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Margaret Heller Elected 2021-22 Core President-elect

Margaret Heller, Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago, has been elected as the 2021-22 President-elect of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Her term will begin July 1, and she’ll serve in that role until July 1, 2022, when she’ll become President of Core. Heller’s fellow candidate for President-elect was Maurini Strub, Director of Performance & User Engagement at the University of Rochester (NY) River Campus Libraries. In discussing her election, Heller said, “Thanks to the members of Core for giving me this opportunity to serve them as President-elect. Making Core a strong division that is dedicated to the needs of its members and improving the library profession as a whole has been my driving ambition over the past years. As Core has gotten started up during a time of unprecedented challenges, I have been inspired by the Core member leadership and staff…Continue Reading

2021 Core Candidate Town Hall Recording Now Available

If you’ve missed yesterday’s 2021 President-Elect candidate town hall with Margaret Heller and Maurini Strub, the Zoom recording is now available for you to watch and catch up on the discussion. During the live Q&A, the candidates shared their thoughts on the division’s top priorities, plans to promote member engagement, and new opportunities to advance the profession. Special thanks to Miranda Bennett for moderating the discussion. There’s still time to participate in this election and cast your vote by April 7. The results of the election will be announced on April 14. For more information about the candidates or the ALA/Core election, please visit the Core elections page.

2021 Core Candidates Interview

The Core election is well underway, and our staff asked the 2021 President-Elect candidates, Margaret Heller and Maurini Strub to share their perspectives with us in this brief three-question interview. We asked Margaret Heller: How can Core work to amplify and include diverse voices within the division and the wider profession? First, let the people who have those diverse voices lead the way in describing what inclusion looks like to them. That might mean supporting communities that exist outside of Core rather than trying to replicate what they have and partnering for programming and cross-pollination of resources and expertise. Building Core into an organization with an inclusive culture allowing people who are new or unsure of their welcome to find and/or build a supportive space. The danger in an organizational structure that is less hierarchical, and more fluid is that it becomes unwelcoming to people who don’t have a clear…Continue Reading

ALA/Core Elections are Now Open!

We’re pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 ALA Core election is now open and will continue through April 7. All Core members in good standing as of March 8, 2021, are eligible to participate and vote in this election. The candidates for Core President-Elect running for the 2021-2022 term are: Margaret HellerDigital Services LibrarianLoyola University Maurini StrubDirector of Performance & User EngagementUniversity of Rochester (NY) Learn more about the candidates and cast your ballot by April 7, 2021. Members will receive an email from ALA with information about how to vote online. The election results will be announced on April 14, 2021. ALA Election Candidates for ALA President-Elect Ed Garcia Lessa Pelayo-Lozada Core Members Running for ALA Council Cindy Bhatti Kimberley Bugg Angela Craig Sara Dallas Kim DeNero-Ackroyd Kelsey Flynn Linda Marie Golian-Lui Mario M. Gonzalez Rhonda K. Gould Nicole Holifield Sonnet Ireland Rodney Lippard Sherry Machones Mike L. Marlin Susan J. Martin Jill…Continue Reading

Job hunting during COVID-19 (part 3 of 3)

The Core New Members Interest Group would like to present a series of resources based on survey responses from hiring institutions on what has changed/evolved in the search process as a result of the current COVID-19 climate, and any tips they have for early career librarians. We have answers from a range of institutions (academic, public) in regards to a range of career paths (public services, children’s librarian, instructional). It is our hope that this will help to prepare job seekers and hiring institutions during this unprecedented time.  Part 3 features an interview with Tanya DiMaggio, Assistant Director of Support Services at St. Tammany Parish Library – hiring manager for the current vacant position of Children’s Services Coordinator. 1. Has your need for this position changed since the pandemic? Have your institutional needs changed since the pandemic when it comes to hiring? Tanya observed that the COVID-19 pandemic placed severe challenges…Continue Reading

Job hunting during COVID-19 (part 2 of 3)

The Core New Members Interest Group would like to present a series of resources based on survey responses from hiring institutions on what has changed/evolved in the search process as a result of the current COVID-19 climate, and any tips they have for early career librarians. We have answers from a range of institutions (academic, public) in regards to a range of career paths (public services, children’s librarian, instructional). It is our hope that this will help to prepare job seekers and hiring institutions during this unprecedented time.  Part 2 features an interview with Elizabeth Brown, Instruction Coordinator and Associate Professor at Central Washington University, James E. Brooks Library – hiring manager for the current vacant position of First Year and Transfer Experience Librarian. 1. Has your need for this position changed since the pandemic? Have your institutional needs changed since the pandemic when it comes to hiring? Our ability to…Continue Reading

Job hunting during COVID-19 (part 1 of 3)

Hope you are all having a good start to 2021! The Core New Members Interest Group would like to present a series of resources based on survey responses from hiring institutions on what has changed/evolved in the search process as a result of the current COVID-19 climate, and any tips they have for early career librarians. We have answers from a range of institutions (academic, public) in regards to a range of career paths (public services, children’s librarian, instructional). It is our hope that this will help to prepare job seekers and hiring institutions during this unprecedented time.  Part 1 features an interview with Grier Carson, the Associate Director of Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana – hiring manager for the current vacant position of Access and Content Services Assistant Manager. 1. Have your position needs changed since the pandemic? Have your institutional needs changed since the pandemic when it…Continue Reading

Free Shipping on Core Shirts through January 25, 2021

Two things we can’t get enough of…easy Sunday mornings and Core shirts! FREE shipping on all orders (this weekend only.) Celebrate librarianship and treat yourself to a new shirt from Core today. 100% of our profits will be donated to the Core Advancement Fund, supporting memberships for library workers in need. Enjoy free standard shipping on your orders through January 25th. Shop now.