Special Collections Roundtable

Special Collections

The Special Collections Roundtable connects library staff who have responsibility for the care and access of unique or rare manuscripts, records, books, audio and/or visual materials, local history and other special collections, for purposes of discussion, peer education and collaboration. Meetings are held 4 to 6 times a year and upcoming meetings are listed on the current OLIS Continuing Education schedule.

RI Special Collections listserve

Membership in the RI Special Collections Google Group is open to librarians and archivists whose primary responsibility is special collections and/or archives in RI institutions. Join the Special Collections Google Group Forum or for more information, please contact Donna DiMichele, Library Program Manager. Members may post to the list.

RI Preservation & Heritage email list

If you are a staff member or volunteer in a RI library, historical or preservation society, museum of any type, or other cultural heritage organization, you may ask to be added to RI Preservation & Heritage list which is managed by OLIS. Contact Donna DiMichele, Library Program Manager. This list is used by OLIS to communicate information about grants, training, and other opportunities. Members cannot post to the list and all member addresses are kept private.

Resources for the Special Collections and Archives Community

  • Historical Records Advisory Board
  • Preservation and Disaster Planning
  • Preservation Leaflets, Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

    The NEDCC provides a series of free leaflets with information on a wide variety of preservation topics and links to additional resources.  They are useful for professionals and patrons.

  • What are Archives? Society of American Archivists (SAA)

    SAA offers a series of free information resources to support special collections librarians and archivists work within their institutions and with the public. Topics include deeds of gift, archivists and other professions, and copyright.


Professional Organizations

Collections and Finding Aids

These directories and catalogs collate collection and holdings information from multiple repositories. Individual libraries' and archives' online holdings information are not included here.

RI Archival and Manuscript Collections Online (RIAMCO) - a gateway to information about archival collections in Rhode Island

State of RI Government Repositories of Special Collections and Archives


Basics of Archives (online course)

The Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. There is a fee for the course.

Rare Book School

Continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and skill levels to study the history of written, printed, and digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field

Sustainable Heritage Network

Comprehensive workshops, online tutorials, and web resources dedicated to the lifecycle of digital stewardship.

Donna Longo DiMichele
Library Program Manager