Re: The Hollywood Librarian

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Tue, 21 Aug 2001 16:25:31 -0700 (PDT)

So what you're saying Mark is: better to have the Surgeon General remove
your appendix than the Librarian of Congress do your successive entry
serial cataloging...

gary

At 02:31 PM 08/21/2001 -0700, you wrote:
>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
> > >http://www.lib.byu.edu/dept/libsci/films/introduction.html) 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 www.du.edu/~aseidl) 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
> > >aseidl@tlh.fdt.net
> > >
> > >"I'm a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make
> > >me happy." --J.D. Salinger, "Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters"
> > >
> > >
> > >
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Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
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