In 2021 the RI Historical Records Advisory Board is offering a four-part speaker series throughout the year!

This year’s education series includes workshops on Grant Writing, Accession and Deaccession Techniques, and DIY Conservation.

Upcoming Workshops


Coming in June


Dana Signe K. Munroe, Registrar, Rhode Island Historical Society
Program: Accession and Deaccession
Program date: June 2021

Register today!


Coming in September


Donia Conn, Assistant Professor of Practice, Simmons University
Donia Conn is Assistant Professor of Practice for the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science as well as independent preservation and collection care consultant for small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions with over 20 years of experience.  Ms. Conn is also a private book and paper conservator and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).  She earned her BA in Mathematics from St. Olaf College and her MLIS with Advanced Certificate in Conservation from the University of Texas-Austin.  Previously, Donia has worked for the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Northwestern University, and Syracuse University.

Program: Small institutions face many challenges right now and many may feel they have lost control over just about everything. This workshop won’t help with daily life, it will give you control over the care of your collections in a more proactive, practical, and ultimately satisfying way. There are many things you can learn to do for yourself and in this session, you will learn to make protective sleeves for the storage and access of photographs small and large, modify pamphlet binders to store a variety of objects, make simple wrappers for books, and make simple cradles for displaying books while on exhibit. With a few tools and easy-to-get materials, there is a lot you can take control. Yes, you, can!

Program date: September 2021


Previous Workshops

Grant Writing Basics: Watch on YouTube

“Thank you so much, Beth! This is has been extremely useful, especially for someone as new to grant-writing as I am.”
Wren. J., Workshop Attendee


Beth Plummer-Ricci, Grants Manager, Providence Public Library
“I’m a dynamic grant professional with a decade of nonprofit development experience, particularly in the realm of youth and adult education and workforce development. I served as Grants Manager for Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island for five years before joining Providence Public Library (PPL) in 2015. As Grants Manager at PPL, I have been instrumental in the development and continued growth of the myriad new programming and services we have unveiled since 2014–catalyzed by our THINK AGAIN strategic plan, which strove to transform the Library’s traditional offerings to better meet the needs of our 21st century community. Since 2015, I have played a lead role not only in researching, cultivating, securing, and sustaining more than $6.3 million in new and increased grant funding from diverse federal, state, corporate, and family foundation sources, but in working collaboratively with staff throughout the organization to support in-depth program development; develop program budgets, evaluation systems, tracking and reporting systems, and other related tasks essential to maximizing PPL’s organization-wide grant capacity and competitiveness; and to generally help turn our staff’s brilliant ideas for new and expanded community programming into reality, with the funding necessary to make these ideas a success. I have also played a key role in fundraising for PPL’s $26 million THINK AGAIN renovation–the largest library renovation in RI’s history–and have personally supported and cultivated $3 million in grant funding for this project alone.”

Program: This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview on all things related to grantseeking. Beyond just the technical aspects of developing proposals and budgets, it will cover the full range of activities, considerations, and capacity building measures needed to achieve a consistently high level of success in winning grants, managing grants, building relationships with grantors, and creating programming that is fundable and sustainable overall. Whether you’re a complete novice or have previous experience with grants, this workshop will help you skill-up and enhance your approach to grantseeking.

Program date: April 16, 2021, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.