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Use Cases

Assess Current Needs to Prioritize Training Opportunities

The problem

Many organizations have a budget set aside for training opportunities. Yet, few libraries can accurately assess training needs to ensure that funds are allocated toward the areas of greatest potential impact for short or long-term skill development.  

Given the comprehensive service portfolios of many library organizations, numerous competencies and tools are essential for staff. These tools help sustain current services or design new ones.An ongoing stream of events, conferences, courses, and webinars are promoted to the library community weekly with coverage of library fundamentals such as cataloging or virtual reference alongside emerging topics such as marketing via social media or data literacies. 

The needs of leaders, managers, and staff may be discussed yearly during the performance review cycle. Additionally, how the library overall is performing can be discussed during library evaluation. Yet, few libraries have a system in place to evaluate training needs on an ongoing basis to close any skill gaps across teams, departments, or the library as a whole.
Libraries risk wasting resources on professional development without closing skill gaps.  Associations, conferences, vendors, and training providers offer an abundance of training events and experiences to choose from daily. Over a year, the hours and dollars spent on training opportunities for select staff may not cultivate the competencies most important to the library’s future.

The solution

With Skilltype, libraries possess tools to grasp current strengths and staff interests. These interests align with the library’s key skills. Instead of canvassing staff via email or surveys, a more direct approach exists. Each staff member can craft a unique profile. This profile outlines their skillset and areas for development or improvement. This information is updated in real-time as staff enter and leave the organization. 

Skilltype Talent Audits offer leaders a comprehensive global view. This view can be localized to branches, departments, or teams. Supervisors can then identify team skills and potential gaps. These Talent Audits align with the library’s priorities. This alignment assists libraries in selecting skill sets to emphasize. They can then decide focus areas for the next quarter or calendar year, optimizing their spending.

Staff can view each library’s selected key skills using Skilltype’s Needs Assessment. This visibility allows them to make training requests aligned with their interests and career trajectory. These requests also consider team needs and library priorities. Supervisors, when evaluating or approving training requests, gain better insight. This ensures training budgets address a broader range of staff needs.

Skilltype’s Central Index of more than 11,000 library industry training resources and events connects library industry events to key skills and product experience, ensuring that library staff can take advantage of community-developed training or develop unique in-house training that complements available resources, reducing otherwise wasted time and effort. 

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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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