Interview with Janssen of Everyday Reading

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. . by Emily Guier, Head Editor, INALJ Wyoming

Interview with Janssen of Everyday Reading

Emily’s interview with Janssen, of the blog, who started blogging in 2006 to chronicle the books they were reading and so much more! Also follow on Twitter @EverydayReading.

Emily: What is your librarian background?

Janssen: I did a master’s degree in library and information studies at the University of Texas at Austin, which was a phenomenal experience. I made great friends and got to work on some really interesting projects, including helping one of my professors in her role as a member of the Notable Books for Children committee. After graduation, I got a job as an elementary school librarian in Massachusetts where I worked at two different schools.

Emily: If you were to start library school again, would you pursue the same focus? If you work as a professional librarian in the future, would you go into the same area?

Janssen: I loved my library school experience, and I’d definitely stay focused on services for children and youth, but I think I’d be more interested in doing collection development and programming in a public library system than working as an elementary school again. I know the role of a school librarian differs widely across districts, but in the one I worked in, I was basically teaching 5 hour-long lessons a day, which left me no time to do supplemental programs like lunch-time bookclubs or working in the classrooms on specific projects. I didn’t really love that I ended up teaching almost full-time in that job (and I have unbelievable respect for real teachers – that’s no easy job!)


Emily: Have you been involved in libraries beyond being a patron since you’ve stopped working as a librarian, and if so, how did you find those opportunities?
emily.guierJanssen: Mainly, I’m just the mom that goes to storytime like it’s my religious affiliation, and also has my library card always maxed out. I’d love to start volunteering at my library again when my girls are a little older. I do try to go to library conferences when possible (ALA and TLA are some of my favorites).


Emily: As a blogger, you have a significant digital presence. Do you have any tips for librarians interested in pursuing blogging and would you recommend it as a method for networking?

Janssen: A blog, I think, is always going to change and evolve, but I’d definitely start with a specific goal in mind. Are you going to write book reviews? Curate reading lists? Suggest programming ideas? If you don’t have a framework for your blog, I think it’s very easy to stop writing. And keeping up a blog is definitely a lot of work. If you’re willing to put in the effort, though, and engage with other librarians and readers both on blogs and through social media (Twitter, especially!), you can make great friends and find a network bursting with ideas, passion, and excitement.


Emily: Do you have a favorite library or library-related website/blog?
Janssen: I love The Horn Book’s website because it’s just jammed with interesting and useful things, from book reviews and book lists to articles about library/publishing/book topics and lots of great background on major awards and authors. My other go-to site is Stacked Books, written by two of my library school classmates. It’s grown like crazy in the last year or so and is an amazing resource for book reviews (mainly YA, although they do cover picture books and adult books as well), library and book industry news, and trends in publishing.