Long before Mark turned thirty-eight, his vision of a librarian was that of a stiff, grey-haired woman with horned-rimmed glasses and a bun who shushed people. Now, he sees that librarians are increasingly younger than he and they’ve embraced some incredible new technologies to spread a love of reading and to promote their craft.
Elizabeth Bird, or Betsy Bird, is one of a new generation of librarians. She has achieved a lot very early in her career including sitting on the Newbery award committee in 2006 and, following the success of Fuse #8, her own blog about children’s books, has become a blogger for the web edition of the popular print magazine School Library Journal. Betsy’s also been known to produce episodes of her Fuse#8 podcast. [NOTE: Betsy's Fuse #8 blog site is only used for podcasts since she became a blogger for School Library Journal]