Profile: Melissa Lindberg

Reference Librarian

Melissa Lindberg is a Reference Librarian in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. She holds graduate degrees in history and library science from the University of Maryland and an undergraduate degree in history and psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining P&P, Melissa worked in special collections at the American Folklife Center, the University of Maryland, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Huntington Library. With a background in social history, she is often drawn toward visual materials that reflect the experiences of ordinary people. Although P&P’s documentary photographs and drawings are among her favorite collection materials, she also finds the division’s cartoons, posters, architectural drawings and fine prints endlessly fascinating.

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Pictures That Make Us Happy

The Prints and Photographs Division’s collections include images that evoke every possible emotion. This year’s International Day of Happiness – designated by the United Nations to recognize that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and to help more people meet that goal – felt like a fitting time to take an informal survey of what images make P&P reference staff members happy.
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