Core Networks

Core will initially have five networks (think sections or areas of focus), with a formal component for standards integrated into each one.

  • Access and Equity
    • Advocacy for access and preservation of information and scholarly communication, including Preservation Week activities
    • Supporting ALA lobbying efforts for fairness in copyright and net neutrality
    • Providing financial contributions, programming, and training, in support of equity, diversity, and inclusion, both within the division and the profession
  • Leadership
    • Identify and develop leaders at every level
    • Ability to grow and lead within our governance structure, growing micro-opportunities and virtual engagement
    • Robust and diverse mentoring programs and leadership institutes
    • Growing and maintaining cohorts from leadership programs to expand member networks
  • Metadata and Collections
    • Ensuring that libraries and library staff can meet user’s needs
    • Creation and input on standards and best practices for selection, acquisition, description, access, and preservation of information resources 
    • Focus on preservation of both print, media, and digital resources
  • Operations and Buildings
    • Providing venues for sharing best practices supporting efficient unit operations and facilities
    • Sharing ideas and knowledge to stay engaged on changing trends in organizational structures, services, staff operations, and facilities 
  • Technology
    • Supporting the identification and adoption of best practices in libraries
    • Making ALA information policy concrete for members and the profession by providing resources, tools, training, and community support for adoption and implementation
    • Helping librarians to understand emerging technologies and translate them into actionable plans for library services
    • Bridging the technology related needs and discussions across all types of libraries and operational areas