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.
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.
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
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
Learn new skills to enhance your career in March with continuing education events from Core. Reserve your spot and register now. Continuing Education Opportunities & Discussions Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (FCDM)March 1 – March 26 (six-week online course) Fundamentals of Collection Assessment (FCA) March 1 – April 9 (six-week online course) Transformational Change: a Newly Hybrid Workforce (60-minute webinar)Presenters: Nancy Cunningham, Ray Henry, Geinfer Snipes, Rayne Veiger Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:00 – 2:00pm CT Planning Batch Cataloging Projects (60-minute webinar)Presenter: Rebecca B. FrenchWednesday, March 3, 2021 1:00 – 2:00pm CT Changes in Library Organization (free two-day e-Forum discussion)Moderators: Susan Martin and David SchusterMarch 2-3, 2021 Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP)March 8 – April 2 (six-week online course) Using Your Library’s Virtual Presence to Reach Users with Disabilities (60-minute webinar)Presenter: Renee GrassiTuesday, March 9, 2021 1:00 – 2:00pm CT Accessibility & Inclusive Design to Enable Success (60-minute webinar)Presenter: Jacqueline FrankWednesday,…Continue Reading
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
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
Join us on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1 pm CT for our upcoming webinar, “Developing the Best Survey Tips from Consultations.” This webinar will provide the necessary tools to successfully assess the needs of your library patrons. Surveys are popular assessment tools to understand users’ needs and perceptions because they are easy and quick to use. In spite of the convenience and popularity, it is hard to have a well-designed survey. In this webinar, presenter Jung Mi Scoulas, the Assessment Coordinator of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library will share her experiences and lessons learned from consultations over the years, as well as practical tips: When and how to use surveys (e.g., using surveys to demonstrate the library’s impact on students’ academic success) Survey flow (e.g., where to add demographic questions; the order of questions) and length Response options (e.g., yes/no or Likert Scale) Rules and policies…Continue Reading
Two things we can’t get enough of…easy Sunday mornings and Core shirts! FREE shipping on all orders (this weekend only.) Celebrate librarianship and treat yourself to a new shirt from Core today. 100% of our profits will be donated to the Core Advancement Fund, supporting memberships for library workers in need. Enjoy free standard shipping on your orders through January 25th. Shop now.
Are you ready for Core Top Tech Trends? If you’ve registered for the ALA Midwinter Virtual Meeting, you’ll automatically receive access to this on-demand session starting Saturday, January 23, 2021. Core Top Tech Trends is a part of the News You Can Use series which is located on the left hand side menu of the ALA Midwinter Virtual Meeting homepage. Use the hashtags #alattt and #alamw21 to share your biggest takeaways from the conversation on Twitter and Instagram.