Reader poll: Choose your next adventure (Spring 2017)

If you’re a regular reader — as always, thank you! — then you know that I have opened up a reader poll at least twice a year since Spring 2014, when I ask readers to vote for the next film for me to analyze. You can see past reader polls here.

I’ve pulled together five film titles from my private collection of reel librarian titles.

Now is the time to choose your next adventure!

Reel Librarians | Reel librarian DVDs, reader poll Spring 2017


After Twilight (2005)

This is NOT a movie from the Twilight vampire film saga. Rather, it’s a short film filmed in Houston, Texas. Here’s the intriguing write-up from the Librarians in the Movies: An Annotated Filmography site:

Bookish Jen Frazier seems an unlikely choice to be a freedom fighter, but when a theocratic new order occupies the state of Texas, she is pushed into action carrying contraband for the underground. After a series of narrow escapes from the police, she is finally able to deliver the package to its intended recipients. In so doing, she makes the ultimate sacrifice and the contents of the mysterious package are revealed to the audience. Saying any more, including which character is the librarian, would spoil your viewing of the film.


Apartment for Peggy (1948)

In this 1948 film, a Technicolor romantic comedy about veterans’ wives set during World War II, stars Jeanne Crain as Peggy. William Holden plays her husband, Jason, and Edmund Gwenn plays Professor Henry Barnes, who rents his attic space to the couple.

Prof. Barnes also lends his personal library to the veterans’ wives so they can study up and converse more intelligently with their husbands. Jeanne volunteers to be the librarian and apparently has a few scenes checking out books from the professor’s home.


The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag (1992)

The title of this film is quite literal:  In order to get attention, a small-town public librarian (Penelope Ann Miller) finds a gun — guess where she puts it?! 😉 — and confesses to a murder she did not commit.

Doesn’t that movie plot sound like the result of a Mad Libs?

The title character in this reel librarian movie is a classic Liberated Librarian role. I have seen this movie multiple times… do y’all want me to see it once more?


Margie (1946)

Another 1940s film starring Jeanne Crain! This time, Crain plays troubled teen Margie MacDuff, while Lynn Bari plays a supporting role as school librarian Miss Isabelle Palmer.

Apparently, there are several bloomer elastic mishaps — not kidding — and the library is a popular place to fix one’s bloomers. Miss Palmer also garners the attention of the new French teacher, who the female students are swooning over. Miss Palmer’s age gets a lot of snide comments from the jealous teens, including:

I don’t see what he sees in her. She’s old. She must be 25 at least.

She’s well-preserved for her age.

It would be nice to see this attractive, modern, and “well-preserved” reel librarian up close. 😉


Teenage Mother (1967)

A new health teacher in a high school is hired to teach sex education and gets blamed when a student turns up pregnant. In one scene, the teacher asks the school librarian why the library does not own a specific textbook on sexuality, and she gets told by the librarian that it’s a “filthy book” inappropriate for teenagers.

Taglines for the film included:

  • The Film That Dares To Explain What Most Parents Can’t …
  • Teenage Mother – Means 9 Months of Trouble!
  • She did her homework in parked cars!

Reel Librarians | Reel librarian DVDs, reader poll Spring 2017

The reader poll will stay open through next Tuesday, April 4, 10 p.m. PST. Thanks in advance for helping choose which film I should analyze next!

I’ll be back next week on Wednesday with the winning film.

A trip down memory lane

This past week, a good friend of mine from Platteville, Wisconsin, sent me a letter — and surprise! — added an old newspaper clipping from the The Platteville Journal. The clipping was an October 2007 article about me and my reel librarian research.

Reel Librarians | Newspaper clipping from The Platteville Journal

I used to live and work in Platteville at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, from 2005 through 2008, and I had totally forgotten about this article!

It made for a lovely, and unexpected, trip down memory lane. 😀

Back in fall 2007, the newspaper published an article, entitled “Librarian connects the real to ‘reel’ stereotypes,” to highlight the fact that I was about to present a program on the topic at that year’s Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in Green Bay. The story ended up on page 9 of the local paper, taking up about half of that page. The Platteville Journal doesn’t keep any archives online, so it’s a treat to now have what must be one of the few records left of this article.

Reel Librarians | Newspaper clipping from The Platteville Journal

Here’s a quote from me in the article:

I’m interested in exploring what librarians represent in film, and how we, as watchers, react to these images and portrayals.

And I’m still exploring those themes ten years later… the more times change, the more things stay the same! 😀

You can see the color version of that same photo used in the newspaper article here in this previous post about my reel librarian poster sessions, and you can read about another reel librarians program I presented last year at the Oregon Library Association Annual Conference.

Going back down the rabbit hole | Librarian misspellings and search terms

In my “Down the rabbit hole” post from July 2013, I explored site statistics for different ways and keywords people searched to get to my Reel Librarians site, which turned into a post about all the different ways people misspelled the word “librarians.”

Reel Librarians | List of common misspellings for the word librarian

List of common misspellings for the word librarian

I thought it would be fun — or maddening? or both?! — to revisit this idea and see if anyone has gotten any better at spelling the word “librarians” in the resulting three years.

Spoiler alert? They haven’t. 😦 Most common misspellings continue to include librianslibbrarians, and libarians.

Also, does anyone else itch to replicate some of the more interesting/odd keyword searches, just to see how it connects to your site? ‘Cause y’all know I totally did that!

2016:

2015: 

  • Over 15,000 keyword searches
  • Theme of searches for librarian names:
    • funny librarian names
    • funny names for librarians
    • cool librarian nicknames
    • sexy librarian names
    • common librarian names

2014:

  • Almost 12,000 keyword searches
  • Again, a theme of searches for librarian names!
    • funny librarian names
    • librarian names
    • other names for librarians
    • librarian nicknames
    • names for librarians
    • Names of librarians
    • sexy librarian names
    • naughty librarian names
    • librarian name

It was very interesting to note the recurring theme of searches for librarian names. I did a post a few years ago about names of major librarian characters, as well as a post about common screen credits and titles for reel librarians… perhaps I should revisit that theme again?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about that idea. Or send me some additional, interesting names of major librarian characters, to add to my list! 🙂

Reader poll: A runner-up becomes the winner

The votes for the most recent reader poll are in… and y’all chose Soylent Green by a very large margin. In this 1973 sci-fi classic, librarians play a small, but important role, and are known as “Books.”

Reel Librarians reader poll winner

I will be enjoying some Soylent Green along with my Thanksgiving leftovers over the weekend (hah!). Next week I will be back with a film analysis post — stay tuned!

Reader poll of runner-ups: Choose your next adventure

Y’all have indulged my tangents the last couple of weeks (the danger of a single story for reel librarians two weeks ago and thanking librarians in book acknowledgments last week), so now I’m flipping the lens back around.

I started reader polls back in May 2014 for you to choose your next adventure, and I’ve continued doing reader polls every 6 months or so ever since. I had an idea for this next round, to select the next winner from the runner-ups of the 5 prior reader polls.

From runner-up to winner… you get to choose the next reel librarian movie I watch and analyze!

Reel Librarians | Reader poll runner-ups


Adventure (1945)

This film place second in the November 2014 reader poll. A sea-going adventurer (Clark Gable) falls for a librarian (Greer Garson), but their relationship is not smooth sailing.


An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)

This tied for second place in the first reader poll, along with Soylent Green. It’s an animated film and includes a memorable college librarian character.


A Girl Named Tamiko (1962)

This film, available online through the Paramount Vault YouTube channel, was runner-up in the most recent reader poll, from this past spring. The title character of Tamiko, who is from a wealthy Japanese family, works as a librarian for the Foreign Press Club in Tokyo. There are a couple of scenes set in the Foreign Press Club library.


Public Access (1993)

This tied for runner-up in the scary-movie edition reader poll from Sept. 2015, along with Wilderness. In this film, director Bryan Singer’s first feature-length film, a stranger arrives in the sleepy, small town of Brewster and stirs up dark secrets with his public access TV show that asks, “What’s wrong with Brewster?” He dates the shy, young town librarian.


Soylent Green (1973)

This classic sci-fi film also tied for second place in the first reader poll, along with An Extremely Goofy Movie. The librarians in this film are known as “Books.”


Wilderness (1996)

This tied for runner-up in the scary-movie edition reader poll from Sept. 2015, along with Public Access. Amanda Ooms plays Alice White, a librarian at a British university, who has a dark secret: she locks herself away every month when she transforms into a werewolf!

Note: Originally a three-part British mini-series, I have a copy of the abridged movie version released in the U.S.


Wonder Man (1945)

This film was runner-up in the third reader poll in May 2015. Nightclub singer Buster Dingle (Danny Kaye) gets killed by a mob boss, and his spirit enters his identical twin, Edwin (also played by Kaye). Edwin, a bookworm writing a history book, gets involved with a young and attractive librarian (Virginia Mayo).


The poll will stay open through next Tuesday, Nov. 23, 10 p.m. PST.

I’ll be back next week on Wednesday with the winning runner-up!