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Call for Poster Proposals

Cornucopia of Rhode Island Annual Mini Conference

On behalf of the Cornucopia of Rhode Island (CORI), we are delighted to invite current library school students and recent MLIS graduates to submit proposals for a poster presentation at the Cornucopia of Rhode Island annual mini conference. While not required, we encourage posters on the conference theme of ‘Recruitment and Retention of Librarians of Color’. We are also seeking posters on topics pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries. 

Possible topics include:

  • Recruitment

  • Retention

  • Outreach Services

  • Imposter Syndrome

  • Diversity Residency Programs

  • Inclusive Services

The Cornucopia of Rhode Island is a section of the Rhode Island Library Association that supports Rhode Island’s library community of color. We have held our annual mini conference for over 15 years. Past speakers have included American Library Association Executive Director, Tracie D. Hall, Barbara Stripling, past president of the American Library Association, representatives from local libraries and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. Attendees have ranged from library school students to seasoned library workers. 

This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 2:00pm-4:00pm virtually.

Posters will be shared between workshop sessions and on our blog. Poster presenters are welcome to attend the conference online to interact with attendees and respond to questions through chat on Zoom. 

We recommended designing posters in PowerPoint or Google Slides. Accepted posters should be submitted as a pdf. Poster presentations may include an optional pre-recorded video to introduce the topic and key points. Videos can be up to three minutes in length.

For consideration, please submit a 150 word (maximum) abstract of your poster topic by September 9, 2022 to Selected posters and presenters will be notified by September 26, 2022. Questions may be directed to the conference organizers at

About CORI

THE MISSION of Cornucopia of Rhode Island is to serve the library community of color. OUR OBJECTIVES are to promote library services to people of color within Rhode Island and the development of librarians and library staff of color.

What do we do?

Provide a forum that encourages the exchange of ideas and the discussion of issues, problems and concerns of librarians and library staff of color; mentor librarians and library staff of color and encourage librarianship as a profession to people of color; promote the development and delivery of multi-cultural collections, services, and programs; foster outreach into the community across cultures and languages; promote professional and educational activities; engage in charitable and social activities; and collaborate with other organizations to achieve similar goals.


The initiative to start CORNUCOPIA began in the summer of 2004 when Ida D. McGhee, who had recently retired from Hartford Public Library (CT) and relocated to Rhode Island, approached Dr. Michael Havener, former director of URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, with a proposal that would encourage people of color to consider librarianship as a career and support for those already in the profession. Ida had been an active member of the Connecticut chapter of the Black Caucus of ALA and Northeast Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and Spanish Speakers and wanted to continue that experience in Rhode Island. In turn, Dr. Havener contacted URI Professor Dr. Donna Gilton, and Dr. Gilton enlisted Denise Dowdell, a former librarian and now tribal judge for the Narraganset Indian Tribe. The four of them created CORI. 

The first official CORI meeting took place in September 2005 at the University Club on the URI campus in Kingston.

The following year, Ida invited Dr. Carla Hayden, who is now the Librarian of Congress and former CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, and who was the fourth black president of ALA to speak at the annual RILA conference on behalf of CORI. CORI has continued to present at the annual RILA conferences. 

The group’s emphasis has, and always will be, on multi-culturalism. CORI 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, as well as educating the general public.  We encourage people of all colors to join CORI and share the message of diversity to the library community.

On January 1, 2019, CORI officially became a section of the Rhode Island Library Association.


2022-2023 Officers

* Dymond Bush, President

* Pat Gorman, Vice President

* Charlene Williams, Secretary

* Alicia Waters, Webmaster

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