This summer, the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress had the honor of hosting over 100 remote interns. Several of them worked on the Herencia project, and many more worked on other digital projects. Over the next few blog posts, we will highlight those remote interns that worked on the Data and Creative Projects internship.
This summer, the interns researched various topics of interest to highlight our resources. They created datasets for story maps and wrote blog posts that we hope will be featured in the coming months. Here is part one of the four-part mini bios of our amazing 2021 cohort!
Rosilaine Aceret is a Los Angeles native and recently received her M.L.I.S. degree from San José State University (S.J.S.U.). Although she gained a diverse set of skills, she most enjoyed working with metadata. During her time at S.J.S.U., she was able to complete an internship with the Yosemite Research Library as a website manager. She was fortunate to receive an internship with the Law Library of Congress last fall, working with metadata in our Statutes at Large project. She is currently working with the Digital Resources Division in researching data and creating digital publications. She obtained her bachelor of science degree in public health at California State University, Long Beach. Rosilaine believes in recognizing digital transformations and harnessing new skills to improve library services.
Mattie Aguero is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, local returning for her second remote internship with the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. She is spending the summer researching and blogging about the laws regulating the American funeral industry (and has developed quite the peculiar search history). In 2011, she received a B.A. in English from Saint Joseph’s University. She began working with the Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel in 2012, where she is currently employed as a paralegal specialist. In 2019, she ventured into the field of library and information science for her M.L.I.S. degree from Drexel University, which she hopes to put to good use as a future librarian within the federal government. When she isn’t working, she can be found taking way too many pictures of her cat, Moxie, and doing requisite nerd stuff: reading books, playing board games, and watching Battlestar Galactica.
Liv Barry is a senior political science and media and communication double-major at Muhlenberg College. Interning remotely from Connecticut, she is excited to explore the Library of Congress’ digital collections through the lens of women’s history. In addition to this research, Liv plans to spend time this summer with her dog and reading.
Samuel Battle is a writer who currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a recent alumnus of Bellarmine University, graduating in May 2021 with a B.A. in English (along with minors in art and film studies). His writing has received acclaim: one of his essays received second prize in a contest held by the theology department, while another was published through the university’s ScholarWorks program. His current internship stems from his longtime passion for research projects, cultivated throughout his scholastic years.
Melissa Beer is an M.L.I.S. student at the University of Arizona. Her experience is in administrative work, but she found a love of research after completing her undergraduate studies. Currently, she works at a public library as a page with future goals to work in technical services. She enjoys databases, metadata, and helping people with research. This summer, she is interning at her dream internship with the Law Library of Congress. When she isn’t working or attending classes, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family and two dogs.
Emily Beran is a graduate student pursuing her M.L.I.S. degree from the University of Washington. She also holds a M.A. degree in art history with a focus on medieval architecture from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Emily currently works for the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas where she provides instruction, outreach, and research support as a member of the library’s public services department.
Maddie Brown is a third-year undergraduate student at Northwestern University, majoring in American studies with minors in English literature and legal studies. She is interested in the intersections of law, gender, and race, specifically the ways the Fourteenth Amendment has been used to expand and constrict civil rights, abortion access, and citizenship status. Beyond academics, she loves to read, listen to podcasts, and visit museums around her hometown, Washington D.C.
Amanda Buettner is currently pursuing a B.A. in history at Boston University, with an interest in library and information systems. She is a creative publications intern at the Law Library, where her work covers the relationship between United States law and Niagara Falls. At the Law Library, she has enjoyed learning how to fuse narrative storytelling with historical and legal research. Outside of her academic work, this summer you can find her exploring the outdoors in Buffalo, New York.
Tucker Carden is from Huntsville, Alabama, and is currently pursuing a degree in English from Birmingham-Southern College. He is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society. In addition to his interests in English and literature, Tucker enjoys playing the guitar.
Jack Carlson is an undergraduate student studying history and political theory at Michigan State University. For the summer, he is researching the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and its impact on American politics and society in the decade leading to the Civil War. He also works as an undergraduate research assistant in his university’s political science department. As a student, he enjoys studying 19th century American history and political philosophy, in particular the statesmanship of Lincoln, the political thought of Frederick Douglass, and the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville.
Analisa Caso is a current graduate student at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts, pursuing her library and information science degree. Her interests include literature, music librarianship, accessibility, and mental health. This summer she is doing research on the disabilities rights movement, and specifically writing about universal design, creating spaces that are accessible for all bodies, and music resources for individuals with disabilities, such as braille sheet music. This summer she also finished cataloging an entire home library for a senior citizen, with over 1700 books!
Jenn Chen is from Taiwan and is currently a final-year Asian business studies student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She possesses a strong interest in writing and was a guest writer for a business magazine in Taiwan. This summer, she will be working on creating a story map and blog posts on legal topics in the United States.
Murphy (Yanbing) Chen is a multi-disciplined person. She is a professional oil painter, an undergraduate art historian, and a juris doctor student with a passion for art law. She is also the first generation of her family in the diaspora. As a cultural limbo, she is interested in working with refugees, immigrants, and ethnic and cultural minorities.
Alice Chung is currently pursuing a M.L.I.S. degree from the University of Washington. Metadata, taxonomy, digital preservation, curation, and special collections are her major points of interest. This summer she is thrilled to be working on story maps and blog posts for the Law Library of Congress, with a focus on exploring the ways in which the field of design has been influenced by the disability rights movement. She will also be working to augment her knowledge of XML, HTML, and CSS. Alice loves baking, hiking, forests, and most activities involving art + design.
Kaycee Conover is a current undergraduate student at Tufts University, where she is pursuing a degree in English and history. As a summer intern at the Law Library of Congress, she is researching the experience of Filipinos during World War II as well as their lives afterward as veterans. Additionally, she is spending the summer researching and developing a children’s game with a historical society in Maryland, going on morning runs, and reading as many books as she can.
Kara Craig is a recent graduate of the M.L.I.S. program at Dominican University and hails from Trotwood, Ohio, but currently lives in Chicago. She received her B.S. in radio, television, & film from Northwestern University and has worked in TV broadcast traffic since then. She hopes to carry her cultural and technical knowledge into a career in archives and digital collections, working to preserve and ensure the continued accessibility of historic and cultural heritage items and knowledge. Outside of that, she is a lover of old things, from classic movies and music to vintage clothing and jewelry, and can be found perusing many a brick and mortar and online thrift shop.
Sarah Craig is an M.L.I.S. student at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an alumna of Rice University, where she majored in anthropology, linguistics, and Asian studies. This summer, she is excited to work on creative digital publications as a Law Library of Congress intern while continuing to work full-time in legal publishing.
Teddy David is from New York City and is a rising senior at Vassar College, majoring in history and minoring in French, with an additional interest in art history. This summer, in addition to his work with the Law Library of Congress, he is writing for the Washington-based International Enforcement Law Reporter and interning for the Florence-based Medici Archive Project to develop an upcoming exhibit at the Uffizi Gallery. At Vassar, he is also the editor-in-chief of the Vassar Insider, an independent publication focused on politics, campus culture, and analysis.
Sidonie Devarenne is an M.L.I.S. student at the University of Washington. This summer, she is exploring trends in U.S. legislation and creating data visualizations using the Statutes at Large metadata created by previous Law Library interns. This is her second summer working with the Law Library of Congress.
Jessica Duvall is a native Texan going into her final year at the University of North Texas. She is working toward an English major and a minor in both journalism and Spanish. For her Law Library of Congress internship this summer, she was inspired by a recent national park visit to focus her research on creating a story map that follows the history of conservation efforts in Yellowstone.