Digital Literacy

PLA, public libraries and Microsoft Corp. extend upskilling efforts for in-demand jobs

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), supported by Microsoft Corp., is promoting tools to help job seekers in high-growth careers. PLA’s Skilling for Employment Post COVID-19 initiative connects public libraries and their communities nationwide to specialized online training and certifications, and today adds new targeted programs in Cleveland, El Paso, Memphis, and New York City.

Visual literacy as a tool for learning

CHICAGO — The burgeoning field of visual literacy can be universally understood across a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, regardless of traditional literacy levels. A key tool for navigating digital devices, there is often an antipathy surrounding visual literacy borne out of stigma and at times, intimidation.

Last Chance to Register: Developing the Best Survey Tips from Consultations Feb. 9 Core Webinar

Join us on Tuesday, February 9, at 1 pm CT for our upcoming webinar, "Developing the Best Survey Tips from Consultations." This webinar will provide the necessary tools to successfully assess the needs of your library patrons. 


Surveys are popular assessment tools to understand users' needs and perceptions because they are easy and quick to use. In spite of the convenience and popularity, it is hard to have a well-designed survey.

Last Chance to Register for the January 18 Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects Course from Core

The Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects course introduces students to the breadth of considerations, standards and skills needed to successfully launch and manage a digital library program. It provides an opportunity for hands-on activities to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills within the context of a digital library.

Upon completion of this six-week course, attendees will:

Understand and Improve Library Broadband Challenges in this Core Webinar on April 6, 2021

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, and Futures, will present the webinar, "Understand and Improve Library Broadband Challenges."
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from 1:00 -2:00 pm, Central Time. 

Rural and tribal libraries across the US helped create the Towards Gigabit Libraries toolkit, a free, self-service guide for rural and tribal libraries to understand and improve their

Announcing the 2021 Core Fundamentals Web Course Schedule

Core is pleased to announce the release of the 2021 Core Fundamentals Web Course schedule. This series of related online courses covers basic topics that enhance your library technical services skills.

Learn the Fundamentals of Cataloging with this Jan. 11 web course from Core

Last chance to register for the Fundamentals of Cataloging web course that starts next week on January 11, 2021!

This six-week online course is a basic primer for library cataloging concepts and practices. It covers:

Last Chance to Register for the Jan. 12 Core webinar and learn how to use MatchMARC

This webinar will show users how to leverage the free Google Sheets Add-on called MatchMARC to retrieve OCLC records based on user criteria. Advantages of using MatchMARC over OCLC’s Connexion will be highlighted. Examples of workflows made possible by the spreadsheet environment and MARC record delivery will be given. OCLC membership is needed to use this tool.

New Core Web Course Explores Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects

Core is pleased to announce the release of a new web course on the introduction to fundamental concepts of digital library projects. This course was developed by Jennifer Roper, Director, Digital Strategies and the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville, Virginia, Gretchen Gueguen, an archivist and librarian specializing in digital libraries and technology and an adjunct professor for the Clarion University, and Ivey Glendon, Manager for Metadata Analysis & Design at the University of Virginia Library.  Jennifer Roper and Gretchen Gueguen will lead the course.

ALA releases free practitioners' guide, webinar series on adult media literacy education

CHICAGO — Imagine that you are working at the reference desk when a patron comes to you with a question. They cite a “fact” that has been widely debunked, mentioning an article from a publication that you know to be untrustworthy. What can you, as a library worker, do to educate and inform them?

In response to the need for media literacy education, the American Library Association (ALA) has released a free digital guide and related webinar series to help library workers plan for moments like these.