Junior Fellows 2019 Closing Ceremony

>>Eric Eldritch:
Good morning everyone. Good morning everyone, glad
that you’re here and we’d ask that all of you would
take a seat. We’re here in LJ119. We love this room. The nightlines are not the best. So we just thank you for
your patience with that. Later on today — this program
is going to be more informal than a lot of our
other programs. We want to hear from you when
we talk about reflections. But before we do that, I have
a little bit of housekeeping to take care of before
we get kicked off here. Now let’s see. At the end of the program — at
the end of the program in LJ113, that’s just behind those
wooden doors there, we want you to pick
up your certificate. But most importantly we need you
to pick up this green folder. This is your separation
clearance form. And there are a number of
things to fill out with this within your department. And I want to thank
from our department, LCSG Beth Bills [assumed
spelling]. She actually went through and
got signatures for all of you, so you wouldn’t have
to walk through. Ask one of your co-workers
what walking through papers are
here at the library. She’s done that. Let’s give her a
round of applause. [ Applause ] It would also not be a library
if I didn’t tell you this. There are six of you, six,
and you know who you are because you got a message from
Beth Bills about your books that you need to
return [laughter]. So it would behoove
you to do that. They probably will not
let you leave the library. You won’t get your
final paycheck. You will not be able to go
into retirement [laughter] if you do not return your
materials to the library. You haven’t even
started a career — well you started a career,
but you won’t get anywhere if you don’t return your
materials to the library. All right [laughter]? Today and just so we all
know, we’ve asked you to think of some questions and to
use this time as reflection. And so we want to
be able to open up in a more casual way
a time for you to think about your experience here. We’re going to hear a little
bit more about that later and we’ll tee that up. We’ve got handheld mics and
we’ll come back and forth and ask you to help
share your experiences to really make this a reflection
and a culminating experience of the Junior Fellows program. So I would like to remind you
of this before we get started, that our Junior Fellows
internship program is made possible by a generous gift
from the James Madison Council. James Madison Council had a
member named Nancy Glanville Jewell and through her
Glanville Family Foundation and the Knowledge Navigators
Trust Fund established by — with a lead gift from the
late H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest — he’s Chairman Emeritus
of the Madison Council — and with the major
support provided by members of the council. The program was originally made
possible through the generosity of Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. And that’s why we’re here today
and why we have this legacy. And it allows you to now be
a part of the library history and library experience. So let’s thank them. [ Applause ] So, the last housekeeping
thing I need to tell you is that there will be
yet another form. I think I told you at the
beginning of this experience, cars run on gas,
governments run on paper. Right? So there’s always a form,
there’s something to fill out. There’s a closeout for
your transit fare subsidy and there’s some
instructions about materials if you’re taking something
specific from the library. Your supervisors will
walk you through that. Your timekeepers will
walk you through that. And on the final day, on Friday, in the morning you will
get your final web TA. That web TA form allows
— must say final on it — and it has to have a printout. But we have people from HCD
set up to walk us through that who process and we will make
that as painless as possible, so that you have the best
experience on your last day. All right, so I think
we’re ready to start our program
properly now. And I’d like to invite Kimberly
Powell, Chief of IFP to come up and get us started. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Kimberly Powell: Thank you
Eric and good morning everyone. Oh my goodness. I told you it would go
by quickly, didn’t I? Yeah, 10 weeks ago. So, again, just a delightful
opportunity to be here with you today and to share, and to start off some
of these reflections. Now, there may be a number
of people in this room who might want to arm
wrestle me about this, but I like to believe
that I have the best job, maybe in the world,
maybe in the library, maybe in the Adams building. And I’ll tell you why. So one of those things
is, in a number of — in addition to a number of
things that I get a chance to do in this role, I get to
be the program director for Junior Fellows. So as your program director, here’s some of the
things I get to do. I get to observe and interact
with a number of people, both inside and outside
the library each year. I do remember, in this role,
getting project proposals. I remember being in my office
and they started coming in and Eric said, they’re coming
in, and starting to read about some of the things
that you all were going to be doing this summer. And I remember being,
first of all, awestruck, and honestly a little
bit envious, that I didn’t get a chance
to peek over your shoulder and help you with this. Because they were all
just amazing projects. So I get to do that
in this role. I remember seeing the
photographs come in. Do you all recall we
created the face page? Where it’s a lovely document
that has all your names and your schools and
all that good stuff. So, what happened
with the face page, is the first time we see the
face page, I get a chance to go, there were these projects, but
then these people are going to come here and
lead these projects. So it starts to kind of
knit together for me. I remember seeing Eric Eldritch,
your program coordinator, who is one of the most
dedicated professionals that you’ll ever meet,
coming in early before a lot of us every day and staying
later than a lot of us every day for months to pull
things together. And with that said, I want
to pause for a moment. Could you all help me thank
Eric again for his tireless — [ Applause ] All right, one this at the
library, we really believe in continuous improvement and the Junior Fellows
program has been around for quite some time,
and each year it just grow and it does different
things during its time. And Eric has really
challenged us to make it bigger and do some things a
little differently. To include this morning’s
ceremony. Typically it would
be a little more of us talking to
you and speeches. There’ll be a couple
of those up front. We think that’s important to do. But he really advocated
that we hear from you all, your reflection. So we’re going to do that. I’m really excited about that. I also remember, as
your program director, meeting you on May 28th. May 28, 2019. I was that lady in the back
— you didn’t know me then — I was kind of in, you know,
incognito, helping you be — helping to be the traffic
director to help you get to the forms and fill
out those forms for HCD, so that you could become
temporary employees of the federal government. Do you all remember in that
back room I was chatting you up a little bit, just trying to
— hey, welcome to the library and all very earnestly
trying to get to know you. Trying to go from, you know,
the projects to the face page, to really understanding
who you were. And I remember walking away at
the end of that day just being so impressed by each
of you individually and I’m deliberately
looking at you, because I’m remembering
those moments. It was wonderful and I
knew that we were going to have an amazing
cohort this year. So now, I also remember
as your program director that I got a chance to
see the looks on the faces of the 750 people who were
here last week experiencing you through the Display Day program. The looks on those faces. I’m a photographer
in another life, and so visual is
very important to me. So you’ll hear me
describing a lot of imagery. But literally the looks
on the faces of the people when you all were
talking to them. You could just see that
they were really engaged and they would stop me in the
hallway and in [inaudible] shop, and in the cafeteria to
tell me about the impact that you really had on them. So I get to do all that
as your program director. You all met leaders
at different events. You asked bold questions. You made discoveries. You made friends. And you made meaningful
contributions that are going to continue long after
you leave here on Friday. I’d also like to
congratulate you on choosing to intern here at the library. I mean you could have been doing
anything else, anywhere else. You chose to spend the
summer of 2019 here with us. And, internships
are so important. And I don’t say that just because they paid
me to say that. I always thought
it was important. I am — I was an intern. Everywhere you could be an
intern in this town except for the Library of
Congress I was an intern. And it really served me well, and I know that this is
going to serve you well. But there are three reasons that I believe are the most
important ones for interning and I want to share that with
you all, so that you can kind of take that with you. One, is you get to discover —
to develop the number one skill that employers are looking
for in their new hires. Anyone have any idea
what that might be? The number one skill. Shout it out.>>Networking.>>Kimberly Powell: Networking. Good one, but that’s
not it [laughter]. Communication? Good one, but that’s not it.>>Asking for something.>>Kimberly Powell:
No, that’s also good. And that’s also not it. Problem solving and
critical thinking. Problem solving and
critical thinking. So all that you’ve learned
in your education so far, you’ve got to be able to
relearn and keep learning, and you’ve got to be able
to figure things out. We want to hire people
who can figure things out. You probably found that the time
you’ve been here at the library, everything wasn’t perfect. I mean, the library’s amazing
but everything is not perfect. And ideal — and conditions
are not always perfect. So you saw your project mentors
having to figure things out. The show must go on. You know, the work
has to get done. And they figured out
how to make that happen. You all had a chance to do that
as well in your internships. Each and every one of you. So, problem solve — you
get to say you did that. That is the number one skill. So feel free to mention that in
your resumes and your LinkedIn. Right? In your interviews. That you are a problem solver
and then give us examples. The second reason I
love internships is that you get a chance
to learn about you. You will learn about your
strengths, you will learn about some weaknesses and some
opportunities for improvement. I had a chance to run into a
number of you, whether it was in a training class
or again, hallway. Sometimes you’d invite me to
meet with you in my office and we would talk
about some things. And I learned that there’s what
you thought the internship would be and then there’s
what it actually was, which is very different. And there’s what you
thought about who you were and then you learned about —
some new things about yourself that you didn’t know coming in. So I’m looking forward
to hearing more about that this morning. So, internships give you a
chance to learn about you. And then reflection. So why do we reflect? So, reflecting really helps
you to seal in that knowledge. Does anyone here take yoga? Anyone take yoga? At the end of your
yoga sessions, what’s the last pose
they have you do? Savasana, the corpse pose. Right? The whole —
I was blown away. The first couple
times I would do yoga and they’d have us
kind of lay there. You just kind of
have to lay there. And I thought, I’m not really
getting anything out of this. And then I heard an instructor
tell us that during that pose, that’s the most powerful
pose because that’s where you’re taking in
everything that you’ve learned. Everything that you’ve just
experienced in the yoga session. So, same thing is true for this. We reflect so that
we can really learn. Take it in. Think about what we
experienced and lock it in. And seal it in. So those are the reasons
that we do reflections. It also gives you
meaning to the experience. It also gives you closure. And it really I think
helps you to understand and articulate some
of the things that make you each uniquely
and beautifully you. So that’s said, as I wrap up my
notes, I do want to let you know that I think that each of you —
I’m looking around the room — each of you is powerful
beyond measure. I really, really believe that. It’s been our great pleasure to
meet with you and work with you, and we know that you will
stay connected to us. Today is not an ending and
Friday’s not an ending. And just know that we will
always be here for you. And we will expect
you to be ambassadors of the Library of Congress. It’s been a pleasure. I’m going to wrap up my
remarks and with that said, I’m going to bring up Ryan
Ramsey, our Chief of Staff who would like to say a little
bit to you as well this morning. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Ryan Ramsey: Morning. So I was talking with Kimberly
and Eric just before this and I said, they’ve already
heard me speak twice. They’re probably
kind of tired of me. What’s different about this? And they said, oh this is
more casual, it’s like Oprah. So I want you all to look
under your seats [laughter]. So I have no idea how to make
it like Oprah, but I do want to thank you all, again,
it bears repeating. I hope that this experience
was as valuable for each of you as it was for the library. Because we got quite
a lot out of it. And I hope that you
saw that connection. I hope that you saw
what the library gained from your time here. So again, we’re going to go
through some recognitions, because a lot of
people put a lot of work into making this happen. So first, I’d like to
acknowledge Kimberly Powell for organizing this entire
endeavor, with the help of Eric Eldritch planning
and managing the program. Along with the Display Day
coordinators, Julie Biggs and Catalina Gomez, who wasn’t
here I think on Display Day. So if we would all join
me in thanking them now. [ Applause ] And as I said last
week at Display Day, and I said this before
Display Day kicked off, it’s one of my favorite days
of the year at the library and this year did
not disappoint. It was — it’s always sort of
a little bit of a leap of faith to say it’s my favorite day
before I see what you all have done. But you all did not disappoint. I have to say a couple
of things. One, the subject matters that
each of you got to dive into, I think was — they were
each uniquely interesting and it was really fun for me to
see how confidently and how — well, how confidently you
spoke about those topics. I would say at the
risk of offending some of my library colleagues,
that public speaking and even interpersonal
interaction are not the main reasons they got into
librarianship [laughter]. And you all, I think really
showed sort of wisdom and grace and poise beyond your age. So I compliment you
on all of that. Dr. Hinton and Mark Sweeney
also attended Display Day. I’ll note that not
surprisingly at all, Dr. Hinton essentially ignored
her entire schedule that day in order to spend more
time with you all. It is also one of her
favorite things to do and I think she gets
great energy being around the younger
folks from the library who are just beginning
their careers. Many of you as librarians
and some of you in other related fields. I think a couple other points
I want to make, you know, the collaboration of the staff across the library was really
evident in that Display Day. But also in the work that you’ve
done over the past 10 weeks. And through your hard work
we’re furthering a few of the library’s strategic
priorities that I mentioned. Expanding access, creating
valuable experiences, to fostering lifelong
connections to the library. My personal view is that
I think the library has for too long been seen as a place that’s really
only for top scholars. For people who are your
college professors and beyond. And I would really
like for people who are just more
casual lifelong learners to view this place as a resource
that’s available to them too. And I think that you all
played a role in doing that during your time here. Internships like this one, like the one you’re completing
right now, are important as you build out
your career paths. Our personal and professional
relationships have a direct impact on the career readiness
and I think that’s a message or a lesson that I’ve tried
to convey to a couple of you as I’ve met individually
with some of you. As somebody who didn’t have any
internships during undergraduate years, I felt that when
I went to look for a job, so you are all already
well ahead of where I was at that point. So I note that, I
congratulate you for that. And I hope that — I
hope that you realize — I think one of the
important things about an internship is
realizing how to talk about the experience you gained. And I think the benefit of
the Junior Fellows program that makes it really special
to me is that it’s not just — you’re not just assigned
to an office where you’re doing
whatever, sort of, menial tasks the lowest
person on the totem pole gets. You are assigned a discrete
project that you see through from tip to tail,
from start to finish, and you really have something
that you can be proud of and that you can talk
very knowledgeably about and passionately about, and many
of you showed great excitement in talking about the
work that you did. So, I found that some of you — many of you are in
school to be librarians or other information
science professionals. And you — you know
within some, you know, degree of variation what you
want to do with your lives. You’re working on
specializing, you know, exactly what that means. But, for others of
you, my people, you don’t know what
you want to do. And so, I think — you know, I hope that this experience
helped you figure out something about yourself, something
about your interests. I hope that it makes
you more curious to do something either related
or something new next year. I was really proud of you
all to read that at least one of you got a job on Display Day. Like just out of
the blue [laughter]. I think at least one more of
you is coming back in the fall for a second internship
or fellowship. I would not be at all
surprised if another handful of you came back to work at
the library in the near future. I was emailing yesterday with
a Junior Fellow from 2018. So I keep track — keep
in touch with a number of our former Junior Fellows. I invite you to stay in touch
with your mentors, with me, with anybody else that you’ve
interacted with at the library. You’re a resource to us and
we value, and I just want to say thank you again. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Eric Eldritch: So as a way to
help us think about reflections, Julie Biggs and I have prepared
a few things just to kind of help you tee up and think about your experience
here for today. And to take — kind of hit
the pause button and be able to like thinks about how
things have transpired for you. So, I wonder, do you
remember where you were when you heard Junior Fellows, and it came across I
assume a computer screen or somebody said, don’t you want
to apply for the Junior Fellows? At the Library of Congress. Do you remember that day? Do you remember — how
many of you applied at like the last minute of
[laughter] the last second? So there are so many people that
went through this experience. And I wonder if you
remember what — can you remember what
you thought the Library of Congress was before
you got here? You see — how many
of you were actually at the library before
you applied? Like you actually had been here. So like, five, six of you. Right? So, when friends
and family now ask you, what’d you do this summer? You say, I worked at
the Library of Congress. Remember that they have
that same lack of bubble in their head for the Library
of Congress that you had. And so now, you get to
unfold and unpack that story. Is this anything like
you thought the Library of Congress would be? No [laughter]. And when you meet the people
at the Library of Congress, when you meet your colleagues
and you meet the other interns that are here, I think that
really opens your experience. That’s the reason that I
love to work on this program. I feel that there’s
teaching that happens in the moment while you
experience each other, while you experience your
connection with the project. So, how many of you
got to project — your first choice of project? And do you remember that
little blurb that was out there for the project? I mean somebody wanted to
do chemistry and paper. That was a career goal for them. And they did that
thing [laughter]. And so I wonder if you
could — what was — how did that translate for you? Those few lines that were
on the piece of paper or on your computer screen. Is that what you did and
how did that translate into your Display Day project? Because we had a
short description, we had a long description,
and then you got here and we started talking about
Display Day and translated that into what you presented. But you’re walking
away from here with a sense of personal
history. You’re walking away from
a sense of the Library of Congress making
an impact on you, but also you making an impact
on the Library of Congress. So, as we think about
your projects and we think about Display Day, let’s
invite Julie Biggs to come up and talk about Display Day. [ Applause ]>>Julie Biggs: Thanks Eric. Good morning everyone. It’s great to see you again. I want to just start by saying
Display Day was a triumph. It really was. The variety of projects,
the richness, the energy, and excellent, excellent
feedback. So that’s kind of a
focus on outcomes. I also want to take a
minute just to focus on the process itself. So, there are three things
that I’d like to touch on. One is teamwork. Eric, Catalina who is
with us in spirit today, conservation staff,
exhibits, IFP, including interns
Adriana [assumed spelling] and Alejandro [assumed spelling]
and the constant effort of all of the mentors. Huge amount of work. In terms of making sure that
this event was a success, following our guidelines, showing up when we asked
you to, meeting deadlines. I mean these are all really
critical things and you did it. And we also had fun
in the process. I think this year in particular
tabletop review for almost all of you was just a lot of fun. And it was for us too. I mean, I love doing this work and I loved it especially
this year. So thank you. And then, sort of seeing
the development of — I think Ryan and Kimberly
touched on this already — your arrival here and, you know, initially the just knowing the
project in terms of the title and a brief description
about it. And then that developing with
sort of embryonic concepts when we met for desk
side consultation. And then, gradually
into sort of clear ideas about what you wanted by the time you came
to tabletop review. The focus that that involved, taking time to develop the
visuals that were necessary to be able to showcase
these projects, and then selecting
the collection items, many of which this year
were just stunning. And then, ultimately again,
as has already been mentioned, communicating with great
enthusiasm and confidence on Display Day itself. It was so palpable. And I think seeing that
development from the beginning of when, you know, we first
met and we did our, you know, Display Day orientation
and faces were a bit blank, to this just, you know,
wonderful discussion, interaction with
everyone on Display Day. So I want to thank you for
making my job such a pleasure. For the great work you
did and congratulations, and all the best for the future. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Eric Eldritch: So now it’s
time for us to hear from you. And if you wouldn’t mind, we
would prefer that you would come up here, because the sightline’s
a little hard in this room. But if you really would prefer
to speak from your seat, Kimberly and I will be here to pass the microphones
back and forth to you. What was your experience like? What are you taking
away from here? What impact did the
library have on you? What impact did you
have on the library? I’ve talked to a few
of you ahead of time, so I do hope you’ll jump in. And this is the time to hear
from Fellows as well as mentors. [ Inaudible Speaker ] [ Multiple Speakers ] [ Applause ]>>I’ve met — thank you for
the applause, I appreciate that. So I’ve met a lot of
you over the course of the Junior Fellowship. And a lot of you I haven’t
met and I’m very sad that I didn’t get the
chance to do that. I’m Dave Bernardo
[assumed spelling]. I’ve been in PRTD,
Preservation Research and Testing Division
working on the — assessing the National
Collection project. But more importantly I’m
a Library Science student at the University of Rhode
Island and I have had such a fantastic experience
working in this Library of Congress for the
last 10 weeks. I don’t want to leave. It’s been great. I’ve met so many
incredibly brilliant people over the time here. I’ve met so many — I’ve seen
so many interesting projects. And talked to — had so many
fantastic conversations. It’s just been an absolutely
incredible experience. One of the things I do want to
suggest to Eric and Kimberly is that actually at the very
beginning, when we have that orientation, it
might be very beneficial to have an introduction between
all of the Junior Fellows. Because I know I didn’t get the
chance to meet a lot of them and I would have liked
to have that opportunity at the very beginning. So –>>Kimberly Powell:
We’ll make that happen.>>I think that would
be very beneficial to everyone in the program. And also, when you do the tours, please take the people
down to PRTD. Everyone there is amazing. And it’s really cool to see
all the scientific stuff that they’re doing down there. So, that’s me. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Kimberly Powell: Thank you. Implemented 2020 [laughter]. Who’s next?>>Hello everyone, I’m Stephen
Wesson from the Learning and Innovation office. I could say any number
of great things about this outstanding program
and about the Junior Fellows in general and about
our own Junior Fellow, the amazing — oh, all right. [Inaudible] in the middle. Right in the middle. Okay [laughter]. Hello everyone. And about our own Junior Fellow
the amazing Mandy Campbell [assumed spelling]. I could say all those wonderful
things, but instead I’d like to talk about me and
[laughter] and our office, Learning and Innovation,
and all that we’ve gained from hosting Junior Fellows for
the past four or five years. You’ve often heard people
discuss the sort of these — the spirit of sort of
beautiful discovery that the Junior Fellows
to the office of the library, all
of that is true. But I found that working with
Mandy and the Junior Fellows that proceeded her, is we are — our office has benefited
tremendously in terms of just hard concrete program
support and developments. Mandy arrived with
astonishing research skills and put them to work
immediately. The discoveries that she
made throughout the course of her time here were, you know,
eye popping, revealing to us. Her insights into
education and focus on audience benefit
helped us find new ways to serve the libraries
educator audience and helped us see
our own mission in the materials we
work with in new ways. And while we know that
Mandy and all of you — like all of you are going to
go on to have dazzling careers, we are also tremendously
satisfied with the — all the support and
the growth that Mandy, like our previous Junior
Fellows brought to us. As you move on and go
forward, and hopefully benefit from your time here,
I hope you all realize that you’ve had a
powerful impact on the offices you worked in. You’ve helped the library
grow and that we’ll be feeling that impact and talking
about you for years to come. So thank you so much. [ Applause ]>>Hi everyone, I’m
Tricia Glaser and I’ve been in the Veterans History
project over the summer. So it’s been an amazing
experience. I moved out to the area for
grad school at University of Maryland and graduated
in May. Before I came out
here I was kind of like almost joking
with my friends. They’re like, what if
you ended up working at the Library of Congress? So this has just been
an extremely rewarding, beneficial experience. I’ve loved getting to
know all my fellow interns and all the great people in VHP. And then also, of course,
the work that Tim and I did over the summer, you know, researching African American
Veterans collections. Just work that I feel very
passionate about and want to continue to do
in my future career. So this has just been a
really great experience. [ Applause ]>>Hello everyone, my
name is Boryana Borisova. I did some cataloging over at
the Russian Cyrillic collection. Or excuse me, over at the
European division working with this particular collection. And, I was among those students
who at one point a supervisor, professor mentioned
the Library of Congress as a potential future
possibility and I just remember
like rolling my eyes. Like yeah, right. And then I was in Kazakstan
when the application was open and I remember specifically
being advised never to log in to usajobs.gov when
in Kazakstan [laughter], even if you’re using like a VPN. So I flew out to Western Europe
and applied on the last day in January [laughter]. And like got it [laughter]. It’s really crazy. And my initial thoughts
when I read the description about the project were,
I’m probably going to be in a basement somewhere. Library of Congress, yes,
it’s the Library of Congress but I really understood it as a physical space
as a storage site. And was I wrong. Because it’s a very
much, an active organ. It’s constantly showing
accessibility to the public. It’s — the productivity of my
colleagues to get me introduced to other staff members or
just yesterday I had former Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan,
which I was in Kyrgyzstan prior to Kazakhstan, agree
to have tea with me in our little conference room
in the European division. Just swapping stories
and hearing about the Open World
program which is over in the Adams
building I believe. It’s incredibly invaluable and
I have some many people to thank and I’m especially,
especially grateful to everyone in the European division
because yes, on the surface level I
was there to catalogue, but beyond that I was in a room
with passionate colleagues, people who gave me ideas about
my project, who in some shape or form helped me drive my
project, and really make sure that I took — took
this opportunity to go beyond that
job description. And I think I’ve
succeeded in that because Display Day was the
absolute greatest highlight. It was so fun and
the faces that came to the table were really
I think excited to learn about Russian art and
how it has to do with — what it has to do with
politics even in 2019, with the current regime. So what I’m trying to say is,
I’m a product of being a reader of the job description and actually seeing the
opportunities that could come out of this lovely institution. So I thank everyone
who was involved.>>Eric Eldritch: Boryana, one of your colleagues
is retiring today. There might be an opening.>>I’m sorry, who?>>Eric Eldritch: One of your
colleagues is retiring today. There might be an opening.>>Matt already got it. [ Laughter ]>>I have to go right after that
because only in DC can I say, I lived in Kazakstan before
I came to the library. So [laughter] it’s weird, but
only in DC would that happen in the Library of Congress
in a room like this. I’m Nellie Buddha-Smith
[assumed spelling], Chief of Design at OCIO. Lily Huang who’s right back
there was our Junior Fellow. It was the first time that
we had a Junior Fellow in the Design and
Development Directorate and specifically the User
Experience Design Division in the Directorate. That’s a lot to say. And Lily doesn’t know this, but we actually had a
very competitive group of people who applied. Someone was getting their
PhD in User Experience Design at a very prestigious user
experience design school, and when I saw Lily’s resume and interviewed her I knew
she was good fit for us and we were a good fit for her. So, that really ultimately
is why we chose Lilly [assumed spelling]. Even though we get amazing
resumes it was really great to find someone who
as a great fit for us as much as we were for her. So the job she did was amazing. And in 10 weeks a lot was
done and it made a big impact. And it’s hard sometimes because
of the library it does take a lot longer to do things,
especially when it comes to IT. We see it as a big ship and if we can move it one
degree, we’re getting there. So Lily was able to
build connections across different parts of
the organization and get at the undercurrent of
what we do at the library which is really preserving
knowledge, but a lot of that is
done through digitization and the management of data. A lot of people, you know, are
very familiar with the books, are very familiar with
this beautiful space, but a lot of the work that
we do and a lot of the work of Library Sciences
is being a part of that foundational
management of data. And so, Lily was able to start
to document that at the library. And I want to reiterate its
part of this longer legacy of what the library does and
this collection of people at the library who have served
the foundational structures of what the internet is
and how we share data. A lot of the standards and
other important structures for sharing data across the
world come from the library and come from Library Sciences. So really appreciate the work
of everyone and especially of Lilly [assumed spelling]. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Kimberly Powell: Time
for maybe two or three more.>>Hi, my name’s Alec Silvera. I was in the Library Events
office for the summer, which is not traditional Junior
Fellows area of study I guess. Yeah, so I mean, it was —
actually being in the office for the summer was great because
it actually helped me understand about another way that the
library actually got other — like different organizations
and people involved with how the library actually — like things that the
library has to offer. Because like, during my Display
Day, actually I mentioned to people that the library,
it hosts events to non-profits and organizations about — they can just come
and have events here. And like but you have to be in
line with the library’s mission. Which is to engage, inform,
and inspire the public about what the library
actually has to offer. So during that I
actually learned that the library it offers — it’s just another way that
people can come and learn about the things
that the library has. Because they put out
the treasures displays. Like a lot of things
that a lot of you in this room probably worked on with your mentors
throughout the summer. So it was really cool to see
that and then also being a part of all the Congressional events that happened was
a nice little perk of the office I guess
[laughter]. But yeah, so I mean it
was really just an overall great experience. And being someone who
didn’t really have — I’d never been to the library
before until I came here. And so, I wasn’t really sure
about what it was really going to be like and the
experience I was going to get. Especially being in the events
office, because it was like, you know, not traditional. Like I’m not going
to be doing research. It’s more just like administrative
stuff that I was doing. Which was really part of
the reason why I came here. Because I like wanted to get
that kind of skill out of, you know, the Events office
and they were all great. They’re excellent
at their job and so, you know, helpful and inviting. And it was just an
overall really good time and a great learning experience,
and I’m glad that I got it. So yeah, thank you. [ Applause ]>>Kimberly Powell: Melissa.>>Hi, my name is Melissa
Crawford [assumed spelling]. I work in the Digital
Strategy office in OCIO. I’ve worked at the library
for 13 years and I would say that the past few months have
been some of the best for me. I have two things I
wanted to share quickly. When I decided — I
interviewed a lot of people for our Junior Fellowship
and we were also — we were also very competitive. We had a lot of applicants. And I remember when Eric
gave the green light to like call the fellows, or
you know, the incoming fellows. I was so excited because I knew
I wanted these two individuals and I was really hoping
that they would say yes. And I remember one of them —
I will always remember this, and I’ve been working in
the world for a long time. Older, you know, but I remember
offering it to one of them and the excitement that
came — both of them really, but I just remember this one
moment of like so excited and it reminded me that we’re
very lucky to work here. And for me, the past
few months have — or the past 10 weeks have
been — reminded me, you know, what a great place this is. And to see the transformation
happen over the past 10 weeks of these two people is
probably the best 10 weeks that I’ve worked at the library. Within the second week of
the Junior Fellows time here, Leigh and Nina [assumed
spelling], was our digital strategy
roundtable which is a very chaotic but very
important event for our team. Our team is very new. We started last October. So we bring in experts from
around the world, 16 experts, and it’s kind of a
critical event for us. Especially this year was our
first official annual meeting. And we had a lot
of good feedback. It was a huge success. But these two were here and
helped with every aspect of it. So, and I can safely say that
it would not have been a success without them and so I just
wanted to thank the both of you. Leigh and Nina and I
wish you all the best. [ Applause ]>>Hi everyone. So my name is Madison MacArthur
and I’ve been a Junior Fellow with the Rare Books and Special
Collections division this summer, which has been
absolutely incredible. But when I first came in, I’m
actually a journalism student, so I have had very little
experience when it comes to the inner workings
of a library. So one of the big challenges
that I had to do was to adapt what I’ve learned
in school to working here and telling the story of my
division from this summer. And it was interesting to
work through documents rather than face-to-face interactions and becoming a storyteller
in that other thing. That’s one of the biggest things
I’ve learned this summer is how many stories there
are, because we work with all these incredible
documents and books, and authors, and but there’s
also the stories of the people who have interacted with
those over the years. The coffee stain from somebody
who handled the document from the 70’s, and it’s
like we’ve learned so much from that experience
and how we’ve interacted with these documents and
how important they’ve become to all of us. So I wanted to take a
moment and just give a shout out to my division, because
all the divisions are awesome, but Rare Books, it’s
got something in my heart now [laughter]. I mean, it’s become something
very important and I’ve worked with Daniel and she’s coached
me very intensely on how to handle all the documents. I now know how to
remove paper clips. That’s my biggest skill that I’ve gained this summer
I believe is the removal of paper clips [laughter]. But it’s just been a
wonderful experience and I couldn’t have
said it better with problem solving
being the biggest thing that we gained this summer. Even if you’re not
a library kid, as I started referring
to everybody as. There’s still something
to be gained with all the experiences
we take with us. So thank you for this wonderful
experience this summer. To both you and everyone
else here. [ Applause ]>>Kimberly Powell:
So we’ve got one more. And does anyone else
have a — okay. And then we’re going
to have to stop. All right?>>All right [laughter]. Hey everybody. My name is Anthony and I just
wanted to thank everybody who played hands on creating
this amazing program. It has been way more
positive an event in my life than I could ever imagine. Before I started here, I was at
a complete rock bottom in life and it effected the way
I processed everything. The way I envisioned
how I could handle tasks and things like that. So to see where I’m
at now is just like a full 180 and
it’s incredible. I was at a point where
I literally didn’t know where I was going to go next. So at the beginning of this
year I started reading. And every week I’ve been
reading a different book. And that was like the
highlight of my life, because absolutely nothing else
was happening at that point. And I got in contact with a
prior supervisor that I had and I said, what should I do? Because it’s getting
to the point now where I’m running
options to do anything. And he’s like, oh,
why don’t you apply for the Library of Congress? And I’m like, you know, I’m
[laughter], I’m not qualified. You know what I mean? That’s where I was. He’s just like Anthony just — you never know what
could happen. Just go ahead and try it. So I applied for two projects
that I did not get selected for and thankfully, because the
people that did get selected for them did a fantastic
job with them. But I did get selected for
the Center for the Book. And it’s all about programs
that heighten reading engagement and just really encourage
people to continue to broaden themselves
through books. And to just see where I
have come from that point to that point is just like
really, really amazing. And I just want to say
that the number one thing that I’ve gotten from this
is to really be yourself. Because you’re way
more exceptional than what you probably believe. And meeting everybody here
has just been so touching. Even if it’s something as simple
as, oh hey, on the elevator. Everybody was so nice
and so encouraging. And you guys are so vibrant and so intelligent,
you’re going so far. And I’m really proud of you. I love you all. I wish the best for you all. And good luck with paying
student loans [laughter]. [ Applause ]>>Kimberly Powell:
Okay, thank you.>>Good morning. Is it still morning? Yes. Okay, I am Leigh
Norman I was a Junior Fellow in Digital Strategy. And I am a communications major. Let’s start with that. I’m not a librarianship
graduate school. I don’t have a PhD in existing. I’m just an undergraduate
student. And I guess what I learned
most here at the Library of Congress is that I can
choose how I define myself. It doesn’t — my major
doesn’t define me, my experience doesn’t define me. And I — my — the people who I
worked with, which was someone in literally in every single
one of these three buildings, they sort of let me try things
without sort of giving me — without sort of providing
roadblocks. Like for example, when I — when it came to the digital
strategy round table, Melissa said, oh you
want to design menus? And it was just — I was given so many opportunities
to try things. Oh you want to try making maps? Sure. You want to try analytics? Sure. Like nothing
limited me except for my ability to
say yes or not. And even then, even if I brought
up things I wanted to try, like I mentioned haphazardly like one day we were just
talking in the [inaudible]. I was like oh, I
can’t believe that — oh, the Muppets are a thing and
then my program mentor turned around and said, oh you know, they’re downstairs
in copyright right? We can go see them. Like so many opportunities
evolved and just sort of erupted because I figured out
how to ask for things. And how to give myself
the confidence to ask for those things. Even if the answer
wasn’t always yet. But I feel like at the end of
the day, what I learned most from this is that
I need to have — like it’s okay to constantly
be redefining yourself and asking yourself
what you can do better, what you can do differently. And yeah, that’s one of the
most valuable things I took from this summer. And I have Nina my other Junior
Fellow who made this possible. And then Melissa who
already told you everything about me which is fine. So yeah [laughter]
thank you for your time. [ Applause ]>>Eric Eldritch: So,
thank you everyone. We really appreciate the time and whatever butterflies
you pushed through to come up and speak. It’s so important for
us to hear from you, so that we can make
the next year and the next year roll
seamlessly through the future. We’re coming up on 30
years of this program. It’d be great to have it for
another 30 and then another 30. I’ll be retired, but hopefully
they’ll be more Junior Fellows in the future. Right? So we have more
chances for problem solving. So we’re going to
move the stage. You probably wondered why
these chairs are up here. This is for us to
get a group shot. And so, what’s going to
happen is we’re going to call your names. We’ll get a chance to get that last little
hazah for each other. And then, whoever comes
up — in whatever order — be in these chairs first
and then start filling in this row, the second row. This podium’s going to move back
and then we’ll get a third row. And Sean [assumed
spelling] thank you for all those photographs that you’ve been taking
individually for folks. Thank you. [ Applause ] And when we get to this
setup here, then you’re going to do whatever he says to
get everybody in the shot. Okay? And then, after this
program you’re going to go to the room back here and pick
up your certificates and –>>Kimberly Powell:
Green folders.>>Eric Eldritch:
Your separation form. Your green folders. Right? And then, at
the very far room, LJ110 we’ve set up
for interviews. If any of you would either
like to repeat what you’ve said or want to say other
things and you didn’t want to be in front of a group. Part of our multimedia
team is set up to do interviews
with you as well. All right? So I think we’re ready.>>Kimberly Powell: All right. Ryan would you join us? Ryan and I are going to be
here to shake your hand. We’ll have Eric read your name. And then you’re going
to have a sear in one of the seats behind us. Okay? Give us just one second. Let’s just take a
two-minute break. Are we ready? Or we don’t need
to take a break. We don’t need to take a break? All right, okay.>>Eric Eldritch: So, first up. Come on up. [ Applause ] Talia Benheim. David Bernardo. Boryana Borisova. Leah Borquez. Meghan Brody. Amanda Campbell. William Choi. Jaime Conlan. Azani Creeks. Cassidy Creighton. Kathryn Faulk. Brianna Gist. Patricia Glaser. Abigail Gomez. Rebecca Gourevitch. Aric Haas. Kelda Habing. Sophia Higgerson. Chloe Hovind. Lily Huang. Heidi Kastenholz. Laura Keller. Brayden Kelley. Anthony Lowe. Madison MacArthur. Madeline Mitchell. Danielle Moler. Swatha Nandhakumar. Leigh Norman. Hannah Reynolds. Madeline Roger. Alec Silvera. Sally Smith. Margaret Tucker. Nina Udagawa. Kimberly Windham. Ryan Wolfson-Ford. Iris Yellum. So we’re going to turn it over
to you Sean [assumed spelling].

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