We are pleased to introduce Core Classroom, a unique, hands-on virtual workshop and continuing education opportunity for librarians and library staff. The upcoming November classroom is all about library technology. Core Classroom consists of two to four live instructive sessions with class assignments followed by group discussions. Our first classroom event will be November 10 and 17 on CollectionBuilder: A Static Web Approach to Digital Projects in Libraries. Classroom space is limited.Register now and save your seat! CollectionBuilder: A Static Web Approach to Digital Projects in Libraries Live Virtual Sessions: Tuesday, November 10, 1:00 – 2:30pm CTTuesday, November 17, 1:00 – 2:30pm CT Presenters: Olivia Wikle, Evan Peter Williamson, Devin Becker Requirements: Participants will be asked to create a Google Drive account and GitHub account in advance of the first session. Looking for an agile, lightweight approach to developing digital collections and scholarship projects? Join us for a hands-on deep dive into CollectionBuilder, an open source project…Continue Reading
The November 3-4 discussion is an opportunity for participants to learn more about Core’s vision, mission, and values, give input to help shape the new organization, explore what a library professional organization might offer in the COVID age and beyond, explore how your professional interests intersect with the six Core sections, explore how you’d like to participate in this new library organization. Feedback from this e-Forum will be shared with the Core Board. In the November 10-11 discussion, participants will learn each others experiences with ILS Migration, pitfalls with a migration and potential solutions or suggestions to avoid issues, tips for creating processes during migration, share ideas about information to gather or cleanup prior to the start of migration, define staff roles for the migration process, discuss tasks/duties provided by staff that can be put on hold, and create a plan on how to continue providing library services. Each day, discussion begins…Continue Reading
On November 20th from 11:30 am – 12:00pm Central Time, Elizabeth Bush and Andy Hamilton will present their session topic, “Stop, Collaborate and Listen.” Participants in this Core Virtual Forum session will learn the latest innovative and creative ways to engage your community through the use of library technology and resources. After a brief break, we will reconvene with a discussion at 12:45 pm to ask questions, share info and exchange ideas about library technology trends. If you’re interested in any of these topics: Digital Libraries, Future Library Tech Trends, Preservation, Institutional Repositories You don’t want to miss this session. Join us for Core Virtual Forum in November and choose your own problem solving adventure!
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Did you know that Core has six specialty sections? Our sections are member-only networks that focus on specific areas of interests supporting core library work. You can join as many sections as you like for free as part of your membership. Just go to a new section and use the blue “Join” button located in the top upper right hand corner of each section’s page. Access and Equity Assessment Buildings and Operations Leadership and Management Metadata and Collections Technology You’ve already been placed in those sections that align with your previous division affiliation. For example, former members of ALCTS are already members of the Core Metadata and Collections Section, former LITA members are already in the Technology Section, and former LLAMA members are already in the Leadership and Management Section. You can find all your sections in Core Connect, under the tab, “My Sections” in the “Communities” navigation menu. To…Continue Reading
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
On November 18th at 12:45 pm Central Time, Kristen Hogan and Christina Juste will facilitate this interactive workshop, “Student Organizer and Library Partnerships for Textbook Access: First Generation and Low Income Textbook Library.” This Core Virtual Forum session will support participants to plan for or share ideas from their own textbook collections and to reflect together on textbook accessibility through acquisition and lending policies. If you’re interested in any of these topics: Accessibility, Acquisitions, Assessment, Collection Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership and Management, Library Services, Physical Collections, Problem Solving, Skill Building You don’t want to miss this session. Join us for Core Virtual Forum in November and choose your own problem solving adventure!
*Core Webinars Available for Free to ALA Student Members and LIS Faculty. Continuing Education Opportunities Learn the latest techniques to keep your library safe with this Core webinar on October 27. Register now. Rapidly Implementing a Contactless ServicePresenters: Margaret Heller and Chris MartinTuesday, October 271:00pm – 2:00pm CDT Learn the most current cyber threats facing libraries and the challenges of sharing data with this Core webinar on October 28. Register now. Don’t click on that link! Cybersecurity Best Practices for Your Institution and StaffPresenters: Sean Lang and Robert NunezWednesday, October 281:00pm – 2:00pm CDT Webinar Registration Fees: Core Member (individual) $43 Nonmember (individual) $59 Groups. (Includes a link to share with your group for safe social distancing viewing) $129 *Core Webinars Available for Free to ALA Student Members and LIS Faculty. All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will…Continue Reading
This article comes from the desk of our guest blog contributor, Graeme Williams, Online Catalog Analyst. Suppose you lived halfway between two libraries, both of which had friendly, helpful reference desks — but one gave incorrect or incomplete answers twice as often. Which one would you ask for help? Now what if one of your patrons wanted some bibliographic information, say, the title of the latest James Paterson novel. They could go to Amazon, or Goodreads, or LibraryThing — or your online catalog. Don’t you think they’re going to end up using the most complete, most accurate source of information? You’ve probably come across examples of errors on Amazon.com: a listing for a jar of peanuts illustrated by a picture of a pair of scissors. Hilarious, but not very common. But do you know how many of your catalog records have incorrect or incomplete information? Suppose patrons visit your online catalog…Continue Reading
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