Sarah L. Nesbeitt

Professor of Library Services
Reference & Electronic Resources Librarian

Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL  61920, USA
sljohnson2 @ or (217) 581-7538

Read about my third book, published in March 2009. 

I'm a librarian, author, editor, book reviewer, and reader's advisor.  My interests include:

  • Library careers; library employment and recruitment
  • Readers' advisory for historical fiction
  • Evaluating electronic resources
  • Royalty as characters in historical novels
  • Linguistics collection development and bibliography

Editorial tasks:  I've been editing book reviews for the Historical Novels Review for the past 12 years; I also serve as Professional Reading Column Editor for Public Services Quarterly.  Previously, I served as the North American Regional Editor for Reference Reviews and as the editor of Electronic Resources Review.

With regard to reader's advisory, I write regular articles and columns for NoveList and have served as treasurer for the HNS conference in North America.  I also assist with the Historical Novel Society website.

Book reviewing: I review historical novels for the Historical Novels Review and Booklist and reference materials in linguistics, mathematics, and nonprofit organizations for CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

I am serving as a contributor in the areas of linguistics and the history of modern English for Resources for College Libraries, the long-awaited update to Books for College Libraries.

For more information on my three books, visit the publisher's information pages:

Historical Fiction II: A Guide to the Genre
(Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, 2009, part of the Genreflecting Advisory Series)
ISBN 978-1-59158-624-1 / $65.00 / GBP 44.95 / 738pp / hardbound 

See the publisher's website for more information.

"This volume continues rather than replaces the earlier work, adding more than 2,700 new titles ... Historical Fiction was an essential purchase for public and school libraries, and Historical Fiction II will also be a must purchase since it covers the latest books in this very popular genre."

Johnson's excellent volume surpasses readers' advisory to perform a kind of literary scholarship in its encyclopedic analysis of subgenres ... Like the previous volume, this is an excellent reference for readers' advisory or collection building, or for faculty developing courses on the genre. Highly recommended." CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

"Every library which serves readers of historical fiction needs a copy of this book. Authors and aspiring authors of historical fiction (as well as their agents) who wish to understand the genre more deeply will find it useful. And if you're simply a devoted reader of historical fiction you may well want your own copy..."

Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre
(Libraries Unlimited, 2005, part of the Genreflecting Advisory Series)
ISBN 1-59158-129-X   $75.00 / GBP 42.99 / 836pp / hardbound 

See the publisher's website for more information.

Booklist Editors' Choice, 2005
"An outstanding reader's advisory reference work... a must-have for public and high-school librarians, who will find it an essential tool for understanding the genre, developing collections, and advising patrons." Booklist (starred review)

An excellent, detailed reference tool for readers' advisors... Abundant title suggestions from a wide range of perspectives and topics will please readers... Highly recommended for public libraries." Library Journal (starred review)

"A well-researched, exhaustive guide to recent historical fiction, a genre popular with both scholars and casual readers... An excellent resource....Highly recommended. All levels." CHOICE

The Information Professional's Guide to Career Development Online

Information Today, 2002, co-authored with Rachel Singer Gordon)
ISBN 1-57387-124-9    $29.50 / 416pp / softbound

For more information:

"The ultimate guide to new graduates' personal career development and future in the online information world."  Online Information Review
Useful for all information professionals regardless of where they are on the career spectrum." FreePint

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Biographical details: I'm a native of Connecticut (Newington High School '87) living in rural east central Illinois with my husband, three cats, and about 8,500 10,000 books.  I've been a librarian for 17 years; I hold an M.I.L.S. (master of information and library studies) from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Linguistics from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in French from Drew University.

Hobbies include reading and book collecting (particularly historical novels); genealogy; travel; and watching shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The Bachelor (apologies if this offends anyone; I know it's cheesy but don't care).  I also like American Idol because I can't carry a tune in a bucket. I love Indian and Thai food, among others, and am perpetually in search of the perfect saag paneer. Alas, I'm all too often disappointed.

Pet peeves:  Laundry, taxes, not owning enough bookshelves, attempting to turn left onto 4th St from the Booth Library parking lot at 5pm, getting called "Susan" (happens at least 2x/week)

Other unusual jobs I've had, besides this one:  Computer operator and trainer for various places; documentation writer for Drew University's computer center; planetarium lecturer/intern at Central Connecticut State University; math and linguistics tutor; administrative assistant and "filer rat" at the Michigan Dept of Transportation; gift shop clerk at the Science Museum of Connecticut; volunteer for the UConn Health Center; Dunkin Donuts clerk (great fringe benefits); professional graduate student (nice while it lasts)

Questions or comments?  E-mail me at sljohnson2 @ Spaces added to deter spammers (remove them before contacting me).