An Interview with Louis Myers, Librarian-in-Residence at the Law Library of Congress
Describe your background.
I attended Kent State University, receiving a BA in history in 2010, and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) in May 2020. I also attended the University of Idaho College of Law, earning a JD in 2017. My first experience working in a library came during my time in law school, and I must say the two years as a circulation assistant reignited my interest in becoming a librarian, with a focus on law. Upon graduation and bar study, I moved to Alaska and worked for the judiciary in Kodiak (that’s where the bears live) as a law clerk, and then transitioned into a staff attorney position for a non-profit organization in Anchorage. I then moved back to Ohio to be closer to family and took a position through AmeriCorps at our local food bank while earning my MLIS. I was then given the amazing opportunity to join the Law Library of Congress as its Librarian-in-Residence.
What is your academic/professional history?
I get to work on quite a wide variety of projects within the Public Services Division. Generally, I try to pick up an Ask-a-Librarian question each day, and then work on other specific projects as needed. I have already had the opportunity to teach an orientation webinar, co-authored a legal report, written a Global Legal Monitor article, and have been involved with several LibGuide projects. I feel like I have been given an opportunity to create my own style of librarianship with the guidance and mentorship of the wonderful people who I work with, and hope to continue to grow my skills while providing top-notch legal reference to all of the researchers who use our services.
How would you describe your job to other people?
To me, the Library of Congress is the most well-respected library in the world—where else would I want to work? But on a more serious note, I think the opportunity to work with the largest legal collection on the planet and have the opportunity to learn from the expert law librarians here will be a defining moment in my career, and will truly create a framework that I will carry with me no matter where law librarianship takes me. Each morning when I wake up I am still in awe that my job is with the Library of Congress.
Why did you want to work at the Law Library of Congress?
During one of the first weeks I learned that our foreign law collection is so large and comprehensive that foreign governments sometimes ask us to share our copies of their laws when they need to do primary source research. That is pretty cool!
What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Law Library of Congress?
During undergrad I played bass and keyboards in several acid-rock and reggae-style bands. I still play the piano occasionally but I am definitely way out of practice these days.
What is something most of your co-workers do not know about you?
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Author: Anna Price