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March 2021 Issue of Information Technology and Libraries is Published

The March 2021 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) was published on March 15. Two journals published by ALA’s Core division, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) and Library Leadership and Management (LL&M), invite applications for peer reviewers. Serving as a reviewer is a great opportunity for individuals from all types of libraries and with a wide variety of experience to contribute to scholarship within our chosen profession. See “Reviewers Wanted,” the Letter from the Editor for this issue. Editorial Board Member Brady Lund asks and answers a particularly intriguing question facing libraries in this quarter’s Editorial Board Thoughts column, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Does It Pose an Existential Threat to Libraries?”  We have two “Public Libraries Leading the Way” columns this issue, both focused on technological adaptations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first one, We Can Do It for Free! Using Freeware for Online Patron…Continue Reading

Summary, March 2021 Core e-Forum, “Changes in Library Organization”

The two day e-forum “Changes in Library Organization” which took place on March 2-3, 2021 had 80 posts from 13 participants, representing a range of institutions: public, academic, and vendor. Our discussions included reasons why libraries needed to change their organizational structure, barriers to change and how to overcome them, communication techniques, as well as discussing specific organizational structure models and positions. The resources shared by the two co-hosts and participants can be found at the end of this summary. We explored some of the primary reasons organizations needed to change, such as retirements, new leadership, new systems, and new priorities.  There were a variety of responses with a couple of common themes emerging with organizational change being driven by COVID-19 changes and by library staff changes (retirements, new leadership/administration). Additional reasons were system migrations and other library work changes. One library that reorganized ~3 years ago expressed a desire…Continue Reading

Call For Reviewers For ITAL & LL&M Journals

The Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) and Library Leadership and Management (LL&M) journals invite applications for peer reviewers. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals from all types of libraries and with a wide variety of experience to contribute to scholarship within the profession. We are seeking the broadest pool of reviewers possible. Reviewer responsibilities for both journals are to have an interest/experience with the journal’s topics, as described below. Reviewers should expect to review 2-4 articles a year and should provide thoughtful and actionable comments to authors and the editor. Reviewers will work with the editor, associate editor, and/or editorial board of the corresponding journal. See the job description for ITAL reviewers for more details about that role.  We welcome applications from individuals at libraries of all types, levels of experience, locations, perspectives, and voices, especially those from underrepresented groups. Reviewers will be selected to maximize the diversity of…Continue Reading

Core Call for Access and Equity Section Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering with the Core Access and Equity Section? New committees are forming now! Log in to the ALA website to see the Core Committee Volunteer Form. To learn more about the work of the Section and its committees, see the Section homepage. You can also join the Section’s ALA Connect Community via the homepage. Section leaders will begin making appointments now for terms ending both this year and next, so you do not need to make the usual 2-year commitment in order to check out one of our new committees. And if you’re interested in volunteering with a different Core Section, please continue to check the Core Sections page on our website. New Section committees are coming online every day as we continue to ramp up ALA’s newest division. If you have questions, please contact the Core staff at

Core announces the 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published between November 2019 and October 2020 and organized into three age-appropriate categories. The annotated lists will be posted on the website at The Golden Duck Notable Picture Books List is selected from books intended for pre-school children and very early readers, up to 6 years old. Recognition is given to the author and the illustrator: The Barnabus Project by Terry Fan, Eric Fan & Devin Fan. Tundra Books Field Trip to the Ocean Deep by John Hare. Margaret Ferguson Books A Jedi You Will Be written by Preeti Chhibber, illustrated by Mike Deas. Disney Lucasfilm Press Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse written by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Heather Fox. Henry Holt &…Continue Reading

New Core Jobs: January 20, 2021

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Systems Librarian, Williams College, Williamstown, MA Head of Cataloging & Metadata Management, UMKC Miller Nichols Library, Kansas City, MO Systems Engineer, Washington University, St. Louis, MO Cataloging Librarian, Binghamton University Libraries, Binghamton, NY Director of Law Libraries, San Diego County Public Law Library, San Diego, CA Visit the Core Jobs Site for additional job openings and information on submitting your own job posting.