Special Collections Roundtable

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.

Resources for the Special Collections and Archives Community

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. Join the Special Collections Google Group Forum or 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.

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.

Sustainable Heritage Network

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

Donna Longo DiMichele
Library Program Manager