Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (CORE)

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.

Core Webinar: Overview of XML Metadata Quality Assessment Tools

CHICAGO—On Wednesday, May 12, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will present the webinar "Overview of XML Metadata Quality Assessment Tools". This webinar will provide an overview of the capabilities and drawbacks of several tools for XML metadata quality assessment, including XML Schema Definitions (XSD), Schematron, and OpenRefine.

Core Webinar: Core e-Forums: What Are They and Why Should I Care?

CHICAGO—Starting in 2009, ALCTS e-Forums provided an opportunity for librarians in technical services to discuss issues with colleagues across the country and around the world. With the creation of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, potential e-Forum topics expanded to cover all areas of library work: management to cataloging and collections, technology to building operations, and assessment to access and equity.

Core Webinar: Global Standard, Local Choices - The New RDA Toolkit

CHICAGO—The multi-year RDA 3R Project concluded in December 2020, with the "beta" Toolkit becoming the official version of RDA. One outcome of the 3R Project is that the instructions contain a significant increase in the number of options and other choices that cataloging agencies or catalogers must make, based on their interest in maintaining current cataloging practices, their implementation scenario, their collections, and their users’ needs.

Core Webinar: Using Radical Kindness to Rethink Library Interviews

CHICAGO—Thanks to COVID-19, the old phrase “We’ve always done it this way” is no longer an excuse. As libraries have re-envisioned services and resources, now is the time to re-think internal practices too. Start with the hiring process. With the move to virtual interviews, how do you boil it down to only its most important components? How can you design an equitable interview experience for the candidate and the library?