Welcome! If you're using Libraries for the first time, this is a great place to get started. Before diving into the how-to articles, we'll give you a quick overview.
In this article, you'll learn more about:
1 What are Libraries?
Libraries are containers for the building blocks of your site. All of the content and activities in CompetencyCore are built using items stored in Libraries. Up until the last release (7.6), they were used to hold competencies. We've added seven new types of libraries:
- Knowledge Areas
- Working Conditions
- Additional Information
2 What are competencies?
Competencies are abilities, skills, knowledge, motivations, or traits that you can observe and define in terms of behaviours required to succeed in a job. They're the foundation of the CompetencyCore talent management solution.
- For employees, competencies help identify strengths, address performance gaps, and plan a successful career path that maximizes potential.
- For managers, competencies provide a reliable, actionable, and detailed method of evaluating and supporting employees.
- For the organization, competencies provide a powerful and consistent way to identify, develop, coordinate, and retain top talent.
Competencies are different from the new types of libraries in terms of how they're displayed and how they're managed. Competencies appear in a table format that has four parts:
- Competency description
- Proficiency levels
- Notions (these are summaries of the proficiency levels).
- Behavioural indicators (these are examples of the behaviours).
There are different types of competencies you might have in your site:
- Core Competencies are required by all employees to enable your organization to achieve its mandate and vision. They describe in behavioural terms the key values and strengths that help differentiate your organization from its competitors.
General competencies describe the general behaviours, sometimes called soft skills, required to perform effectively in a range of jobs within the organization.
Job family competencies are shared by a family of related jobs that have common functions and form a logical group for acquiring resources and managing careers.
- Leadership competencies are required for successful performance in roles that involve managing, supervising, or influencing others.
3 New library types
The new types of libraries all have a similar look and feel that's simpler than competencies. Instead of a table format, the items are just a line of text in a list format. There's no further level of detail the way there is with competencies where you click the name to open the table displaying its levels, notions, and behavioural indicators.
Competencies are used in every module in CompetencyCore including Jobs, Surveys, Interview Guides, Assessment, Development, Performance, and Learning Resources. But currently, the new types of libraries are only used in Jobs. More options will become available in upcoming releases.
Check out our Libraries demo video to learn more about the new types of libraries.