Re: The Hollywood Librarian

Mark Richie (Media2@bellatlantic.net)
Wed, 22 Aug 2001 11:47:15 -0700 (PDT)

Gary -
as always, you cut right to the nub. . . . much less allow him/her to
do my retrospective conversion. And I don't care if his hobby IS cross
referencing. mark 8-)

Gary Handman wrote:
>
> 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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