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Use Cases

Organizing Training into Topics and Themes

The problem

In the realm of library staff development, the abundance of resources has never been greater. Yet, these valuable assets are often dispersed across various platforms, from organizational websites to training providers, making the comprehensive organization into coherent topics and themes a rare occurrence.

This dispersion has led to a substantial challenge: the assembly of current, role-specific resources for positions like Circulation Supervisor, E-Resources Librarian, or Archives Technician becomes a time-consuming endeavor, often stretching from hours to weeks. Libraries preparing to launch new services encounter similar obstacles, striving to compile and maintain resources without an efficient system for sharing or updating them.

Despite these hurdles, many libraries have developed exceptional training, workshops, and documentation to support their teams in meeting the diverse needs of their patrons. However, a cohesive system for storing and disseminating these materials for future use is often lacking.

The solution

Skilltype empowers teams with immediate access to pertinent and up-to-date resources, positioning the library at the forefront of future-ready service.

Leveraging a comprehensive Skills Ontology, Skilltype connects users to an expansive global database, featuring over 11,000 library-centric training resources and forthcoming events. It enhances professional development by providing personalized training Recommendations tailored to individual interests and institutional requirements, accessible within the daily workflow, bypassing the need for traditional conference or workshop settings.

Skilltype’s Central Index is a powerful tool for essential skills in the modern library landscape, encompassing areas such as circulation, data management, and IT. It curates content from esteemed library conferences and training providers such as ACRL, the Charleston Conference, CNI, and Library Juice Academy, ensuring a trusted and high-quality learning journey.

Libraries generating in-house training content can integrate their materials with Skilltype’s standardized skills vocabulary, enhancing the discoverability of their resources and aligning them with the Central Index’s offerings.

Skilltype also introduces the innovative concept of a training List, akin to a music playlist, which allows for the curation of resources on specific topics or themes, fostering skill development. Team Managers can share these Lists with their groups, merging Skilltype’s vast training database with the library’s own resources, for a synergized learning experience.

In conclusion, Skilltype is transforming the landscape of library staff training, organizing internal resources into coherent themes that complement industry-wide materials, and facilitating collective learning that aligns with the strategic goals of the library and its teams.

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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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