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New Core Jobs: September 11, 2020

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Browse new job openings on the Core Jobs Site

Head, Acquisitions and Serials Services, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA Digital Scholarship Librarian, Marquette University Libraries, Milwaukee, WI Visit the Jobs Site for additional job openings and information on submitting your own job posting.

Gender and Library Technology

This article is from our guest blog contributor, Dr. Sharon Whitfield, Electronic Resources and User Access Librarian at Rider University. Designing library databases and websites that work for diverse populations is essential to ensuring equity in information literacy. Unfortunately, how differing genders interact with online information resources and the possibility of gender biases in their development has received almost no attention in the library technology community. Yet, there is research to support that there are significant gender differences in the use of library technology. Kim (2010) reports that gender differences may cause potential disparity in the benefits of using library website resources. Kim (2010) finds that female library users seek out resources that are easy to use, while male library users seek out resources that allow them to reach their research goal. Taylor and Dalal (2017) report gender differences in information literacy where males are more “confident” in their information…Continue Reading

New Core Jobs: September 4, 2020

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Library Director, Athens-Limestone Public Library, Athens, AL Visit the Jobs Site for additional job openings and information on submitting your own job posting.

Meet Executive Director of Core, Kerry Ward

Kerry Ward is the Executive Director of the American Library Association’s new division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. Kerry has been at ALA for over 20 years. He started in the old trustees division (now United for Libraries), moved on to LLAMA, and recently has served as director for ALCTS as well. His career has been in nonprofit management, and he’s most interested in how associations must innovate to remain relevant. Kerry lives on the far north side and walks his greyhound, Murphy, at the beach every morning. Yes, even in January. He’s passionate about travel, and he and his partner, Rob, are looking forward to the day we can all get on planes again. In the meantime he’s working on Core, ship models, and mixing the perfect martini.

Build a Robust Library Communications Plan with this Core webinar

A coordinated and strategic plan for communication and outreach can highlight your library’s value significantly. It can create a common experience and understanding for your library’s community of stakeholders including users, boards, administrators, donors, and social media networks. A strong communications plan keeps the library focused on objectives from the strategic plan and prevents resources from being wasted. On Wednesday, September 16 at 1 pm CT, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, and Futures will present the webinar “Creating a Strategic Library Communication Plan to Convey the Library’s Value and Values”. This webinar will outline the purpose and development of a library’s values, mission and vision statements, a strategic plan, a communication plan, and the embedding of that plan in organizational culture. This webinar is ideal for library managers and leaders. Presenter: Doralyn Rossmann, Associate Professor and Head of Digital Library Initiatives at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, MT. Attendees will learn how…Continue Reading


Yesterday was a little bittersweet as we all said goodbye to the former ALA division’s, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Library Information and Technology Association, and Library Leadership and Management Association. Today is a new day at ALA! Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is a community of nearly 7,000 library professionals in core functions of management and leadership, technical services, and technology shaping the future of the profession by aspiring library leaders, preserving library resources, and empowering libraries through technology. Together we stand stronger that ever before and that’s worth celebrating! We hope you’re just as excited as we are to move forward, encouraging members to find community, share expertise, and enhance library careers. Let’s celebrate our community on Twitter and Instagram! Got virtual balloons? Will you help us spread the word on social media? Sharing is caring. Use the hashtag #celebratecore in your posts. Cheers!

Register for Core Virtual Forum 2020!

The first official event of the newly formed ALA Core Division will be the Core Virtual Forum on November 18 and 20. The exciting two-day program will take place on non-consecutive days, which will provide more flexibility for attendees and minimize Zoom fatigue. Core is excited to have keynote speakers, Dr. Meredith Clark and Sofia Leung, opening up Forum each day. This is a unique opportunity for us to reflect after what will be a challenging year. Dr. Clark’s talk will focus on how institutions have lost credibility but libraries stand in that trust gap and provide context in the moment; a panel discussion will follow.  Leung’s talk will explore some of the LIS values, structures, and characteristics that subtly and explicitly sustain a culture of white supremacy and how this can be dismantled through a suggested set of actions, followed by a discussion to engage attendees. The Forum programming subcommittee received 80 session proposals…Continue Reading

Teach for Core

Submit a webinar proposal for ALA’s newest division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. Proposals are due September 1, 2020, and you don’t need to be a Core member to submit a proposal. Early submissions are encouraged and will be considered for September and October presentations. Submit your idea using this proposal form. Core webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including… 1. Access and Equity Advocacy in areas such as copyright, equity of access, open access, net neutrality, and privacy Preservation Week Equity, diversity, and inclusion, both within the division and the profession, as related to Core’s subject areas 2. Assessment Emphasizing the role of assessment in demonstrating the impacts of libraries or library services Assessment tools, methods, guidelines, standards, and policies and procedures 3. Leadership Developing leaders at every level Best practices for inclusion by using an equity lens to examine leadership structures Leadership for talent management and…Continue Reading