Sarah Johnston

A techie librarian.



I grew up in a small town in southeastern Minnesota, where one of my first jobs was at the public library. The library was small enough that I became thoroughly versed in Dewey Decimal and knew just about every book on the shelf. More importantly, it fueled my interest in libraries as much more than a source of reading materials.

In college I studied English literature and political science, and on graduation decided to revisit libraries as a career. I knew they would offer me the variety and intellectual stimulation I craved. I received my MLIS from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and worked there for two years after graduation on digital projects.

For the past 10 years I've worked at St. Olaf College, a liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota. Working in a small academic library has provided me with so many opportunities to learn new things and try different roles (as evidenced by the many job titles I've held). Every day brings new challenges and projects, just the way I like it!


I'm the daughter of two very creative people, so I think my interest in crafts is at least 80% genetic. I love knitting and crochet, sewing, and embroidery.

When my allergies aren't in high gear, gardening and biking are my two favorite outdoor activities.

And yes. boring librarian answer, but reading is not so much an interest as an obsession of mine.