Recent SLIS Graduate Becomes Librarian-in-Residence at the Library of Congress

Amanda Jenkins, SLIS class of 2018, published a guest post about her new job as the Librarian-in-Residence in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress.

Jenkins's full post can be read here, at the Library of Congress's website. Here is an excerpt:

Last November, I received an email about a new program being offered by the Library of Congress: the Librarians-in-Residence program. My library and information science program at the University of Iowa sent out emails like this frequently—of internship and employment opportunities—and at first I thought nothing more about this email than I did any of the others. “Oh, that would be cool.” But I followed the link in the email to read more about the program, and my thoughts quickly turned into, “That would be amazing.” I applied, not knowing what my chances were, never seriously believing I would get an interview, let alone be offered one of the positions.

Nine months later, I’m sitting at my desk in the Moving Image Research Center in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress, composing a blog post about my first two and a half months on the job. The Moving Image Research Center and its counterpart, the Recorded Sound Research Center, form the reference arm of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, now also known by its newer name as the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. This Library of Congress division holds the largest collection of sound recordings and moving image materials in the nation.

In the viewing room nearby, researchers view decades-old film prints that the Library has collected and preserved throughout the years. Beyond that, film prints and publicity materials sit on the shelves waiting to be discovered and used in research. In the research center, my expert colleagues assist patrons in navigating our massive (and often hard-to-find) collections. Across the street, thousands of people tour the historic Thomas Jefferson Building in awe of both the architecture of the building and of the materials it holds. On the next block is the Adams building—the art deco gem of the trio of buildings—where researchers explore topics of science, business, and technology, and where millions of books and materials are stored. I’m at the Library of Congress.

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