I’m Jenett Silver. It’s not my legal name, but it’s the name I use pretty much everywhere except work and my family of origin. (Jenett pronounced like Janet, but with ‘Jen’ as the first syllable. Rhymes with then-it.) I’m in my early 40s, single, and a librarian by profession. I live in the Boston metro area in Massachusetts with a cat (Astra) and a bunch of books. I enjoy reading, writing, computer geekery, and periodic bouts of baking, cooking, and knitting. I am almost never bored.
I’m passionate about connecting people with information that makes their lives better. I’m a geek who’s particularly interested in figuring out how we do stuff, and why we do it that way, so we can figure out if there are ways to do it better. (Where ‘better’ is about having more time and energy for other things we want to do, or being able to go more deeply into an experience, or to get there more reliably.)
My friends often refer to me as a combat librarian, for my ability to dig into a question and come up with an answer. I have a tremendous amount of experience finding, sharing, teaching, and generally using information and resources. I’m particularly skilled doing all those things online and in text.
I currently work in a special library that focuses on a particular educational institution and the community it serves. I love it, and especially the part where I get to help with information that changes people’s lives on a regular basis. In the past, I’ve worked in an independent high school library, a college library, and a smattering of other jobs that had to do with technology and information management.
I’ve been working in libraries since 2000, and I’ve had my Master’s in Library and Information Science since 2007.
priestess and witch
On the religious side, I’m a priestess, initiate, and witch in a small religious witchcraft tradition (Omphalos Tri-Cellan) as a student and initiate in the Circle of the Phoenix. The tradition was founded in Minnesota in the late 1990s.
I earned my third degree in that tradition in 2007 (it was a busy year). I’ve taught in small group settings (both for seekers and for students in the tradition), offered workshops, and participated in panel discussions. I’ve also been to a lot of public rituals, helped run a few, and been to several festivals.
While I lived in Minnesota, I was programming chair for Twin Cities Pagan Pride, and then one of the founding committee and hotel chair for Paganicon. I’ve been active in online Pagan communities since 1999, and have been a staff member on The Cauldron (a long-running interfaith Pagan forum) since spring of 2016. More details of my Pagan experience are over here.
I enjoy teaching in person, so if you’re somewhere I might potentially get to (New England is plausible, certainly), feel free to ask. The specifics of what I’d need to make it work would depend on the details, but for general workshops, I’d be looking to either cover my expenses or combine it with a trip I’d enjoy making anyway.
I am priestess of a small coven, Phoenix Song. If you’re in the Boston metro area and interested, the website has all the information.
I have a research consulting business, Seek Knowledge, Find Wisdom. No question too weird! If you’re trying to track down information about a topic, and you’d like the help of a trained and experienced librarian, my rates are very reasonable, and I’m glad to see what I can offer in your budget.
I send out a newsletter every fortnight with links I’ve found interesting as well as an update of what I’ve written online (posts from the blog here, as well as from Seek Knowledge, Find Wisdom.)
I am often Jenett (one n, two ts) or JenettSilver online, and my profile will usually point back here, or at somewhere else that gets you to hear. If you’re not sure, feel free to drop me a note through the contact form and I can tell you.
[Last edited September 16, 2018]