Librarians on film
In her upcoming documentary, The Hollywood Librarian
, filmmaker and librarian Ann Seidl seeks to dispel stereotypes about bun-wearing, sexually repressed bookworms milling about uselessly in libraries. Remarking on one character's experience in Sophie's Choice
, Seidl said:
If your patron faints and then vomits, it's a sign of a bad reference interview.
Interspersing interviews with clips from such movies as Party Girl
, and Desk Set
, Seidl hopes to sex up this underlauded profession. Or at least to prevent people from treating it with undue reverence and fear. She says:
When I tell people I'm a librarian, they always say, "You don't look like a librarian." And then they act as if I were a priest or a nun—that "librarian" is some quasi-religious profession. They get all confessional, saying "You know, I haven't been to a library in years. . . . Um, I don't think I have any fines."