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Forum Registration Now Open

Core Virtual Forum is November 18 and 20. This 2-day interactive gathering will bring together our library community for an opportunity to share ideas, network, and collaborate. The program sessions and lighting rounds will focus on managing present-day challenges, priority reassessment, effective leadership, and innovative technology solutions within library culture.

Day 1 of the Forum will begin with keynote speaker Dr. Meredith Clark examining ways libraries stand in the truest gap when institutions have lost credibility; a panel discussion will follow. After the keynote, Forum participants can join a variety of program sessions and lightning talks exploring trend topics such as Digital Story Telling for eLearning Solutions, Student Library Partnerships, Successful Metadata Analysis, Effective Management Practices, and more!

Day 2 of the Forum will start with keynote speaker Sofia Leung exploring some of the LIS values, structures, and characteristics that subtly and explicitly sustain a culture of white supremacy and how this can be dismantled through a suggested set of actions, followed by a discussion to engage attendees. Day 2 program sessions include more hot topics such as Accessibility Training, Collaboration, Managing Change, Collections Assessment, and more!

Take a Break to Network and Engage

What's a gathering without a little fun? We're excited to host social events that will bring us together and help you get to know your community. Here are some options to socialize as much (or little) as you like:

  • Online Opening Reception
  • Core Happy Hour
  • Virtual Game Night
  • Networking Breaks

Additionally, participants will be able to gather in our Core Virtual Lounge, an informal space where active discussions can happen surrounding Core Virtual Forum events. This can include live, ad hoc birds of a feather discussions and Slack channel messaging.

Join us and Register Now!

Registration rates are:

$219 for Core members

$295 for ALA Individual members

$329 for Non-members

$79 for Student/Retired members/Unemployed/Furloughed workers

$515 for Groups (includes up to 10 user logins to access the event).

For more information on registration, contact Tom Ferren, Core Program Officer, Professional Development.

Now more than ever is the time for us to stay connected as we stand together to keep our libraries strong. We hope you'll join us for the first Core gathering of the year!

Register for Forum Now