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Proposals for the 2021 Core Forum are Now Being Accepted

Submission Deadline: May 17, 2021Preview the proposal form as a PDF. The October 7-9 Core Forum in Baltimore will be our first opportunity to celebrate the diverse and interconnected library work of Core members. We’ll engage the collective expertise of presenters and participants, facilitating thought-provoking conversations over two days of presentations, tabletop exhibits, and poster sessions. There will be opportunities to safely reconnect with colleagues during receptions, dine-arounds, and in the uncommons space. We’re looking for proposals that are thought-provoking and highly relevant to practitioners in the following areas: Access and equity Assessment Buildings and operations Leadership and management Metadata and collections Technology PRESENTATION OPPORTUNITIES Session – Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday. Session presentations will be 45 minutes in length with 15 minutes for introduction and Q&A. Presenters are required to present in-person and register at the discounted presenter rate. Preconference – Half-Day (3-4 hours) or…Continue Reading

Examine the key concepts of I.T. with this textbook for librarians and information professionals

In the first textbook from Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, praised as “thorough, comprehensive, yet highly readable,” Jonathan M. Smith lays a solid foundation of information technology concepts and best practices for aspiring technologists. The Information Technology for Librarians and Information Professionals book provides a broad selection of practical and current topics ranging from information security and web development to technology planning. In this textbook, Smith outlines foundational principles needed to excel in this discipline and serves as the go-to resource for library & information science students, librarians new to systems or information technology responsibilities, and library managers desiring a primer on information technology. Receive 30% off your purchase when using the promo code: RLFANDF30 during checkout. This title is available in both print and PDF format on the Rowman & Littlefield website. Purchase your copy of the book now.

2021 Core Candidate Town Hall Recording Now Available

If you’ve missed yesterday’s 2021 President-Elect candidate town hall with Margaret Heller and Maurini Strub, the Zoom recording is now available for you to watch and catch up on the discussion. During the live Q&A, the candidates shared their thoughts on the division’s top priorities, plans to promote member engagement, and new opportunities to advance the profession. Special thanks to Miranda Bennett for moderating the discussion. There’s still time to participate in this election and cast your vote by April 7. The results of the election will be announced on April 14. For more information about the candidates or the ALA/Core election, please visit the Core elections page.

2021 Core Candidates Interview

The Core election is well underway, and our staff asked the 2021 President-Elect candidates, Margaret Heller and Maurini Strub to share their perspectives with us in this brief three-question interview. We asked Margaret Heller: How can Core work to amplify and include diverse voices within the division and the wider profession? First, let the people who have those diverse voices lead the way in describing what inclusion looks like to them. That might mean supporting communities that exist outside of Core rather than trying to replicate what they have and partnering for programming and cross-pollination of resources and expertise. Building Core into an organization with an inclusive culture allowing people who are new or unsure of their welcome to find and/or build a supportive space. The danger in an organizational structure that is less hierarchical, and more fluid is that it becomes unwelcoming to people who don’t have a clear…Continue Reading

ALA/Core Elections are Now Open!

We’re pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 ALA Core election is now open and will continue through April 7. All Core members in good standing as of March 8, 2021, are eligible to participate and vote in this election. The candidates for Core President-Elect running for the 2021-2022 term are: Margaret HellerDigital Services LibrarianLoyola University Maurini StrubDirector of Performance & User EngagementUniversity of Rochester (NY) Learn more about the candidates and cast your ballot by April 7, 2021. Members will receive an email from ALA with information about how to vote online. The election results will be announced on April 14, 2021. ALA Election Candidates for ALA President-Elect Ed Garcia Lessa Pelayo-Lozada Core Members Running for ALA Council Cindy Bhatti Kimberley Bugg Angela Craig Sara Dallas Kim DeNero-Ackroyd Kelsey Flynn Linda Marie Golian-Lui Mario M. Gonzalez Rhonda K. Gould Nicole Holifield Sonnet Ireland Rodney Lippard Sherry Machones Mike L. Marlin Susan J. Martin Jill…Continue Reading

Get a crash course in the first 90 days of library management with this Core webinar on February 17

Are you a new library manager? Feeling overwhelmed, lost, or like you need some support? This webinar will explore tips for new managers transitioning into their role and address some of the challenges they face, as well as offer practical advice for overcoming common hurdles in the first 90 days. By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to: Articulate the difference between being an individual contributor and being a manager Determine what conversations to have in the first 90 days Formulate an approach to setting clear expectations with staff Determine how to stay in the loop with projects without micromanaging Determine how to address and document performance issues Register to reserve your spot now and learn new skills in February.  The First 90 Days: A New Manager Crash CourseLive Webinar: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00pm CTPresenter: Julia Davis Registration Fees:  $43 – Core Member $59 – Non-member…Continue Reading

Gain the Tools to Assess and Rewrite Operational Library Policies with this Core webinar on February 10

Are you involved in writing, implementing, and assessing operational library policies? If so, join us on Wednesday, February 10, 1pm CT to enhance your skills with this webinar “Assessing and (Re)Writing Operational Policies.” This webinar presents a high-level introduction to operational policies, why they need to be assessed on a regular basis, one way of assessment using the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, and why) approach, and the basics of writing or rewriting operational policies.  The primary audience for this webinar is librarians, library staff, and library governing and advisory boards responsible for writing, implementing, and assessing operational policies. By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to: Understand what operational policies are and are not. Realize the importance of regularly assessing and revising them. Know the steps and timeline for assessment and revision. Know the steps for writing or revising operational policies. Identify ways to recognize…Continue Reading