NEWPORT – Stacie Parillo, the Newport Historical Society’s registrar and archivist, has been named a community representative for the Digital Public Library of America.
As a member of this volunteer group, Parillo will engage the community here by leading outreach activities, including hosting a series of presentations across the state to introduce the DPLA to local organizations.
Since 2011, Parillo has overseen implementation of Gladys, the society’s online collections database, and introduced an award-winning mobile app, Explore Historic Newport (NewportHistoryApp.com). The innovations have reached an international audience, the society said.
“Last year I saw Dan Cohen, the executive director of the DPLA, speak at a conference and was completely blown away by its potential.” Parillo said. “I’d like to introduce more people to this amazing resource, which can have a huge impact on how users access material in our small, but culturally-rich state.”
Parillo’s admittance to the program is part of the DPLA’s second class of community reps, adding 100 new reps to the existing first class, bringing the total roster to 200.
The DPLA works to bring together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world, expanding access to available materials, and making them more easily discovered and used.
Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected, preserved and provided access to the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County.
Parillo is a 2011 graduate of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, and is a member of the GSLIS Alumni Board. She holds a Master of Arts in communication studies from Suffolk University.