Tuesday, August 24, 2021

2022 Annual Conference Call for Program Proposals Now Open!

ALA will begin accepting program proposals on August 23, 2021 for the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022. 

CT Judicial Branch Law Library Services - 3 Unit Job Openings - Deadline 9/7/21

Law Librarian I


Locations: Three Primary Locations (three positions available): Bridgeport, CT, New Haven, CT and Stamford, CT (May be required to work in other locations up to two days a week.)

The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch is seeking qualified individuals to perform professional to advanced library duties, which include providing legal reference and research guidance, instruction in database searching, and catalog and collection maintenance. 

Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge of professional principles and practices of library science including:  Classification systems; reference sources and techniques; acquisitions;  cataloging and filing; bibliographic sources of information and library automation; knowledge of library administration principles and techniques; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; computer skills; ability to analyze and solve problems relating to library methods and procedures.

Experience and Training: A Master's degree in Library Science or Information Science from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association. 


Starting Salary $66,502, plus benefits.

See job posting and the link to full Law Librarian I job description:


              Job Openings with the CT Judicial Branch


Applications must be received by September 7, 2021.  Applications should be submitted through the on-line application site at: www.jud.ct.gov/hronline/. Paper applications will not be accepted. Please select the location(s) you wish to work. 

Please reference posting number 21-1000-147 and indicate location(s) of interest.



NELA 2021 ME & RI Scholarship Applications Needed

NELA offers an annual conference scholarship, and we strive to award one to an applicant from each of the six New England states.  We are looking for more applications from Maine and Rhode Island to help us represent the entire region of New England.

Applicants can choose to attend BOTH the virtual AND in-person events OR choose to attend the virtual OR in-person event (depending on the applicant's comfort level).  Applicants do not have to be NELA members to apply.

The scholarship does NOT include a ticket to the virtual Electronic Resources Seminar.  Scholarship recipients have the option to add this on at their own expense.

Deadline is Thursday, August 26th.  Maine and Rhode Island applicants will be notified on Friday, August 27th.

RI Historical Records Board offers scholarships (Providence, RI)

The Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board (RIHRAB) announces additional scholarship opportunities for 2021 in partnership with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to provide continuing education in archival studies. Scholarships of up to $1,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants for courses in archives management and preservation offered at in-state and out-of-state institutions, or to attend professional conferences, classes, courses, and virtual learning sessions. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2021. Preference will be given for courses that occur between July 01, 2021 – December 31, 2021. Scholarship funds may be used for course and conference registration fees and other related costs. Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a short blog post for the RIHRAB website to be shared with the Rhode Island archival community, as well as give a brief virtual presentation (5- 10 minutes) to the RI Historical Records Advisory Board in February 2022 summarizing their experiences, and how they intend to apply their learning. Archivists, students, and information professionals in Rhode Island seeking professional development in archives are encouraged to apply. 
To apply for a scholarship, please follow the instructions and fill out the application available at RIHRAB.com, or via the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/d/1f-525bHPlZBHurJnqoo4lIeEs90IOuCw_8QMgAg34Ew/viewform?usp=sharing&edit_requested=true

RIHRAB Continuing Education Scholarship Application Questions about applying? Please email rihrab@sos.ri.gov or call 401-222-2353.

Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) is still accepting applications for the 2022 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria can be found on the Emerging Leaders web page. The deadline to apply is August 30, 2021. Apply now.  

The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country and Canada to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations. 

An ALA division, round table, ethnic association affiliate, state chapter or school library media association affiliate will sponsor approximately two-thirds of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA LibLearnX and Annual Conferences ($500 for each conference). Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application. 

For more information, visit the Emerging Leaders web page or contact the EL program manager at emergingleaders@ala.org.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Save the Date: Cornucopia of Rhode Island Annual Fall Mini Conference

Cornucopia of Rhode Island’s Annual Fall Mini-Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, November 4, 2021, from 2:00 to 4:00pm:

  • 2:00pm - Panel Discussion: Building Strong Communities - How We Can Better Serve Families with Individuals with Special Needs
  • 3:00pm - Peter Fay: Jamestown Mariners of Color: From Bondage to Boat Steerer

Join us as we empower Rhode Island communities through history and service. You don’t want to miss it!

Registration coming soon.

Questions? Contact: RICornucopia2005@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Caroline M. Hewins Scholarship for Youth Serving Librarians

The application period for the Caroline M. Hewins Scholarship is now open until September 1, 2021. 
The Caroline M. Hewins Scholarship Fund was established in 1926 as a tribute to one of the great pioneers in American Librarianship in special recognition of her creative work for children throughout the country. The Fund is administered by the Hartford Public Library as trustee, and current income permits an annual scholarship award of $4,000.
The Scholarship is open to those who plan to specialize in library work with children: who have received, or are about to receive a four year undergraduate degree; and who have applied for admission to a library school or are already attending a library school accredited by the American Library Association. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue a career in public library service.

For the application and details on how to apply, please visit:

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

[BCALA] Call for participants - Hampton University - Harvey Library - Leading the Charge


Hampton University's William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library is looking for participants for their IMLS grant project. Below is more information
Hampton University’s William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library invites you to participate in our IMLS funded project grant, Leading the Charge: Advancing the Recruitment, Retention and Inclusion of People of Color within the LIS field. 
The Leading the Charge Grant will pair project participants with an EDI consultant to receive guidance on developing, implementing and assessing an initiative which focuses on either equity, diversity or inclusion of POC within their organizations. The initiative goals should seek to address the continuing concerns within the LIS field regarding recruitment, retention and inclusion of people of color.
Participants must work within a management or leadership capacity within a library or in an organization which serves libraries. In addition to designing and launching an EDI initiative, selected participants must be able to attend the Leading the Charge meetings:
Year 1 virtual meeting October 11-12, 2021
Year 2 in person meeting in August 2022 at Hampton University
Year 3 meeting in March 2023 at Hampton University
Participants must also participate in related scheduled meetings and webinars as part of the project: Lodging accommodations will be provided for in person meetings. Ten participants will be selected. The project results will serve as a collection of actionable initiatives which can be shared throughout the field of library and information science. Libraries and library serving organizations are encouraged to apply. 
For additional information, please visit https://hamptonu.libguides.com/leadingthecharge.
Submission Deadline is September 2, 2021.
Rebecca O. Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Science
College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences
Simmons University | 300 The Fenway | Boston, MA 02115
Email: rebecca.davis@simmons.edu
Phone: 617-521-2496
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Cornucopia of Rhode Island founder Ida D. McGhee awarded the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Library Advocacy Award


Congratulations to Cornucopia of Rhode Island founder Ida D. McGhee who was awarded the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Library Advocacy Award at the 11th National Conference of African American Librarians.

Ida has tirelessly dedicated her life’s work to advocating for Black and people of color in librarianship in southern New England through active membership in the Connecticut affiliate of BCALA and as a founder of the Cornucopia of Rhode Island, a library community of color.

She strives to network with a broader community to help make the library profession visible, with an emphasis on addressing the issue of bringing multi-culturalism to the forefront and encouraging people of color to consider librarianship as a profession. 

See the live video in this Facebook link below:



Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Portsmouth woman creates 'wind phone' to help heal those grieving

This woman is a member of CORI, a great story that has a cross cultural twist.
Find the article on this link below: