This month our fall 2021 remote metadata interns are finishing up their projects, and we must say goodbye as they head on to new adventures. But first, we want to introduce you to our wonderful cohort that has worked in the Digital Resources Division these last few months. These metadata interns have worked on projects for Congress.gov, our legal gazettes, and other collections you will hear about soon!
Our interns come from all across the country, and even the world! In our 35 interns this fall, we have 15 states represented, as well as Washington, D.C., India, and the United Kingdom. We also have 20 schools represented, with the greatest number of interns
from San José State University. We had several other institutions represented with students from Syracuse University, the University of Washington, the University of Illinois, and Rutgers University.
A special thank you to Shae MacNett and Christinna Swearingen who came back this semester to serve in the role as intern leads! I am grateful for your leadership and organization.
Heather Agnew is a native Angeleno, who never left Southern California— despite multiple opportunities to do so. She earned her Ph.D. in geography from UCLA, a master’s in American studies, and B.A. in history from California State University, Fullerton. While earning her doctorate, she enjoyed working with geospatial and population data, and geographic information systems. She is currently in her final year of earning an M.L.I.S. from San José State University, with a focus on metadata. Heather has been teaching in California’s two major university systems (for far too many years) and is eager to begin the next chapter in her career. When she isn’t thinking about academia, she enjoys paddle boarding, urban exploration, and hiking.
Julie Carlson is currently pursuing her M.S.L.I.S. degree at Pratt Institute in New York. A Chicago native, she holds a B.A. in English from Johns Hopkins University, and worked in the publishing industry for a number of years. She is passionate about the discoverability of digital resources, and hopes to work with metadata and linked open data in the next chapter of her career.
Elizabeth (Liz) Carter, a former elementary school teacher, is a candidate for an M.L.I.S. degree from the University of Denver (online program). While completing a remote metadata internship with the Law Library, she currently works as a library associate at a public library in the New Orleans area.
Jamila Davey recently relocated to the mid-Atlantic region and is enjoying getting to know the Delaware Valley with her husband and dog. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature and an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Northwestern University. Jamila teaches literature, writing, and the humanities at Wilmington-area colleges. She has long engaged with archival work and is excited to explore new opportunities in the digital humanities.
Stephanie Duran is an M.L.I.S. candidate at San José State University and holds a B.A. in criminal justice from Cal State University, Fullerton. In addition, to being a metadata intern this fall, she is working at Mt. San Antonio College as a Library Tech Support staff member and also interning for Arizona State University’s SolarSPELL Initiative where she is a digital collection specialist. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, dog and her feathery friends. In the future, she hopes to work as an information professional where she can further facilitate user access and services.
Krista Evilsizor (she/her) is a current graduate student at the University of Arizona’s M.L.I.S. program with a focus on the intersection between law librarianship and technology. Before that, she worked for almost a decade in book publishing. Her background also includes paralegal studies and American studies, and she plans to build upon that in the future with the end goal of improving technological processes in the legal field. She lives with a couple unruly cats who are watching her type this.
Brian Godfrey was born and raised in New Jersey. He is currently pursuing the Master of Information program at Rutgers University in New Jersey, with a concentration in library and information science. He also holds a B.A. in history from Rowan University. In his spare time, Brian enjoys reading, playing chess, and spending time with his family.
Danielle Herring (she/her) is from Florida and earned her M.S. in information from Florida State University in 2016, after completing her B.A. in history at the same institution. In the past, she has worked in college and university libraries providing virtual and in person reference and volunteered as an indexer for Family Search. Currently, she provides remote library reference to college students through an online tutoring service, and is learning XML. She is interested in the use of metadata to organize information for libraries and other organizations.
Sabrina Holecko lives in Sacramento, California, with her husband, Ethan. She is a graduate of San José State University, earning her master of library and information science degree. While earning her degree, Sabrina was part of the student chapter for the Society of American Archivists and worked as a nanny. Her focus is in archives and records management, and she has worked as an intern at the University of the Pacific, as well as the Center for Sacramento History, before joining the Law Library. She currently works part-time for a small web development company. She enjoys baking when stressed and learning new things.
Renée LaCapria-Harper is currently pursuing a master’s degree in archiving and records administration from San José State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wilmington University. From previous studies, she holds an M.I.S. from University of Phoenix; an M.L.I.S. from San José State University; a B.A. in communication studies (concentration in rhetoric and argumentation) from California State University, San Bernardino; a web applications development certificate from Wilmington University; and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. She is a technical project manager with dreams of joining others who work diligently to archive histories stories. When the workday ends and between university studies, Renée enjoys reading, building websites, and expanding her knowledge in technology, archiving, and digital art.
Rebecca Lemon, a current student in the M.S.L.I.S. program at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., graduated from the same institution with a B.A. in Italian studies and minors in German studies and history in May 2021. In addition to her metadata internship with the Law Library of Congress, she works as a graduate student assistant at CUA’s Mullen Library. Rebecca has studied classical ballet, is a highly accomplished harpist, and loves spending time with her Newfoundland, Marta. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she has enjoyed exploring our nation’s capital during the past few years.
Sarah Lyons holds an M.L.S. from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in English with an emphasis in education from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She has enjoyed how her experience in public libraries, education, and visitor programming has helped her connect people with information that makes a difference in their life. Sarah also enjoys baking, exploring genealogy, and playing board games with her husband.
Lucas Madrigal is an M.L.I.S. student at San José State University who just finished their program this November. They earned their B.A. in history from California State University, Long Beach, and have been working in higher education for the last seven years. Their academic work focuses on metadata, cataloging, and information retrieval systems. Lucas aims to work in an archive digitizing collections and creating repositories and systems that support researchers and students.
Ivanna Moreno is a graduate of the University of Florida, having received her B.A. in political science and criminology with a minor in history, and contributed to the Haitian American Dream Timeline as an undergrad through a fellowship with the Association of Research Libraries. She recently joined SiriusXM Inc. as an assistant archivist for Spanish language radio content and aspires to pursue a career in archives and museums. In addition to this internship with the Law Library of Congress, Ivanna is currently volunteering with the Howard University Gallery of Art and UF’s Latin American & Caribbean collection as well.
Courtney Nomiyama (she/her) is entering the final year of her M.L.I.S. program at the University of Washington. She is passionate about amplifying underrepresented stories and diversifying librarianship. This is her second internship with the Law Library of Congress, and she hopes to use the skills learned going forward in her future academic library career. Her past work experience includes special collections, school libraries, and state government.
Gerald Perriman is an Atlanta native and is an M.L.I.S. student at Valdosta State University. He has worked in libraries since 2012. He started his library career at the Atlanta-Fulton public library system as a library assistant. He is currently working as the access services coordinator at the Georgia State University – College of Law Library. He obtained his bachelor of business administration degree in marketing at the University of West Georgia. Gerald believes in improving access and gaining new skills to improve library services.
Jill Pow is from Peebles in Scotland. She has just completed an “Introduction to Digital Humanities Course” with Harvard Ex (hosted by Edx website). Jill has previously worked for Girlguiding Scotland and is now hoping to pursue a career in the library/archiving sector. At the moment, she is working as a remote volunteer grant writer/funding researcher for Omega End of Life Care in Shrewsbury (UK) and is also interning remotely for the Museum of Motherhood in Florida.
Hassna Ramadan is a graduate of The University of Washington with a master of library and information science. Currently an educator, she enjoys intersecting information, education, language, and technology. Her new objectives are to strengthen her command of diverse computer programming languages. An enthusiast for new challenges, while not working or interning, she is trying to make vegan dishes taste meaty for her family and friends.
Hollan Read lives in Washington state with her husband and their very fluffy ginger cat named MoMo. She graduated from Antioch University Seattle with degrees in creative writing and education. She is now enrolled in the M.L.I.S. program at San José State University with a pathway in library archives and digital curation. She has been, among other things, a pizza driver, a bartender, a court transcriptionist, a graduate research assistant, a high school art teacher, a rather bad artist, and a decent writer.
Deborah Revzin holds an M.L.I.S. from Simmons University. She was a fellow in Harvard University’s Office for Scholarly Communication and an intern with the Wyoming State Library where she developed a passion for information access and metadata. Deborah looks forward to combining her interests in metadata, government documents, and information access throughout her career.
Hillary “Echo” Rue holds an M.L.I.S from the University of South Florida, an M.Ed. from Marymount University, and her undergraduate degree in theater arts from Skidmore College. She enjoys her multiple roles as teacher, theater maker, librarian and parent and loves to find opportunities for these to intersect and nurture creative learning endeavors. As an Adult Third Culture Kid, she enjoys travel and exploring new parts of the U.S. and the world.
Alya J. Sarna has a master’s degree in sociology from Columbia University. She is fond of studying history, visiting museums, and expanding her horizons. She seeks to explore and work within the realm of information and hopes her work makes an impact on those that come across it.
Jericho Savage is a Southern California native and a UCLA alum with two bachelors of arts in anthropology and Afro-American Studies. They are currently enrolled in the online M.L.I.S. program through San José State University aspiring to become a reference librarian. With a dedication to serving their community, Jericho has several years of experience grant writing for afterschool programming and performing as a resource ambassador for the UCLA LGBTQ Resource Center as well as a student assistant in the UCLA Asian American Studies Reading Room during their undergraduate years. In 2019, they ventured into the field of library science and have since worked as a library assistant in several public libraries across the country. When they aren’t working, they are cuddling with their cat, enjoying a good science fiction novel, playing table top role-playing games with friends, or enjoying a nice walk around the city.
Christinna Swearingen was born and raised in Illinois but currently resides in northern Wisconsin. She has earned a master’s degree in information and library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in sociology from Illinois State University. She discovered her passion for metadata and increasing accessibility for digital services during the pursuit of her graduate degree, which continues to enchant and enthrall her. Christinna spends her free time reading, catching up on the latest television and movies, kayaking and hiking, and raising her perfect dog and two somewhat domesticated children.
Rebecca Vasquez is a senior year museum studies and art history major at University of California, Santa Barbara. A Southern California native, she also holds an A.A. in history and an A.S. in accounting from Santa Barbara City College. While studying, she works part-time as a research and collections assistant at a local archive, and is excited to broaden her digital project skills with the Law Library team. Looking toward the future, she dreams to work with registrar and collections teams at multidisciplinary museums, helping them care for their holdings and increasing access to visitors and researchers. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys indoor cycling, baking, and collecting novelty mugs.
Mara Wessel is currently pursuing an M.L.I.S. degree through Syracuse University. She obtained a B.A. in English and textual studies from Syracuse University where she developed a keen interest in Shakespeare and other renaissance playwrights. Syracuse University is also where she discovered an interest in pursuing a career in libraries. Between classes she could be found browsing the campus libraries or delving into the collections in the special collections library. When not working or in school she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and occasionally painting. After completing her master’s degree, she hopes to work in a museum library or special collections library.
Stephanie Williams is a Kentucky native who moved several times with her parents in the military before settling in New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington, and currently attends Syracuse University for her M.L.I.S. program. Stephanie lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her fiancé, Kevin. She hopes to work with metadata and digital curation to ensure online collections are accessible to all.
Reid E. Yaworski is a life-long resident of New York, relocating several times from Utica to New Paltz, and from New Paltz to Syracuse. He attained a B.A. in English from SUNY New Paltz, and is currently pursuing an M.L.I.S. and C.A.S. in data science from Syracuse University. Reid has a keen interest in writing poetry, producing music, and exploring the multifarious applications of cutting-edge technologies in the digital humanities. He hopes to one day help bridge the gap between the “why” of the humanities and the “how” of the sciences.