Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

To connect library and information practitioners in all career stages and from all organization types with expertise, colleagues, and professional development to empower transformation in technology, collections, and leadership, and to advocate for access to information for all.

Vision

Core members are the center of every library. We will shape the future of libraries by striking the balance between maintenance and innovation, process and progress, collaborating and leading to ensure equitable access to information for all.

Values

  • Transparency
  • Diversity 
  • Inclusion
  • Knowledge Sharing 
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation

Culture: Operationalizing Our Values

Shared and celebrated expertise
Core will be the source for sharing and developing expertise among members, providing programming, publications, and other activities that support professional development in a wide variety of forms. We celebrate and recognize the achievements of our members and make sharing the core of what we do.

Strategically chosen work that makes a difference
Core will focus on work that provides valuable services and experiences for our members. We will work to understand member needs and continually evaluate how we use our resources to best meet those needs. We will be dedicated to maintaining a balance between agile and adaptable activities and strategic decision-making with the long-term health of the division in mind.

Core will focus on work that provides valuable services and experiences for our members. We will work to understand member needs and continually evaluate how we use our resources to best meet those needs. We will be dedicated to maintaining a balance between agile and adaptable activities and strategic decision-making with the long-term health of the division in mind.

Transparent, equitable, flexible, and inclusive structures
Core members will find it easy to understand what we do and how we do it. Our structure and activities will be welcoming to members – existing and prospective, new to the profession and seasoned – and process will never get in the way of access to resources and connections. We will encourage sharing of opinions, openness to change, and inclusivity that is always respectful and collegial.

Empowering framework for experimental and proven approaches
Core will support different methods and approaches for getting things done, including methods we haven’t even dreamed up yet. Excellence and expertise can come from anywhere in the division, regardless of tenure or experience. The framework of the new division exists to provide tools, resources and connections that let members accomplish what’s important to them.

Intentional amplification of diverse perspectives
Core champions the belief that we are stronger – as individuals, as a division, and as a profession – when we ensure that our work includes diverse voices. We will allocate real resources toward ensuring that people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives take active roles in the association. Diversity, equity and inclusion in our new division will be exemplified by activities that help members reach outside of their usual bubbles, including across different types of libraries, different kinds of library workers and different functional areas.

Expansive collaboration to become better together
Core members will have ample opportunities to engage with colleagues and do valuable work, and those opportunities will meet our members where they are. We empower members to take part no matter their circumstances. Collaboration can be live or virtual, along a spectrum of time-frames from microproject to multi-year initiative, and the process of matching members with activities is friction-free for members, leadership and staff alike.