Interview with Super Librarian, Taryn Super

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Super Librarian's blog http://superlibrarian-super.blogspot.com

What is your blog about and how did it get started?

As my blog subtitle says, it contains “book reviews and a celebration of all things book- and library-related.” I read and review books for children, young adults, and adults in a variety of genres and formats. I also post news about authors and anything library-related. I also write about my experiences with library school and work. Occasionally I’ll host book giveaways, too.

I had been reading book blogs for awhile, and wanted to join the community. I love being able to interact with other readers and share our love of books. I also thought that blogging would challenge me to read books outside of my comfort zone and learn more about new and upcoming titles. This has definitely come in handy while working the reference desk!
 
Why should people read or follow your blog?

I review a variety of book for people of all ages, so there’s a little something for everyone. I also have a feature I recently started called “Library Love: 100 Reasons to Love Your Local Library.” People are often surprised to hear about what the library has to offer beyond books, and I hope that this feature inspires my blog readers to visit and support their local library. I like to highlight local authors, debut authors, and award winning YA books as well.

Why the interest in doing book reviews?  Do you have a favorite author and have you had the chance to read and review their books?

I read a lot of professional reviews for work, but I also like hearing the opinions of every day readers. I enjoy writing about why certain books appeal to me and how they might appeal to other readers. Even if the book is not my style, I try to point out reasons why others may enjoy it.

I have several favorite authors, including John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, Meg Cabot, Suzanne Collins, Sarah Dessen, and David Levithan. I have read and reviewed many of their books for my blog after buying them or checking them out from the library. I was extremely excited to receive an advanced copy of Meg Cabot’s Insatiable with a handwritten note from the author. I love that she takes the time to reach out to readers in her busy schedule! Blogging has also made me more aware of book signings and author events in my area. I had a great time meeting John Green and David Levithan last year and hearing them speak at a local bookstore.

What are your future job goals after graduating from library school?

I’m working part-time at a public library now, and I will graduate from library school in a few months. I’ll also start full-time as a teen librarian right before graduation. I am looking forward to taking on more responsibilities at work. While I enjoy library school, I’m also looking forward to having homework-free evenings again!

You mention you want to be a teen librarian, why?

I used to teach high school English and Spanish, and while I enjoyed working with teenagers, I knew after a few years of teaching that the classroom was not the perfect fit for me.  I’ve always had the idea of being a teen librarian in the back of my mind, so I decided to pursue a career change. It was the best decision I’ve ever made! I feel more at home in the library setting, and I really enjoy interacting with teens on a more informal basis. Being a teen librarian will give me more freedom to be creative and focus more on recreational reading than required reading. Answering questions at the reference desk, providing fun programs, creating book displays, making collection development decisions, and updating the teen website are all job duties that don’t feel like work at all. It’s a dream job!

Finally, how did you get the name Super Librarian?

My last name is Super, so I wanted to incorporate that into the blog name somehow. I work part-time in a library and will be a full-time teen librarian soon, so I thought Super Librarian would be a fun blog name. It’s catchy and easy to remember.  Plus it reminds me of what I aspire to be: a super librarian!

If someone has a follow up question, how can they contact you?

Email me at tsuper@iupui.edu.

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