Thursday, December 19, 2019

2020 Winter Sensory Programs at the Public Libraries in Rhode Island

  2020 Winter Sensory Programs at the 
Public Libraries in Rhode Island

The RI Children's Sensory Story Time Support Group announces 
the 2020 Winter Sensory Programs. Yay!! 😀👍

These programs are geared to children/teens on the Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental delays. To learn more about this support group or to join us please visit:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Survey on library service to refugees, immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers

IFLA, the Section on Library Services to People with Special Needs and the Goethe-Institut joined forces to develop Guidelines for Library Services to Refugees, Immigrants, Migrants and Asylum Seekers. Working with us are the Sections on Libraries Serving People with Print Disabilities, Public Library Section, and Library Services to Multicultural Populations.

To do this we are launching the Global Survey about library services to refugees, immigrants, migrants and asylum seekers. This survey aims to gather examples of services now being delivered worldwide by libraries to this target audience, how they are developed, staff responses, and what cooperative alliances exist to deliver these services.

The deadline for the survey is: 22 December 2019.
After that date, the survey will close.

The survey should only take approximately 10-15 minutes.

It is in English, but responders are encouraged to submit answers in any language most comfortable.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Edwardsville Public Library supports homeless community

The Edwardsville (Ill.) Public Library is trying to address homelessness in its community and recently took a big first step. On December 3, the library hosted the first meeting of a community resource advisory group to help identify a network of assistance and support for library patrons whose needs are not being met. About 25 people attended, including representatives from libraries, government agencies, churches, and health services. The group is part of the library’s multipronged approach to the issue, which includes applying to serve as an internship site for a student from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Social Work....

General Membership Meeting (January 2020)

General Membership meeting of Cornucopia of Rhode Island, a section of the Rhode Island Library Association will be held on:

Monday, January 13, 2020
Cranston Public Library
140 Sockanosset Cross Road
Cranston, RI 

3:00 p.m. (Seminar Room)
Telephone: 401-943-9080

Contact Julie Cerrito, Chair with any questions:

Enjoy the holidays. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Library offers safe night for kids with sensory issues

Library offers safe night for kids with sensory issues

For children who have sensory issues, the world can seem like a minefield of unpleasant experiences with noisy school classrooms, the constant visual stimulus of moving lights from an unending flow of vehicles, or an unpleasant crawling feeling all along the skin from touching a strangely textured object. The Union County Library System in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, recognizes that there are many kids who desperately need an escape from these and other sensory disasters, and offers a free Sensory Night program on the fourth Thursday of every month for these children and their families to play safely....

Monday, December 9, 2019

Call for Proposals: RILA 2020 Conference

The Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference Call for Proposals is now open and accepting your submissions. The 2020 Conference will be held May 28 - 29 at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.  
We strive to create a vibrant conference that will leave attendees invigorated and inspired. Our 2020 theme is Think Outside the Books: Telling Your Library Story Beyond Books. Your proposal does not need to fit the theme to be considered for inclusion in the conference.

Please submit your proposals by February 7, 2020 at the RILA 2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals form
Please contact Conference Co-chairs Nicolette Baffoni at and Joseph Morra at with any questions.

We look forward to reading your proposal!

Joint Call for Proposals - Finding the Balance: 2020 ACRL/NEC and NELIG

Joint Annual Conference: Finding the Balance

2020 ACRL New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) & New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG - A Special Interest Group of ACRL/NEC)

May 26-27, 2020
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI

Library work is often a balancing act. We seek proposals from staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship that explore the ways we find balance in our profession, among our coworkers, patrons or students, and with our lives beyond the workplace.

About the 2020 Two-Day Conference: ACRL New England Chapter and New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) are joining up to offer two days of conference engagement: May 26 will focus primarily on instruction, while May 27 will include all areas of librarianship (including instruction).

May 26: A day dedicated to library instruction and led by NELIG. There will be no vendors on this day. There will be social events in the evening.

May 27: A day dedicated to all areas of librarianship and led by ACRL/NEC. A variety of vendors will be exhibiting on this day. There will be a poster session on this day.

There are many ways to interpret this year's conference theme; we encourage your creative ideas.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Wellness initiatives in libraries
Growing sustainable instruction programs
Balancing the instructional needs of diverse library users
Balancing budgets
Diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries
Balancing space needs in libraries
Developing balanced collections for all user needs
Work-life balance
Balancing cataloging metadata in diverse formats

Proposal Due Date: January 17, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Submit your proposal and find details about session formats and submission requirements at

Thursday, December 5, 2019

4th Annual Book Buzz: What's new in Spanish Language publishing?

4th Annual Book Buzz: What's new in Spanish Language publishing?

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020
Time: 9:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Location: Penguin Random House
1745 Broadway (between 55 & 56 St.)
New York, NY 10019 (directions)
Second Floor Auditorium

The REFORMA Northeast Chapter cordially invites librarians, educators and other professionals interested in the Spanish language publishing industry for a day of exclusive book presentations and exhibits of Spanish language materials for all age levels.

The presentations will focus on Spanish language Juvenile / Young Adult literature during the morning session and Adult literature in the afternoon.

Publishers and distributors will showcase upcoming new and/or the best titles featured at the LIBER and FIL Book Fairs.

The program will be conducted in English.
For more information, please visit the event website.


Please RSVP by December 30, 2019.

~ Adriana Blancarte-Hayward, President REFORMA Northeast Chapter 2019-2020
~Alexandra Gomez and Libbhy Romero, Book Buzz Committee Chairs 2019-2020

Urban Librarians Conference Call for Speakers

Urban Librarians Unite is calling for presenters for our eighth Urban Librarians Conference to be held at the Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY on May 1, 2020.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Caution: Librarians at Work!” and will be focusing on the pragmatic realities of working urban librarians. Special topics of interest include, working conditions, trauma in the workplace, mid-career development, badass library workers, diversity in the library workforce, rights and protections for staff, and philosophies of work and management.

All proposals will be considered by the ULU educational committee. ULU is committed to diverse presenters. We encourage all presenters to seek out diverse and underrepresented voices on topics and issues under discussion. Preference will be given to panels which offer a variety of perspectives.

Please use this form to submit your application. The final date for consideration will be December 31, 2019.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

eBooks for All

More than 200,000 people have voiced opposition to Macmillan's embargo on new eBook titles to public libraries, and the ALA has filed its first report with Congress. Now what?

Register for this *FREE* webinar for updates on the #eBooksForAll campaign!

Apply for Libraries Transform Communities Grant

Library workers can apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal, or special library to expand its community engagement efforts.

Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. Project activities to be covered by the grant may include developing community engagement programs and services; partnering with a community agency that builds the capacity of the community to address an important concern/issue; or creating a program or event that connects the library to a community-identified aspiration or concern. 

Applications will be accepted between December 2, 2019, and February 3, 2020....

The 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Session Submission Site is Now Open

The 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Session Committee invites everyone to share their best ideas and work with the library community by presenting a Poster Session at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text, and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during assigned 1 ½-hour time periods.

The deadline for applying is Friday, January 31, 2020. Please note that the Diversity and Outreach Fair will take place on Saturday, June 27 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Applicants will be notified in early April, after a double-blind peer-review process, if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference.

Start your application and view more information about the submission process now at:….

You must log in to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emily Day at