On Friday, April 6, two members of the SALA visited four libraries in Newport County, which was part of the organizations Spring SALA Library Crawl. The libraries included the Jamestown Philomenian Library, the Newport Public Library, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, and the McKillop Library at Salve Regina University.
At the Jamestown Philomenian Library, students were given a tour by the Library Director, Donna Fogarty. They began by visiting Meeting Room, which featured a large projector (pictured below) the library received from a grant. Students also enjoyed walking through the children’s room, the adult collection, and the Sydney L. Wright Museum Room. The Museum Room contained many Native American burial artifacts as the grounds were not far away from the library.
With their next stop at the Newport Public Library, the Library Director Joe Louge, showed students the local history room, the technical services area, an archive of the Newport Daily New/Mercury dating back to the 1850s, the children’s room, the maker lab, and the adult collection.
After lunch, students toured the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, where they learned about the history of the library which was founded in 1748. Students were able to view the contents of the original collection and other rare books. Special collections librarian Patrick Crowley also permitted students to touch pages of an original Gutenberg bible (pictured below).
The Library Crawl closed with a trip to the McKillop Library at Salve Regina University. Following a trip upstairs to visit with the libraries archivist, the library director met with the students to answer their questions about academic librarianship. Former SALA President and current Educational and Instruction Design Librarian at Salve Regina, Alicia Vaandering, then gave the students a tour of the building.
Spots are limited as the SALA Executive Board will be handling transportation, unless members would like to use their own vehicles. We will be stopping for lunch in the middle of our tour, so please bring cash or your own lunch.