Rhody Bloggers ~ Jordan and Angela ~ Providence

Blogger’s name: Angela DiVeglia & Jordan Goffin
Blog name: Notes for Bibliophiles
Twitter: @TheSpecialest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/providence.public
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/providencepubliclibrary/

1. Tell us about your blog.
Jordan: Like most people working with historical collections, we come across interesting stuff on a daily (hourly, really) basis. Now and then we find something we want to talk about that will take a little longer than 140 characters or a quick photograph. The Notes for Bibliophiles blog is the place for that.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
Jordan: Notes for Bibliophiles was the title of a newspaper column about books written by Lawrence Wroth (who was once the Librarian at the John Carter Brown Library here in Providence). There's a new book about Wroth by the person who started our blog back in 2007.

3. How did you get started?
Jordan: The blog was already running by the time I arrived (I'd been blogging at other places, including the RI Historical Society before I arrived at Providence Public Library).

4. Who is your target audience?
Jordan: People with a sense of curiosity.

5. What do you love about what you do?
Angela: What's NOT to love? We work in a room with thousands of old books, a narwhal tusk, and a harpoon. We get to go on intellectual treasure hunts, meet people who are researching and making projects about fascinating things, plan exhibitions and events, and care for a seemingly endless collection of incredible and occasionally hilarious historic books and manuscripts. We then get to photograph highlights from that seemingly endless collection and share them on our blog.

6. What’s your most popular type of post?
Angela: The "Bad Children of History" posts have a devoted following, while posts about historical food or fashion tend to get the most attention from completely random people across the internet.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
Angela: I moved back to Rhode Island three years ago, after a long stint in the South.

Jordan: I've been working in Rhode Island (leaving in MA) for about seven years now. (I also had a long stint in the South.)

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
Jordan: It's rightly called the Ocean State. Also the fact that Cotton Mather called it the "sewer of New England".

9. Favorite place to take out of towners?
Angela: Beavertail, Olneyville New York System, and the top of Neutaconkanut Hill.


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