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Free Shipping on Core Shirts through January 25, 2021

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.

Core Top Tech Trends session at ALA Midwinter starts Saturday, January 23, 2021

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.

The December 2020 Issue of Library Leadership & Management is Now Available

Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) focuses on assisting library administrators and managers at all levels as they deal with day-to-day challenges. In-depth articles address a wide variety of management issues and highlight examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Features include interviews with prominent practitioners in libraries and related fields, and columns with practical advice on managing libraries. Explore the latest posts from your colleagues in the library world of leadership and management.

Support library workers in need with new, cool, radical Core wear

We are pleased to announce the launch of the apparel collection from Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. “Libraries are radical, and so are you” is a slogan inspired by our current Core President-Elect, Lindsay Cronk, who’s very passionate about every aspect of librarianship. Celebrate the radical librarian in you, and the amazing work that you do by purchasing your new Core wear! All shirts from this line are available in the color charcoal gray (per popular member vote via Twitter). 100% of our profits will be donated to the Core Advancement Fund, supporting a Core membership for library workers in need. Treat yourself or someone else to new Core wear, and give the gift of membership.


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This article is from our guest blog contributor, Graeme Williams, Online Catalog Analyst. Gamers use POV to mean “point of view”, but they’re not using it metaphorically — they mean seeing a game through particular eyes.  This is a post about architecture, and signage, and accessibility, but really it’s just about seeing the library (the building, not the abstraction) from a patron’s point of view. Imagine you’re a patron who is upset because you need to renew a book to complete a course to get a certification to keep your job — but you’ve lost your library card.  And this is a branch you’ve never visited before.  Start on the sidewalk at the back of the parking lot. From your position on the sidewalk, can you tell that you’re outside a library?  Can you tell where the entrance is?  Library buildings shouldn’t be coy. Start walking … Can you make it…Continue Reading

Learn with Core in December

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*Core Webinars Available for Free to ALA Student Members and LIS Faculty.  Continuing Education Opportunities Learn how to write policies and procedures that promote positive relationships with your library’s patrons and community in this December 8 webinar. Register now. Creating Effective Policies and ProceduresPresenter: Carli SpinaTuesday, December 8 , 20201:00 – 2:00pm CT Enhance your leadership skills with this December 9 webinar, and learn how to develop an effective workforce strategy to customize your library’s employee engagement plan. Register now. Building a Holistic Employee Engagement FrameworkPresenter: Cinthya IppolitiWednesday, December 9, 20201:00 – 2:00pm CT Learn how to manage risk and maintain a safe environment to prevent the spread of COVID at your institution in this December 16 webinar. Register now. To Open or Not Open: Academic Library Building Management and Decision-making During a PandemicPresenters:  Steven Smith, Luke Voiland, Jennie Gerke, Amy Kirkland, Steven Escar Smith, Rebecca A. RichardsonWednesday, December 16, 20201:00 – 2:00pm CT…Continue Reading