Core is now accepting applications for our Online Course Scholarship for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses held between July 19, 2021 and November 1, 2021. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries.
View full information about the scholarship, including eligibility criteria and a link to the application form. The last day to submit an application is July 6, 2021.
Our online Fundamentals courses are also available to any students who want to register at a cost.
Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA)
Session 4: August 30 – October 9, 2021
Session 5: November 1 – December 18, 2021
The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) web course focuses on the basics of acquiring monographs and serials: goals and methods, financial management of library collections budgets, and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers. In this course, you will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made. Note that in FOA, we distinguish between collection development, which involves the selection of materials for the library; and acquisitions, which orders, receives, and pays for those materials.
Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA)
Session 4: September 13 – October 8, 2021
Session 5: November 1 – December 3, 2021
The Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA) web course will provide an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources. It will provide a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models and will provide an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries.
Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (FCDM)
Session 4: August 9 – September 3, 2021
Session 5: October 25 – November 19, 2021
The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management web course addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. Components include complete definition of collection development and collection management; collections policies and budgets as part of library planning; collection development (selecting for and building collections); collection management (e.g., making decisions after materials are selected, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation); collection analysis-why and how to do it; outreach, liaison, and marketing; trends and suggestions about the future for collection development and management.
Fundamentals of Collection Assessment (FCA)
Session 3: July 26 – September 3 , 2021
Session 4: October 4 – November 12, 2021
This online course introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including the definition of collection assessment, techniques and tools, assessment of print and electronic collections, and project design and management.
Fundamentals of Cataloging (FOC)
Session 4: August 2 – September 10, 2021
Session 5: October 11 – November 19, 2021
Fundamentals of Cataloging (FOC) web course begins with a discussion of how cataloging assists users in finding resources and of the value of standardization of practice. These foundations are then given practical grounding in the work of creating bibliographic descriptions, the process of subject analysis, and summarizing content utilizing classification. Standards such as MARC bibliographic and authority formats, Library of Congress Subject Headings and Library of Congress Classification are discussed. The shift in focus from format-based cataloging to entity-relationship model cataloging is taken from the FRBR foundation to the RDA practical application, with a final look at RDF triples and BIBFRAME. In all areas, the value of standards is illustrated and discussed. There is a heavy reliance on examples from actual practice throughout the course content.
Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP)
Session 3: July 19 – August 13, 2021
Session 4: October 4 – October 29, 2021
The Fundamentals of Preservation web course introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. The course is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. It provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections. Components include preservation as a formal library function and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission; the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning and careful handling of collections; the history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts preservation options; standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options; and challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.
Fundamentals of Metadata
Session 4: August 16 – September 24 , 2021
Session 5: October 25 – December 10 , 2021
This Fundamentals of Metadata web course introduces participants to the similarities and differences between cataloging and metadata. Descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata schema, content standards and controlled vocabularies, approaches to metadata creation and transformation and metadata project design.
Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects
Session 4: August 23 – October 1, 2021
Session 5: November 1– December 17, 2021
The Fundamental Digital Library Projects will introduce students to the breadth of considerations, standards and skills needed to successfully launch and manage a digital library program. The course will provide opportunity for hands-on activities to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills within the context of a digital library.
For any questions regarding your application, please contact Aubrey Iglesias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your applications.