The Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) is an established group for library professionals in the Cross Timbers region. We welcome librarians and library staff from southeastern Kansas across Central Oklahoma to Central Texas to take part in this collaboration of ideas, best practices, and continued partnership. Our mission is to serve the Cross Timbers region through staff development, resource sharing, and innovative programming.
Browsing Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) by Subject "Micro-credentialing"
Academic libraries exist in large part to support users and their learning experience at the university. The spectrum of how to do this has widened to include new types of services and resources.
The challenge then is to promote the library’s resources
to their target audience. A growing trend at universities is to use
micro-credentialing (digital badges) to capture the “soft skills”
students gain outside of the classroom through various training
and workshop opportunities. Libraries can use this trend as an
opportunity to become the campus leader in micro-credentialing,
using the system to promote their programming as well as
to coordinate campus-wide workshop programming. Oklahoma
State University Libraries has used digital badges to become the program administrators for the Graduate College,
serving as the central organizer of information on campus training activities for graduate students. The Library
now organizes workshops offered to graduate students by the Library, Career Services, the Writing Center, the High
Performance Computing Center, University Wellness, and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence. The
library has also become the location where the majority of the workshops are held, solidifying the library as the hub
of graduate workshops. With the success of the program, the Graduate College has turned to the library to support
other training activities using the infrastructure developed to support the digital badges. So the Library is providing
the new service of organizing workshops for users, just as it organizes other sources of information and learning, while
facilitating distribution, awareness and access.