How is your library addressing the evergreen questions around skills management, equitable access to professional development, and whether to recruit or reskill? What if a library staffer adds a specific expertise and it remains “hidden” in a department or on a CV – what opportunities might be missed? The pandemic has only added to this looming crisis with budget cuts, hiring freezes, and open positions.
Please join us to learn about a new platform, Skilltype, an end-to-end skills management suite specifically designed for the library and information science profession. In this webinar, Tony Zanders, Skilltype CEO, will highlight how Skilltype can be used to identify organizational skill gaps, make data-informed decisions, and allow library staff to pursue a personal journey for their own professional development path.

To Reskill or Recruit? Using Skilltype for Data-driven Talent Management
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Skilltype is a talent management platform for information professionals and their organizations. The software platform enables managers to analyze expertise across their organization, develop expertise, and share expertise with other organizations. Skilltype was founded by Tony Zanders, and co-developed with nine academic libraries over a two-year research and development period starting in 2018. In August 2020, LYRASIS became the exclusive distributor of Skilltype to organizations, offering a discount to LYRASIS members on their annual subscription.

Tony Zanders is an award-winning software entrepreneur and library technology executive. He is the founder and CEO of Skilltype — a software platform for information professionals and their teams to assess, grow, and share expertise. In 2019, Zanders was appointed as the inaugural entrepreneur in residence at the Boston University Libraries, where he provided executive counsel to the University Librarian during the academic strategic planning process while designing and implementing new approaches to recruitment, retention, and training. Prior to Skilltype, Zanders was Vice President of Global Customer Development at EBSCO, where he advised libraries on software integrations across more than 30 countries. He has also served in executive roles at Ex Libris/ProQuest, while receiving funding from the Gates Foundation to develop a research management platform for first-generation college applicants. Zanders is based in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.