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An Interview with Lucy Baker – Collection Services Intern

This week’s interview is with Lucy Baker, an intern in the Collection Service Division.  Ms. Baker is working on the foreign legal gazettes gifted to us by the Dag Hammarskjold Library at the United Nations. She has worked on material in various languages and is undaunted by the challenge.


Lucy Baker, Collection Services Division intern (photo by author).

Describe your background.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Silver Spring MD, I have spent most of childhood pretending I live in the city.  Until then, I live in a small neighborhood on the outskirts of D.C. with my lovely family while attending The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington MD.

How would you describe your job to other people?

I get the pleasure of inventorying UN gazettes.  To my surprise, it’s actually quite enjoyable; however, it involves a lot more heavy lifting than one would think.

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

When I was in third grade my class went on a field trip to The Library of Congress.  To say it was life changing would be an overstatement.  But still, even as a third grader I remember thinking how wonderful it was that all these books were simply a short driving distance away.  Ever since then I wanted to become more closely involved.  And here is my chance.  I also enjoy learning about politics and government, so looking at these old gazettes, and getting a global perspective of different countries’ governments has been fascinating.

What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Law Library?

Every single day, the Library acquires another 15,000 items.  Of these, about 11,000 are added to the library’s collection.  These items are sometimes gifted to the Library, but may also be received through Copyright, purchased, or acquired through government agencies.

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

Much to my embarrassment, I still have not mastered the art of whistling.  No matter how hard I try I am unable to whistle and it kills me inside.

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