Working in the average organization can be an isolating experience, especially as it relates to people who understand your job and your work. While the camaraderie of the office was something organizations could rely on in years past, hybrid and remote work makes it difficult to rely on in-person interactions throughout our workweek. This underpins the appeal of conferences. While the content delivered at these in-person and online events is one draw, networking with new and old colleagues is what keeps people coming back, even if the content will be different from year to year.
For the average information professional however, rising costs and shrinking budgets are making travel increasingly out of reach.
Skilltype creates communities for job categories, enabling people to meet others who do their same work at other Skilltype organizations. These free communities are open to Skilltype users who want to share their data with people outside of their organization, and discover others like them. By editing your affiliations from your profile, you’re able to search and browse over a dozen communities we’ve started with.
Within a Skilltype community, you can see other people, what skills and interests they have, along with contact information to reach out. You are also able to join teams within the community based on specific areas of interest. Joining Teams allows you to share and receive trainings on the topic, helping you to stay up to date with the latest trends in your field or area of work in the library. Aside from Skilltype communities, a growing number of communities, associations, and user groups, use Skilltype to connect their users. By joining them on Skilltype, you can meet others and get access to new content. Example Communities include:
- Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA)
- Lean Library Users Group
- Black Caucus of American Library Association (BCALA)
Overall, Skilltype is a modern, cost-effective, and scalable solution for joining communities from around the world.