BATON ROUGE, LA – Skilltype, Inc., the talent management platform for libraries, is proud to announce a multi-year agreement with the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame.
The Hesburgh Libraries design their mission, vision, and strategic framework to advance Notre Dame’s aspirations of becoming a leading global research university, with a priority on human and professional flourishing. Each member of the library community plays a key role in advancing strategic goals and objectives, sustaining critical operations, and defining shared values. Together, the organization is building an inclusive, diverse, and dynamic culture as they elevate Notre Dame’s teaching and research agenda.
Toward this end, the Hesburgh Libraries are investing in a long-term skill development strategy. Partnering with Skilltype creates an opportunity to institute a data-driven approach to identify skill gaps among library staff. Also, it allows the development of personalized, automated training plans for them.
“In order to be flexible and evolve with the changing landscape, research libraries must invest in the development of our people. When recruiting for new positions, we must clearly understand our skill and expertise needs in order to find the right people for the right roles,” said K. Matthew Dames, Edward H. Arnold Dean, Hesburgh Libraries and University of Notre Dame Press. “Skilltype provides library employees the chance to showcase their skills and library leaders an opportunity to standardize skills data, identify expertise strengths and gaps, and create higher-performing teams.”
Skilltype’s Innovative Training Solutions
Through the Skilltype platform, the Hesburgh Libraries staff gain access to the world’s largest collection of library training. The platform covers many in-demand skills and competencies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), DEI, open education resources, and more. This approach enables employees, regardless of rank or role, to embark on continuous development, promoting equity across the organization.
Skilltype’s CEO Tony Zanders commented, “We are honored to partner with the Hesburgh Libraries to implement the next phase of their talent strategy. Our team has already begun learning from theirs, and we look forward to sharing those best practices with the broader Skilltype community at a time when it is needed the most.”
About the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries
The Hesburgh Libraries is a diverse system featuring the flagship Hesburgh Library building. It houses the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, the Medieval Institute Library, Rare Books & Special Collections, University Archives, and the Visual Resources Center. The Hesburgh Libraries organization also includes three specialty branch libraries located across the Notre Dame campus (Architecture Library, Business Library, and Music Library). Whether online or within the nearly 500,000 square feet of library spaces, the Hesburgh Libraries engages audiences and inspires intellectual inquiry across the campus and around the world.
Hesburgh Libraries is home to nearly 140 library faculty and staff. It is also a member of MCLS (Midwest Collaborative for Library Services). The vast array of library expertise, services, resources, and spaces support the library’s mission and help to advance teaching, learning, and research at Notre Dame and beyond.
Skilltype provides talent management software designed for libraries and information professionals. Established in 2018, Skilltype, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA, has since seen adoption by over 150 libraries across 5 countries.