Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is a community of library workers in the core functions of leadership and management, metadata and collections, and technology. Our community focuses on cultivating and celebrating the collective expertise of library workers through community building, advocacy, and learning.
Core is your home within ALA if you work in:
- Buildings & Operations
- Collection Development
- Digital Libraries
- Electronic Resources
At some phases of your career, you will need Core. At other phases, Core will need you.
For and by members, Core delivers mentoring, learning, networking, and leadership opportunities across library types and experience levels. We support each other through collective challenges by building and sustaining a more equitable and accessible future, one Core member at a time.
Join today to connect with peers and colleagues who can help you in your job and career.
Core has six sections that are free for members to join. Sections are networks that focus on specific areas of library work and let members tailor their experience to their areas of interest. You can join as many sections as you like.
- Access & Equity
- Buildings & Operations
- Leadership & Management
- Metadata & Collections
Interest Groups (IGs) offer Core members outstanding networking, informational, and problem-solving opportunities. They provide a great way to begin your career of service to the division in an informal way without a heavy commitment. They also offer the library community a chance to come together to discuss hot topics of specific relevance and address pressing issues. Members can join as many interest groups as they like at no additional cost. Browse through the extensive list of interest groups available to you.
Participating on a committee is a great way to develop new skills, learn from your peers, help advance the mission of Core, and accomplish concrete goals. We need your talents! The volunteer form is open year-round to help fill any vacancies. The appointment process starts in February and finishes in April so that new committee members can begin on July 1.
Core appoints representatives to various outside organizations to support the standards and practices of all areas of technical services and technology.
Check out our Find Your Core Involvatron 3000 which will help you find ways to meet colleagues, participate in topical discussions, develop your career, and give back to the profession. Search by keyword, filter by topic, or narrow the list by type of activity.
Share Your Expertise
- Teach a webinar, classroom, or online course;
- Facilitate an e-Forum;
- Write a guest post or become a regular contributor to our Core News site;
- Present a program at the ALA Annual Conference (applications open in July each year and close in September);
- Submit an article to one of our peer-reviewed journals (published quarterly);
- Present a program at our annual professional conferences, Core Forum (even years) and The Core Exchange (odd years);
- Volunteer to be on our popular Top Technology Trends panel discussion (applications open in September and January);
- Contribute to publication ideas with the editors of Core publications.
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