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Hollywood Librarian – June 4


Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Toronto Metropolitan University
Library Building, Room LIB 72
350 Victoria Street, Toronto


$8.00 – register online or pay at the door

The Hollywood Librarian is the first full-length documentary film to focus on the work and lives of librarians. Using the entertaining and appealing context of feature movies, the film will have some surprises for people who may think they know what librarians do! American film contains hundreds of examples of librarians and libraries on screen — some positive, some negative, some laughable and some dead wrong. Films such as Sophie’s Choice, Philadelphia and It’s a Wonderful Life show librarians as negative stereotypes. The librarians in Lorenzo’s Oil, Desk Set and The Shawshank Redemption, on the other hand, are competent and professional. Dozens of interviews of real librarians will be interwoven with movie clips of cinematic librarians and serve as transitions between the themes of censorship, intellectual freedom, children and librarians, pay equity and funding issues, and the value of reading.You will meet the dedicated children’s librarian, the witty library director, the high-tech corporate librarian, the smart medical librarian, and the dedicated cataloger. You will see a prison literacy program, an elementary school library, a town faced with the most severe library crisis in decades, and much more!

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Sponsored by the Toronto Metropolitan University Library and the Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA).