For immediate release | February 9, 2021

Explore CollectionBuilder and develop digital library projects in this March Core Classroom

CHICAGO—Core Classroom is back! Beginning on March 30, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will present "CollectionBuilder: A Static Web Approach to Digital Projects in Libraries", a hands-on virtual workshop for librarians and library staff. This unique continuing education opportunity consists of two live instructive sessions on March 30 and April 6 with class assignments followed by group discussions.

Classroom space is limited. Register now and save your seat!

CollectionBuilder: A Static Web Approach to Digital Projects in Libraries

Live Virtual Sessions:

Tuesday, March 30, 1:00 - 2:30pm CT

Tuesday, April 6, 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 for generating digital collection websites driven by metadata and powered by modern static web technology.

Optimized for non-developers and simple hosting solutions, CollectionBuilder allows librarians, researchers, and educators to take ownership over their digital projects by lowering barriers to website creation and customization. Users will need to create a spreadsheet of metadata and a corresponding directory of digital files to generate a digital collection. Once these are uploaded to CollectionBuilder, the platform employs a Jekyll static web generator to build a website for browsing and contextualizing the collection.

As workshop participants engage with CollectionBuilder, they will learn fundamental web and DH skills by working with plain text files, CSV data, Markdown, GitHub, and GitHub Pages to create and customize their very own digital collection.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have gained the knowledge and independence necessary to implement CollectionBuilder, in contexts that includes creating and disseminating research collections and custom digital exhibits, or teaching digital libraries in the classroom.

Who should attend? Technically curious librarians. No programming experience is necessary; beginners from all backgrounds are welcome.

Registration Fees:

$79 - Core Member

$99 - Non-member

To Register: Use This Link to Register for Core Classroom beginning March 30

ALA and Core are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. We will continue to offer online learning opportunities and will do our best to accommodate the remote needs of our attendees. We will also continue to offer group registration, providing individual logins for each group member registered for Core webinars. Please contact Core with any questions or concerns.


Tom Ferren

Core Program Officer, Professional Development

American Library Association/Core

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures