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Use Cases

The problem

As a learning organization pivots to fully digitized service offerings, the journey toward sustainable change management presents new complexities. Onboarding employees now involves navigating their varying competencies amidst a tech landscape that never stands still. It’s an environment where roles evolve in real time, task execution shifts, and skill development must keep pace with innovation. The traditional one-size-fits-all approach to training is no longer sufficient to fulfill the growing needs of organizational capacity.

Furthermore, the financial implications of in-person training often limit the possibility of providing all employees with equal learning opportunities. While suitable for some, the expansive changes within the library system demand a more enduring, universally accessible strategy.

the solution

Skilltype emerges as a forward-thinking solution, enabling libraries to skill up their workforce en masse or in focused groups. Kicking off with the Skilltype Talent Audit, libraries can now pinpoint and prioritize essential skill gaps organization-wide. With a learning roadmap in place, the Skilltype Central Index helps libraries assess if their current training arsenal is up to the task, with the flexibility for managers to supplement with third-party resources whenever necessary.

Through Skilltype Teams, libraries can cultivate an organization-wide learning community encompassing various departments, branches, and interest-based groups. These teams provide a platform for members to exchange learning interests and spearhead training sessions in their fields of expertise. Managers can curate targeted learning materials using Skilltype Lists, ensuring a comprehensive repository of knowledge is at the team’s fingertips.

As each learning goal is met, managers receive updates, fostering a cycle of continuous improvement and development. This educational rhythm is designed to dovetail seamlessly with the library’s annual performance review cycle, setting strategic, attainable goals for each employee and team for the forthcoming year and solidifying the foundation for a future where every library staff member thrives.

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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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