We’re thrilled to announce that Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is moving forward, thanks to our members.
The three existing divisions’ members all voted to approve the bylaws change that will unite ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA to form Core:
- ALCTS: 91% yes
- LITA: 96% yes
- LLAMA: 96% yes
The presidents of the three divisions, Jennifer Bowen, ALCTS, Emily Morton-Owens, LITA, and Anne Cooper Moore, LLAMA, shared the following statement: “We first want to thank our members for supporting Core. Their belief in this vision, that we can accomplish more together than we can separately, has inspired us, and we look forward to working with all members to build this new and sustainable ALA division. We also want to thank the Core Steering Committee, and all the members who were part of project teams, town halls and focus groups. We would not have reached this moment without their incredible work.”
ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall said, “Congratulations to the leaders and members of ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA for making the bold move to merge their strengths. This new division offers opportunities to expand our impact and will help cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions. I heartily welcome Core to the ALA division family and look forward to supporting its future success.”
This vote does not end the process. Our divisions will now work with the ALA Committee on Organization and the ALA Council to officially establish Core as a new division on September 1, and to discontinue ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA. Because the 2020 ALA Annual Conference has been cancelled, we’ll be working with ALA leadership to ensure this process moves forward virtually.
On behalf of the Boards of Directors, thank you for voting, for asking important questions, and for galvanizing your colleagues toward defining our future together.
Emily Morton-Owens, President, Library Information Technology Association (LITA)
Jennifer Bowen, President, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
Anne Cooper Moore, President, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)