The great summation - librarians in movies

Philip Fryer (PDF@mailgate.loyola.edu)
Mon, 03 Nov 1997 20:58:47 -0500

Well, it ain't that, but I will say thank you to everyone who had fun with
my query from last week. To answer some responses:

2 souls wished to know of librarians in fiction. Imagine that. I can
only vouch for the Barbara Pym and Philip Roth. The list was compiled
by Ann Irvine, Mont. Co. Public Library.

Here goes:

GOODBYE COLUMBUS by Philip Roth
UNSUITABLE ATTACHMENT by Barbara Pym
LIBRARY POLICEMAN by Stephen King
BLACKWATER SPIRITS by Melissa Monfredo
THROUGH A GOLDEN EAGLE
SENECA FALLS INHERITANCE
NORTH STAR CONSPIRACY
STONES FROM THE RIVER by Ursula Hegi
LOOK AT ME by Anita Brookner
GOLD BUG VARIATIONS by Richard Powers
MISS ZUKAS AND THE ISLAND MURDERS by Jo Dereske
MISS ZUKAS AND THE LIBRARY MURDERS SIDESHOW by same
SIDESHOW by Anne D. LeClaire
LIBRARY: NO MURDER ALOUD by Susan Steiner

I have a feeling there are many, many more, with their own web sites.
Anyone care to share?

A number of movies titles kept repeating. They are worth pointing out:

The Breakfast Club
Desk Set
Foul Play
Ghostbusters
Goodbye Columbus (the movie this time)
It's a Wonderful Life
Love Story
The Music Man
Party Girl (a personal favorite)
Seven (wretched film that it is)
Storm Center (the great Bette Davis)
Summertime
UHF (for the "Conan the Librarian" episode)

Kristine Brancolini, Gary Handman, Elizabeth Underhill ("Baggins, did
you say Baggins?") and Patricia Miller all submitted excellent web-sites:

http://www.ala.org/editions/wlhmovies.html
http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/staff/mraish/movies/bibliography.html
http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/staff/mraish/movies/introduction.html
http://www.bekkoame.or.jp/~ichimura/libmvdb/libmvdbE.htm
http://www.iupui.edu/it/libref/lib_film.html

All of these sites provide comprehensive lists of films featuring librarians
or libraries, or setting or references pertaining to our profession. We
are fairly well represented in cinema, I think, if not well disposed by the
stereotypes. Still, if the shoe fits -

Thanks again to everyone who provided such a wonderful resource
for all of us.

Philip Fryer
Loyola/Notre Dame Library
Baltimore, Maryland