One of our other projects for this spring utilizes the foreign language expertise of our students and volunteers. Our Foreign Legal Gazette Collection is one of the largest and includes jurisdictions from every corner of the world. Our project looks to expand the online offerings of this incredible collection, focusing on the jurisdictions of Burkina Faso, Suriname, Kenya, Botswana, Grenada, Namibia, Haiti, Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama, Argentina, and Chile.
These are the interns and volunteers working on the collection this summer:
Danayra del Castillo is a Bronx native, now living in the Sonaran desert of Tucson. She holds an M.L.I.S from the University of Arizona and is currently receiving a post graduate certification in digital asset management. Ms. del Castillo has two teenage boys and a blue Russian cat. She spends her time constantly learning about her field and many personal interests.
Maria (Rebeca) Escamilla is an M.L.I.S. graduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She graduated in 2021 from UC Berkeley with an English degree and a concentration in medieval and renaissance studies. Rebeca is currently a curatorial intern for the Krannert Art Museum, working on Andean feather works. Rebeca is interested in archival and Indigenous studies; she hopes to disseminate Indigenous knowledge and information through archival practices.
Krista Evilsizor (she/her) is in her final semester as a graduate student in the University of Arizona’s M.L.I.S. program, where she focuses 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, information technology, 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 needy cats who are surprisingly not currently staring at her as she types this.
Madeline Griffin is from east Tennessee, but is currently an M.A. candidate in Latin American studies and a K-12 cultural education & outreach graduate assistant at the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She holds a National Collegiate Honors Council degree and B.A. from the liberal arts institution Emory & Henry (E&H) College, where she majored in international studies, history, and Hispanic studies. She spent the 2021-2022 academic year teaching as an English language auxiliar in the Basque Country. She worked in museums and served as the lead E&H global ambassador throughout undergrad. She loves the arts, speculative fiction, spending time outdoors, and sharing her language and culture with the Ukrainian students she tutors at ENGin. Madeline loves to travel and learn about different cultures and perspectives. She hopes to use her skills to contribute to the preservation of the multitude of human stories and experiences through institutions dedicated to public history, memory, and Hispanic archives.
Kalyani Jog is a recent California resident, but has lived and experienced cultures from different parts of the world. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology, graduate degree in social work, and recently started her second graduate study in management in information and library science (M.M.L.I.S.) degree at the University of Southern California. She is an avid reader with interests in diverse genres. She loves to travel and enjoy cuisines from different cultures all around the world. Kalyani’s diverse cultural experiences sets her apart and gives her an eye for being open to each individual.
Anna LeBlanc-Mulder is a multigenerational New Orleanian. She graduated from Smith College with majors in history and French studies. Anna received an M.L.I.S and a graduate certificate in archival studies from Louisiana State University. After working in public libraries for several years, she now works as a reference archivist for the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans. She was drawn to the Library of Congress by many routes; her appreciation of American history, interest in cataloging, and commitment to access. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and studying French and Dutch.
Hripsime Mantecon is currently pursuing an M.S. in information science with a certificate in health informatics. She holds an M.A. in linguistics, a TESOL certificate, and a B.S. in business finance. More than anything, she enjoys traveling with her husband and children. Although she has lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years, her sense of “home” is spread out throughout different parts of the world, including Armenia and Spain. She likes visiting museums and libraries as well as exploring new restaurants. Some of her goals in the next few years include completing her studies, improving her meditation practice, and maybe start learning French.
Dorilyn Morales Colón (she/her) is from Puerto Rico. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing; both from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. She is currently the librarian of the research and study hall at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. This is her second time in the Remote Metadata Program with the foreign legal gazettes where she is looking to continue learning and acquiring new skills.
Osa Oyegun is a Nigerian American third culture kid and lived on four continents before settling in the D.C. area. She is enrolled in an M.L.I.S. program at San José State University, holds a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University, and a B.A. in music performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. Osa has three young children, a love of reading and history, and a habit of finding answers to random questions. She enjoys learning everything all at once and relaxing with music.
Annie Ross is an M.L.I.S. graduate student at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in political science and international studies. An avid traveler, Annie enjoys exploring new cities and spending time in nature. After receiving her degree, she hopes to bring the practices of global engagement and international collaboration into her work at a library or archive.
Senaida Velazquez is preparing for a hot summer living in Arizona. She holds a master of library science degree from Texas Woman’s University in Texas and a B.A. degree in philosophy from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. This is her third semester working with the Law Library of Congress. Her goal is to improve digital UX access for all individuals.
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