Library of Congress Seeks Applicants for the 2020 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program: Deadline 12/20/19

Library of Congress Seeks Applicants for the 2020 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program

The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2020 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. This is a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the work done at the largest library in the world.  For more information or to apply for the program, visit The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 20.  

From exploring new ways to support digital scholars, developing new preservation techniques and curating historical materials to making veterans histories more accessible, the Junior Fellows will work on a wide range of special projects under the mentorship of Library staff. The internships run from May 26 through July 31, 2020.

The Junior Fellows program 2020 is offering 35 positions in 33 projects across the Library. The projects are:

  • Audio Engagement Fellow Hispanic and Indigenous Languages (Hispanic Division)
  • Visualizing and Mapping Hispanic Collections and Services (Hispanic Division)
  • Trade Beads: Commodity and Currency (Science, Business and Technology)
  • African American Business and Entrepreneurship (Science, Business and Technology)
  • African Poster Collection (African and Middle Eastern Division)
  • Soviet Serials Collection (European Division)
  • Burmese Rare Collection Management (Asian Division)
  • African Academic Journal Indexing (African, Latin American and Western European Division)
  • Yiddish Uncatalogued Books (Asian and Middle Eastern Division)
  • Prewar and Occupation Period Japanese Serials (Asian Division)
  • Access to Rights Restricted Foreign Newspapers (Digital Content Management)
  • Home Movie Collection Processing (Moving Image Processing Unit)
  • John Allen Nitrate Film Processing (Moving Image Processing Unit)
  • Artists and Archives (Rare Book and Special Collections Division)
  • Main Reading Room Collections and Resources (Researcher and Reference Services)
  • Virtual Reality and the Archaeology of the Americas (Geography and Map Division)
  • Measuring Light Source Effects (Preservation Research and Testing Division)
  • Preservation Scientific Reference Center (Preservation Research and Testing Division)
  • Digital Data Aids for Communications and Outreach (Veterans History Project)
  • DuPree African American Pentecostal Collection (Manuscript Division)
  • Manuscript Reading Room Internship (Manuscript Division)
  • Paul Marvin Rudolph Architectural Archive (Prints and Photographs Division)
  • Digitizing Braille Music Scores (National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled)
  • Eighteenth Century Statutes of France and New France (Law Library)
  • Mapping a Global Community of Scholars (Kluge Center)
  • Informal Learning and Engagement Design (Office of Informal Learning)
  • Primary Source Educational Resource (K-12) (Learning and Innovation Office)
  • Archiving the National Book Festival (Signature Programs Office)
  • Program and Project Management Community of Practice (U.S. Copyright Office)
  • Quotations Database Prototype (Congressional Research Service)
  • Journey Mapping Digital Accessibility (Design & Development Office)
  • User-Centered Outreach Strategies (Digital Innovation Division)
  • Biography of a Dataset (Digital Innovation Division)

Junior Fellows will have the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of library operations, including: public engagement, educational outreach, digital communications, collection processing, preservation, standards-setting, copyright and information management. Junior Fellows will also be encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities designed to enhance their summer experiences including special tours, lectures and forums. A stipend is provided to participants.   See this link for a full program description: Questions about the program may be sent to

The Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program is made possible by a generous gift from James Madison Council member Nancy Glanville Jewell through the Glanville Family Foundation and from the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund, which was established with a lead gift from the late H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest, chairman emeritus of the Madison Council, and with major support provided by members of the Council. The program was originally made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Jefferson Patterson (1905-2002).

For additional internship opportunities at the Library of Congress, visit the Internships and Fellowships Portal at The Library of Congress is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

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KHON2 (11/20/19): Waianae Speed Bump Complaints

Sara Mattison, “Vehicles Having Trouble Getting Over Steep Raised Crosswalks in Waianae” (KHON2, 20 Nov. 2019). “Transportation Department officials tell us the raised crosswalks are steeper than what they wanted to build. They say they used an old topographic survey on file instead of doing a new one to get more information for that area.”

Senator Shimabukuro: “I did hear there was an accident involving a military vehicle that had slowed down because of the speed bump, and then somebody crashed into them. It’s a lesson learned, and I know that the DOT has the best intentions. I’m so glad that they did what they did because we’ve needed something drastic to happen in this community. The pedestrian fatalities are still out of control.”

Senator Shimabukuro’s Newsletter Oct. 2019 (Part 2)

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LUC Votes to Close Waimanalo Gulch Landfill by March 2, 2028

Hawaii Land Use Commission allows Waimanalo Gulch landfill to continue until 2028
By Gordon Y.K. Pang, Star-Adv, 11 Oct. 2019

The city will need to close the contentious Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill at Kahe Point by March 2, 2028, under a permit granted by the state Land Use Commission Thursday by a 6-2 vote.

While the city will be able to expand and extend the life of the landfill by nearly nine years, it had asked to be given until the landfill “reaches capacity” instead of a set closure date.

The Honolulu Planning Commission, earlier this year, recommended that the LUC approve a permit allowing the landfill to stay open until it reaches capacity so the LUC’s decision is a victory for those who wanted to ensure that the new permit included a definitive closure deadline.

Attorneys for the parties must now submit their own “findings of fact and conclusions of law” by Oct. 18, from which LUC staff will craft a draft final decision for the commission to act on by Oct. 31. The commission still may decide to change the wording to their liking before the final vote.

For years critics have argued that a string of mayors and city councils have done little to keep the city’s promise to the West Oahu community to close the 30-year old landfill and instead have been taking steps to prevent its shutdown.

The application for the special-use permit actually was filed in 2009 but has been bouncing between the LUC, the Planning Commission and the courts without resolution.

The Ko Olina Community Association and state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Kalaeloa-Waianae-Makaha) have sought to shut down the facility while a separate effort to do the same was sought by former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who preceded Shimabukuro as the area’s state senator. Both have been designated intervenors in the case.  Continue reading

KOCA & Sen. Shimabukuro Object to Waimanalo Gulch Plan

State Land Use Commission to Consider City Landfill Closure
By Ashley Mizuo, HPR, 10/9/19

The Hawaii Land Use Commission is taking up the issue of closing the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill, Oahu’s only municipal solid waste refuse dump.

In 2009, the commission voted to eliminate solid waste from the landfill by July 31, 2012. However, when 2012 came around, the Hawaii Supreme Court overturned the decision.

The high court cited the Honolulu Planning Commission’s evaluation outlining the continuing need to deposit solid waste in the landfill after the 2012 date.

The question of whether to close the city-operated landfill has been debated ever since.

In June, the city’s planning commission approved a permit for Waimanalo Gulch to stay open until it reaches capacity, with no firm deadline in place for closure. The decision added the conditions to the permit that required the city to find an alternative landfill location by December 31, 2022.

However, some community members near the landfill want a firm closing deadline set for the facility.

The Ko Olina Community Association and state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro have objected to the Planning Commission’s decision. In a summary of objections, they asserted that “the Landfill has harmed public health, safety and welfare.”

KOCA and Shimabukuro want to see the landfill completely closed by March 2, 2027.

Last week, the state Office of Planning, which conducts research for the Land Use Commission, recommended the panel approve the city’s permit request.  Continue reading

Senator Shimabukuro’s Newsletter Oct. 2019


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Senator Shimabukuro’s Newsletter Sep. 2019

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