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A Statement from Your Core Leadership

Dear Members, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures wishes to convey its ardent support of ALA’s statement condemning yesterday’s tragic violence on Capitol Hill. In particular, we express our concern for colleagues and members who work and serve their country in the many cultural and scientific heritage organizations throughout the Washington D.C. region — whether they be libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, or government organizations. We recognize that the deplorable and racist actions carried out yesterday will have lasting impact on many of our friends and colleagues in the area and across the country. Our thoughts are with you all now and in the coming weeks, as is our gratitude for your service. This event is but the latest in an all-too-long history of events that are the direct product of hatred born from lies. The rhetoric of white supremacy is misinformation. As a division dedicated to leadership, and as a profession dedicated to…Continue Reading

Support library workers in need with new, cool, radical Core wear

We are pleased to announce the launch of the apparel collection from Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. “Libraries are radical, and so are you” is a slogan inspired by our current Core President-Elect, Lindsay Cronk, who’s very passionate about every aspect of librarianship. Celebrate the radical librarian in you, and the amazing work that you do by purchasing your new Core wear! All shirts from this line are available in the color charcoal gray (per popular member vote via Twitter). 100% of our profits will be donated to the Core Advancement Fund, supporting a Core membership for library workers in need. Treat yourself or someone else to new Core wear, and give the gift of membership.

Core Call for Nominations: Core President-Elect

The Nominating Committee for the 2021 Core election is soliciting nominees to run on the Spring 2021 ballot for the office of Core President-Elect. The Core Nominating Committee seeks qualified individuals with strong service and leadership records in ALA, ALCTS, LITA, LLAMA, (or equivalent library associations) who will successfully advance Core’s vision and values in close collaboration with the Core Board and the rest of the Core leaders. Candidates will be expected to describe experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the library communities. Participation in the transition activities in launching the Core division and good project management skills will be extremely helpful.   The President-Elect will serve a three-year term: as President-Elect, in 2021-2022, as President in 2022-2023, and as immediate Past-President in 2023-2024. Candidates must be current Core members at the time of the election. The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to be placed on the ballot…Continue Reading

Support Core Scholarships and Programs this #GivingTuesday

Dear Core Member, Since the formation of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures in September, we have been building a division from scratch together — developing section and committee leadership, delivering an ambitious continuing education program, amplifying voices from across the membership, delivering our first Core Virtual Forum, and working hard to embed our values in the very foundation of Core’s structure. As we continue to build Core, we do so with a shared vision of a more connected, thriving, and powerful community of library workers. We know that these are precarious times for library workers, and a strong Core division means we can help support and advocate for one another. As one of ALA’s three largest divisions, we are committed to reducing barriers to participation. As Core President and President-Elect, we write to you today, on our first Giving Tuesday as a new division, to encourage a gift that will help…Continue Reading

Nominate yourself or a colleague for an IFLA Standing Committee by December 7, 2020

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The ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) is requesting nominations from Core for representatives to International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) section standing committees, for the term 2021-2025.   Core may nominate representatives to the following Section Standing Committees:   • Acquisition & Collection Development• Bibliography• Cataloguing • Information Technology • Knowledge Management • Library Buildings and Equipment • Management and Marketing • New Media • Preservation and Conservation • Serials and Other Continuing Resources • Subject Analysis and Access   For more information or to apply, please complete the Core IFLA Section Standing Committee Nomination Form by December 7, 2020. Questions? Please contact Core Executive Director, Kerry Ward at or

Submit a Nomination for the Prestigious Kilgour Technology Research Award

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Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (Core) and OCLC, Inc. invite nominations for the 2021 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2020. The Kilgour Research Award recognizes research relevant to the development of information technologies, in particular research showing promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information or how information and data are manipulated and managed. The winner receives $2,000 cash, an award citation, and an expense-paid trip (airfare and two nights lodging) to the 2021 ALA Annual Conference. Nominations will be accepted from any member of the American Library Association. Nominating letters must address how the research is relevant to libraries; is creative in its design or methodology; builds on existing research or enhances potential for future exploration; and/or solves an important current problem in the delivery of information resources. A…Continue Reading

Nominate an Outstanding Academic Librarian for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award by Dec. 4, 2020

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We are seeking nominees for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) by academic librarians who have contributed significantly to improvements in the areas of library automation, library management, and/or library development and research. This award honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson, one of the major innovators in modern librarianship. This award is funded by an endowment created by divisional, individual, and vendor contributions given in memory of Hugh C. Atkinson. The nominee must be a librarian employed in one of the following during the year prior to application for this award: University, college, or community college library Non-profit consortium, or a consortium comprised of non-profits that provides resources/services/support to academic libraries The nominee must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in an academic library or in a non-profit consortium or a consortium comprised of non-profits. Electronic submissions…Continue Reading

LIS Students: Apply for the 2020 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

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Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the Core/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong commitment to library automation. The winner will receive a $3,000 check and a citation. The application form is open through March 1, 2021. Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology. Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for the scholarships with a statement indicating the nature of their library experience, letters of reference and a personal statement of the applicant’s view of what they can bring to the profession. Winners must have been accepted to a Master of Library Science (MLS) program recognized by the American Library Association. A link to the application form and instructions for filling it out are available…Continue Reading

Summary, November 10-11 Core e-Forum, “Migration madness and how to get through IT”

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Core e-Forum (Nov. 3-4, 2020) November Core e-Forum, “Focus on “Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures,” exploring a new professional home” The November e-Forum, hosted by Anne Cooper Moore (LLAMA past president) and Jennifer Bowen (ALCTS past president), elicited a thoughtful discussion of our new organization, on the interconnections between the operational areas represented by the Core sections, and on what it will take for Core to succeed. The e-Forum generated 130 posts from 32 individuals (including the moderators) over the course of two days.  On Day 1 participants responded to questions about Core’s mission statement and what members want to see in a new professional association. To make Core welcoming, it needs to offer a space for the specific areas of specialized knowledge as well as a space for the cross-pollination of ideas. It needs to both respect its members and expect its members to respect one another. It needs to…Continue Reading