Professional Resources

Core Webinar - Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Sustainable Reparative Description and You

CHICAGOJoin Core for the webinar “Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Sustainable Reparative Description and You” on October 11, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT.

Core Launches New Preservation Section

As Core enters its 4th year as an ALA division, we're celebrating our birthday by launching our new Preservation Section!

As with all our sections, Core members can join this one for free at any time. Thank you to those members who gave us feedback about the need to bring together seasoned professionals, new and emerging leaders, and anyone interested in preservation or who has preservation as a secondary responsibility.

ACRL releases “Creators in the Academic Library”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Creators in the Academic Library: Instruction and Outreach,” edited by Alexander C. Watkins and Rebecca Zuege Kuglitsch, and “Creators in the Academic Library: Collections and Spaces,” edited by Rebecca Zuege Kuglitsch and Alexander C. Watkins.

Core Webinar - Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: The Marvelous Middle; Finding Ways to Grow and Thrive in Middle Management

CHICAGO–Core hosts the webinar “Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: The Marvelous Middle; Finding Ways to Grow and Thrive in Middle Management” on August 30, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT. Do you ever feel stuck in the middle? You might have “manager” in your title, but it has “assistant” before it, and often you can’t actually make decisions. Many people dread middle management. Instead of just surviving being a middle manager, learn how to grow, thrive, and spread influence in your role.

A handbook for effectively serving museum visitors

CHICAGO — The “visitor experience” has been a long-neglected aspect of museum practice, receiving less academic attention than areas such as exhibition design or collections care. Despite this, the quality of the visitor experience is the single biggest factor which will influence visitors returning to your museum or recommending a visit to friends or family.

Hilda K. Weisburg’s updated leadership guide for school librarians

CHICAGO — Deemed “essential” by Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), “a great read” by School Library Journal, and “comprehensive” by Reference & User Services Quarterly, the first edition of bestselling author Hilda K. Weisburg’s “Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option” has won plaudits for its inspirational yet pragmatic approach.

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 October 25, 2023, 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.

Core Webinar: Opportunity in the Face of Crisis

CHICAGO–Core hosts the webinar “Opportunity in the Face of Crisis” on September 13, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT. The library at Coastal Carolina University managed multiple facilities projects and operational challenges while responding to a series of crises. The past three years have embodied change at libraries as services have been re-envisioned in response to COVID. At the height of the pandemic, the university also addressed a severe budget crisis that resulted in layoffs, early retirements, and reorganization of many institutional partners.

Core Webinar: Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference; Championing Net-Zero Energy for Your Library

CHICAGO—Join Core on October 31, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT for the webinar “Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Championing Net-Zero Energy for Your Library.” Libraries, as civic institutions, have a responsibility to embody the values they promote in their communities. A Net-Zero Energy library building is a way of demonstrating a commitment to long-term sustainability. This program, structured for audiences of any experience level, uses a case study framework to articulate the sustainable strategies used in two Net-Zero Energy public library facilities.

Successful approaches to decolonizing archives

CHICAGO — Simply put, decolonial archival practices involve thinking about and consciously changing how historical knowledge is produced, communicated, and preserved. And though it is especially critical that scholars and archivists who work with records by and about Indigenous people critically consider the implications of their work, this perspective is an essential one for all members of the profession.