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Meet Trina Brown!

    The Libraries welcomes Trina Brown, our new Instructional/Reference Librarian. Trina received a B.A. in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland. In her new position, Trina looks forward to getting to know the training needs of the Libraries and Smithsonian staff, while also keeping her hand in reference librarianship. Her home base is in the National Museum of American History Library.


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    Trina is a self-described “army brat” and lived in a number of U.S. states including Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Alaska. She has lived in the DC area since 1997, when she moved to the area for a position in interlibrary loan/reference assistance at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library. For the past 5 years, Trina has worked for the Foundation Center, a nonprofit information center in DC, as a reference librarian. She also taught classes on fundraising and grant writing.  Trina is excited to be back at the Smithsonian, as her new role not only incorporates reference and instruction, but also outreach; she will be actively participating in the Libraries’ social media platforms and other initiatives.

    A movie buff, Trina also enjoys reading, painting and charcoal drawing, and has recently taken up knitting. She is a fan of art museums, and likes to visit her old “home” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Trina enjoys travelling to New York City and hopes to explore Annapolis, Maryland on a future trip.

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