Professional Resources

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ALA Store at 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Located in Lobby E near Registration, the ALA Store will offer a wide range of posters, bookmarks, clothing, gift books, professional development resources and more during the 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. Store hours are: Friday, June 28: 12...

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Core Webinar: Trailblazing Pathways Across the Digital Divide

Join Core for the webinar "Trailblazing Pathways Across the Digital Divide" on August 7, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Participants will learn about a partnership between an academic library, Student Affairs, and campus IT to fund laptops to students most in need.

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Core Webinar - Transforming LibGuides: A Case Study

Join Core for the webinar "Transforming LibGuides: A Case Study" on September 17, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Presenters will explore the technical and political processes of overhauling and streamlining their LibGuides and A-Z database list.

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Strengthening library ecosystems using One Voice

CHICAGO — A patron of one library is the potential patron of any other library at a different time of life or location. And though each library serves its own unique community, when different kinds of libraries speak together with one voice, the entire...

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An updated toolkit for winning grants

CHICAGO — Newly updated and comprehensive, the third edition of “ Winning Grants,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a must-have for library directors, grant writers, board members, consultants, and anyone navigating the intricacies of library grant...

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A workbook for navigating intellectual freedom challenges

CHICAGO — Whether a book challenge is upon you, on the horizon, in your rearview mirror, or not yet in sight, now is the time to start envisioning what a challenge-ready team looks like in your organization. “ Prepared Libraries, Empowered Teams: A...

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Register Now for Core Forum 2024!

Registration and housing are officially open for Core Forum 2024, which will take place November 14-16, in Minneapolis, MN, at the Hilton Minneapolis.

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Essential checklist of library building design considerations

CHICAGO — With staff time at a premium, and library budgets that leave little room for overages, undertaking a successful library building or renovation project requires precision planning, effective communication, and focused coordination. Using a...

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New Core Web Course: Fundamentals of Institutional Repositories

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is excited to announce the release of a new course, Fundamentals of Institutional Repositories (FIR). This 6-week online course is an introduction to fundamental concepts of institutional repositories (IR)...

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Core Webinar: Accessible and Inclusive Library Design

Join Core for the webinar "Accessible and Inclusive Library Design" on June 11, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Explore ways to make your library more accessible and inclusive to patrons and staff, including following ADA guidelines and examining patron experience.

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Core Webinar: Participative Leadership in Decision Making

CHICAGO—Join Core for the webinar "Participative Leadership in Decision Making" on May 28, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Participative leadership techniques are used in a variety of situations, but one of the ways they can be effective is when major changes are...

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The networked school librarian

CHICAGO — School librarians need to engage with their staff and community to help define their role, raise their profile, and make a real impact. Whether you’re a solo school librarian, a team member, or a team leader, you’ll find practical advice about...