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Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) Journal Seeks Assistant Editor

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Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is expanding its editorial staff through the appointment of an Assistant Editor. The ITAL Assistant Editor will be a member of the ITAL Editorial Board, assist with evaluation of submitted articles (“desk review”) prior to peer review, and manage the journal’s peer review process, including communication with authors. The ITAL Assistant Editor may assist with copyediting and layout of articles accepted for publication. Along with the other members of the ITAL Editorial Board, the ITAL Assistant Editor assists with publicity and content development for the journal and advises the ITAL Editor on policy and strategy.  The ITAL Assistant Editor is appointed by the Core Board on the recommendation of the ITAL Editorial Board for a renewable three-year term ending June 30, 2024. The position comes with a $1000/year stipend.  Qualifications Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English Ability to participate in regularly scheduled…Continue Reading

Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology Application Now Open

Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

The application for the Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology is now available through March 1, 2022. The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA. As part of this program, the Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology focuses on addressing the specific issue of under-representation of racially and ethnically diverse librarians within library technology, providing scholarships for study in an ALA-accredited MLS program as well as funds to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute held during the ALA Annual Conference. OCLC co-sponsors this scholarship and the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse reviews the applications and selects the scholarship winner. To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship, you should: be a citizen or permanent…Continue Reading

Learn Service Design In One Week: Design Sprint Basics

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More than ever, library leaders at all levels are asked to design and implement new services and programs on a rapid timeline. How can projects move quickly while engaging equitably with community and staff members? Discover how a design sprint process can lead a group from ideation to implementation in only 5 days. Popularized by Google Ventures, a design sprint is a human centered design process in a condensed timeline. This webinar will explore how a sprint process can set the stage for both innovation and equity when designing a new library service. With lessons from 4 sprints from a combination of different projects and organizations, learn how a sprint could be used to tackle priority projects more effectively in less time. In this session, you’ll learn: build a case for using a sprint design process to move quickly and equitably when creating a new service; identify project types suitable…Continue Reading

Make Your Online Text Memorable

Discover how to format content and create text that is more concise and user-friendly with this practical and interactive webinar on May 5. Beginning with a discussion of how people read online and the way they look for content to answer their questions, Writing for the Web will discuss what the inverted pyramid style is and how it can be used to write effective content. Next, attendees will review some examples of well-formatted content and deconstruct it. Along the way, attendees will do some short exercises where they will rewrite content to make it easier to be read online. In this webinar, you’ll learn: understand how the Inverted Pyramid Style can help you write better content and lead the readers eye write content that can easily be scanned know how to better phrase links, headings, and sentences Live Webinar: Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00pm CTPresenter: Patrick Patterson Reserve your spot…Continue Reading

Get a crash course in the first 90 days of library management with this Core webinar on February 17

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

Learn how to navigate the legal system during COVID in this free Core webinar

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On Tuesday, February 16, join Randi M. Cohen, labor and employment counselor and litigator, and your colleagues for a free, hour-long discussion on navigating the law during the COVID-19 pandemic. Designed for library workers and managers interested in the legal rights and responsibilities of their libraries as they relate to COVID-19, this webinar will foster dialogue and provide support for attendees. Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will have a better grasp on the rights and responsibilities of their libraries and institutions relating to COVID-19. The presenter will be answering attendee questions throughout this session. Please use this form to submit your questions to the presenter ahead of time. Reserve your spot today for this timely, informative session. COVID and Workplace Law: A Practical Primer (A free webinar from Core)Live Webinar: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00pm CTPresenter: Randi M. Cohen This webinar is being offered at no charge as a courtesy to…Continue Reading