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Core Forum 2021 – Proposal Submission Deadline Extended to June 1st

Submission Deadline Has Been Extended to: June 1, 2021

Submit Your Proposal Form for Core Forum 2021

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The October 7-9 Core Forum in Baltimore will be our first opportunity to celebrate the diverse and interconnected library work of Core members. We’ll engage the collective expertise of presenters and participants, facilitating thought-provoking conversations over two days of presentations, tabletop exhibits, and poster sessions. There will be opportunities to safely reconnect with colleagues during receptions, dine-arounds, and in the uncommons space.

We’re looking for proposals that are thought-provoking and highly relevant to practitioners in the following areas: 

  • Access and equity
  • Assessment
  • Buildings and operations
  • Leadership and management
  • Metadata and collections
  • Technology


Session – Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday. Session presentations will be 45 minutes in length with 15 minutes for introduction and Q&A. Presenters are required to present in-person and register at the discounted presenter rate.

Preconference – Half-Day (3-4 hours) or Full-Day (5-6 hours) preconferences and tours (off-site venues) will be held on Thursday, October 7. Presenters are required to present in-person and a modest honorarium will be offered.

Poster – Posters may be the digital equivalent of a print poster, a short video, or recorded presentation. The poster session offers the opportunity to share and promote work, research, and ideas across the Forum’s content areas identified in the bulleted list above. Poster presentations will be available throughout the Forum, with special time reserved for participants to ask questions and engage in conversation with the presenters.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following points:

  1. Relevance to the Forum’s program tracks and audience
  2. Opportunities for learning and applicability to current library trends
  3. Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion

We encourage diversity in presenters from a wide range of background, libraries, and experiences. We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities. We also strongly encourage submissions from public, school, and special libraries.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is evaluating/using the product.  We welcome your support! Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are listed in the Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus.  

Presenters will submit final presentation slides and/or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available online following the event. They will be able to register at a discounted rate and participate in the Forum as attendees.

Registration will open in June. Watch the Core Forum website for program announcements and join the list for ongoing Forum updates.

For questions, contact the Forum Planning Co-Chairs or Core Staff:

Submit Your Proposal Form for Core Forum 2021


About Core: Leadership, Infrastructure Futures
Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is the national association that advances the profession of librarians and information providers in central roles of leadership and management, collections and technical services, and technology. Our mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning. Core is a new division of the American Library Association. Follow us on our Blog, Twitter or Instagram.

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