Kate Wells has been the Curator of Rhode Island Collections at the Providence Public Library since 2013 after over a decade as an archivist and librarian in university libraries, state historical societies and municipal record collections across the country. In her current role, she focuses on demystifying the experience of collecting and accessing historic materials through supporting community archives, outreach for creative use of library collections and utilizing metadata and semantics in access models. Her professional and personal interests in history often overlap and inform personal explorations into the intersections of history of place, visual arts and contemporary culture. Her mission is to facilitate communication, inclusion, and connections to history in order to catalyze social justice and empowerment in communities and cultural heritage organizations.
Public Humanities Community FellowCurator of Rhode Island Collections at Providence Public Library[email protected]