Are you interested in volunteering with the Core Metadata and Collections Section? New committees are forming now! Log in to the ALA website to see the Core Committee Volunteer Form. To learn more about the work of the Metadata and Collections Section and its committees, see the Section homepage. You can also join the Section’s ALA Connect Community via the homepage. Section leaders will begin making appointments now for terms ending both this year and next, so you do not need to make the usual 2-year commitment in order to check out one of our new committees. And if you’re interested in volunteering with a different Core Section, please continue to check the Core Sections page on our website. New Section committees are coming online every day as we continue to ramp up ALA’s newest division. If you have questions, please contact the Core staff at email@example.com.
Join us on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1 pm CT for our upcoming webinar, “Developing the Best Survey Tips from Consultations.” This webinar will provide the necessary tools to successfully assess the needs of your library patrons. Surveys are popular assessment tools to understand users’ needs and perceptions because they are easy and quick to use. In spite of the convenience and popularity, it is hard to have a well-designed survey. In this webinar, presenter Jung Mi Scoulas, the Assessment Coordinator of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library will share her experiences and lessons learned from consultations over the years, as well as practical tips: When and how to use surveys (e.g., using surveys to demonstrate the library’s impact on students’ academic success) Survey flow (e.g., where to add demographic questions; the order of questions) and length Response options (e.g., yes/no or Likert Scale) Rules and policies…Continue Reading
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has been appointed as the honorary chair of Preservation Week 2021, celebrated April 25-May 1, 2021. As the creator of The New York Times’s landmark 1619 Project, Hannah-Jones examines slavery’s modern legacy, reframing the way we understand the history of slavery and the contributions made by Black Americans to this nation. Her essay, “Our Democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true,” was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. 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 Fair Housing Act. In 2016, Nikole Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization dedicated to increasing the ranks of investigative reporters of…Continue Reading
Learn new skills to enhance your career in February with continuing education offerings from Core. Reserve your spot and register now. Continuing Education Opportunities Virtual Interest Group WeekFebruary 1-5, 2021View program schedule for session dates and times.*Registration is free for program sessions during Interest Group Week. Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) February 8 – March 19, 2021 (six week online course)1:00 – 2:00pm CT Fundamentals of Metadata (FOM)February 8 – March 19, 2021 (six week online course)1:00 – 2:00pm CT Developing the Best Survey Tips from Consultations Presenter: Jung Mi ScoulasTuesday, February 9, 2021 (rescheduled from Feb. 3)1:00 – 2:00pm CT Assessing and (Re)Writing Operational PoliciesPresenter: John SandstromWednesday, February 10, 20211:00 – 2:00pm CT The First 90 Days: A New Manager Crash CoursePresenter: Julia DavisWednesday, February 17, 20211:00 – 2:00pm CT Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA) February 22 – March 19 (six week online course)1:00 – 2:00pm CT Designing for Human BehaviorPresenter: Joe…Continue Reading
Core is pleased to present virtual Interest Group Week, February 1-5, 2021. Explore a full week of free sessions that will cover emerging trends and topics that are important to your library work. Registration is free, and programming is open to all. Sessions fill up quickly, and each session is limited to 300 participants. You can view the full Interest Group Week program schedule below. Reserve your spot now by selecting your topic of choice, then click the “register” button for each session you’d like to attend. All times listed are for Central Time.
ALCTS Publishing has released its third and final guide in the Sudden Position Guide series, the Sudden Position Guide to Acquisitions. Authored by Deborah Hathaway, Paul Kelsey, Stacey Marien, and Susan E. Thomas, the Sudden Position Guide to Acquisitions arms those new to library acquisitions with the tools and resources needed for traditional collection development and print monograph, streaming media, e-book, and serials acquisitions. In addition, it familiarizes those new to the field with scholarly communications and open education, licensing electronic resources, negotiating with vendors, cataloging, and working with library systems. Through this guide, readers will gain the knowledge and competencies required for library acquisitions work. The work of acquisitions is challenging and constantly evolving, and new acquisitions library workers will need a wide range of skill sets to perform their responsibilities well in this position. Budgeting and accounting, managing purchase orders and invoices, evaluating usage statistics, submitting fiscal reports, supervising employees, and…Continue Reading
This article is from our guest blog contributor, Graeme Williams, Online Catalog Analyst. It’s not just your parents that think you’re unique. The companies that collect your personal data think so, too. There are 55,000 people in my zip code. The browser I use is Vivaldi, which has a popularity of 0.04% (!) so there are 21 other people in my zip code that also use Vivaldi. About half the people in Las Vegas have an active library card, so 11 people share those three attributes with me. Of those 11 people, 2 or 3 share my interest in science fiction. Those four pieces of information are just about enough to uniquely identify me among the 8 billion or so people in the world. And they’re also what a vendor means when they talk about anonymous or “non-PII” (or non-personally-identifiable information). The Las Vegas library uses Bibliocommons. Their privacy statement says,…Continue Reading
The December 2020 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) was published on December 21, rounding out a year many of us are glad to see behind us. Contrary to my fears as the year started, library technologists of all stripes continued to do great things and write about them. Our final issue of 2020 has some great material for you. Core President Christopher Cronin writes about the possibilities brought forward by the creation of Core out of the previous ALA divisions in Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. Our December “Editorial Board Thoughts” column, Public Libraries Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Creating a New Service Model, by board member Jon Goddard, highlights some of the ways COVID-19 has changed the landscape of service for libraries of all kinds, but particularly for public libraries. In our “Public Libraries Leading the Way” column this issue, Jessica Hall at the Fresno Public Library describes an…Continue Reading
Core is pleased to announce the release of a new web course on the introduction to fundamental concepts of digital library projects. This course was developed by Jennifer Roper, Director, Digital Strategies and the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville, Virginia, Gretchen Gueguen, an archivist and librarian specializing in digital libraries and technology and an adjunct professor for the Clarion University, and Ivey Glendon, Manager for Metadata Analysis & Design at the University of Virginia Library. Jennifer Roper and Gretchen Gueguen will lead the course. The Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects course introduces students to the breadth of considerations, standards and skills needed to successfully launch and manage a digital library program. It provides an opportunity for hands-on activities to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills within the context of a digital library. Upon completion of this six-week course, attendees will: Gain an understanding of the types of expertise and skills needed to successfully manage a digital library: such as digitization and…Continue Reading
This article is from our guest blog contributor, Chris Martin, Head of Access Services / University Libraries, Loyola University Chicago Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of conversations within access services circles—notably the LIB-CIRC-PLUS listserv—have centered on establishing “contactless pickup” for the circulation of physical items. Yet for academic libraries, there is a lack of thorough documentation about models of such service, as well as an accounting of how they work. This post outlines how Loyola University Chicago Libraries planned and implemented our contactless pickup service this summer (with ongoing adjustments) and describes the results so far. Systems Choices and Practical Considerations The Libraries’ physical locations closed when Loyola transitioned to a remote learning environment on March 24. For most of the remaining spring and early summer, Libraries administration and staff were hoping to return to on-site work by early August, though limited on-site staffing ultimately did not…Continue Reading