Where do I begin? A love story.

Welcome to my new site about librarians in film! For me, librarians + movies = love! Technically, this site is a new (and hopefully more permanent) incarnation of my previous “Reel Librarians” site, which I had developed off a previous work site and server. I had put the site on hold while I worked overseas for three years. But I’m back, the site’s back  – hopefully, better than ever. I plan on 2-3 posts per week, so please check back often or sign up for RSS or email updates.

Some features of the site to also explore:

Movie Lists, including a Master List of English-language films that feature librarians

Role Call, where I’ve highlighted character roles, or types, for both female and male reel librarians

Reel Substance, in which I’ve placed films into categories according to how important the librarians are to the film

So where did my interest in reel librarians begin?

I am a proud second-generation librarian — my mother is a school librarian. We should have both known I would become a librarian, because in 6th grade, I took (many) stacks of index cards and made a card catalog for my own personal collection of books and magazines. FOR FUN! And I literally grew up in a library — my parents had 5 library collections within our house:  1 for children’s books, 1 for fiction, 1 for non-fiction, 1 for biographies, and 1 for movies. We lived in the backwoods of northeast Texas, with only one TV channel available (if you’re interested, that one channel was ABC). Therefore, I grew up watching movies!

So this site, connecting librarians and movies, is a perfect combination of what I grew up on and loved — and I hope you will enjoy it a little bit, as well!

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12 comments on “Where do I begin? A love story.

  1. This site looks AMAZING! Truly great work — I can’t wait to read more!

  2. Debbie Carlisle says:

    Exciting new site featuring two of my favorite things on the planet… books (librarians) and movies! You already have me thinking of my favorite movies featuring librarians… can’t wait to see what you post.

  3. kvennarad says:

    Congratulations on the new site.

    A few years ago many librarians here in the UK started wearing lapel-badges which bore the single word ‘Ook!’ This was a reference to the comedy-fantasy canon of ‘Discworld’ books by Terry Pratchett.

    In Ankh-Morpork, a great and unsavoury city on the Discworld, is the Unseen University which educates wizards in wizardry (oh this concept is years older than Hogwarts, by the way) and in the Unseen University there is a library. Due to an accident with all the pent-up magic in the tomes and grimoires housed within that library, the librarian was turned into an Orangutan whose vocabulary is largely restricted to ‘Ook!’. He liked the transformation and resisted any attempt to be turned back into a regular person.

    Several Discworld novels have been adapted for film and TV (‘Hogfather’, ‘Going Postal’, ‘The Colour of Magic’, to name three). I don’t know whether any actually feature the librarian – ‘The Colour of Magic’ is the most likely – but they’re worth checking out for your database. I am told that there is a film in-the-making called ‘Unseen Academicals’ but I know nothing about it.

    Maybe I’m preaching to the choir here. :)

    Kind regards,
    M
    __________
    Marie Marshall
    writer/poet/editor/blogger
    Scotland
    http://mairibheag.com
    http://kvennarad.wordpress.com

  4. kvennarad says:

    Yep… should have checked your Master List before opening my mouth!

    M

    • Thank you for such a great comment, though – I LOVE hearing personal reactions or stories about librarians in pop culture. I totally want to wear an “Ook” badge now! :) I haven’t seen ‘The Color of Magic’ yet, but I was excited to find that it’s available through my local library. So it’s definitely on my must-watch list now. Thanks again! Jen

  5. Stephen Brown says:

    Well J-, what can I say? I am never totally surprised at what you attempt to do, because I know how supremly gifted you are; but I am always so pleased and proud when I see the results. J-, the website is simply fantastic! And yes, like Sam, I can hardly wait to see and read more. I know that this comment will be read by others whom I will never know and that concerns me somewhat because I hope they do not mind my being a little over the top at stating how pleased I am about your work. Perhaps I can be forgiven for simply being an extemely proud Pappa of a wonderfully talented daughter who is just the second most loved librarian in my life (after her Mom, of course). So I guess growing up in the woods in northeast Texas was not so bad after all. Truck on J- or should I say “reel” on. See ya!

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  7. I do not know if it’s just me or if everybody else encountering problems with your website. It appears like some of the written text in your posts are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This might be a problem with my internet browser because I’ve
    had this happen before. Thank you

    • Hmmm… I just checked on a couple of different browsers (Chrome and Firefox) on my laptop, and my husband checked as well on his computer. We’re not encountering any problems. Are you using Internet Explorer? That browser tends to have issues. This site is using a WordPress template, and the main screen of the template is 640 pixels wide, I believe. Hope this helps!

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