Dishonorable Mention

Here are some extras rounding out my bottom picks for reel librarian portrayals.


Bookies (2003)

A student library employee uses the university library as the drop-off spot in a bookmaking scheme. This shining example of a library worker smokes, drinks, curses, plays video games, and has an addiction problem with gambling and drugs (in one scene, he does drugs on the library copier!). He is called an “asshole” by everyone, including his co-workers!


The Caveman’s Valentine (2001)

Another Spinster Librarian, this time one who is outraged by a homeless man sleeping in the library.


High School High (1992)

A school librarian shows up briefly twice to yell out, “You suck!” to a naïve, well-meaning teacher.


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Another Spinster Librarian, one who shoos noisy children out of the school library and declares, “This is a library, not a fun fair!” The drab clothing and unflattering hairstyle of side buns do not help.


Wetherby (1969)

A misguided scholar visits the British Library Lending Division (where he is informed by a rude, wholly disinterested librarian that they do NOT lend books) and then shoots himself in a stranger’s house later that night. Coincidence? Perhaps, but definitely not the most positive reel librarian portrayal.

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2 comments on “Dishonorable Mention

  1. Is it okay that I find some of these portrayals funny? Or, at least, your write-ups about them are funny. I wonder if there’s something to be said about the use of these kinds of negative portrayals for comedic purposes. Or, perhaps more revealingly, if there’s something in our culture that allows us to use/view these negative portrayals in comedic ways. Hmmm…..

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