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Janet Spongberg

Josten Circulation Coordinator

Janet Spongberg

Contact & Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Josten Performing Arts Library, J136



M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.A., English Literature and German Language and Literature, University of California Santa Barbara

A member of the Discovery, Access & Digital Engagement department, Janet works with the staff and student assistants at the Josten Performing Arts Library to make their collections, spaces, and services available and intelligible to library users. She enjoys demystifying music searches and libraries in general. Ask her for help with any obstacle to library use and enjoyment, including: basic reference help, locating items in the Josten and Smith collections, the Five-Colleges, and beyond, as well as finding missing items, dealing with fines and bills, and using audio and video equipment. Contact her to propose a performance for JostenLive! --a performing arts makerspace that invites Smith’s community of performers and scholars to experiment with music, dance, theatre, sound, space, and audience.

A former middle school English teacher and classical DJ, Janet sings in the shape note tradition, reads mostly non-fiction, and is interested in community connections, eternal verities, political change, sustainability, musics, neuro-diversity, food, the banks of the Mill River, swimming, writing, and conversation.


Libraries’ Inclusion and Equity committee (chair); Five-College FOLIO User/Circulation committee