Collecting online badges as signs of acquired skills or new learnings is an emerging concept in both formal and informal learning environments. Cloth badges defined scouting and gave scouts a way of displaying their skills (via sashes, kerchiefs, or vests). How can moving that practice online — and creating digital backpacks with digital badges that also demonstrate new skills and abilities — transform learning? How can the microcredentialing aspect of digital badging help to capture skills that are not reflected on formal academic transcripts? How can librarians use badges to empower informal learning in powerful ways that transcend current practice and empower patrons, colleagues, and students? The presenters, a team from the University of Michigan School of Information who badged October’s OELMA conference, will share an overview of digital badging, discuss how badging can move beyond extrinsic motivation and into a meaningful representation of skills, and share tips for effective practice.