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Use Cases

Evaluate a Product Before Purchasing

The problem

Scouring the internet for impartial reviews of library products or services can be daunting. The web is saturated with marketing material, often skewed and lacking an objective lens. Protective of their customer base, vendors tend to hold back their lists. Inadvertently this fosters a circuit of backchannels at listservs and conferences for information exchange. This can be fruitful but also overwhelming, leading to a clutter of data rather than clarity. The traditional RFP process offers a structured approach yet is costly and time-consuming. As a result, RFPs are justifiable only for significant investments like an ILS or extensive database subscriptions. For other acquisitions, there’s a pressing need for a streamlined method to collect pivotal information efficiently. Collectively a library’s ability to evaluate products is a needed but frustrating process.

The solution

The Skilltype Central Index offers rich resources on many products and services. Drawing from trusted sources, including libraries and vendors, Skilltype presents a wealth of knowledge—technical know-how, real-world user experiences shared across forums, and more. Its intuitive search and browsing mean that libraries unlock a world of information with just one click.

For libraries in the research phase, Skilltype acts as a no-pressure zone to evaluate products without vendor interaction. It allows a deep dive into product specifics and customer experiences. It even shows which libraries are current users via their Needs Assessment listings.

When it comes to distilling these insights, Skilltype Lists comes into play, offering a space to collect and share videos, articles, and documents tailored to each library’s unique quest for knowledge. Whether for internal strategizing or broader community sharing, when a List item is checked off, the List creator is immediately updated, paving the way for informed, strategic discussions. This is more than just a tool; it’s a community-driven platform where every click, every shared experience, enriches the collective library intelligence.

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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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