Submit an Idea for an e-Forum

Have you ever wanted to lead a conversation with colleagues from near and far about professional development topics, without leaving the comfort of your office?  You can do this by hosting a Core e-Forum!  Are you a librarian required to present or otherwise disseminate your expertise to the library community for promotion/tenure consideration? Depending on your institution's criteria, you can do this by hosting an Core e-Forum! 

The two-day, moderated, electronic discussion forums provide an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest on a Core e-mail list. Free of charge, e-Forums occur approximately once a month and are available to anyone who wishes to subscribe.

We are currently seeking discussion leaders (moderators/hosts) for e-Forums starting in March 2023 and beyond.  Moderators develop questions, and lead and provide daily summaries of the e-mail discussion.  When concluded, moderators prepare an overall summary for the list as well as Core News.

View past e-Forums for examples.

Some potential topics of interest include the following:

  • Personnel/staffing topics (layoffs, reorganizations, changes in role of librarian, finding diverse job candidates)
  • Literacy models with high impact
  • Collection development strategies, tools, etc.
  • Reference services
  • Management of electronic resources
  • Library outreach
  • Meeting patron needs
  • Managing serials (print and/or electronic)
  • Navigating changes in management, workflows, reorganization, etc.
  • Equitable textbook access/Course reserve management/OERs
  • Equity and access for underserved communities or other DEI initiatives
  • Product migration (planning, selecting, implementing)
  • Metadata and catalog management, useful tools
  • Media accessibility
  • Navigating changes in professional interests
  • Emerging technology and concepts, linked open data
  • Indigenous librarianship
  • Managing new acquisition models, including use-based or demand-driven acquisition
  • Otheryour choice!

If you are interested in moderating an e-Forum or have any questions, please contact