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About Sarah L. Johnson

Sarah L. Johnson is Head of Collection Management, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Professor at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University. Research interests include historical fiction, readers' advisory, and library employment. She serves as Book Review Editor for the Historical Novels Review (2000-), is a regular reviewer for Booklist (2005-) and CHOICE (1999-) and was Professional Reading Column Editor for Public Services Quarterly (2004-2012). In 2012, she was selected as the recipient of the American Library Association's Louis Shores Award for book reviewing. Memberships include the American Library Association, Historical Novel Society, and National Book Critics Circle. Visit her historical fiction blog at


Present Librarian, Eastern Illinois University Mathematics and Computer Science
Present Librarian, Eastern Illinois University Economics
Present Professor, Eastern Illinois University Library Services
Present Reference Librarian, Eastern Illinois University Library Services

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2006 - Present Secretary and Coordinator of Young Scholar Award Competition, Phi Beta Kappa Association of East Central Illinois
2005 - Present Reviewer, Booklist
2000 - Present Book Review Editor, Historical Novel Society
2004 - 2012 Professional Reading Column Editor, Public Services Quarterly
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Honors and Awards

  • Louis Shores Award, RUSA/American Library Association, 2012
  • Achievement & Contribution Award, Research/Creative Activity, 2009, 2006, 2003
  • Library Journal Mover & Shaker, 2006
  • Booklist Editor's Choice, Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre, 2006

Contact Information

Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920, USA
(217) 581-7538


Books (3)

Book Chapters (3)

Articles (14)

Presentations (12)