The Core Forum is the annual conference for ALA’s newest division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructures, Futures. It brings together decisions makers and practitioners that focus on the following areas:

  • Access & Equity
  • Assessment
  • Buildings & Operations
  • Leadership & Management
  • Metadata & Collections
  • Preservation
  • Technology

The Core Forum will take place November 14-16, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Forum features pre-conference workshops, tours, thought-provoking presentations, keynote speakers, poster presentations, and social events. An unconference space also allows for informal conversations throughout the event, including ad hoc, birds-of-a-feather discussions.

Attending Core Forum was a transformative journey. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this incredible experience!

The organization of and the quality of the programming at the 2023 ALA Core Forum were among the highest I have experienced in nearly 30 years of attending Library conferences.

The size and scope of Core Forum are perfect for networking and learning. The more targeted content and smaller session sizes make it a great alternative to bigger conferences.

Every session block had something relevant to my work in a public library. I enjoyed sharing meals and getting to know some librarians from across the country.

Core Forum provides me with an amazing opportunity to network and learn from other leaders and Library professionals. Core is a community of individuals that support our Libraries and do the heavy lifting behind the scenes.

I loved having a high quality conference that was focused on my interests rather than lots of topics outside my focus area.

You got to come to Core Forum! It’s the best conference ALA has to offer!

I gained some great knowledge that will directly benefit my job and my library as a whole. And I met some very interesting colleagues who had really interesting ideas that I plan to follow up with.

Really the conference to attend if you do any back-of-house library work.