Behind the Scences: Special Collections Librarians

November 19, 2020

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to care for, exhibit, curate, and hang out with thousands of incredible books every day?

Explore a day in the life of a Special Collections Librarian! Join Kate Wodehouse and Stephanie Ovoian for a view into their work in the Philbrick Rare Book Room.


Stephanie Ovoian is the Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Providence Athenæum. She received her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island and has completed coursework through the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. She lives in Providence with her husband and their two cats.

Kate Wodehouse is the Director of Collections and Library Services at the Providence Athenæum. Kate has worked extensively with the collections and scholars over the past twenty-three years, and has curated many exhibitions that highlight the Athenaeum’s rich and varied special collections. Her favorite exhibitions include those that have incorporated objects from other collections such as Inspired by Nature with the RSID Nature Lab, The Dandy I’m Sure with the RISD Museum and RIHS, and collaborations with visual artists such as The Wondershow with Carolyn Gennari and The Paper Dolls Project with four local artists and AS220. Kate lives in Providence with her husband, son, and dog. On weekends they enjoy family outings exploring the coastal inlets of Narragansett Bay and hiking through woodland trails.

This season was generously supported by the following friends and partners:

Categories: Athenæum, Local Interest, Special Collections