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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

Attend the Forum Session on the Library Technology Trends

On November 20th from 11:30 am – 12:00pm Central Time, Elizabeth Bush and Andy Hamilton will present their session topic, “Stop, Collaborate and Listen.” Participants in this Core Virtual Forum session will learn the latest innovative and creative ways to engage your community through the use of library technology and resources. After a brief break, we will reconvene with a discussion at 12:45 pm to ask questions, share info and exchange ideas about library technology trends. If you’re interested in any of these topics: Digital Libraries, Future Library Tech Trends, Preservation, Institutional Repositories You don’t want to miss this session. Join us for Core Virtual Forum in November and choose your own problem solving adventure!

Program Spotlight ~ Core Virtual Forum 11.18.20

On November 18th at 12:45 pm Central Time, Kristen Hogan and Christina Juste will facilitate this interactive workshop, “Student Organizer and Library Partnerships for Textbook Access: First Generation and Low Income Textbook Library.” This Core Virtual Forum session will support participants to plan for or share ideas from their own textbook collections and to reflect together on textbook accessibility through acquisition and lending policies. If you’re interested in any of these topics: Accessibility, Acquisitions, Assessment, Collection Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership and Management, Library Services, Physical Collections, Problem Solving, Skill Building You don’t want to miss this session. Join us for Core Virtual Forum in November and choose your own problem solving adventure!

Early-bird Registration for Core Virtual Forum ends on October 9!

We want to personally invite you to our inaugural online event, the Core Virtual Forum on November 18 and 20. This 2-day interactive gathering will bring together our library community for an opportunity to share ideas, network, and get together with your peers. Our program sessions and lightning rounds will focus on managing present-day challenges, priority reassessment, effective leadership, and innovative technology solutions within our library culture. Day 1 of the Forum will begin with keynote speaker Dr. Meredith Clark examining ways libraries stand in the trust gap when institutions have lost credibility. After the keynote, you’ll have access to a variety of program sessions and lighting talks exploring trending topics such as Digital Story Telling for eLearning Solutions, Student Library Partnerships, Successful Metadata Analysis, Effective Management Practices, and more! Day 2 of the Forum will start with keynote speaker Sofia Leung exploring some of the LIS values, structures, and characteristics that subtly and explicitly sustain a culture of…Continue Reading