I did a Reader Q and A post a few years ago, and I do a reader poll post twice a year, but I thought it would be fun today to put an open call out for reader questions and ideas. I’m a librarian, so it feels natural for me to answer questions!
Do you have a reel librarians question you’ve been wanting to ask, but you just haven’t gotten around to asking yet? Do you have an idea for a post that I just haven’t gotten around to writing about yet?
Or perhaps you’d like me to revisit some of the previous questions readers have asked me from that 2013 Reader Q and A post, including:
- How many movies have librarians in them?
- How many movies are there with librarians of color?
So, I am officially asking for you to ask me, the “real librarian” behind this Reel Librarians site, about your question(s) or your post idea(s).
How? There are various ways to contact me:
- leave a comment on this post below
- email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance, and I look forward to your questions and ideas!
8 thoughts on “Ask the real librarian: Call for reader questions”
Selfish professional-overlap question:
As a writer, I’m interested in portrayals of writers in film (and since writers write the films, we get a lot of those). But there seems an obvious relationship between writers and librarians, and I’m curious how many Reel Librarians are themselves writers. I know you’ve touched briefly on literary librarians in posts about Before Night Falls, for example, but I wonder how common or rare this is.
Thanks for your comment! In case you didn’t see the post, I provided a brief response to your query here in this post, https://reel-librarians.com/2017/07/19/call-for-reader-questions-follow-up/ , and I plan to follow up more in-depth in this week’s upcoming post! Stay tuned!
Writers/libraries/marketing – I notice, for example, that a boxed collection of the Harry Potter novels plus all the spin-off books is being marketed as ‘The Hogwarts Library’. Interesting use of the word ‘library’ here, to mean “All the books you already have but need to buy again to make someone richer who is already very rich” (and, I might add, who has an honorary Doctorate at the University of Edinburgh AND the Légion d’ f-ing Honneur!).
Mr Norrell’s library of magical books in ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ by Susanna Clarke -> adapted for TV.
Christopher Lilly’s library in ‘Fingersmith’ by Sarah Waters, a library of pornography that grew by the addition of more material as it was written -> adapted for TV. This was possibly based on the real-life collection/bibliography of Henry Spencer Ashbee.
The library of the Unseen University in the ‘Discworld’ corpus -> various adaptations. Ook!
Every novel and every adaptation of a novel set in a big house in England will, at some point, feature a library. This is a rule. Every novel and every adaptation of a novel where any of the characters are at university will feature a scene where a character is studying in the university library. These are the rukes rules! 😀
‘Wings of Desire’ is an amazing film, with lots of footage set in a library…
No reel/real reason why I include this, it just haunts me.
Thanks for your comment and multiple post ideas! In case you didn’t see the post, I provided brief initial responses to your queries and ideas here in this follow-up post, https://reel-librarians.com/2017/07/19/call-for-reader-questions-follow-up/ , and I have added many of your ideas and suggestions to my list. 🙂
Somehow the word ‘rukes’ got into my last comment. I have no idea how.
I would ask about some of the earliest things you’ve found: first reel librarian you’ve found so far, oldest library in a movie, first “liberated” librarian, first instance of each character type, maybe first of each class of reel librarian as well!
Thanks again for your comment! In case you didn’t see the post, I provided a brief response to your queries and ideas here in this post, https://reel-librarians.com/2017/07/19/call-for-reader-questions-follow-up/ , and I already have scheduled some upcoming posts to follow up on your inquiries! 🙂