More than ever, library leaders at all levels are asked to design and implement new services and programs on a rapid timeline. How can projects move quickly while engaging equitably with community and staff members? Discover how a design sprint process can lead a group from ideation to implementation in only 5 days. Popularized by Google Ventures, a design sprint is a human centered design process in a condensed timeline. This webinar will explore how a sprint process can set the stage for both innovation and equity when designing a new library service. With lessons from 4 sprints from a combination of different projects and organizations, learn how a sprint could be used to tackle priority projects more effectively in less time. In this session, you’ll learn: build a case for using a sprint design process to move quickly and equitably when creating a new service; identify project types suitable…Continue Reading
Discover how to format content and create text that is more concise and user-friendly with this practical and interactive webinar on May 5. Beginning with a discussion of how people read online and the way they look for content to answer their questions, Writing for the Web will discuss what the inverted pyramid style is and how it can be used to write effective content. Next, attendees will review some examples of well-formatted content and deconstruct it. Along the way, attendees will do some short exercises where they will rewrite content to make it easier to be read online. In this webinar, you’ll learn: understand how the Inverted Pyramid Style can help you write better content and lead the readers eye write content that can easily be scanned know how to better phrase links, headings, and sentences Live Webinar: Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00pm CTPresenter: Patrick Patterson Reserve your spot…Continue Reading
Core Forum provides an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and make new connections while celebrating the interconnected library work Core members share. Registration opens in June. Forum features a welcome reception, 2 days of thought-provoking presentations, keynote presentations, tabletop exhibits, dine-arounds, a game night and poster sessions. Additionally, there will be an unconference space where informal discussions can happen throughout the event, including ad hoc, birds of a feather discussions. Sign up to receive announcements via email. Interested in leading or contributing to a session? We’re looking for presentations on hot topics and innovative content in the following areas: Access and equity Assessment Buildings and operations Leadership and management Metadata and collections Technology Watch for a Call for Proposals announcement this month. Become a sponsor: Opportunities include sponsoring the welcome reception, being the hero organization that provides coffee and tea during breaks, and hosting tabletop exhibits. Stay tuned for the…Continue Reading
In the first textbook from Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, praised as “thorough, comprehensive, yet highly readable,” Jonathan M. Smith lays a solid foundation of information technology concepts and best practices for aspiring technologists. The Information Technology for Librarians and Information Professionals book provides a broad selection of practical and current topics ranging from information security and web development to technology planning. In this textbook, Smith outlines foundational principles needed to excel in this discipline and serves as the go-to resource for library & information science students, librarians new to systems or information technology responsibilities, and library managers desiring a primer on information technology. Receive 30% off your purchase when using the promo code: RLFANDF30 during checkout. This title is available in both print and PDF format on the Rowman & Littlefield website. Purchase your copy of the book now.
This article is from our guest blog contributor, Julia A. Lovett, Associate Professor, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Rhode Island Libraries This post has two purposes: firstly, to show how you can use Open Refine to easily edit a spreadsheet and transform data from Excel (tab-delimited) format to XML; secondly, and more specifically, to show how I used this method to add Crossref DOIs to an IR (institutional repository) collection. In this case, the IR platform is Digital Commons and the collection is dissertations and theses. For some background, after the University of Rhode Island Libraries joined Crossref, I wanted to create new DOIs for our ETD (electronic theses and dissertations) collections on the IR, DigitalCommons@URI. I was familiar with creating DOI’s one by one using the Crossref web deposit form, where you can enter your new DOI along with its associated metadata and URL. But with thousands of ETD’s,…Continue Reading
The March 2021 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) was published on March 15. Two journals published by ALA’s Core division, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) and Library Leadership and Management (LL&M), invite applications for peer reviewers. Serving as a reviewer is a great opportunity for individuals from all types of libraries and with a wide variety of experience to contribute to scholarship within our chosen profession. See “Reviewers Wanted,” the Letter from the Editor for this issue. Editorial Board Member Brady Lund asks and answers a particularly intriguing question facing libraries in this quarter’s Editorial Board Thoughts column, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Does It Pose an Existential Threat to Libraries?” We have two “Public Libraries Leading the Way” columns this issue, both focused on technological adaptations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first one, We Can Do It for Free! Using Freeware for Online Patron…Continue Reading
The Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) and Library Leadership and Management (LL&M) journals invite applications for peer reviewers. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals from all types of libraries and with a wide variety of experience to contribute to scholarship within the profession. We are seeking the broadest pool of reviewers possible. Reviewer responsibilities for both journals are to have an interest/experience with the journal’s topics, as described below. Reviewers should expect to review 2-4 articles a year and should provide thoughtful and actionable comments to authors and the editor. Reviewers will work with the editor, associate editor, and/or editorial board of the corresponding journal. See the job description for ITAL reviewers for more details about that role. We welcome applications from individuals at libraries of all types, levels of experience, locations, perspectives, and voices, especially those from underrepresented groups. Reviewers will be selected to maximize the diversity of…Continue Reading
Learn new skills to enhance your career in March with continuing education events from Core. Reserve your spot and register now. Continuing Education Opportunities & Discussions Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (FCDM)March 1 – March 26 (six-week online course) Fundamentals of Collection Assessment (FCA) March 1 – April 9 (six-week online course) Transformational Change: a Newly Hybrid Workforce (60-minute webinar)Presenters: Nancy Cunningham, Ray Henry, Geinfer Snipes, Rayne Veiger Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:00 – 2:00pm CT Planning Batch Cataloging Projects (60-minute webinar)Presenter: Rebecca B. FrenchWednesday, March 3, 2021 1:00 – 2:00pm CT Changes in Library Organization (free two-day e-Forum discussion)Moderators: Susan Martin and David SchusterMarch 2-3, 2021 Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP)March 8 – April 2 (six-week online course) Using Your Library’s Virtual Presence to Reach Users with Disabilities (60-minute webinar)Presenter: Renee GrassiTuesday, March 9, 2021 1:00 – 2:00pm CT Accessibility & Inclusive Design to Enable Success (60-minute webinar)Presenter: Jacqueline FrankWednesday,…Continue Reading
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you ready for Core Top Tech Trends? If you’ve registered for the ALA Midwinter Virtual Meeting, you’ll automatically receive access to this on-demand session starting Saturday, January 23, 2021. Core Top Tech Trends is a part of the News You Can Use series which is located on the left hand side menu of the ALA Midwinter Virtual Meeting homepage. Use the hashtags #alattt and #alamw21 to share your biggest takeaways from the conversation on Twitter and Instagram.