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Use Cases

Share Expertise Across a Consortia or Network

The problem

In today’s era, libraries are navigating a sea of novel challenges in their quest to serve their communities effectively. The shifting demands of patrons, coupled with the critical need to optimize staff deployment amidst shortages, have made it increasingly complex for libraries to maintain their service standards, let alone advance strategic projects, engage broader audiences, or maximize network collaborations.

The puzzle of tapping into staff expertise, often scattered across various documents or tucked away in anecdotes, is a common hurdle for managers seeking to bridge service gaps across departments or branches.

While physical collection sharing thrives within library networks, extending such collaborative frameworks to include the sharing of resources or staff know-how remains largely uncharted territory.

Imagine a future where libraries unite to fill skill voids, offering staff mentorship and crafting shared services in cutting-edge realms like emerging technologies, web development, and data literacy.

The solution

When a library conducts a Talent Audit with Skilltype and discovers a skill gap, not only does Skilltype highlight these areas, it also identifies partner libraries within consortia that possess the requisite expertise, paving the way for innovative collaborations.

Within the Skilltype ecosystem, libraries can engage with multiple consortial networks, harnessing a rich range of library expertise to confront shared challenges and explore opportunities for advice, mentorship, and more.

Skilltype facilitates a spectrum of networked connections, from established consortia to grassroots collaborations, all tailored to shared goals or locales.

As individual organizations utilize Skilltype to map and leverage their resources more efficiently, consortial groups like LOUIS and AMIGOS are leveraging this collective intelligence to bolster the impact of libraries across networks, driving consortial programs and initiatives forward.

Through Skilltype’s strategic networking, when administrators from collaborating entities agree to pool skills data, the resulting intersection of Talent Audit and Skills Inventory can spotlight communal skill gaps, strengths, or areas ripe for strategic development—collectively rising to address prevalent community challenges such as digital infrastructure, academic success, or health literacy.

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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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