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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

Announcing Core Forum Keynote Speaker, Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors, and a Reminder to Submit a Proposal by May 17

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

Core ForumOctober 7-9, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland —– Opening Keynote Presenter Announced: Nikole Hannah-Jones The 1619 Project, an ongoing journalism project conceived by Nikole Hannah-Jones and published by the New York Times Magazine, commemorates the 400th anniversary of the date the first enslaved Africans were brought to the American colonies. The initiative aims to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” The school curriculum linked to the New York Times’s 1619 Project is the target of state censorship on the grounds that its critical reframing is a “misrepresentation” of American history. As a result, five states are attempting to bar its use in classrooms. In addition to developing the 1619 Project, Hannah-Jones has written extensively about school resegregation across the country and examined the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968…Continue Reading

Proposals for the 2021 Core Forum are Now Being Accepted

Submission Deadline: May 17, 2021Preview the proposal form as a PDF. The October 7-9 Core Forum in Baltimore will be our first opportunity to celebrate the diverse and interconnected library work of Core members. We’ll engage the collective expertise of presenters and participants, facilitating thought-provoking conversations over two days of presentations, tabletop exhibits, and poster sessions. There will be opportunities to safely reconnect with colleagues during receptions, dine-arounds, and in the uncommons space. We’re looking for proposals that are thought-provoking and highly relevant to practitioners in the following areas: Access and equity Assessment Buildings and operations Leadership and management Metadata and collections Technology PRESENTATION OPPORTUNITIES Session – Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday. Session presentations will be 45 minutes in length with 15 minutes for introduction and Q&A. Presenters are required to present in-person and register at the discounted presenter rate. Preconference – Half-Day (3-4 hours) or…Continue Reading