Librarians Save the Day! Eleven Movies with Power of Story Power

16 08 2010

Favorite Daughter will love, love, love this: Librarians Save the Day!

While writers might seem more glamorous, librarians are the quiet heroes of the literary world. They stand up against censorship, they uncover ancient mysteries, they laugh in the face of computerization and stop the corporate world dead in its tracks.

From Katharine Hepburn to Rachel Weisz, we’ve rounded up films that give librarians the center stage. Remember these?



4 responses

16 08 2010
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Desk Set was such a great movie and gives this generation an idea of what life was like before computers took over and how hard work (researching in the stacks) was truly effort… and satisfaction over a job well done.

Thank you for posting this!

18 08 2010

Librarians worth their salt — who imo are among the most heroic, service-oriented and principled of professionals — won’t let ‘careful review’ become a cynical euphemism for censorship.”

“Free people read freely!”

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”—Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas,” The One Un-American Act.” Nieman Reports, vol. 7, no. 1 (Jan. 1953): p. 20.

18 08 2010

See also:

Nance Is an Unsung Library Hero Too

Libraries in Tough Times

Forget the White House, Send McCain and Palin to a LIBRARY

Yes, library heroism is real-world and so are library mischief, even library villains:
The Sarah Palin She Knows From Wasilla:

She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

19 08 2010

The Truth is Out There — in a Library!

And maybe it really can save the world . . .

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