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Announcing the Results of the 2020-21 Core Election

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2020-21 Core election. Christopher J. Cronin, Associate University Librarian for Collections at Columbia University, has been elected as the first President of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. His term will begin immediately and he will serve as President until June 30, 2021, and then as Past-President for one year.   He was elected from among the Presidents of the three former divisions that joined to form Core: Cronin, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS); Tyler Dzuba, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA); Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, Library Information Technology Association (LITA). Dzuba and Weinraub Lajoie will remain on the Board to support Cronin in his Core responsibilities.   In discussing his vision for Core, Cronin said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be elected the first President of the new ALA Core Division. Core is taking shape at a…Continue Reading

Program Spotlight ~ Core Virtual Forum 11.18.20

On November 18th at 12:45 pm Central Time, Kristen Hogan and Christina Juste will facilitate this interactive workshop, “Student Organizer and Library Partnerships for Textbook Access: First Generation and Low Income Textbook Library.” This Core Virtual Forum session will support participants to plan for or share ideas from their own textbook collections and to reflect together on textbook accessibility through acquisition and lending policies. If you’re interested in any of these topics: Accessibility, Acquisitions, Assessment, Collection Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership and Management, Library Services, Physical Collections, Problem Solving, Skill Building You don’t want to miss this session. Join us for Core Virtual Forum in November and choose your own problem solving adventure!

Come Learn with Core in October

*Core Webinars Available for Free to ALA Student Members and LIS Faculty.  Continuing Education Opportunities Learn the latest techniques to keep your library safe with this Core webinar on October 27. Register now. Rapidly Implementing a Contactless ServicePresenters: Margaret Heller and Chris MartinTuesday, October 271:00pm – 2:00pm CDT Learn the most current cyber threats facing libraries and the challenges of sharing data with this Core webinar on October 28. Register now. Don’t click on that link! Cybersecurity Best Practices for Your Institution and StaffPresenters: Sean Lang and Robert NunezWednesday, October 281:00pm – 2:00pm CDT Webinar Registration Fees: Core Member (individual) $43 Nonmember (individual)       $59 Groups. (Includes a link to share with your group for safe social distancing viewing)     $129 *Core Webinars Available for Free to ALA Student Members and LIS Faculty.  All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will…Continue Reading

Get Involved with Your Core Community!

Core Connect is now LIVE. Core Connect is our members-only network designed for sharing information, engaging with colleagues, and the go-to portal for instant Core updates. Have you noticed the Connect platform has a new look? Watch this Core 101 video tutorial and learn how to navigate the Connect platform like a pro. Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. We’re excited to announce our Core Sections and Interest Groups are now available for you to join for free! Find your niche in Core and learn about emerging trends important to your work by joining any of these groups. Members have already been placed in the sections that align with their previous division affiliation. For example, former members of ALCTS are already a member of the Core Metadata Section, former LITA members are already in the Technology Section, and former LLAMMA members are already in the Leadership and Management…Continue Reading

Cast Your Vote in the Core Election

Dear Core Member: Welcome to our first election as Core! Voting is now open and will continue through October 25. Election results will be announced October 26, and the new Board will be seated November 2. On the ballot, you will see three candidates for President and two candidates for President-elect. Please note that once you submit your ballot it cannot be changed. To learn more about the candidates, see their ALA Connect profiles and read their candidate statements. You can also watch a recording or read a transcript of the September 30 Town Hall, which included answers to questions from both a moderator and members. You’ll need to log in using your regular ALA username and password to vote. During the 60-minute town hall, we ran out of time for the candidate’s to address all questions. They’ve agreed to respond to those questions in writing and they’re now available…Continue Reading

Early-bird Registration for Core Virtual Forum ends on October 9!

We want to personally invite you to our inaugural online event, the Core Virtual Forum on November 18 and 20. This 2-day interactive gathering will bring together our library community for an opportunity to share ideas, network, and get together with your peers. Our program sessions and lightning rounds will focus on managing present-day challenges, priority reassessment, effective leadership, and innovative technology solutions within our library culture. Day 1 of the Forum will begin with keynote speaker Dr. Meredith Clark examining ways libraries stand in the trust gap when institutions have lost credibility. After the keynote, you’ll have access to a variety of program sessions and lighting talks exploring trending topics such as Digital Story Telling for eLearning Solutions, Student Library Partnerships, Successful Metadata Analysis, Effective Management Practices, and more! Day 2 of the Forum will start with keynote speaker Sofia Leung exploring some of the LIS values, structures, and characteristics that subtly and explicitly sustain a culture of…Continue Reading

Applications now open for ALA Core AvramCamp 2020

When: November 12, 2020 Online: Via Zoom (link will be sent to selected registrants) ALA Core AvramCamp 2020 Join us at AvramCamp, ALA’s AdaCamp-inspired event! This inclusive and supportive space will give participants the chance to explore common work challenges, learn strategies for dealing with them, and build a supportive community with fellow library technology workers of marginalized genders, including women, non-binary folks, and trans men. This one-day, free ONLINE Core event, built on the unconference model, will start with an in-depth discussion about Imposter Syndrome, the feeling that you aren’t actually qualified for the work you are doing and will be discovered as a fraud. Participants will then have the opportunity to choose and discuss a number of topics in  small groups, such as ways to negotiate salary effectively, advocate for accomplishments/invisible work, and promote diversity and equity in tech environments. Our goal is to create a support network…Continue Reading

Free Core e-Forums

Core will proudly continue the ALCTS tradition of holding monthly e-Forums. These free, 2-day conversations are moderated by member volunteers and take place via an email list that anyone can join. Going forward, we’ll be expanding the topics covered to include Core’s six areas of interest (Access and Equity, Assessment, Buildings and Operations, Leadership and Management, Metadata and Collections, and Technology). Core interest groups and sections are welcome to submit topics for a future e-Forum. Sign up for September and October’s free Core e-Forums. The September 29-30 discussion is an opportunity to look ahead to a post-COVID-19 library world, start thinking strategically about what’s next, and turn your reactive experiences into strategic ideas that leverage technology. In the October 6-7 discussion, participants will share tools, techniques, advice, and best practices for both batch and manual database cleanup projects of all types of data: bibliographic, acquisition, and patron data. Learn more…Continue Reading

Attend the Core Candidate Town Hall Meeting

Please plan to join us next Wednesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm Central Time, for a conversation with candidates for 2020-21 President and President-Elect. You’ll learn more about their ideas for Core’s future and have an opportunity to ask questions. We’ll also make the recording and transcript available on the Core website afterward. The first Core election will take place October 5-25, 2020 in ALA Connect. You can learn more about the election on our website. Please register in advance to register the meeting link. We hope you’ll join the discussion and learn more about the candidates before our October election.