Groups - Core Technology 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.

Committees

  • Emerging Trends
    Explores, promotes, and shares various new emerging technologies.
  • Federated Authentication
    Providing online access to licensed scholarly content with optimized user experience and privacy protection is a major service of libraries. This committee will provide a venue for the library community to be partners in the new evolving federated authentication landscape.
  • Top Technology Trends
    Organizes the Top Technology Trends events held at ALA conferences, selects participants to name the trends, manage online discussions and meetings, finalize results, and help with follow-up activities. The Top Technology Trends will be used to plan programs and publications.

Want to serve on one of these committees?

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Interest Groups

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Libraries
    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.
  • Digital Conversion
    A venue for discussing the digitization, preservation, and access of print, audio, photographic, and moving image materials, as well as the migration, preservation, and access of born digital collections, including web-based and software-based materials.
  • Imagineering
    Promotes imaginative forecasting and planning for future information systems and technologies through the examination and analysis of science fiction themes and works.
  • Instructional Technologies
    A place for librarians to explore emerging technologies for instructional purposes and to share ideas and best practices in instructional design and technology.
  • Linked Data
    Provides a forum for discussion of issues related to Linked Library Data and the role of library metadata in the Semantic web. Goals include: raising awareness of Semantic Web technologies, such as the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the use of URIs as identifiers within bibliographic descriptions; promoting research on linked data challenges, such as domain modeling and vocabulary selection and design; and informing the ongoing development of existing metadata standards for Libraries, Archives and Cultural Heritage Institutions.
  • Maker Technology
    Explores technologies located within makerspaces, content creation spaces, and the management of such areas. These technologies include 3D printers, computational textiles, light boxes, recording studies, laser cutters, video equipment, and more.
  • Open Source Systems
    Advocates the adoption of open source technologies in libraries. Serves as an educational hub within the division for librarians interested in learning more about open source communities and the software they create.
  • WebServices4Lib
    Explores and promotes the use of Web applications among libraries and librarians, facilitating communication and establishing best practices.

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


Related Groups

  • 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.
  • Electronic Resources Interest Group
    Provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among those persons working with or interested in electronic resources; promotes the acquisition and access of electronic resources collections; strengthens communication and cooperation among persons working with electronic resources collections; addresses issues related to collection management and development of electronic resources, their funding, and selection; and contributes to the improvement of education and training of electronic resource archivists and librarians.
  • Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) Editorial Board
    Serves in an advisory capacity to the ITAL Editor on the contents of journal issues; forms the core of referees, reviews manuscripts submitted for possible publication.
  • Linked Data Interest Group
    Provides a forum for discussion of issues related to Linked Library Data and the role of library metadata in the Semantic web. Goals include: raising awareness of Semantic Web technologies, such as the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the use of URIs as identifiers within bibliographic descriptions; promoting research on linked data challenges, such as domain modeling and vocabulary selection and design; and informing the ongoing development of existing metadata standards for Libraries, Archives and Cultural Heritage Institutions.
  • MARC Formats Transition Interest Group
    Provides a forum to educate the library community about ongoing efforts to transition from the MARC Standard for bibliographic data and examines new approaches and strategies for implementing bibliographic data models within the framework of linked open data and semantic web technology.
  • Metadata Interest Group
    Provides a broad framework for information exchange on current research developments, tools, and activities affecting networked information resources and metadata; coordinates and actively participates in the development and review of standards concerning networked resources and metadata in conjunction with the divisions’ committees and sections, other units within ALA, and relevant outside agencies; and develops programs and fosters and sponsors education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of networked resources and metadata, their identity, content, technology, access, control, and use; and plans and monitors activities using Core’s strategic and tactical plan as a framework.
  • 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.
  • Preservation Outreach Committee
    • Develops, facilitates, maintains and expands preservation focused outreach and service on behalf of Core through the Preservation Week and Preservation in Action initiatives;
    • Promotes these efforts through a variety of strategies, working closely with Core liaisons and staff;
    • Enhances outreach to the public, libraries, and other cultural institutions via social media, programing for the Core Continuing Education Coordination Committee, and maintaining preservation-focused resources for the Preservation Week website.
  • 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.
  • Standards Coordination Committee
    Coordinates Core’s involvement in standards development and education, both internally across all sections and committees, and externally with standards setting groups; shares information regarding current and developing standards within Core’s scope.