Reel Librarian faves, 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 and screenshot 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.

Reel Librarians | Screenshot of the 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.

Reel Librarians | 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.“

Reel Librarians | Collage of contrasts for librarian character 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.


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

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2 comments on “Reel Librarian faves, 2016

  1. popegrutch says:

    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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