The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Clifton as the inaugural Head of Library Community Engagement, a key member of the new Center for Library Exploration and Research (CLEAR) and a member of the Library’s leadership team. Reporting to the Deputy University Librarian, Kelly Clifton will begin her new role on June 1, leading the Library and collaborating with campus partners in establishing a responsive and sustainable system of community engagement in Providence, Rhode Island, and the region.
As the Head of Library Community Engagement, Ms. Clifton will build and implement collaborative and strategic programs and initiatives with Rhode Island local schools, community organizations, public libraries, and the people they serve, overseeing programs that connect these stakeholders with Library resources while facilitating relationships to inform and shape our work. Through collaborative partnerships with Brown staff, faculty, students, and campus community engagement experts, Ms. Clifton will seek to leverage the Library’s core capacities and resources to address needs identified by the community, producing long-term, sustainable, mutually beneficial initiatives. Partnering in this work with Brown students, who are well known for their commitment to community-based scholarship and activity, will enhance their educational and social experience at Brown.
A self described “connector,” Ms. Clifton has over twelve years of experience in a variety of not-for-profit institutions developing community relationships, managing volunteers, and producing engaging events. Ms. Clifton is thrilled to help build upon the Library’s vision for community engagement, and centralize these efforts throughout the organization.
Kelly was born and raised in Providence. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and holds a master’s degree from Northeastern University in nonprofit management. She has a love and appreciation for her hometown and is committed to seeing Providence thrive. Kelly brings a wealth of expertise — from sitting on various boards with a focus on K-12 education and underserved students in the community, to attending training and conferences surrounding equity and inclusion. Kelly is a lifelong learner who looks forward to collaborating with Brown’s creative and talented educators and the region’s change-makers, inviting them through the doors of the Brown University Library.