Douglas County Libraries Will Screen The Hollywood Librarian

When the producers of The Hollywood Librarian announced the terms for screening the documentary in libraries, many of my colleagues were surprised. Who in the public (besides librarians) would want to pay to see a documentary about librarians? Well, it seems that the Douglas County Libraries think they have that audience. They plan to screen it on the Friday of Banned Books Week in October.


At libraries, everything goes on DVD

Video Buisness: In libraries, as in most other places, hit DVD releases from the major studios are popular, but librarians are finding niche categories also can do well.

The Hollywood Librarian Show Locations 9/29-10/6

LibrariAnn writes "The producers of the new documentary The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film today announced that the list of screening locations for the film during Banned Books Week (September 29 through October 6) now numbers 42 across the North American continent. The film will be shown from Saratoga Springs, New York to Anchorage, Alaska, with Canada libraries in Winnipeg and Quebec also participating.

Memphis, Tennessee, Ketchum, Idaho and Las Cruces, New Mexico are among the locations where libraries will host the film with everything from red carpet entrances to lunchtime brown bag discussions. The full list (available as a Google Map on the home page at, ''Where to See the Film'' or Here) comprises 64 screenings in 19 states, plus the two Canadian locations.

The 96-minute documentary is the first look at the real work and skills of the more than 60,000 librarians working in the U.S. The film provides a glimpse into this well-loved but little understood profession and will leave audiences with a new appreciation for a group of people who have been called "democracy's heroes."

The August 15 deadline to fax a signed Screening Agreement has passed, but due to numerous requests the deadline has been extended until August 24 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Screening Agreements are available at the film - website at"

Kids likely can keep borrowing R-rated rentals from library

The Orlando Sentinel has a Decent Article on the ol' R-rated movies for kids story. The county's library advisory board voted 9-0 to let the kids take what they want, but now the commissioners are expected to take a look.
"You kind of start going down a slippery slope" by creating restrictions, Cadwell said. "Some of our greatest literary pieces would probably be considered R-rated."

Premiere/nationwide release of librarian doc film

Ann Seidl writes "Video footage from the June 22 premiere of The Hollywood Librarian in Washington D.C. is up at the film's website:

"...touching, amusing, insightful and entirely delightful film..." Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation

"Brilliant!" ~Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

" engaging, often humorous look..." ~Randy Pitman, Video Librarian

The film is being released nationwide in libraries during Banned Books Week , September 29 to October 6. To find out how to screen the film at your library, go to Deadline to sign up is August 15, 2007."

Lying? Or Bad Research?

Cliff Urr writes "Several nights ago Larry King had on his show Michael Moore, director of the documentary "Sicko," and Sanjay Gupta, an MD with CNN who challenged some of the "facts" in Moore's film. Moore did an effective job showing Gupta's facts or charges were wrong and his own correct. The article at this link, titled, "In Sicko "fact check," CNN's Gupta falsely claimed his source's "only affiliation is with Vanderbilt University", This article gives me the impression Gupta was lying, in saying he told a "falsehood," but he struck me as a decent, well-meaning and even kindly man who was telling the truth as he knew it. However, his information was simply wrong, inaccurate. The serious flaws in his research -"fact-checking" — is made crystal-clear in Moore's point-by-point rebuttal to Gupta on the former's web site here: ?id=10017 If Gupta was not consciously uttering falsehoods, as I am inclined to think, did he merely have a bad day? (As anybody doing reference/research could.) Or is it something much more subtle, such as that his thinking occurs in a box that he never gets out of. And when one is thinking out of a too-small box about a subject whose roots are too big for the small box to handle, one ends up with terrible research results. This is not to say Moore's box does not limit him. It does, though from a different end of the spectrum than Gupta, which is a whole other story. What do you think?"

Finally Hitting the Silver Screen...The Hollywood Librarian

A lot of librarians, and Ann Seidl in particular, have long been awaiting the premier of her film "The Hollywood Librarian." Seidl, a 43-year-old consultant, first became inspired to create a cinematic tribute in 1997 while pursuing her master's of library and information studies at the University of Denver...the movie finally premiered last Friday during ALA.

Here are a few reviews from The Washington Post (also mentioned in TWIL) and from LJ .


A Sneak Peek at the Hollywood Librarian

We've read here about Ann Seidl's Hollywood Librarian motion picture, premiering at ALA on June 22. Care for a sneak peek? Catch the trailer on YouTube.

Librarian Presents US and Appalachian Premieres

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Steve Fesenmaier, programmer of the WV Film Series for the South Charleston Museum since July 2004, a member of its board, and a member of the board of the West Virginia Labor History Association, has programmed the U.S. premiere of "Asturian US," a new documentary about people from the Northern province of Spain, Asturias, moving to West Virginia in the early part of the 19th century. Also showing is the Appalachian
premiere of "The Battle of Local 5668." Workerswere locked out of Ravenswood Aluminum, the oldest aluminum plant in the eastern US, by Marc Rich, a renegade billionaire pardoned by President Clinton on his last day in office. The South Charleston Museum and the WV Labor History Association are the co-sponsors of the premieres. In the past they have cooperated to show "The Wobblies" in honor of the 100th anniversary of the labor group, show films about WV mine disasters made by former undersecretary of Labor under Clinton, Davitt McAteer, along with a new film on Jack Spadaro, the subject of a 60 Minutes story about the Bush regime forcing him to retire early.

Fesenmaier provided research for both films, helping the filmmakers find both film and historical resources. o+films+are+labors+of+love+from+workers'+view h-film-on-wv-people-to-have-us-premiere/#more-111 chian-premiere-of-film-on-ravenswood-lockout/#more -112"

Librarian Documentary Film

LibrariANN writes "The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians through Film — the first ever movie about librarians — is now being scored and sound mixed. The premiere of the film will be a black-tie optional, no-charge event on June 22, 2007 at the Washington Convention Center at 8 p.m., with the red carpet walk into the theater beginning at 7:30. Finally, librarians are getting the spotlight we deserve. See ALA Annual Conference materials for more details.




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