Thursday, January 30, 2020

Apply NOW! 2020 Inclusive Internships

2020 Applications Now Open
Inclusive Internship Initiative

The Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Over the course of the summer, each intern works with a library mentor on a community-based learning project. Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship, library mentors practice leadership skills, and host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming.
2020 Applications to Host an Intern at Your Library

Applications for the 2020 Inclusive Internship Initiative are open now through February 3, 2020. Libraries will go through a competitive application process to be selected as a host site. Once selected, the library is responsible for recruiting an intern from a background representing the diversity of their local community. APPLY NOW

The 2019 III evaluation showed that 96% of responses reported that interns better understood the ways that libraries positively serve their communities, 92% of responses reported that libraries increased their capacity to provide programming for diverse audiences and support diverse professionals, and 90% of responses indicated that interns view librarianship as a viable, rewarding and meaningful career path. Recently, an intern from the 2019 cohort was hired as a part-time circulation assistant. Their library shared, "The PLA Inclusive Internship was an incredible opportunity not just for mentor and intern, but for our entire team. We are so grateful to PLA for making this possible."

Monday, January 27, 2020

New Strategic Plan at Providence Public Library (Community Survey)

Here's the new strategic plan at Providence Public Library and there looking for community input.

Please see link below:

Thursday, January 23, 2020

RILA’s Mentorship Program

With RILA’s Mentorship Program, both early career and experienced library staff can learn from each other’s perspectives and experiences.

+ Make a difference in the career of another person.
+ Learn how to be a leader in your organization.
+ Give and receive guidance and advice on professional topics.
+ Take your career to the next level.
+ Discuss current trends in librarianship.
+ Network and develop lasting professional relationships with others in the field.
+ Gain new perspectives on the profession. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

ALA Appoints Tracie D. Hall as Executive Director

On January 15, the American Library Association issued the following statement announcing its new executive director, Tracie D. Hall:

“The American Library Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracie D. Hall as its executive director, effective February 24, 2020. Following a nationwide search, Hall was selected to succeed Mary W. Ghikas, who has worked for ALA since 1995 and served as executive director since January 2018. Hall is the first female African-American executive director in ALA’s history.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

General Membership Meeting (January 2020) at the Pawtucket Public Library

Cornucopia of Rhode Island, a section of the Rhode Island Library Association will meet on

Monday, January 13, 2020
3:00 pm in the Seminar Room

Cranston Public Library
140 Sockanosset Cross Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Telephone: 401-943-9080

Contact Julie Cerrito, Chair with any questions:

Free webinar to help libraries anticipate patron questions about 2020 Census

The American Library Association (ALA) will hold a free webinar for library staff, “Responding Online to the 2020 Census: What Libraries Need to Know,” on January 30, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

This webinar will orient library staff to the 2020 Census questionnaire, the online response system, other options for responding, common questions, and tips for libraries. Presenters will include representatives from libraries, ALA, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Libraries will play vital roles in achieving an accurate and complete count in the 2020 Census. In 2020, for the first time, U.S. households will have the option to respond to the Census online, by phone, or by mail. The U.S. Census Bureau will mail households invitations to respond to the Census starting on March 12. Some members of the public might come to libraries to access the online Census questionnaire.

The webinar will be offered at no cost to attendees and is presented by ALA’s Public Policy & Advocacy office. Registration is required, both to attend the webinar live at the scheduled time and to receive a link to the recording.

The "Responding Online" webinar is fourth in a series addressing key aspects of the 2020 Census for libraries.

November 6: “Connecting Your Community to 2020 Census Jobs” – recording now available
November 14: “Preparing Your Library for the 2020 Census” – recording now available
December 16: “Library Programs and Partnerships in the 2020 Census” – recording now available
January 30: “Responding Online to the 2020 Census: What Libraries Need to Know”
For more information on ALA’s efforts to support a fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census, visit To connect on social media, follow #CountOnLibraries, #2020Census.

Feel free to reach out to Gavin Baker ( if you have any questions.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

RBMS Conference Scholarships Available, with expanded eligibility!

Power, Resistance, and Leadership
RBMS 2020
June 23-26, 2020
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) offers scholarships to subsidize conference attendance by professional librarians, paraprofessionals, and students. RBMS is currently accepting scholarship applications for RBMS 2020: Power, Resistance, and Leadership to be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN from June 23-26, 2020.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is January 10, 2020 and applicants will be notified on or before March 6, 2020.

*Please note that eligibility requirements have changed, and awards are available for first-time attendees and returning attendees.*

RBMS is committed to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in its membership and the special collections and archives professions. Accordingly, preference is given to applicants from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups, those employed by or volunteering at institutions that primarily serve one or more of these groups, and ACRL/RBMS members. For more information about the RBMS commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, please visit the RBMS website.

All candidates must be:

· Currently enrolled in a library, information science, or archival studies program; a graduate of such a program; OR currently employed or volunteering as a professional or paraprofessional in a rare books, special collections, or archives capacity.

To Apply
Candidates must complete the RBMS 2020 Scholarship Application Form. We recommend that you preview the application form before you begin as it must be completed in one sitting.

Friday, January 10, 2020 (11:59 PST)

Please feel free to share this opportunity widely!