Groups - Core Leadership & Management Section

Participating on a committee is a great way to develop new skills, learn from your peers, help advance the mission of Core, and accomplish concrete goals. We need your talents! The volunteer form is open year-round to help fill any vacancies. The appointment process starts in February and finishes in April so that new committee members can begin on July 1.

We encourage all members to apply. We need the talent and skill of dedicated library professionals like you.

Learn more about the Leadership Team that manages this section.


  • ALA John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award Committee
    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.
  • Management Best Practices
  • PR Xchange Awards Committee
    Plans, coordinates, and implements the PR Xchange Event and Awards Ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference, which offers visitors the opportunity to view and take home sample promotional materials from libraries across North America, as well as to network with library marketing professionals. Oversees the PR Xchange Awards Competition, a national competition for the best library promotional materials in print and electronic formats from the past year. Solicits submissions and judging takes place throughout the year. Entries are appraised by a jury of marketing professionals on the quality of content, format, design, creativity, and originality. Winning projects are displayed at the PR Xchange Event, and certificates are distributed at the Awards Ceremony.
  • Project Management
  • Security in Libraries

Want to serve on this committee?

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Interest Groups

  • Consortium Management
    Focuses on consortial funding, advocacy, services, etc., and discusses topics of interest to statewide library cooperatives, multi-state, national cooperatives, and multi-type library systems.
  • Dialogue with Directors
    Provides a venue for directing questions and concerns towards current and retired directors for open discussion. Possible topics could include leadership, library school education, major issues facing directors, preparing for an administrative role, positives and negatives of directing a library, and the thought processes of directors in day-to-day operations. The goal is to provide a group where directors and the curious alike can equally gain from the back and forth discussions, and educate people in the roles and experiences of directors.
  • Heads of Library Technology
    Provides a forum and support network for those individuals with administrative responsibility for computing and technology in a library setting. Explores issues of planning and implementation, management and organization, support, technology leadership, and other areas of interest to library technology managers and administration.
  • Library Consulting
    Supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange, and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants, state library and regional library consultants, and anyone who wants to push the boundaries of librarianship.
  • Library Leaders and Managers
    Organizes, moderates, and distributes summaries of virtual and face-to-face discussions on topics of interest to leaders and managers at all levels and types of libraries.
  • Middle Managers
    Provides a forum to examine and encourage the research and practice of library administration, especially on the middle management level, and to encourage the improvement of such management in libraries.
  • Solo Practitioners
    Organizes, moderates, and distributes summaries of virtual and face-to-face discussions on topics of interest to soloists, solo directors, librarians, or practitioners.
  • Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries
    Meets and discusses informally problems within the field of technical services which are common to the administration of small- to medium-sized academic and research libraries.

Want to start an interest group in the Leadership and Management Section? Fill out the form!

Related Groups

  • Competencies Development Committee
    Identifies, develops, and evaluates library leadership and management competencies, and makes recommendations for development of competencies across Core’s functional areas.
  • Ebooks Interest Group
    Provides a regular forum for discussion and to meet at Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings. Core represents a large segment of libraries and can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the ebook landscape evolves. Core welcomes any type of library or library agency, as well as consortia, to join this group.
  • Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award Subcommittee
    Honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson by soliciting nominations and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions (including risk taking) toward the improvement of library services or to library development or research. The award is jointly sponsored by Core and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and is funded by an endowment created by divisional, individual, and vendor contributions given in memory of Hugh C. Atkinson.
  • Leadership Development and Mentoring Committee
    Champions and manages Core leadership development programs and activities for members and the profession, including the Core mentoring program.
  • Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) Editorial Board
    Advises the editor on matters relating to editorial policies and journal content; assists in the selection of contributors and the evaluation of manuscripts; provides input on ways to continuously improve LL&M.
  • Open Access Interest Group
    Brings together library staff interested in open access (OA) publishing, including, but not limited to: OA and collection development; transformative agreements; library sponsored author funds; and OA library publishing. The interest group will keep members informed of new policies and practices in this area.
  • Project Management Interest Group
    A forum where those who are interested in the topic of project management or working in this area can come together to learn and share expertise; explores how libraries and library workers can develop PM skills and apply PM to their organizations.
  • Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations Interest Group
    Provides connectivity between publishers, libraries, and vendors. We strive to bridge gaps in communication among these groups by supplying ongoing training opportunities, hosting discussion groups, and presenting information on current and future trends through ALA programs and eforums.