Re: The Hollywood Librarian

Mark Richie (
Tue, 21 Aug 2001 14:31:58 -0700 (PDT)

Ah Ha ! The Librarian of Congress . . . by law does not have to be a
librarian by certification, degree, training or vocation, and
historically has not been a professional librarian.

On the other hand the Surgeon General has to be a doctor.

Hmmmmmmm . . . .

Oksana Dykyj wrote:
> Dear Ann,
> This sounds like a very ambitious project. Since most of the clips you
> anticipate using come from Hollywood studio productions you will have to
> contact each copyright holder and negotiate. There is no clearinghouse-type
> situation. I'm sure you're aware of the expense involved (to the tune of
> several thousand dollars per minute used). My advice is to hire someone who
> does copyright clearance work initially as a consultant and see where you
> go with it.
> I hope one of the first things you do in the documentary is to make the
> distinction between people who work in a library in various jobs, and
> librarians. Just like all people working in a hospital are not doctors, all
> people working in a library are not necessarily librarians, even though
> that tends to be the general perception. People don't appear to confuse
> doctors with hospital support staff, but they do not differentiate between
> librarians and library support staff. I wonder what sort of response Jay
> Leno would get about what the Librarian of Congress does if he were to ask
> people on Melrose Avenue or Universal Studios. Probably that "she" checks
> and stamps books out.
> Good luck on your project.
> Oksana
> At 11:27 AM 8/20/01 -0700, you wrote:
> >Dear Listers,
> >
> >I have been lurking for several weeks and I must say how impressed I am with
> >this list's fluency, competence and general approachability.
> >
> >My name is Ann Seidl and I'm a library consultant in Tallahassee, Florida.
> >I've been doing statistics, research, evaluation projects and staff training
> >for libraries since I became a consultant two years ago (prior to that I was
> >with the Colorado State Library). One of my avocations has always been
> >film, and for the past several years I have often thought that someone ought
> >to make a piece about librarians in the movies - everything from Marion the
> >Librarian to Parker Posey as Party Girl. Every time I watched a scene with
> >a library or librarian in it, I would think, "See, that would be a great
> >addition." As I am sure this group knows, Martin Raish has an amazing
> >filmography on this subject at
> > which was like
> >finding buried treasure.
> >
> >Well, call it what you will (I vacillate between bravery, audacity,
> >arrogance and stupidity), but when the 21st century (truly) began in
> >January, I decided to stop wishing and to make the thing myself. Its
> >working title is _The Hollywood Librarian_. We've put together a team of
> >great people (executive summary, brief bio's and film treatment can be
> >viewed at my web site and we are in the initial stages
> >of fundraising, with the potential of million(s?) to be paid for rights to
> >film clips.
> >
> >Negotiating the film rights is down the road aways, as we haven't even
> >written the script yet. But what's happening now is that I am being invited
> >to speak at various library associations and functions, and I want to show
> >some of my favorite film clips (i.e. Pleasantville, Party Girl,
> >Philadelphia, Desk Set, etc.)
> >
> >So how do I get permission to show these clips? Is there a site with all
> >the permission-granters, or a good place to start? I've found something
> >called "temporary public performance rights" - what does this mean?
> >
> >Please accept my deep appreciation in advance for any advice you have.
> >
> >Sincerely,
> >
> >Ann Seidl
> >Information, Managed
> >2022 East Forest Drive
> >Tallahassee, FL 32303-5144
> >850-383-6347
> >
> >
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> >
> >
> >
> >
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