Sections

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. Members can join as many sections as they like. View all 6 Core sections on ALA Connect.

To join a section, follow the links to it in ALA Connect, log in with your ALA account, and use the "Join Community" button in the top left-hand corner above the group's name.

 

Access and Equity

Join the Access and Equity Section

Dedicated to advocacy and equity in areas such as accessibility, copyright, dismantling systemic racism, equity of access, open access, net neutrality, privacy, and representative collections in all types of libraries. We support ALA's lobbying efforts in these areas and provide programming and training in support of equity, diversity, and inclusion, both within the division and the profession.

Learn more about this section and its committees, interest groups, and project teams.
 

Assessment

Join the Assessment Section

Focuses on library assessment, evaluation, and measurement regardless of type of library or activity. We emphasize the role of assessment in demonstrating the impacts of our libraries. Our work includes recommending and developing tools, methods, guidelines, standards, and policies and procedures; planning and deliver webinars, programs, publications, special projects, and interest group(s); seeking opportunities to collaborate within our community, within Core, and beyond.

Learn more about this section and its committees, interest groups, and project teams.

Buildings and Operations

Join the Buildings and Operations Section

Brings together librarians, library workers, and design professionals to analyze, discuss, and share information related to academic, public, and school library buildings, equipment, and furnishings.  We share ideas and knowledge to help members stay engaged on changing trends in organizational structures, services, staff operations, and facilities. We also identify and promote adoption of best practices for inclusive practices and design. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to, library site selection; building planning and architecture; library furniture and equipment; interior design; maintenance and security of buildings and property; disaster recovery.

Learn more about this section and its committees, interest groups, and project teams.

Leadership and Management

Join the Leadership and Management Section

Provides librarians and library staff from any positional level or library type who desire to impact the broader profession a space to connect around the fundamental proficiencies and knowledge necessary to lead a successful organization. We explore and develop members' skills to create an inspiring vision, motivate people, and manage complex projects. We also help connect larger theoretical constructs to real, practical experiences. Join a network of colleagues who understand and want to help each other succeed...because when we succeed, libraries succeed, and when libraries succeed, everyone benefits.

Learn more about this section and its committees, interest groups, and project teams.

Metadata and Collections

Join the Metadata and Collections Section

Addresses and improves all aspects of acquisitions, cataloging, collections, continuing resources, metadata, preservation, reformatting, and technical services in all types of libraries. Examples of our work include, but are not limited to, sharing best practices and knowledge in work areas that support collections and discovery; identifying best practices for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the development and description of collections; creation and input on standards and best practices for selection, acquisition, description, access, and preservation of information resources; preservation of both print, media, and digital resources.

Learn more about this section and its committees, interest groups, and project teams.

Technology

Join the Technology Section

Includes anyone in libraries, archives, museums, and information-related organizations interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers, everyone from absolute beginners to hi-tech professionals. We address the planning, development, design, application, and integration of technologies within the library and information environment, the impact of emerging technologies on library service, and the effect of automated technologies on people. Our work includes, but is not limited to, identifying and adopting of best practices for inclusive practices and design; making ALA information policy concrete for members and the profession by providing resources, tools, training, and community support for adoption and implementation; helping librarians to understand emerging technologies and translate them into actionable plans for library services; bridging the technology related needs and discussions across all types of libraries and operational areas.

Learn more about this section and its committees, interest groups, and project teams.


Core's strength is in our sections but also the overlap between them. The graphic below represents the initial work of section and community members to map their common areas of interest, programming, and committee work. It shows that there is already significant overlap in the work that we do and the members we serve and shows we can discover new possibilities for collaboration and action. It shows the strength of expanding access to more people and resources for Core topics while still maintaining a home for each unique professional home. These are just some of the examples members have recognized between the six Core sections.

Image shows overlap between the six sections - Access and Equity, Assessment, Leadership, Metadata and Collections, Operations and Buildings, and Technology - and shows shared interests between them, such as disaster planning, space design, recruiting diverse leaders, and more

Areas of Overlap Between Core Sections

Assessment ⇔ Access & Equity

  • Alternative Access Models
  • Community Analysis
  • Ethnography

Assessment ⇔ Leadership & Management

  • Communicating Value
  • Impact Analytics
  • Organizational Design

Assessment ⇔ Metadata & Collections

  • Altmetrics / Digital Analytics
  • Bibliometrics
  • Collection turnover reports

Assessment ⇔ Technology

  • Accessibility
  • Cost and ROI Estimation
  • Usability
  • User Experience
  • User Testing

Assessment ⇔ Buildings & Operations

  • Occupancy Services
  • Space Needs
  • Service Flow Design
  • Space Usage Analysis
  • User Experience

Leadership ⇔ Buildings & Operations

  • Fundraising for Spaces
  • Space Design
  • Sustainability

Access & Equity ⇔ Technology

  • Accessibility
  • Equitable Access to Technology
  • Net Neutrality
  • Usability

Metadata & Collections ⇔ Leadership & Management

  • Disaster Planning
  • Standards
  • Collective Collections/Action

Buildings & Operations ⇔ Access & Equity

  • ADA Compliance
  • Organizational Learning/Development
  • Open Infrastructure
  • Space Planning

Technology ⇔ Metadata & Collections

  • Linked Data
  • Discovery
  • Digital Collections
  • Linked Data
  • Repositories
  • Standards

Leadership & Management ⇔ Access & Equity

  • Recruiting Diverse Leaders
  • Retaining Diverse Leaders/Workforces
  • Values-Based Leadership and Management
  • Values in Action

Buildings & Operations ⇔ Technology

  • Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality
  • Information Commons
  • Scholarship Labs
  • AR/VR
  • Technology Infrastructures

Access & Equity ⇔ Metadata & Collections 

  • Classification Headings/Resource Description
  • Decolonized Collections & Metadata
  • Open Scholarship
  • Representative Collections & Metadata

Technology ⇔ Leadership & Management

  • Technology Budgeting
  • Collection Investment
  • Patron Data Privacy
  • Sustainable Innovation

Metadata & Collections ⇔ Buildings & Operations

  • Climate Control
  • High Density Collections/Offsite Facilities
  • Preservation