Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (CORE)

Core Webinar: Motivate, Empower, and Engage Staff Through Coaching

CHICAGO—The future of work will require employees and organizations to be flexible, agile, adaptable, creative and innovative in order to keep up with the fast pace of change. More diversity in the workforce will mean more attention to culture, values and strengths, and organizations will need employees who are self-directed, motivated, engaged and committed to continuous learning.

David Satten-López Named 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded the 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to David Satten-López, who will begin the MLIS program at Drexel University in Philadelphia (PA) this fall. He is interested in audiovisual materials and increasing the dissemination of digital materials through minimal computing frameworks.

Transforming print collections at academic libraries

CHICAGO — The trend in academic library collections is toward shared print collections and off-site storage. While that might seem to presage the death of print in academic collections, it also serves as a golden opportunity for innovation and experimentation—to develop a vision for a future in which the academic library print collection engages and inspires its communities as never before.

Preconference Registration Opens for Core Forum

Even before the 2021 Core Forum officially kicks off with an evening welcome reception on Thursday, October 7, attendees can register to participate in an all-day library buildings tour or one of four afternoon workshops offered that same day. Full preconference descriptions, presenters, and registration rates can be found at

Preconference options on Thursday, October 7, include:

Five projects receive 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are awarding five libraries with the 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards for excellence in architectural design. Complete details for each project are available on AIA’s website.

The 2021 John Cotton Dana Awards Selected

~ Eight Libraries Awarded $10,000 Grants from H.W. Wilson Foundation  ~

Dr. Trevor Owens Wins 2021 Core/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

Dr. Trevor Owens has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. He is the Head of Digital Content Management at The Library of Congress.

Announcing Our 2021 Core Forum Opening and Closing Speakers!

Core Forum 2021 welcomes our Opening Keynote speaker, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Closing Keynote Speaker, Jonathan Moody!

The October 7-9 Core Forum in Baltimore will be our first opportunity to celebrate the diverse and interconnected library work of Core members. We’ll engage the collective expertise of presenters and participants, facilitating thought-provoking conversations over two days of presentations, tabletop exhibits, and poster sessions. There will be opportunities to safely reconnect with colleagues during receptions, dine-arounds, and in the uncommons space. 

An updated guide to cataloging correctly for kids

CHICAGO — Cataloging library materials for children in the internet age has never been as challenging or as important. RDA: Resource Description and Access is now the descriptive standard, there are new ways to find materials using classifications, and subject heading access has been greatly enhanced by the keyword capabilities of today’s online catalogs.