Monday, November 26, 2012

The Hollywood Librarian

A few weeks ago my library had its Staff Education Day, where we all gathered and got awards and held raffles, and we had a guest speaker who happened to have been interviewed for the movie The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film.  Well, OF COURSE I thought that sounded like the most interesting thing ever; I figured it would be a critique/commentary on films starring librarians (hellooo, The Mummy!).  And the back of the case even says, "the history and realities of librarianship in the entertaining and appealing context of American movies."  Can we say YAY?!

No.  We may not.  Because despite the title, this documentary-type film is not about the stereotypes or misconceptions--or truths--of librarians as Hollywood views them.  This is simply a series of interviews, asking librarians and library supporters just what they think of libraries (SPOILER ALERT: libraries are awesome!  And librarians have the best jobs in the world!).  Oh, and those interviews are "intercut with film clips of cinematic librarians."

What I'm saying here is that I'm disappointed with the misleading title, Hollywood Librarian.  I think you would've been much better off as, perhaps, Librarians in a Modern Age or The Importance of Being in a Library or maybe even Librarian: Quest for the--no, wait, that's already a movie.  Sorry.

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1 comment:

  1. You finally posted! Huzzah!!

    Oh, and I agree with you. And your idea would make a Great documentary, or even a good panel at a seminar :)