For immediate release | April 19, 2024

Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: When the Tools are Broken; (Re)Building Community

CHICAGO—Core hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: When the Tools are Broken; (Re)Building Community" on May 14, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Building toolboxes, refining skills, and developing frameworks are only a handful of methods library professionals are using—and learning to use—in their everyday workplace. The necessity grows with each challenge faced, whether it's censorship and book banning, navigating workplace conflict, or maintaining the organization’s commitment to social justice. Those who lead and manage teams, departments, and libraries work to find the means to best serve their organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion needs. Busy schedules, small budgets, and fewer resources create further barriers. For many, this work is done alone and without a community to support needed changes. The tools and skills that were given and taught by their organization, and profession, are broken. In this interactive session focusing on building a community, participants will share learned experiences, develop accountability partners, and actively learn potential responses to an array of workplace challenges. Participants will crowdsource solutions and options to challenging situations at their libraries. This results in practices that build professional networks and enhance leadership capacity.

This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2023 Core Forum. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.

Best of Core Forum: When the Tools are Broken; (Re)Building Community
Live Webinar: Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 1 - 2 p.m. CT

Discussion Facilitators:

Dr. Melia Fritch, Professor and Academic Services Librarian, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Tara Coleman, Professor and Program Services Coordinator, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Registration Fees:

Core Member: $57.67
ALA Member: $71.10
Nonmember: $79.00

How Do I Purchase Group Registration?

You can register a group by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the webinar during checkout. We offer webinars discounts based on the number of registrations you specify at checkout. If you are a Core member, you can purchase seats for yourself and your colleagues at the Core discount rate; ALA's new e-Learning store allows you to extend Core member savings to colleagues at your institution.

Can't attend the live event? No problem! All registrants will receive a link to the recorded session for later viewing at their convenience.

Register online or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 (press 1 to reach our customer service representatives).

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About Core

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is the national association that advances the profession of librarians and information providers in central roles of leadership and management, collections and technical services, and technology. Our mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning. Core is a division of the American Library Association. Follow us on our Blog, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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Mia Blixt-Shehan

Continuing Education Assistant

American Library Association

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures