Today’s interview is with Breshan Bryant, the newest technician in the Law Library’s Collection Services Division (CSD). We’re very happy to have her aboard.
Describe your background.
What is your academic/professional history?
I attended Trinity Washington University in D.C. from 2006-2010, where I received my B.A. in English. I managed to snag a work study job at the university’s library and worked there throughout my four years. I guess you can say Trinity cultivated my passion for the library service field.
How would you describe your job to other people?
I would tell non-library folks that I ensure unbound books are sent out for binding and important documents are linked to the correct record in the library-wide system. I only use library terminology among my peers, unless I’m trying to add a bit of razzle dazzle to the conversation.
Why did you want to work at the Law Library of Congress?
I started out as a volunteer at the Library of Congress (in the Jefferson Building). It was short lived, because I got this great idea I should get paid to come here every day. I applied for a contract position that just so happened to be in the Law Library. I enjoyed the work and the people so much I remained as a contractor here for nearly seven years. A few months into year seven, I finally dusted off my resume and applied for a permanent position in CSD.
What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Law Library?
The actual number of books being housed here. I guess I never grasped how large our collection is, although my previous position called for me to be in the stacks almost every day.
What’s something most of your co-workers do not know about you?
I am a former sneaker collector. I owned way too many pairs, and it was getting a bit ridiculous to house them. So I eventually shrunk my collection down, and now I maintain a rotating collection of 50 pairs of sneakers.