Karin Johnsrud

karin shares her favorite aall memory and discusses the rewarding experience participation in special interest sections has played in her career

Karin Johnsrud is Assistant Librarian for Research Services at the United States Supreme Court Library in Washington, DC.

Why did you join AALL?

As a new law librarian, joining AALL just made complete sense. It seemed right to become a member of the profession’s organization. I was looking for ways to meet colleagues, become part of the community, and take advantage of learning opportunities.

Why do you stay a member?

AALL members are very knowledgeable about different aspects of librarianship. As a member, it is really cool to be able to connect with such a diverse group and learn from each and every person you meet.

What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?

Participating in the different special interest sections (SIS) and serving on AALL committees has been a wonderful experience and an amazing way to get involved. I was slow to start participating, but once I started volunteering, I feel that I have gotten a great deal out of each experience and have been able to give back to AALL with my efforts.

What is your favorite memory associated with  AALL?

Winning a laptop through an AALL raffle! It was actually perfect timing because I had a book review due for a journal and had not brought my old clunky laptop with me to the conference. With my new prize I was able complete the review by the deadline.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love to travel, see new places, and experience new activities and adventures. I also enjoy reading (mysteries are my favorite), doing crossword puzzles, and baking. I’m a big New York Yankees fan, and while I miss getting to watch them in New York, I try to catch as many games as possible. Also, a friend and I enjoy wine tasting and we are currently working our way through the wineries of Virginia.

What book(s) are you currently reading? 

Recently I have been rereading Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who… mysteries. In preparation for two upcoming trips, I am reading two travel guides: Lonely Planet: Myanmar and Galapagos: In Darwin’s Footsteps.

What’s your favorite travel destination?

Two years ago, I was able to fulfill one of my ‘bucket list’ trips. I went to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. There were so many different aspects to the trip itself, but the river safari was one of my favorite parts. In addition, having to the stop the van on the way to Victoria Falls to let the elephants cross the road was incredibly cool! This to date was the experience, but ask me again in six months and my answer might be different!