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Library of Congress/HBCU Library Alliance Summer 2022 Intern Program

The Library of Congress has contracted with the HBCU Library Alliance to coordinate two virtual fully-funded six-week 2022 summer internships in library conservation and preservation. This is the fifth summer contract with Library of Congress where interns gain exposure at the largest library in the world. Site supervisors and mentors are Fenella France, Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Andrew Robb, Head of Photograph Conservation in the Conservation Division, and Yasmeen Khan, Head of Paper Conservation Section.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage intellectual and creative endeavors.

Ja’Da Jay, Hampton University (VA) and Taiya McDowell, Grambling State University (LA) have accepted these placements. Congrats to Ja’Da and Taiya!

Arnold BhebheJa’Da Jay, Hampton University (VA)
Library of Congress (DC)
Ja’Da is a sophomore Political Science major on the Pre-Law track with a minor in Leadership Studies. She is also a scholar of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College at Hampton University. Ja’Da plans to advocate for the Black community, especially as it relates to breaking the cycle of injustice and inequality. She would also like to provide more resources to her local, hometown library.

Darshai HollieTaiya McDowell, Grambling State University (LA)
Library of Congress (DC)
Taiya is a senior History major with a concentration in Law and Society. Her professors describe her as punctual, intellectually curious, and perseverant with a future dedicated to managing the legal aspects of resources and intellectual property. She is intrigued to explore the world’s oldest and most important archived documents.

Taiya has been researching and developing an article-length paper based on African Resistance to Belgian Colonization in the Congo under the rule of King Leopold II. Her classes have sparked curiosity in the culture, arts, and history that are at times hidden in archives, yet available in this world.