprise poised for excellence.
  • Fostering the development of a top-tier product in professional learning.

MUSC Libraries is harnessing Skilltype’s capabilities to carve out a niche in the digital landscape that is as unique and specialized as their own institution. This strategic alliance with Skilltype is not merely about adopting a new system but embracing a philosophy that reflects MUSC Libraries’ dedication to excellence and their unwavering commitment to health sciences education.

“The key benefit of using Skilltype is the flexibility it gives to learners to ‘choose their own path’ while working within the context of the library’s mission, vision, and goals.”

Heather Holmes
Associate Director at MUSC Libraries

Encouraging self-directed learning with Skilltype

MUSC Libraries’ culture has been rejuvenated with the inclusion of self-directed learning through Skilltype, encouraging staff to take charge of their growth. The transition to this innovative platform was smooth, with staff embracing the autonomy to learn in rhythm with their daily workflows. As a result, teams are now more engaged, with one group even conceptualizing an escape-room project inspired by their learnings on Skilltype.

Standout Skilltype features

“It is far more appealing for most team members to do a quick module at their desk between other tasks than to attend a library-wide staff training.”

Heather Holmes
Associate Director at MUSC Libraries

From fragmented to unified strategic learning

Skilltype marks a transformative chapter for MUSC Libraries, seamlessly connecting disparate departments in a common quest for knowledge. This evolution in talent management is a testament to how strategic alignment can unify an institution’s learning approach. The journey of MUSC Libraries with Skilltype is a guide for organizations aiming to blend individual empowerment and interests with collective strategic goals.

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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