Core Involvatron 3000

How do you get started in Core? How do you level up your participation to get more involved? Look no further than this resource, which will help you find ways to meet colleagues, participate in topical discussions, develop your career, and give back to the profession.

  1. Search by keyword (e.g., catalog, manager, digitization) to find more granular groups you can join or activities.
  2. “Filter by Topic” to find opportunities in broader areas such as management, metadata, and technology, as well as areas of overlap like equity and preservation.
  3. “Filter by Activity” to see specific pathways to meet other members and get involved.
  4. Combine the Topic and Activity fields to find specific pathways in the areas that interest you the most.

When you’re just getting started, you might want to begin by finding sections and interest groups to join or finding colleagues. When you’re ready for the next step, you can apply for/nominate someone for an award or volunteer for a committee. Then level up your contributions by writing a blog post, teaching a webinar, or getting involved with our governance groups.

We’ll be adding new activities and groups continuously, so you can always come back here to find new ways to get the most out of your Core membership.

Have any questions or need more help getting started? Contact us anytime.


Group NameGet Involved
Dedicated to advocacy and equity in areas such as accessibility, copyright, dismantling systemic racism, equity of access, open access, net neutrality, privacy, and representative collections in all types of libraries. We support ALA’s lobbying efforts in these areas and provide programming and training in support of equity, diversity, and inclusion, both within the division and the profession.

Manages the Core Access and Equity Section; provides leadership and ongoing communication both within the section and between the section and Core leadership/other sections; coordinates the annual plan for section content development and projects; handles appointments to section committees as needed; makes recommendations for representatives to ALA groups and/or external groups, as needed.

Manages within Core all issues related to the acquisitions of continuing resources; liaises with other ALA units and relevant outside agencies with similar interests as appropriate. This Committee is part of the Metadata and Collections Section.

Coordinates all advocacy projects across Core’s areas of focus.

The ALA/AIA Library Building Awards are co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The annual competition recognizes excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries.  Awards for distinguished accomplishment in library architecture by an architect licensed in the United States will be made for any library in the United States or abroad. The program is managed by the Core Library Buildings Awards Committee.

The John Cotton Dana Award honors outstanding effective strategic communication campaigns that show results, no matter what size or type of library. In recognition of their achievement, John Cotton Dana award winners receive a $10,000 cash development grant from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. Winners also have the opportunity to show their successful compaign to other libraries and serve as role models for libraries nationwide.

Reviews and assesses applications for the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award based on established criteria and evaluation process, reaching consensus on the award recipients.

Works with the Core President-elect to promote volunteer opportunities and recruit members for division level committees.

Provides a forum for researching potential applications of Machine and Deep Learning in library science, including discussions, publications, and outreach to the wider Library community. Its goal is to educate librarians on uses of the complex techniques of machine learning and to provide a space for critically thinking both about new applications, and about the ethical and social impact of these technologies , as the field rapidly expands in the coming decade.

Manages within Core all issues related to the role of assessment in demonstrating impact in libraries. This Committee is part of the Assessment Section.

Focuses on library assessment, evaluation, and measurement regardless of type of library or activity. We emphasize the role of assessment in demonstrating the impacts of our libraries. Our work includes recommending and developing tools, methods, guidelines, standards, and policies and procedures; planning and deliver webinars, programs, publications, special projects, and interest group(s); seeking opportunities to collaborate within our community, within Core, and beyond.

Manages the Core Assessment Section; provides leadership and ongoing communication both within the section and between the section and Core leadership/other sections; coordinates the annual plan for section content development and projects; handles appointments to section committees as needed; makes recommendations for representatives to ALA groups and/or external groups, as needed.

Provides a forum for discussion of a variety of issues related to authority control for online catalogs and for international sharing of authority of data.

Coordinates all award and scholarship programs across Core’s areas of focus.

Manages with the American Institute of Architects the annual ALA/AIA Library Building Awards and the International Interior Design Association the biannual ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards.

Provides a dedicated forum for the discussion of conceptual models, such as IFLA-LRM and BIBFRAME 2.0, that serve as the basis for current cataloging standards or are expected to provide a foundation for future cataloging standards in a Linked Open Data environment. Topics of special interest include: theoretical foundations of bibliographical conceptual models; the implementation of bibliographical conceptual models in information systems (especially Linked Data-based systems); extensions of current conceptual models; ontologies and conceptual models used in GLAM institutions.

Discusses matters related to the preservation and continuing role of books, paper-based materials, and other tangible artifacts in collections. Discussion includes, but is not limited to, library binding, physical quality and treatment.

Works with the Core Board and Executive Director on financial planning and reporting.

Brings together librarians, library workers, and design professionals to analyze, discuss, and share information related to academic, public, and school library buildings, equipment, and furnishings. We share ideas and knowledge to help members stay engaged on changing trends in organizational structures, services, staff operations, and facilities. We also identify and promote adoption of best practices for inclusive practices and design. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to, library site selection; building planning and architecture; library furniture and equipment; interior design; maintenance and security of buildings and property; disaster recovery.

Manages the Core Buildings and Operations Section: provides leadership and ongoing communication both within the section and between the section and Core leadership/other sections; coordinates the annual plan for section content development and projects; handles appointments to section committees as needed; makes recommendations for representatives to ALA groups and/or external groups, as needed.

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