As promised last week in my 2016 review post, here are my top five favorite posts from 2016, presented in chronological order:
Stylish female reel librarians (Jan. 2016) + Stylish male reel librarians (Feb. 2016)
This was a fun pair of posts to think about and write. People don’t often equate “librarians” with “style” — on or off screen — but there are actually a lot of stylish reel librarians out there!
Wet Hot American library (March 2016)
No actual reel librarians in this movie, but there is a funny scene set in the local public library, which has quite the collection in both astrophysics and camp directing. It was also a fun movie to watch, especially shouting out names of the many popular actors who starred in this cult classic comedy.
‘Spotlight’-ing a news library (May 2016)
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Spotlight, the Best Picture Oscar winner last year, as well as writing about the importance of research in this movie. I also enjoyed researching the real-life Lisa Tuite, the head librarian at the Boston Globe, portrayed by Michele Proude in the film.
Nymphomaniac librarian in ‘The Wicker Man’ (Oct. 2016)
This is a cult classic film, and upon rewatching it, I finally cleared up the confusion I had about the reel librarian in this film: that the same actress, Ingrid Pitt, is both the town’s registrar and librarian. And where did I get the term ‘nymphomaniac librarian’? From Pitt herself!
“It was a nymphomaniac librarian I was playing, and I always liked the librarian bit, because I’m really into books.“
The danger of a single story for reel librarians (Nov. 2016)
This post was inspired by the closing keynote address from a regional library conference I had attended the week before, referencing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2009 TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” It was a rewarding exercise to go a bit deeper and more philosophical on the blog while revisiting the core goal of this site and why I continue to blog and research about librarians in film.
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