ALCTS Partners with Center for the Future of Libraries to Provide Digital Badges for Continuing Education


ALCTS is partnering with ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries on a digital badging pilot that will help advance one of ALA’s strategic focus areas—professional and leadership development—in ALA’s new strategic plan.  

As many are aware, the nature of learning and professional development is changing. One of the trends leading this change is digital badging, which offers new opportunities to recognize learning and development.

Digital badges help learners document their knowledge and skill acquisition among peers, professional networks, and employers. Whether the badge becomes a post to share on social media or part of a more formal career portfolio, it helps document the effort all of us make to stay current in our field and to improve our service to users.

If you have participated in ALCTS continuing education since December 2015 (including webinars, web courses, or Midwinter symposia), you may be eligible for a digital badge. Continuing education sessions that have been part of the badging program include:

  • Tactics for Time Management and Organizational Skills (Webinar)
  • RDA Serials Cataloging Update (Webinar)
  • Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management (Web Course)
  • Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (Web Course)
  • Fundamentals of Acquisitions (Web Course)
  • Fundamentals of Cataloging (Web Course)
  • Re-envisioning “Technical Services” to Transform Libraries (2016 Midwinter Meeting Symposium)
  • Strategize Me! Personal Career Planning (2016 Midwinter Meeting Symposium)

Accepting and Displaying Digital Badges

ALA is using the Credly badging platform to create and issue digital badges. To accept and display digital badges, users will need to create a Credly account, which can be obtained for free at

After you’ve participated in a learning activity that is part of this pilot, you’ll receive an e-mail (sent to the e-mail address associated with your ALA membership or event registration) notifying you of your credit. Simply click the "Save & Share" link which will take you to a page where you can sign in to Credly and click the button to accept the credit.

Once you have accepted the badges, you can display and share them across several sites, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Just visit the “My Credit” area in Credly to find these options and options for creating auto sharing to automatically share future badges. There are even options for embedding badges on your website or blog and syncing badges with Mozilla’s “backpack”.

So, Where’s My Badge?

If you’ve participated in any of the learning sessions listed above since December 2015, but did not receive an e-mail notification about your digital badge, simply contact Miguel Figueroa at and your notification will be re-sent.

You can also check your e-mail for notifications from to see if the message may have filtered into spam or another folder.

Questions or Comments?

This is a pilot project, so questions and comments are welcomed and appreciated. You can contact Miguel Figueroa at to share your thoughts.

The Center for the Future of Libraries will also periodically follow up with badge recipients to survey their use of the badges and to learn how ALA might move forward with or improve this program.