While living and working in Wisconsin in the mid-to-late 2000s, I began my first Reel Librarians web site as a way to pull together all my research up to that point in one place. I then began presenting my research via local and state conference poster sessions, which was a great way to talk with fellow professionals about reel librarians. It was fun to personally witness how surprised even my fellow librarians were at how many films feature our profession!
My first poster session was at the 2006 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in November 2006. The left side of the poster featured female character types (“Beyond the Bun”), the right side had male character types (“Beyond the Bow Tie”), and the middle section highlighted firsts in librarian cinema.
And fun fact — I still have that “Connecting Librarians & Film” poster! 😀
I next presented my poster at my university’s Research/Poster Day in March 2007. I also brought in old film canisters — from our own library, no less! — which propped up a laptop featuring my (then current) web site.
The next month, April 2007, I presented my poster again at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) Annual Conference.
In the wide shot below during the poster session, I’m in the upper left corner talking with a colleague.
For this go-around, I added a film librarian trivia challenge and a giveaway. The prize? This “Marian the Librarian” coffee mug! (I bought two, so I could keep one for myself.)
Next week, I’ll share the trivia challenge, so y’all have time to prepare. 😉