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An Interview with Barbara Moore, Program Specialist for the Office of the Law Librarian

Today’s interview is with Barbara Moore, Program Specialist for the Office of the Law Librarian of Congress, of whom you may have read recently in a blog post concerning the “Career Development Program Graduation.”

Describe your background

I am originally from Kenbridge, Virginia, a very small town about 71 miles west of Richmond.  I grew up on my grandparents’ farm; so I am a country girl at heart.  Later my parents moved to Baltimore, Maryland. I still live in the Baltimore County area.  I have two beautiful daughters and one grandson; he is the joy of my life.  I earned my undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Finance from Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore.  I recently completed the Career Development Program here at the Library of Congress, which was an amazing experience.

How would you describe your job to other people?

As the Program Specialist for the Office of the Law Librarian I provide administrative and programmatic support to facilitate the mission of the Law Library of Congress. I coordinate travel arrangements, and input all travel-related authorization and reimbursement claims for the Law Library staff.  I also organize the monthly All Staff Meetings.  I provide a full range of administrative functions and responsibilities needed to maintain a smooth and seamless flow for the daily operations of the Law Library of Congress.

Why did you want to work at the Law Library of Congress?

Working for the Law Library of Congress has given me the opportunity to work in the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution with programs that provide one-of-a-kind national resources and services to both chambers of Congress, the American people, and the public at large. Also, I work with and have met some of the most interesting people from all over the world.

What is the most interesting fact you have learned about the Law Library of Congress?

One of the most interesting facts I have learned about the Law Library of Congress is that on average, the collection grows annually by “50,000 volumes, 1,700 reels of microfilm, 75,000 pieces of microfiche, 50,000 serial pieces and 50,000 official gazettes.”  It is amazing to see the items that we have here in the Law Library.

What’s something most of your co-workers do not know about you?

I enjoy cooking: I am a wonderful cook, if I may say so myself.  I love reading all types of books; I have read over 1000 books.

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