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Greetings and salutations
I’m so pleased to be starting here at the Providence Public Library as the new Rhode Island Collection Librarian. You can’t imagine how thrilled I am to be working with this collection – the statewide focus belies the wide variety of materials that one can find in it. Everything from early printed monographs (that’s just a book y’all!), pamphlets, maps, photographs and postcards. In just my first two weeks on the job I’ve come across an 18th century newspaper issue, Civil War photographs and a commemorative book by the telephone company for the Hurricane of ’38. Add to that the fact that I get to work in the beautiful, newly renovated Providence Journal Rhode Island Room every day, I couldn’t be happier.
I’ve just recently come from north central Massachusetts where I served as the Special Collections Librarian at Fitchburg State University. I’ve also worked in a variety of library and archives positions including at the Georgia Historical Society and Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia and for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts. I’m a graduate of Simmons College with a Masters in Library Science and a MA in History. I'm particularly interested in cultural history and genealogy, but outside of work you might find me sewing and knitting, hiking with my dog, or trying out new restaurants.
I am excited to continue the work of my predecessors as the caretaker of this collection. I hope that you’ll check back in frequently with me here as I post about treasures from the collection, local history tidbits, research tips on how to do your own historical research, and probably some odds and ends that I just find too exciting not to share.