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The September 2021 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is now available.  The September Editorial Board Thoughts essay is by Paul Swanson, “Building a Culture of Resilience in Libraries,” reflecting on the lessons of COVID-driven flexibility and suggests that a culture of resilience in our libraries will help us to more easily adapt to these, and emerging, changes we will inevitably encounter. That is followed by Carole Williams’ Public Libraries Leading the Way column, “Delivering: Automated Materials Handling for Staff and Patrons,” in which she discusses the effects of an automated materials handling system on both the staff and patrons of the Charleston County (SC) Public Library. Call for “Public Libraries Leading the Way” columns: If you work in a public library and would like to propose a column in this series for 2022 or beyond, please submit your idea through the brief three-question form.  Peer-reviewed Articles Mitigating Bias…Continue Reading

LIS Students: Apply for the 2022 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

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Core and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the Core Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong commitment to library automation. The winner will receive a $3,000 check and a citation. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022. Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology. Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for the scholarships with a statement indicating the nature of their library experience, letters of reference and a personal statement of the applicant’s view of what they can bring to the profession. Winners must have been accepted to a Master of Library Science (MLS) program recognized by the American Library Association. A link to the application form and instructions for filling it out are available on…Continue Reading

Summary, August 2021 Core e-Forum, “Instructional Technologies and the Effects of COVID-19 on Library Instruction”

The August Core e-Forum focused on instructional technologies and the effects of COVID-19 on library instruction. Attendees were asked how they changed their teaching styles during COVID-19 and responses varied from asynchronous modules and recordings in the LMS to synchronous online instruction sessions. Tools mentioned included Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Kaltura, Camtasia, BlueJeans, Canvas modules, slides, LibAnswers, LibWizard, Google Forms, and Qualtrics. During COVID-19, some libraries were fully closed, while others offered online instruction. Next we discussed how to engender a sense of community during online teaching. Some methods discussed include chat and breakout rooms in Zoom, Kahoot, Padlet, and discussion boards for asynchronous credit-courses. Many students did not want to show themselves via cameras, which made it difficult to assess engagement. Some recommendations included having students read from the slides and ask targeted questions that could lead to discussions. We also discussed how to keep morale up. Humor was recommended,…Continue Reading

David Satten-LĂłpez Named 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

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The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded the 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to David Satten-LĂłpez, who will begin the MLIS program at Drexel University in Philadelphia (PA) this fall. He is interested in audiovisual materials and increasing the dissemination of digital materials through minimal computing frameworks. Satten-LĂłpez has worked in a variety of paraprofessional roles, and through these experiences he has developed a fascination with how technology intersects with the LIS field, particularly around digitization, the digital humanities and decoloniality. “Reflecting on my selection as a Spectrum Scholar for Core/OCLC, I feel a deep appreciation for the opportunity to connect with others in the Spectrum, OCLC, and Core communities,” Satten- LĂłpez said. “Moreover, I am excited to finally begin my MLIS after having spent many years in different paraprofessional positions. I am grateful to Spectrum, OCLC, and Core for easing some of this financial burden.”…Continue Reading

New Core Jobs: August 27, 2021

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Metadata Librarian, Strategy and Management, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Department Manager Fine Arts Special Collection, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH Metadata Librarian, Hebraica – 67786BR, Yale University, New Haven, CT Metadata Librarian, Spanish and Portuguese – 67830BR, Yale University, New Haven, CT Visit the Core Jobs Site for additional job openings.

Canceling Core Forum Oct. 7-9

Core Forum: Together Again, October 7-9, 2021, in Baltimore, Maryland

Due to the continued pandemic, the surge of the Delta Variant and the data throughout the United States including in our host city, Baltimore, we have been forced to cancel the upcoming Core Forum in Baltimore, scheduled for October 7-9. While I am deeply disappointed because I had very much hoped to be welcoming Core members to our first in-person conference, the safety and health of our membership is our top priority. Thank you to all of our members, presenters, and sponsors for lending us your time and talent in connection with the conference. In the near term, Core leaders will identify ways to continue to connect and co-learn virtually. Longer-term, we acknowledge that not all of the benefits of conference experiences, particularly networking and relationship building, are always replicable online. When the circumstances allow, we will pursue an in-person gathering with continued care, caution, and planning. As President of…Continue Reading