Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Creating Accessible Virtual Programs for Children with Disabilities and their Families


Please join the Children’s Sensory Support Group forCreating Accessible Virtual Programs for Children with Disabilities and their Families with Renee Grassi
According to the CDC, 1 in 6 children experience disability. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children with disabilities and their families are disconnected from their communities now more than ever before. How then can libraries connect with these families and deliver more accessible virtual library experiences that support and welcome all abilities? In this presentation, Renee Grassi will share tips and strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating virtual storytimes and other virtual programming to make them more inclusive for all.
Author, blogger, speaker, and trainer Renee Grassi is a recognized library leader and advocate for youth and families. In 2012, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work creating programs and services for youth with disabilities and their families.
Renee has been a member of the ALSC Committee for Special Populations and their Caregivers and was a regular ALSC blogger for more than eight years. In addition, she was one of the founding Board Members of Illinois’s Targeting Autism Forum and also a co-founding member of SNAILS—an Illinois librarian networking group dedicated to developing more accessible libraries to children and teens with disabilities. Most recently, she contributed as a co-author of ALSC’s Virtual Storytime Services Guide. Renee graduated from Dominican University’s GSLIS Program and has worked in public libraries for over thirteen years.
Renee is currently Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library in Minnesota. 
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Sensory Story Time Support Group is a grassroots community of practice developed and facilitated by Maria Cotto at the Pawtucket Public Library and Lisa Lesinski at the Barrington Public Library, with continued support from Babs Wells at the Greenville Public Library. The Sensory Storytime Support Group seeks to empower youth services librarians to better serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families by expanding programming, outreach, partnerships, and resources that welcome all abilities. 
For more information about the Sensory Story Time Support Group please contact Maria Cotto at mcotto@pawtucketlibrary.org

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

General Membership Meeting (December 2020) Zoom Meeting

Cornucopia of Rhode Island, a section of the Rhode Island Library Association invites you to a Zoom meeting.
When: Dec 16, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Juliann Cerrito, CORI President

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The RILA 2021 Conference call for proposals is open!

Rhode Island Library Association 2021 Annual Conference
We are seeking proposals that explore our theme--Well + Connected: Libraries and Healthy Communities--in different ways, including public health and pandemic response; equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism; community partnerships and connections; and library staff mental health and wellbeing. As always, your proposal does not need to conform to the theme to be considered for inclusion in the conference.

Submissions are due by February 1, 2021. Learn more and submit your proposal at: http://ow.ly/m0Vk50CAUQM

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant


ALA invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, an annual award supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries.
View the full award guidelines and apply online at www.ala.org/LTCEG.

LJ Movers & Shakers 2021: Nomination Period Extended to December 15!


Don't wait! Tell us about your colleagues who are helping to build their library's—or all libraries'—future, so we can let the world know.

CLA 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

Connecticut Library Association
is seeking program proposals for the CLA 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, which will take place May 10-14, 2021.

Click here to submit a proposal by January 31st: http://ow.ly/Tkxc50CyBMj

Monday, November 23, 2020

Examining the Origins and Legacy of Indigenous Slavery on the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower's Landing.


Join fellow alumni and community guests for a discussion on indigenous slavery at Harvard and in New England.
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Time: Noon - 1pm PST
3pm - 4pm EST
Ticket Price: FREE! Attend via Zoom. Click link below to register:

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Advancing the Conversation: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in CT Libraries


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion - or EDI - is a phrase we’ve been hearing a lot lately, but what does it mean? What makes it so important to our work in Connecticut libraries, and how can we apply these principles to our everyday Library work? This two-hour online workshop aims to begin answering these questions and provide attendees a foundation from which to build an understanding of EDI, and apply them in practice to our real-life library work. 
The workshop will begin with a presentation from Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, who will discuss basics and provide attendees with a general understanding of principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, along with a sense of what this all means for libraries. Dr. Hughes-Hassell is a Professor and Coordinator of the School Library Media Coordinator Program at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). Her research focuses on social justice issues in library services, culturally relevant practice in libraries, and diverse youth literature. She has published widely and presented locally and nationally on critical race theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, and the role of librarians in supporting the literacy needs of African American youth. 
Then, we will hear from a panel of four Connecticut library workers about their experiences with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The panelists will include:
Gabbie Barnes, Wilson Branch Manager, Windsor Public Library
Rachel Gravel, Head of Borrowing & Technical Services, Simsbury Public Library
Alice Knapp, President, The Ferguson Library (Stamford)
Ayanna Wright, Teen Librarian, Russell Library (Middletown)
The panel discussion will give attendees an idea of what EDI work looks like on a more practical level, and what it means to pursue this work in a meaningful way in Connecticut. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions so that we can advance the conversation around this topic.So, whether EDI is totally new to you, or you’ve already begun your journey, this workshop is sure to give you some food for thought and some ideas for how to keep the conversation going. We hope to see you there!
When: December 08, 2020
10:00 AM EST - 12:00 PM EST
$15 CLA Member Price
$25 Non-CLA Member Price
$5.00 Student or Retiree CLA Member
Where: Via Zoom. ZOOM Link to be distributed Monday, December 7 to registrants.
To register, please visit link below:

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mount Pleasant Library: Providence Community Library presents: CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO BE ANTIRACISTS


Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30PM
Join the conversation this month through Zoom to discuss How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Conversations Book Club features authors and characters from marginalized groups. 
We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30PM. 
October - The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
November - How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
December - Red At the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
January - Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
February - Reconstruction by Henry Louis Gates
March - Transcendent Kingdom by Yaya Gyasi
April - So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
May - Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams
June - Read Across RI Pick
July - Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett
August - Begin Again by Eddie N. Glade
September - 2021-2022 Selections
For more information and to register, please call (401) 272-0106.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Tomaquag Museum's Annual Honoring 2020 Begins Tonight!


Join us all this week as we celebrate Indigenous Women at this year's first ever virtual Annual Honoring & Cultural Celebration.
Here's the link to register below:

Thursday, November 5, 2020

REFORMA Northeast Chapter membership meeting of 2020-2021

The Northeast Chapter of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, living or working in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. 
Our second REFORMA Northeast Chapter membership meeting of 2020-2021 will be held virtually this year.
Please save the date:
Friday, December 4, 2020
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Agenda and Zoom link to come.
To learn more about the REFORMA Northeast Chapter

Monday, November 2, 2020

ALA Presidential Candidates Announced Aldrich, Garcia, Pelayo-Lozada seek 2022–2023 term

Congratulations Ed Garcia, Library Director of the Cranston Public Library (RI) and a CORI Member!! Yay!!! 👍


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

2020 CORI's Annual Mini-Conference

Don't miss it!!! 
To register for this free event, please visit rilibraries.org/cori
For more information, contact ricornucopia2005@gmail.com


Monday, October 5, 2020

Here it Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight - Indigenous History Conference (FREE)

Here it Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight - Indigenous History Conference (FREE)

Nine Virtual Sessions
Oct. 3-Nov. 22, 2020
Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight, a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History Conference to inspire educators to learn about creation histories and traditional life; colonization and its aftermath; and the continued resilience and life of New England Natives today.
The virtual event, sponsored by Bridgewater State University, Plymouth 400, Inc., and the Wampanoag Advisory Council, is free of charge and offers nine weekend sessions during the months of October and November that will feature well-known experts and testimonials. 
For more information, visit the conference website.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

General Membership Meeting (September 2020) Zoom Meeting

Cornucopia of Rhode Island, a section of the Rhode Island Library Association will meet virtually via Zoom on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Feel free to contact President Julie Cerrito for the zoom invitation or any questions:
Juliann Cerrito

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The spectrum scholarship is now open: Applying for ALA Scholarships

  Applications for the Spectrum Scholarships are accepted through the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse which allows applicants to apply to multiple scholarships offered through the American Library Association. 
Applications for all ALA Scholarships are accepted annually from September to March 1. To submit an application for a Spectrum Scholarship, the following items are required:
- Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
-Three professional references (only references on the official online form will be accepted). You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
-Official academic transcripts from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree. If you are currently enrolled in an MLIS program or an AASL-recognized School Library Media Program, you will need to send a transcript from your current institution, as well. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted.

Congratulations to REFORMA retired member Ida D. McGhee on being awarded the 2020 Library Champion Award during the annual Rhode Island Library Conference earlier this year!


Congratulations to REFORMA retired member Ida D. McGhee on being awarded the 2020 Library Champion Award during the annual Rhode Island Library Conference earlier this year! 
Read all about the award in our summer newsletter:

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Bookmarks Celebrating Black Voices


From K.C. Boyd:
I've been sitting on this announcement for awhile:  I along with Tamela Chambers and Karen Lemmons represented The Black Caucus of the American Library Association as Librarian Consultants on this project.  

We selected the books, and created questions and conversation starters for each episode.  #Bookmarks can now be seen on @Netflix #KC_SaidIt #schoollibrarians #tlchat @iammarleydias

Satia Marshall Orange

Saturday, August 29, 2020

2020 Virtual Urban Librarians Conference (ULC)

Registration is open for the 2020 Virtual Urban Librarians Conference (ULC) on September 11th, 2020!

If you are facing financial hardship and cannot afford the $35 registration for the Urban Librarians Conference, click below. The Conference Coordinators will do everything they can to get you to the conference. All information is strictly confidential. 

Bilingual Storytime Basics: Strategies for Serving Linguistically Diverse Families presented by Katie Scherrer

 In this workshops, attendees will learn 
· help staff understand how to design bilingual OR linguistically/culturally diverse storytimes, even if they do not speak the language of their target audience
· guide staff through outreach strategies to overcome common barriers to library use that may be experienced by the families they hope to serve
· expose staff to high-quality books, songs, and other resources to use in storytime 
· empower staff to feel confident in their ability to serve linguistically diverse families in storytime
This workshop will take place over 2 days on Wednesday, September 16 and 25 from 10:00-1:00. You must be able to attend both days. The recording of this workshop will only be available to workshop attendees. 

2021 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposal Deadline

Program proposals for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will close at Midnight (EST) on September 30, 2020. Proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, Round Tables, Committees, and Offices.
With your assistance, ALA is looking forward to building a supply of content that is informative, innovative, and diverse. 
Final Decisions will be made on in December 2020 with a schedule of announced sessions in January 2021.

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - JCLC 2022


We invite you to be part of the #JCLC2022 planning committee. This is a great opportunity to work with colleagues, to gain and to contribute experience, and to make a huge impact on the delivery of library and information services to our diverse communities.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

ALSC 2020 Equity Fellowship

Applications are now open for the ALSC 2020 Equity Fellowship!

The Equity Fellowship is a BIPOC mentorship program that awards funding for
two years of ALA and ALSC membership, one year of registration and travel
stipends to both ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter Conferences and provides
valuable mentoring and networking opportunities. This is the second round of
Fellowships and some of our first Fellows have gone on to chair ALSC
committees, attend the Morris Seminar, represent ALSC in ALA Assemblies and do
other amazing things. Becoming an Equity Fellow is a great way to build
leadership experience and contribute to the important work we are doing as a
national organization committed to serving all children. To learn more about
this program or complete your application please visit the Equity Fellowship
homepage: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/scholarships/equity-fellowship

Sophie Kenney (she/her)
Co-Chair, ALSC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Virtual Spanish Language Book Buzz Summer Series 📚

Find out what’s new in the publishing industry for children, young adults, and adults. The REFORMA Virtual Spanish Language Book Buzz Summer Series​ will be open to librarians, educators, students, and professionals interested in serving Latino and Spanish-speaking communities. Presentations will be held in English via Zoom and Facebook.

Registration is free. Presented by REFORMA Los Angeles and REFORMA Northeast chapters. https://www.reforma.org/bookbuzz

Project READY Informational Webinar

Project READY Informational Webinar

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Webinar

Beginning this fall, OLIS will be facilitating a RI cohort(s) of youth services library staff interested in working through the Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth online professional development curriculum. This will be a year long learning opportunity, with a mix of monthly cohort meetings and asynchronous work.

Public, school, and academic library staff working with youth are invited to this informational webinar to learn more about Project READY and how the RI cohort model will be implemented. Learning about racial justice is an ongoing and evolving process and all are welcome, regardless of where you are on your journey. Even if you have experience using Project READY we invite you to join us.

If you cannot attend the webinar, please register to receive the recording and follow-up communications about the program.

Project READY is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University, and the Wake County (NC) Public School System. Learn more about Project READY here: http://ready.web.unc.edu/

Please register to receive the meeting login information. Registration closes one hour before the meeting and login information will be emailed to registrants one hour before the webinar.

Register at: https://olis-ri.libcal.com/event/6920392?hs=a

Contact Danielle Margarida at danielle.margarida@olis.ri.gov with questions or for additional information.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

FREE ACRL Arts and Women and Gender Studies Section Online Discussion Panel

The ACRL Arts Section and WGSS Program Planning Committees are pleased to present:
Building bridges between libraries and marginalized arts groups: A closer look at engaging with women artists of Mexican ancestry to preserve their work

Analu Maria Lopez Indigenous Studies Librarian Newberry Library of Chicago
Dr. Nicole Marroquin Associate Professor, Art Education Chicago School of Art- Art Institute
Diana Solis Visual Artist and Art Educator Changing Worlds Organization

Tuesday, August 11th 2 pm-3:30 EDT 
(1-2:30 pm CDT / Noon-1:30 pm MDT / 11 am-12:30 pm PDT)

After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be shared via email. 
Libraries and archives have historically ignored or underrepresented artistic contributions from artists of Mexican-descent in the United States. Women of color built a foundation for arts and activism on the lower west side of Chicago, yet their history remains largely unpreserved, unwritten, and therefore missing from libraries and archives. Archivists and librarians are now working directly with artists to ensure their work is preserved. Focusing on Chicago's women artists of Mexican ancestry, the panel showcases the experiences from the perspective of a librarian, a professor, and an artist. Panelists will discuss challenges and triumphs from their perspectives, and provide resources for librarians and archivists who are interested in Chicago efforts and similar projects across the nation.

If you are unable to attend this session, please register in order to receive a link to a recording of the presentation after the webinar.
Direct questions and concerns to Sarah Carter (saccarte@indiana.edu), Chair of the ACRL Arts Section Program Planning Committee.

Janine Kuntz 
Social Sciences Librarian
Madeleine Clark Wallace Library
Wheaton College | wheatoncollege.edu
26 E. Main Street, Norton, Massachusetts 02766
t: 508-286-3222

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Adaptive Umbrella: An Accessibility Workshop

A Workshop for Librarians, Educators and Caregivers Working with People Who Have Disabilities (FREE)


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

GSO Education and Outreach Community Meeting

These past few months have really opened up the conversation about education and outreach. The need for virtual opportunities has grown tremendously as schools shifted to distance learning, and the Black Lives Matter movement has amplified the ngeed for GSO to more inclusively engage with underrepresented K-12 students in ocean science.

The Office of Marine Programs (OMP) continues its efforts to communicate ocean topics to a wide variety of audiences, but to specifically address emerging outreach needs we would like to introduce the new Ocean Classroom program to the GSO community. 

You are invited to join the OMP team on Thursday, July 30th at 10 a.m. to learn more about our work and how you can be involved in outreach and education programs, with a particular focus on Ocean Classroom.

Join the WebEx:
Meeting link: https://rhody.webex.com/rhody/j.php…
Meeting number: 160 701 3053
Password: gsooutreach
We know many of you already participate in education and outreach efforts or would like to. It would be great to know in what capacity, so we compiled this short survey to gather that information.

Thanks in advance for contributing by completing the survey.

Expanding the reach of GSO research and initiatives is important, and we look forward to discussing this with you on the 30th!

Andrea Gingras
Assistant Director, Office of Marine Programs
Graduate School of Oceanography
URI Narragansett Bay Campus
tel: 401.874.6524 mobile: 401.954.0065
email: agingras@uri.edu

Urban Librarians Conference is moving online

The Urban Librarians Conference has gone virtual for 2020 for the health and safety of our participants. We have reopened registration and hope that you will join us on September 11th, 2020!

We are looking forward to seeing you all on our screens and know it is going to be an amazing event even if we will miss the traditional cake at the end of the day (we will encourage you to keep a piece there at home).

If you would like to support your fellow library workers during these tough times you can purchase a Solidarity Ticket to send someone who needs the support to attend the conference. If you are experiencing financial difficulty and cannot afford the $35 registration fee please fill out this form


and we will work to do everything we can to get you to the conference. All information shared is strictly confidential. If you know someone who may be interested in attending, but needs a hardship waiver, please pass this on!

See you in September, it’s gonna be a different conference than we usually have but you can bet it will be every bit as scrappy, kinetic, and fun as ULCON always is.
Lauren Comito
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)

NELA 2020 Virtual Conference Series

NELA is thrilled to be offering our reimagined Annual Conference in the form of our Virtual Conference Series! We have 8 half-days of programming planned for our attendees! And the best part is, it is free to NELA members! When you register, you will have access to ALL events during the series!