Reel Librarian faves, 2016

My top 5 favorite posts from 2016

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!

Collage of Mary's style in Party Girl
Collage of Mary’s style in Party Girl

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.

Library scene in Wet Hot American Summer
Library scene in Wet Hot American Summer

‘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.

Print collection of news library in Spotlight (2015)
Print collection of news library in Spotlight (2015)

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.“

Librarian character contrasts in The Wicker Man (1973)
Librarian character contrasts in The Wicker Man (1973)

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.

The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, TED Talks, is licensed under a CC BY NC ND 4.0 license.

Did you enjoy these posts, too? Please leave a comment and share!

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Author: Jennifer

Librarian, blogger, movie lover

2 thoughts on “Reel Librarian faves, 2016”

  1. Those were all winners, in my book! I think the “Wicker Man” and “Spotlight” ones were personal faves. This was also the year you got to “The Monster that Challenged the World,” the one I suggested, so that’s a favorite for me at least!

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