The fresh energy, enthusiasm, and ideas of Laura Barry and Margaret Leist, two library graduate fellows at the Bioethics Research Library (BRL), are benefitting the BRL’s users on two new important projects. Margaret and Laura serve as members of the BRL Research Guide Team — building online bioethics resources for undergraduates — and also work on the Washington Regional Library Consortium Project — adding BRL books to the WRLC’s collaborative collection used by DC-area students and faculty. Soon, Laura will start an additional project in the BRL’s specialized archives. While on the job, Laura and Margaret are learning new skills and software, and testing out instructional theories learned in the classroom in ways that will help their professional careers.
Laura Ruth Barry is a graduate of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA with a double major in Art History and English, and a French minor. She served as an undergraduate residence advisor for three years in college. Now a first year graduate student in Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science, Laura was a grad student in Georgetown’s Museum Studies Program and maintains her interest in museums. She hopes to work in an academic library, like the BRL, or a museum library because she enjoys assisting with the purposeful research done in those settings. Married recently to her college sweetheart Nathan (an IT guy), Laura says that she is proud and honored to be part of the BRL staff.
Margaret Leist trained as a teacher in English and Secondary Education at Towson University and traveled the globe teaching students ranging from kindergarten children to older adults. She first taught middle school in Baltimore City Schools, and then spent a year in Indonesia, six months in the Czech Republic, and three months in Spain before returning to the U.S. to teach in California. Margaret came back to Maryland to study for a Master of Library Science at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies in a special scholarship program focused on “Information and Diverse Populations.” She plans to use her library degree and varied teaching experience to focus on ensuring access to information and building information literacy for people of different ages and backgrounds.