The Center for the Future of Libraries is partnering with ALA offices and divisions on a pilot project to 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 can help learners document their knowledge and skill acquisition with 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.
The Center is currently working with three divisions (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, the Library and Information Technology Association, the Public Library Association), an ALA Office (Public Programs Office) and two leadership development program (Emerging Leaders Program and the Spectrum Scholarship Program) to badge learning activities over the next several months.
Badge recipients will be encouraged to display and share their badges to broaden the recognition of their learning and to share their thoughts on how ALA might improve a badging system moving forward.
To help keep members informed of our project, we will keep a running list of the badges that have been issued as part of this pilot. Please click on a badge below to learn more about the credit and criteria for earning it.
Accepting and Displaying Digital Badges
Users will need a Credly account – you can sign up for one free at www.credly.com – to accept and display digital badges.
Once you have participated in a learning activity that is part of this pilot, you will receive an e-mail to the e-mail address associated with your ALA membership or event registration. You will need to make sure that this is the email address associated with your Credly account or that you have added it to your Credly account.
From the e-mail notifying you of your Credit, you can click the "Save & Share" link which will take you to a page where you can sign into Credly (if you are not already) and click the button to accept the Credit. You can also visit the "My Credit" page from the user menu in your Credly account and visit your "Inbox" to click the "Manage" button for any Credit in your Inbox and then click "Accept" to accept the Credit.
Once you have accepted the badges, you can make decisions about displaying and sharing 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”.
The Center for the Future of Libraries will follow-up with badge recipients periodically to survey their use of the badges and to learn how we might move forward with or improve this program.