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Any Core member can request a login for the sandbox to learn how to use OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS) system and get hands-on practice at no additional cost. WMS is is a cloud-based, integrated suite of library management and discovery applications with WorldCat as its foundation. Even if your library doesn't use WMS, this unique learning opportunity gives library workers who want to learn new skills and systems the ability to work directly in a library management system.
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.
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.
Provides a community focusing on library assessment, evaluation, and measurement regardless of type of library or activity. It is intended to cultivate a network of assessment professionals around best practices, theory and models of assessment, providing a place for continual improvement and growth of assessment practice within the library community and emphasizing the role of assessment in demonstrating the impact of a library. The committee is responsible for maintaining the Library Assessment Repository.
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.
Each year Core sponsors AvramCamp, a safe and welcoming space for women and non-binary technology library workers to explore common challenges faced, learn strategies for dealing with them, and discuss specific tools to build confidence, This one-day preconference, inspired by AdaCamp, takes place on Friday of the ALA Annual Conference, and registration costs $25. AvramCamp begins by exploring Imposter Syndrome, the feeling that you aren’t actually qualified for the work you are doing and will be discovered as a fraud. Using the unconference model, participants then have the opportunity to choose the topics most relevant to them for discussion, such as salary negotiation, how to advocate for accomplishments/invisible work, and ways to promote diversity and equity in tech environments.
Each year Core sponsors AvramCamp, a safe and welcoming space for women and non-binary technology library workers to explore common challenges faced, learn strategies for dealing with them, and discuss specific tools to build confidence, This Committee plans and runs AvramCamp, which is held at the ALA Annual Conference; creates the day's schedule; handles the scholarship application, selection, and notification process; creates the evaluation survey and sends it to participants; and writes a summary report after the event.
Our Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) journal publishes a popular book review column that is wholly reliant on motivated reviewers. Writing book reviews for LRTS is fun and easy. We  contact you when we've identified a book for review that matches your profile. If you agree to review it, you'll have 2–3 months to complete your review, which will range from 800–1,200 words. We encourage seasoned, as well as first-time, reviewers to volunteer. Writing a book review can be a useful entrée into the sometimes daunting world of publishing. Please don't hesitate from volunteering for lack of experience; sincere interest is what matters most.
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.
No matter where you are in your career, you could probably use a lift! Core is dedicated to cultivating and amplifying the collective expertise of library workers in core functions and we recognize the importance of the core work of our practitioners. Grounded in Core’s mission of cultivating and amplifying the collective expertise of library workers in core functions, the LIFT awards are designed to support information professionals whose passion, actions, and everyday work warrants recognition and celebration. It is an investment in your future and ours. Recipients receive up to $1,500 that they may use on professional development including, but not limited to, ALA or Core membership dues, attending the ALA Annual Conference, ALA LibLearnX Conference, the Core Forum, or continuing education.
Discusses the basic issues relating to bibliographic control of maps and related materials. Discusses rules and standards covering such cataloging, as well as application of the rules and principles both in general and in response to specific problems, and various practicing options. This is  a joint interest group with the Map & Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT).
Explores the evolving nature of the library catalog and its relationship to the fundamental mission and expanding services of libraries.
Discusses the various issues involved in cataloging, classification, authority control and metadata application after the initial cataloging has been performed, including its impact on discovery. Provides a forum for exchanging information and discussing techniques, new developments, and problems with managing the data integrity of library catalogs and related discovery tools.
Provides a showcase for viewing and discussing the latest research projects in the organization and retrieval of information.
Offers a forum for the exploration, communication, and exchange of ideas on the dynamics and evolution of cataloging/metadata norms and workflows. We encourage and seek out participation from anyone with an interest in cataloging - from public, academic, school, or special libraries - regardless of experience level or training.
Discusses the various collection development and collection management issues of concern to large research libraries, especially issues affecting diverse collections that support a broad spectrum of instructional, research, and cultural programs. Provide sa forum for the exchange of information on new developments, techniques, challenges, and opportunities in managing library collections, as well as seeking opportunities for collaboration and cooperation to increase the effectiveness and efficiencies of support for our institutions.
Identifies the forces of change in the development and management of collections as they affect the individual selector and the selector's ability to address and manage these changes. Presents forums and programs, designs guidelines, identifies resources, and collects and disseminates information.
Dedicated to quantitative measures based on commonly defined data; managing information resources and developing institutional benchmarking; explores, develops, and promotes the use of both descriptive data and outcomes/impacts data.
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