Interview with Betsy Bird

Monday, January 5, 2009.

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]

Betsy Bird joins Mark at the 2008 Kidlit Conference in Portland, OR, on this edition of Just One More Book!!

Photo of Betsy Bird from the School Library Journal flickr account.


Comment by rhapsodyinbooks

January 5, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

I love your blog! I posted an award for it on my blog.

Comment by Just One More Book!!

January 5, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

Thank you, RhapsodyInBooks!!

Comment by Mila Rianto

January 5, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

Excellent interview – I’ve been reading Fuse#8 blog on SLJ – and loves it…

Comment by Lorie Ann Grover

January 5, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

Betsy rocks!

And I’m so happy to nominate your blog for the Butterfly Award! Have fun nominating your five favorites!

Comment by Recorded Books - Jennah Watters

January 6, 2009 @ 10:08 am

I must admit that as a long-time fan of Elizabeth Bird (who I first saw from her wonderful reviews on, I always thought she was a cooler version of an old “grey-haired woman with horned-rimmed glasses and a bun.” It appears I was totally wrong (or maybe I was right, since she IS cooler!).

Comment by Tarie

January 6, 2009 @ 11:08 am

Thank you for interviewing, Betsy! I think she is AWESOME!

Comment by Andrea

January 6, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

You’re very welcome, Tarie.
We agree with you and Jennah — she is the very model of the modern children’s librarian!

Comment by Lee Wind

January 6, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

What a fun interview. Oh, and I want one of those action figures!
Happy New Year!

Comment by Just One More Book!!

January 6, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

Thanks, Lee.
A BetsyBird action figure or a LeeWind action figure?

Comment by Fuse #8

January 6, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

Thanks so much for the interview, guys! A friend of mine saw that photo and wondered if someone had been sneaking copies of Hustler into the children’s room yet again.

Comment by Just One More Book!!

January 6, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

And your answer was….?

Comment by Fuse #8

January 7, 2009 @ 9:52 am

That it was far worse than Hustler. I had just found the word “scrotum” on the first page. Horrors!

Comment by Just One More Book!!

January 7, 2009 @ 9:59 am


Comment by Kirby Larson

January 9, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

This interview captures Betsy’s exuberance perfectly! We are so lucky to have her cheerleading for children’s literature.

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