We are pleased to introduce new staff members who joined the Libraries over the last year!
Krista Aniel, Management Support Specialist, Administrative Services
-Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
-Favorite Book: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
-Fun Fact: Krista attended Georgetown University (master’s degree) and Brigham Young University (bachelor’s degree) with her identical twin sister Krishna, who now works across the street from her office at the Museum of Natural History in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Salima Appiah-Duffell, Library Technician, Library Technician (Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery and Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Libraries), Research Services
-Hometown: Washington, D.C./Seabrook, Md.
-Favorite Book: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
-Fun Fact: Salima met her husband in Malawi at a Peace Corps Halloween party. She was serving in the Peace Corps and he was volunteering at a trade school eight hours away. Pure fate brought these two – who are from opposite coasts in the States – together!
Towana Barnett, Library Technician (Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery and Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Libraries), Research Services
-Hometown: Littleton, NC
-Favorite Book: Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
-Fun Fact: Towana can hula-hoop for 30 minutes straight!
Erik Bergstrom, Electronic and Continuing Resources Librarian, Discovery Services
-Hometown: Howell, NJ
-Favorite Book: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
-Fun Fact: Only one of the following is a lie: 1) Erik has never seen Titanic; 2) the neighborhood he grew up in has so far produced three reality show cast members; and 3) he saved a groundhog’s life in college (you’ll have to ask Erik to find out!).
Julia Blakely, Special Collections Cataloger, Discovery Services
-Hometown: Saco, Maine
-Favorite Book: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
-Fun Fact: Julia’s favorite monster is the Loch Ness. She’s trekked to the Scottish Highlands once but, sadly, it did not appear for her. Julia hopes one day to run the Loch Ness Marathon where there will be lots of time to look at the water…
Julia Blase, Project Manager, Field Book Project, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Digital Services
-Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
-Favorite Book: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
-Fun Fact: Julia studied opera in high school, almost attending a conservatory instead of a regular university.
Ana Bradley, Library Aide, Discovery Services
-Hometown: Calvert County, Maryland
-Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
-Fun Fact: Ana has performed as a dancer in The Nutcracker.