[May 29, 2018] The Office of Library and Information Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Waters to the position of Library Services Coordinator, overseeing the Talking Books and OLIS Libraries. Alicia has worked at OLIS in various capacities since 1987, including assignments in Network Services and Youth Services. She has served as reference librarian for the Frank Iacono (OLIS) Library since 2009, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Multitype Reference Advisory Group in 2012. She has also been the Delivery Services Coordinator since 2009 and a member of the OLIS Continuing Education Team. She is a long time member of the OLIS Web and Publications Teams, contributing her skills in graphic design to many agency publications. In addition to her work at OLIS, Alicia has also worked as a Learning Commons Librarian at Roger Williams University Library.
Alicia first worked in the Talking Books Library as a clerk in the late 1980's, then returned in the position of librarian in 2016. She has been coordinating the day to day operations of the Talking Books Library since the retirement of Regional Librarian Andy Egan in February. Her goals for the Talking Books Library include expanding outreach to serve more Rhode Islanders who are eligible for talking books and improving library services to people with disabilities throughout the state.
Alicia holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island, where she was a Prism Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in Textiles and Related Arts/Fashion Merchandising, also from URI. In her new position as Library Services Coordinator, Alicia will supervise the two OLIS libraries, serving as the Regional Librarian for the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (the Talking Books Library) and supervisor of the OLIS Library.