1. What is your background?
I was born and raised in Washington, DC, and attended public schools in the District of Columbia. I earned a BA in Business from the University of the District of Columbia in 2007 and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2010. While pursuing my MBA, I found that my favorite course was entrepreneurship. During this course, I began to develop my business plan for an elderly care facility. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the city and trying new restaurants. I also prioritize exercise in my free time to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
2. Why did you want to work at the Library of Congress?
When I was young, my mother would take my sister and I to the Anacostia Public Library, where we could borrow up to three books monthly. After reading them, we had to summarize the stories for our mother. As I grew older, I stopped going to the library and focused more on school. However, after leaving home for school and working odd jobs for a year, a woman from my church who worked at the District of Columbia employment agency encouraged me to apply for temporary positions at the Library of Congress. With her help, I was hired as a temporary employee and rediscovered my love for the library.
3. How would you describe your job at the Library of Congress?
I began my career at the library in 1994 as a deck attendant and have worked my way up to become a reference and research specialist. My primary responsibilities involve helping researchers with intricate inquiries, which has helped me expand my own knowledge base. Additionally, I am responsible for developing collections, maintaining accurate records in the ILS system, and creating guides for the Library.
4. Do you have a favorite Library program or service?
If I had to choose a favorite program or service, I would select the extensive business electronic resources available to researchers. Another favorite of mine is the National Book Festival, which promotes the love of reading and introduces new authors to the world.
5. If you weren’t a librarian, what would you want to be?
If I didn’t work as a librarian, I would want to create a facility that provides daily services to support seniors in need of care.