Introducing Gabrielle Barr

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Hailing from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Gabrielle resides in Washington, D.C., where she is pursuing an associate fellowship program at the National Library of Medicine. She attended Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate and then went onto University of Michigan to study archives and records management.

What do you like the best about living in the DC region? 

As a history buff who minored in museums studies in college, I love visiting all the museums and historic sites. It is wonderful to have quality institutions like the Smithsonians that are free to the public.

What is your favorite way to cool down in the summer? 

Popsicles are both refreshing and delectable.

Which app do you use the most?

I do not have a lot of apps, but I do use Facebook a lot. It is so easy and tempting.

What are the last three photos you took on your phone?

The last three photos I took were from a bat mitzvah. I also took a picture of the flowers my parents sent me for my birthday that were shaped like a dog, and the view outside my window when it snowed in March.

Describe your ultimate vacation.

It would include touring historic sites, visiting museums, exploring the quirky parts of a city, and having the chance to see the countryside as well. 

What is #1 on your bucket list?

I would like to take a tour of the Pentagon as it is such a unique and important building.

Fill in the blank. Love means __________.

Love means being devoted to someone despite their flaws.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I love cooking and hosting friends and family to meals. Cooking allows me to be creative, and meals forge and solidify relationships.

What brings you joy?

Seeing other people very happy. It is especially nice to see people reach important milestones and make certain achievements.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

There are many people I would love to meet. Being an archivist/librarian, I would like to meet Carla Hayden, who is the head of the Library of Congress.


Interviewed by Batya H. Carl