Week 1: Library of Congress, The Law, and Lots of Voicemails

Today marks the end of my first week of research, and also one of the most educational weeks of my life. I knew that self-guided research would take a lot of organization, self-motivation, and tenacity, but I was unprepared for the learning curve I was up against, and the amount of patience it would take to overcome. No matter how organized you might be on your own, community engagement requires that others be on their game as well, and that is often not the case. Thus, many voicemails, a lot of phone tag, and repeated explanations that, no, you are not a member of the press.

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