Professional Resources

The 12 steps to a community-led library

CHICAGO — Libraries want to be more responsive to their diverse communities. Yet many libraries lack the structures, cultures, and mindsets to sustain community-led methods. “The 12 Steps to a Community-Led Library,” published by ALA Editions, lays out an evidence-based process that will help you transform your library in ways that serve your unique community effectively.

Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Designing for Human Behavior

CHICAGOCore hosts the free webinar "Best of Core Forum: Designing for Human Behavior" on January 17, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT.

Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Preservation as a Service; Applying a Customer-focused Framework while Caring for our Collections

CHICAGOCore hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Preservation as a Service; Applying a Customer-focused Framework while Caring for our Collections" on January 16, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. The reference interview is a well-known concept in the library world; this session introduces the Preservation Dialogue.

Core Presents “Best of Core Forum” Webinar Collection for 2023 Event

CHICAGOCore is pleased to present the second “Best of Core Forum” webinar collection, starting on January 16, 2024. These webinars are based on programs presented at the 2023 Core Forum. The presenters are adapting the program content into live webinars to extend the reach of their sessions and expertise.

New from ACRL - “Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion." Edited by Josh C. Cromwell, the book features a collection of ideas, scholarship, and examples that can inspire and reinvigorate how you engage with the repositories at your institution.

New from ACRL - “Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Reflections”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Reflections,” edited by Claire Walker Wiley, Amanda B. Click, and Meggan Houlihan. This new book collects excellent, thorough examples of evidence-based practice across functional areas of academic libraries and includes many evidence types in a variety of contexts.

Libraries without borders chronicled in Library History Round Table volume

CHICAGO — “Libraries Without Borders: New Directions in Library History,” published by ALA Editions, is a remarkable collection of essays drawn from the Library History Seminar sponsored by the Library History Round Table (LHRT). Edited by Steven A. Knowlton, Ellen M. Pozzi, Jordan S. Sly, and Emily D. Spunaugle, the book explores the roles that libraries have played in the communities they serve, well beyond the stacks and circulation desk.

Core Webinar: Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference; Thinking Big

CHICAGO–Core hosts the webinar “Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Thinking Big” on March 27, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Faced with deficiencies of collection and space, and a failed tax referendum to address these needs, the Louisville Free Public Library opted for a transformative investment that reshaped how the community is served. Explore the holistic and constantly evolving approach to how this library reaches their patrons, how they optimize staffing and nurture visitor interaction and how they leverage the built environment to achieve enduring value.

Bibliotherapy-informed practices, programs, and events

CHICAGO — Bibliotherapy can be defined as the use of guided reading for therapeutic ends. And though you might not be a licensed mental health professional, you can—and do, even without knowing it—support mental health and personal growth by connecting patrons to books that heal. Regardless of your previous experience or existing skills, “The Librarian's Guide to Bibliotherapy,” published by ALA Editions, will empower you to make “shelf help” a part of your library's relationship with its community.