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Announcing the Results of the 2020-21 Core Election

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2020-21 Core election. Christopher J. Cronin, Associate University Librarian for Collections at Columbia University, has been elected as the first President of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. His term will begin immediately and he will serve as President until June 30, 2021, and then as Past-President for one year.   He was elected from among the Presidents of the three former divisions that joined to form Core: Cronin, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS); Tyler Dzuba, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA); Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, Library Information Technology Association (LITA). Dzuba and Weinraub Lajoie will remain on the Board to support Cronin in his Core responsibilities.   In discussing his vision for Core, Cronin said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be elected the first President of the new ALA Core Division. Core is taking shape at a…Continue Reading

Get Involved with Your Core Community!

Core Connect is now LIVE. Core Connect is our members-only network designed for sharing information, engaging with colleagues, and the go-to portal for instant Core updates. Have you noticed the Connect platform has a new look? Watch this Core 101 video tutorial and learn how to navigate the Connect platform like a pro. Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. We’re excited to announce our Core Sections and Interest Groups are now available for you to join for free! Find your niche in Core and learn about emerging trends important to your work by joining any of these groups. Members have already been placed in the sections that align with their previous division affiliation. For example, former members of ALCTS are already a member of the Core Metadata Section, former LITA members are already in the Technology Section, and former LLAMMA members are already in the Leadership and Management…Continue Reading

Election Candidate’s Responses to Additional Town Hall Questions

During the Core Election Town Hall on September 30, candidates were asked the following questions, but time did not permit live answers. So, the candidates have responded in writing. 1. Do you support the recommendations for changing ALA’s governance structure, put forth in 2018 by the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE), and currently championed by the Forward Together Working Group? Evviva Weinraub Lajoie: Overall, yes. I support their recommendations and the ongoing work. The recommendation gathering was careful, inclusive, and timely and it would not be in the organizations best interest to dismiss the recommendations. That said, my biggest concerns about the implementation of the SCOE recommendations is that we are not doing it fast enough. An organization like ALA is a behemoth and there are a zillion moving parts, but we risk significantly more if we don’t make drastic changes quickly. Margaret Heller: Yes, I do. I have…Continue Reading

Cast Your Vote in the Core Election

Dear Core Member: Welcome to our first election as Core! Voting is now open and will continue through October 25. Election results will be announced October 26, and the new Board will be seated November 2. On the ballot, you will see three candidates for President and two candidates for President-elect. Please note that once you submit your ballot it cannot be changed. To learn more about the candidates, see their ALA Connect profiles and read their candidate statements. You can also watch a recording or read a transcript of the September 30 Town Hall, which included answers to questions from both a moderator and members. You’ll need to log in using your regular ALA username and password to vote. During the 60-minute town hall, we ran out of time for the candidate’s to address all questions. They’ve agreed to respond to those questions in writing and they’re now available…Continue Reading

Applications now open for ALA Core AvramCamp 2020

When: November 12, 2020 Online: Via Zoom (link will be sent to selected registrants) ALA Core AvramCamp 2020 Join us at AvramCamp, ALA’s AdaCamp-inspired event! This inclusive and supportive space will give participants the chance to explore common work challenges, learn strategies for dealing with them, and build a supportive community with fellow library technology workers of marginalized genders, including women, non-binary folks, and trans men. This one-day, free ONLINE Core event, built on the unconference model, will start with an in-depth discussion about Imposter Syndrome, the feeling that you aren’t actually qualified for the work you are doing and will be discovered as a fraud. Participants will then have the opportunity to choose and discuss a number of topics in  small groups, such as ways to negotiate salary effectively, advocate for accomplishments/invisible work, and promote diversity and equity in tech environments. Our goal is to create a support network…Continue Reading

Free Core e-Forums

Core will proudly continue the ALCTS tradition of holding monthly e-Forums. These free, 2-day conversations are moderated by member volunteers and take place via an email list that anyone can join. Going forward, we’ll be expanding the topics covered to include Core’s six areas of interest (Access and Equity, Assessment, Buildings and Operations, Leadership and Management, Metadata and Collections, and Technology). Core interest groups and sections are welcome to submit topics for a future e-Forum. Sign up for September and October’s free Core e-Forums. The September 29-30 discussion is an opportunity to look ahead to a post-COVID-19 library world, start thinking strategically about what’s next, and turn your reactive experiences into strategic ideas that leverage technology. In the October 6-7 discussion, participants will share tools, techniques, advice, and best practices for both batch and manual database cleanup projects of all types of data: bibliographic, acquisition, and patron data. Learn more…Continue Reading

Attend the Core Candidate Town Hall Meeting

Please plan to join us next Wednesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm Central Time, for a conversation with candidates for 2020-21 President and President-Elect. You’ll learn more about their ideas for Core’s future and have an opportunity to ask questions. We’ll also make the recording and transcript available on the Core website afterward. The first Core election will take place October 5-25, 2020 in ALA Connect. You can learn more about the election on our website. Please register in advance to register the meeting link. We hope you’ll join the discussion and learn more about the candidates before our October election.

Get Ready for the Core Election

We’re excited to announce our first Core election. Balloting will take place in ALA Connect from October 5-25, 2020. All Core members in good standing as of October 5, 2020, will be able to vote in this special election. Information on how to access your ballot will be sent before the election opens. The first President of Core will be chosen from among the three Presidents of the former divisions, ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA. There are also two candidates for President-elect. You can learn more about the candidates on our Core election page. There will also be an online town hall meeting with the candidates in October that will be recorded for those members who cannot attend. Election results will be announced October 26, 2020, and the new Board of Directors will be seated on November 2. If you have any questions, please contact us at Sincerely, Kerry WardExecutive…Continue Reading

Meet Executive Director of Core, Kerry Ward

Kerry Ward is the Executive Director of the American Library Association’s new division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. Kerry has been at ALA for over 20 years. He started in the old trustees division (now United for Libraries), moved on to LLAMA, and recently has served as director for ALCTS as well. His career has been in nonprofit management, and he’s most interested in how associations must innovate to remain relevant. Kerry lives on the far north side and walks his greyhound, Murphy, at the beach every morning. Yes, even in January. He’s passionate about travel, and he and his partner, Rob, are looking forward to the day we can all get on planes again. In the meantime he’s working on Core, ship models, and mixing the perfect martini.


Yesterday was a little bittersweet as we all said goodbye to the former ALA division’s, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Library Information and Technology Association, and Library Leadership and Management Association. Today is a new day at ALA! Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is a community of nearly 7,000 library professionals in core functions of management and leadership, technical services, and technology shaping the future of the profession by aspiring library leaders, preserving library resources, and empowering libraries through technology. Together we stand stronger that ever before and that’s worth celebrating! We hope you’re just as excited as we are to move forward, encouraging members to find community, share expertise, and enhance library careers. Let’s celebrate our community on Twitter and Instagram! Got virtual balloons? Will you help us spread the word on social media? Sharing is caring. Use the hashtag #celebratecore in your posts. Cheers!