CNI begins today! Don’t miss this session from LYRASIS’s Erin Tripp and Skilltype’s Tony Zanders: “Modernizing Scholarly Professional Development with A11Y and AI”.

November 19 at 2:00 PM ET

With traditional professional development upended by the pandemic, information professionals and their teams seek new ways to analyze, develop, and share their expertise. Since 2018, Skilltype – a human resources technology startup and LYRASIS – a non-profit software provider and membership organization, worked independently to create novel solutions to modernize scholarly professional development. In July 2020, the two organizations partnered to deliver a joint solution to academic libraries to analyze staff career paths, develop in-house expertise, and respond to evolving demands for new expertise from their stakeholders. Join two leaders from this collaborative initiative to hear case studies from current libraries and a roadmap for future developments.


Tony Zanders 
Founder and CEO, Skilltype

Tony Zanders is an award-winning software entrepreneur and library technology executive. He serves as the Founder and CEO of Skilltype – a software company developing talent management tools for libraries. He is also the inaugural entrepreneur in residence at the Boston University Libraries. In this remote appointment, he advises the University Librarian and executive team on talent management, while designing new solutions in recruitment and retention for the university and its libraries. Prior to BU, Zanders served in executive roles at EBSCO and Ex Libris.

Erin Tripp
Director, Research and Innovation, LYRASIS

Erin provides leadership for the new LYRASIS Research and Innovation Division. The Division serves as a home for the Leaders Circle, Leaders Forums, and the Catalyst Fund, as well as, consulting services, our very successful grant writing team, and our industry research team. Previously, Erin served as the Director of the DuraSpace Community Support Programs Division at LYRASIS and as the Executive Director of DuraSpace. She has a background working with academic, scientific, cultural, technology, and research communities, stewarding community-supported technology, implementation of digital repositories and archives, and business development. She’s a member of the Research Data Canada (RDC) Infrastructure Committee and the OpenAIRE Advisory Board. Prior to working in the library, archives, and museum communities, Erin graduated from the University of King’s College (BJH), worked as a broadcast journalist with CTV Globemedia, and graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Information Management (MLIS) where she won the Outstanding Service Award in 2011.