Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures

Showcase Your Best Marketing Pieces by Applying for the Core PR Xchange Awards

Applications are open for the 2023 PR Xchange Awards! This competition recognizes the very best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. Entries are evaluated on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in public relations, graphic design, communications, and marketing. This competition is unique in the way it evaluates a library's individual promotional materials, not an entire marketing campaign.

Announcing the 2023 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

Core presents the 2023 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published between November 2021 and October 2022 and organized into three age-appropriate categories. The annotated lists are available posted on the website at

Core Webinar: Best of Core Forum: Publishing and Presenting in Library and Information Science

CHICAGOHave you completed an interesting project or conducted useful research that informs your practice? Do you want to share your knowledge and experience with the library and information science community, but aren’t sure how best to do it? Join Core on February 28, 2023, at 1 p.m.

Core's Library Resources & Technical Services Journal Goes Fully Open Access

Core is proud to announce that Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), ALA’s premier journal dedicated exclusively to all aspects of collections, is now completely open access.

Previously, the most recent six issues of LRTS were embargoed behind a login for subscribers and Core members, which has been removed. This change makes the complete contents of the journal from 1996 to the present freely available on the LRTS site.

Submissions Now Open for the 2023 John Cotton Dana Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the 2023 John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The John Cotton Dana Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to up to eight libraries. The $10,000 awards will be provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation and honors outstanding library public relations.

Core Webinar: Best of Core Forum: Trends in Library Design

CHICAGOJoin Core on February 22, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT for the webinar “Best of Core Forum: Trends in Library Design.” Curious about what’s new in library design?

Core Webinar: User Engagement: New Approach and Tools

CHICAGOJoin Core on February 15, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT for the webinar “User Engagement: New Approach and Tools.” Public libraries face challenges and opportunities in reshaping their community profile, especially post COVID.

Core Webinar: Best of Core Forum: Reflections on Onboarding in Academic Libraries

CHICAGOCore will host the webinar “Best of Core Forum: Reflections on Onboarding in Academic Libraries” on February 14, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT.

Submit a Nomination for the Core/OCLC Margaret Mann Citation for Cataloging and Classification

Applications are open for the Core/OCLC Margaret Mann Citation, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification either through publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional cataloging associations, or valuable contributions to practice in individual libraries. The deadline to apply or nominate someone is Monday, February 13.

Core Announces Slate of Candidates for 2023-2024 Election

CHICAGOCore is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2023-2024 ALA Core election.  The Core election will open on March 13, 2023 and will continue through April 5, 2023.

All Core members in good standing as of March 13, 2023, are eligible to participate and vote in this election.