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. But the site’s back now – hopefully, better than ever. Please check back often or sign up for RSS or email updates.

Balloons photo by autumnsgoddess0 via Pixabay is licensed under CC0
Balloons photo by autumnsgoddess0 via Pixabay is licensed under CC0

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 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 (retired) school librarian. We should have both known I would become a librarian, because when I was young, 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 country, with only one TV channel available. 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!

Author: Jennifer

Librarian, blogger, movie lover

11 thoughts on “Where do I begin? A love story.”

  1. 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.

    1. Thanks, Debbie! Please let me know your faves, if you feel like sharing. I’ve been thinking about doing some posts about reader faves (my own faves are coming down the pipe shortly).

  2. 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,
    Marie Marshall

    1. 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

  3. 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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