As I mentioned last spring in this bonus post, I was thrilled to be included in the web extra supplement to The Whole Library Handbook 5 and its section on “Libraries and librarians in film and TV.” I have slowly been working my way through this list and the corresponding Pinterest board to cull extra film titles to add to my Master List, as well as add titles to my related lists for Foreign Films, TV Shows, and Short Films and Documentaries. Like I’ve said before, these lists are not static, and I often add new (and old!) films to work toward building the most comprehensive lists of reel librarians.
Gotta admit, it’s slow going. This might be one post of many to come! 🙂
As you can see by the lists above, I prefer to separate out the films — my Master List is a list of English-language films and TV movies featuring librarians — as well as categorize the films into how important the reel librarians are to the films, as found in the Reel Substance section of this site. The lists in The Whole Library Handbook 5 and previous editions, by contrasts, are all-in-one, with foreign films, documentaries, TV shows, and feature films all mixed in together.
My site also differentiates from related websites and bibliographies in that I am also primarily concerned with the onscreen librarian roles, not just onscreen libraries. Therefore, a lot of film summaries that describe scenes set in libraries include no mention of librarians themselves. I still add these films to my Master List, so that it’s on my radar to view the films and see if there are any librarians in the background. This often happens, as in the examples of Bloomington (2010) and Carrie (2002, TV remake).
So below are a few English-language titles that, thanks to The Whole Library Handbook 5, I have already added to my Master List. The starred titles in blue are the ones that include write-ups that specifically mention reel librarian characters:
- About Adam (2000)
- Toronto Stories (2008)
- *Toy Story 3 (2010) — includes a character called “The Bookworm,” with a library of instruction manuals in the closet
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
- True Colors (1991)
- *The Twelve Trees of Christmas (2013, TV movie) — main character is a librarian, Cheri Jamison (Lindy Booth)
- Twilight Man (1996, TV movie) — includes a library guard character
- *Twixt (2011) — Library Assistant (Lucy Bunter) and librarian Miss Gladys (Dorothy Tchelistcheff)
- Undertaking Betty (2002)
- The Undying Monster (1942)
- Utah Wagon Train (1951)
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008, Spain / US)
- *Virtual Nightmare (2000, Australia, TV movie) — includes “plucky librarian” Natalie (Jennifer Congram)
- *Voyage into Fear (aka Encounters, 1993, Australia) — Librarian (Monique Dykstra)
- A Warrior’s Heart (2011)
- Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932)
- *The Watermelon Woman (1996) — Archivist (Sarah Schulman) for fictional CLIT Institute, an all-volunteer lesbian archives
- Welcome to Mooseport (2004) — includes a library architect character
- Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
- What Dreams May Come (1998)
- What’s Your Number? (2011)
- The Winslow Boy (1999)
- Witchboard (1986)
- Zodiac (2007)
Happy list-making … and checking those lists twice! 😉
- Eberhart , George M., and Jennifer Henderson. “Libraries and librarians in film and TV.” The Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa About Libraries and Library Services. ALA Editions, 2013.