Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Certificate to CORI by Senator Jack Reed

Erin Arcand, Representative of Senator Jack Reed presented this certificate to CORI 
on behalf of the senator at the 2019 CORI Annual Mini-Conference.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Diverse Book Finder database

Diverse Book Finder database

Check out a free new database called Diverse Book Finder:
You can use it to search for picture books and resources on Black and Indigenous and People of Color BIPOC. There's also a collection analysis tool designed to help you diversify your picture book collection. School librarians and educators from Maine have developed it and are now just sharing with the public.

REFORMA National Program Grant

REFORMA National has created a program grant award of up to $500 for active REFORMA Chapters and Members-at-Large.

The REFORMA National Program Grant was established to support library projects or programs for children, young adults, or adults that furthers REFORMA's mission, which is to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.

The application deadline is January 6, 2020 and the winners will be announced during ALA Midwinter 2020.

Monday, November 18, 2019

2019 MLA Scholarship for Underrepresented Students

The Medical Library Association (MLA) wants to support your excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship through its scholarship of up to $5000 for underrepresented students. The recipient will also receive one year of student membership in MLA and free inclusive student registration at the 2020 annual meeting in Portland, Oregon!
Application information and materials available at
All application materials (including official transcripts and letters of recommendation) due to MLA Headquarters by website submission, fax, email, or postal mail by December 1, 2019.
Applicant must:
  • be a member of an underrepresented group, such as Black or African-American, Hispanic or Latinx, Asian, Aboriginal, North American Indian or Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander;
  • be entering a Master’s program at an ALA-accredited graduate library school OR at the time of the granting of the scholarship (February 2020), have completed no more than one-half of the academic requirements of the graduate program;
  • be a citizen of or have permanent residence in either the United States or Canada; and
  • not be a past recipient of the MLA Scholarship or the MLA Scholarship for Minority Students

Friday, November 15, 2019

2019 Annual Fall CORI Mini Conference

21st Century Libraries: Transcending & Empowering
Thursday - November 7, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Rhode Island State Library in Providence.

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Performance by students at TAPA (Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts: A Public Charter School in Providence, RI)

Erin Arcand, Representative of Senator Jack Reed speaking on behalf of the senator and presented CORI with a certificate.
Ms. Ida and Ms. Maria both REFORMA members. The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Applications for the 2020-2021 Spectrum Scholarship are now open

The Spectrum Scholarship Program, an initiative of ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA. More than 1,100 library leaders of color have benefited from funding, community building, and opportunities to collectively advance equity, diversity, and inclusion as part of the Spectrum network.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

"Future of Libraries" A Panel Discussion

"Future of Libraries" A Panel Discussion
Monday, November 4, 2019
at the Cranston Public Library

Our very own Maria Cotto, Bilingual Children's Librarian from the Pawtucket Public Library participated in the panel, briefly discussing the importance of library services to the Latino population and services to children & teens on the autism spectrum disorder.

Big thank you to Senator Jack Reed and Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian, Library of Congress for leading such a great discussion and Karen Mellor, Chief of Libraries (OLIS) for putting this panel together. Yay!! 😃👍

Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian; Library of Congress and Denise Dowdell, Dr. Donna Gilton and Ida D McGhee founders of Cornucopia of Rhode Island
Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian; Library of Congress & Dr. Donna Gilton
Maria Cotto, Senator Jack Reed, Denise Dowdell & Ida D. McGhee
Future of Libraries panel...
Senator Jack Reed & Maria Cotto doing her speech.