Information Update - Spring 2013
- The Junior Fellows Intern Program and Resources for K-12 Educators: Connecting with Opportunities at the Library of Congress
- On Oct. 3, 2012, Frank Evina spoke at Wilkes University as one of the featured speakers of the Dr. Robert and Judith Gardner Educational Lecture Series. His lecture was titled "Using Library of Congress Resources in K-12 Classrooms with an Overview of the Junior Fellows Intern Program." A native of Mocanaqua, Evina, now retired, shared his experiences working in the copyright office at the Library of Congress. One of the highlights of his career was when he was chosen by James Billington, head of the Library of Congress, to oversee the Junior Fellows Summer Intern program in 2004. In summer 2004, the first interns participated in the 10-week Junior Fellows Summer Intern program, which Evina cited as a "success."
- The following passage presents an overview of the Junior Fellows Summer Intern program: "The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment, culture and collections of the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Through the Junior Fellows program, the Library of Congress furthers its mission to provide access to a universal record of human knowledge and creativity as exemplified by its collections, while supporting current and future generations of students and scholars. The interns explore digital initiatives and inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve and research a backlog of copyright or special collections materials in many different formats in various divisions (Library of Congress website).
- Evina cited a few examples of past junior fellows' work as evidence of the impact the program has had on preserving our cultural heritage. Evina said that "junior fellows have unearthed treasures from the archives of the library that have been hidden from years." Amongst the treasures that junior fellows discovered up to this point include: photographs of Czar Nicholas II and his family while in captivity in the time preceding their execution; and the oldest known film in existence, a clip of a man sneezing (Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze), copyrighted in 1894. Evina believes one of his greatest professional accomplishments to have been overseeing the Junior Fellows Summer Internship program during its founding years.
- Now in its eighth year, the internship program was made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and the James Madison Council, the library's private-sector advisory group. During summer 2012, 38 college students were selected from among more than 600 applicants to participate in the program. On July 26, 2012, after 10 weeks of exploring the library's collections, the fellows brought to light numerous fascinating artifacts in room 119 of the Jefferson Building. The annual display showcases the results of the fellows' summer of work. More than 130 items were on display "from miniature pop-up books about golf to memorabilia from the Newport Folk Festival to a pre-World War II manuscript map of potential landing sites for the Japanese on Bougainville Island." The junior fellows have opened new paths into the library's collections for multiple research communities, while preparing themselves for bright professional futures. Any student who is interested in more information on the Junior Fellows Summer Internship program should visit the following website, http://www.loc.gov/hr/jrfellows/index.html.
- Not only does the Library of Congress have opportunities for college students, but it also provides resources and training for K-12 educators. The Library of Congress resources for K-12 educators are available at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/. The library offers classroom materials and professional development to help educators effectively use primary sources from the library's vast digital collections in their teaching. The classroom materials, which feature lesson plans, themed resources, primary source sets, presentations & activities, and classroom connections, can be found at the following website, http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/. In addition to the online resources for educators, each year the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for K-12 educators to attend one of its summer teacher institutes in Washington, D.C. During the five-day institutes, participants work with library education specialists to learn best practices for using primary sources in the K-12 classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized primary sources available on the library's website. Further information about the Library of Congress teacher institutes can be found at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/.
- The Library of Congress provides educational opportunities for people of all ages and digital access to resources that for much of its history have been filed away in the vaults of our National Library. Anyone with an interest in history or in our cultural heritage should take a few minutes to explore what the Library of Congress website has to offer to college or graduate students, educators, and people of all ages.