This is an interview with Latia Ward, a legal reference librarian in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.
Describe your background
I am originally from North Carolina and from my childhood onward, I have enjoyed conducting research and finding information in libraries. Seeking to work in a library was an outgrowth of my interests.
What is your academic/professional history?
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Science in Library Science. I graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and I am a member of the North Carolina State Bar.
How would you describe your job to other people?
As a legal reference librarian, I provide reference and research services to Congress and the general public. I work regular shifts at the Law Library’s reference desk.
Why did you want to work at the Law Library?
I wanted to work at the Law Library to contribute my research and organizational skills to a growing and changing institution and to be a part of a team that assists people all over the world with finding information.
What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Law Library?
Approximately half of the items held by the Law Library relate to foreign and comparative law.
What is something most of your co-workers do not know about you?
Participating in group exercise classes is a hobby of mine and I am a certified group exercise instructor.