Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (CORE)

Core Webinar: Leading From Afar: Creating a Cohesive Remote Team

CHICAGO—Remote work and leadership are vastly different from the traditional office experience. It takes a balance of technology, management and empathy. On Wednesday, June 2, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will present "Leading From Afar: Creating a Cohesive Remote Team", a webinar that will share best practices for remote leadership that encourage collaboration and camaraderie.

Celebrate Preservation Week ® 2021 with free webinars, event tools and resources

CHICAGO — April 25–May 1, libraries, institutions, archives and museums across the country will celebrate preservation and conservation in their communities, libraries, institutions, archives and museums. Following the Preservation Week 2021 theme “Preserving Community Archives,” Preservation Week will promote and support efforts to conserve community archives, offering free webinars, event tools, and preservation tips and resources.

Core Webinar: Web Accessibility Beyond Best Intentions

CHICAGO—Implementing web accessibility in libraries requires more than an educated site administrator. Managers need to be backed up with institutional changes to accessibility language in procurement policies and a budget to purchase necessary software. Lay leaders are needed to model accessibility in-house and trained staff are needed to create public-facing library communications. In 2014, the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Education were the first agencies to enter into a web accessibility consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Margaret Heller Elected 2021-22 Core President-elect

Margaret Heller, Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago, has been elected as the 2021-22 President-elect of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Her term will begin July 1, and she’ll serve in that role until July 1, 2022, when she’ll become President of Core. Heller’s fellow candidate for President-elect was Maurini Strub, Director of Performance & User Engagement at the University of Rochester (NY) River Campus Libraries.

Celebrate Preservation Week 2021 with free webinars from Core

CHICAGO—On Tuesday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 28, join Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures for two free Preservation Week 2021 webinars.

Core Webinar: Service Design In One Week: Design Sprint Basics

CHICAGO—More than ever, library leaders at all levels are asked to design and implement new services and programs on a rapid timeline. How can projects move quickly while engaging equitably with community and staff members? On Wednesday, April 21, discover how a design sprint process can lead a group from ideation to implementation in only five days with the webinar "Service Design In One Week: Design Sprint Basics". This session will explore how a sprint process can set the stage for both innovation and equity when designing a new library service.

Core Webinar: Writing for the Web

CHICAGO—On Wednesday, May 5, join Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures for a webinar on how you can improve the way you write your online content in order to connect users to the resources and answers they need. Beginning with a discussion on how people read online and the way they look for the content to answer their questions, "Writing for the Web" will explain the inverted pyramid style and how it can be used to write effective content and closely examine well-formatted content.

Submissions Now Open for the 2021 John Cotton Dana Awards

Eight Winners to Receive $10,000 in Development Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the 2021 John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The John Cotton Dana Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to libraries and honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards will be provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation in 2021.

Core Webinar: Building Teams that Work

CHICAGO—Join Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures on Wednesday, May 19 for the webinar "Building Teams that Work", and gain insight into how to create teams that are successful, effective, purposeful and resilient. During this webinar, attendees will learn how to broadly consider how they define teams within their libraries and will be introduced to the factors that make teams strong and effective.