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Digital Shift Forum – Introducing Skilltype: Modern Talent Management for the Global GLAM Sector

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RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities, and third and commercial sectors, to discuss the future of the digital shift in collections, services, and audiences.

The series aims to promote cross-sector discussion and debate, to enable knowledge exchange, and inspire collaborative endeavour across sectors and communities, for the benefit of RLUK members and the wider research and information management communities.

The Digital Shift Forum is open to all, and you do not need to belong to an RLUK member institution to attend or participate.

Introducing Skilltype: Modern Talent Management for the Global GLAM Sector –

Tony Zanders, Founder and CEO, Skilltype 

6 October 2021, 14:00 – 15:00

People are the research library’s most valuable resource, as evidenced by their position as the top budgetary expenditure. But the methods designed to manage people from recruitment through retirement were developed under an entirely different set of assumptions than today. In 2018, a group of nine research libraries collaborated to fund research and development of a new software platform created to modernise the infrastructure used to manage information professionals. Concluding in June 2020, this two-year process produced Skilltype – a cloud-based software platform for information professionals and their teams to analyse, develop, and share expertise. Join founder and CEO Tony Zanders for an overview and demonstration of how the platform addresses modern talent management use cases including internal talent identification, skills gap analysis, personalised employee development, consortial expertise sharing, and more.

Tony Zanders is an award-winning software entrepreneur and library technology executive,  currently serving as the founder and CEO of Skilltype — a software platform for information professionals and their teams to analyze, develop, and share expertise. Prior to Skilltype, Zanders served as the inaugural entrepreneur-in-residence at the Boston University Libraries, advised the senior leadership team on talent and the future of work. For nine years, he held executive roles at EBSCO and Ex Libris, where he consulted library leaders across six continents on technology strategy.

Tony is a frequent speaker and writer in library and higher education communities. Zanders is an honors graduate from Washington and Jefferson College, where he double majored in English and Philosophy, and was awarded the college’s Young Alumni Award in 2015. A proud native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he currently lives in Louisiana with his wife and children.

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