"The Hollywood Librarian" documentary film has been receiving a wide range of interest and column inches worldwide since being released in the US last year. It finally had an 'official' CILIP in London screening at the London Southbank University on 22 May 2008. It weaves in interviews with librarians, footage from library events and clips from librarians in film and tackles issues such as image, pay, censorship, financial and political pressures and much more.
Okay, it is sentimental and in your face American, but it is great marketing and long overdue.
I particularly like the clips from old Hollywood films featuring some of the stereotypes and images you have when you think of a librarian.
If even my chronically non-library boyfriend can say that he enjoyed the film and didn't walk out after 10 mnutes then I think that it is great and should be shown as widely as possible.
Though it is a shame that the film itself is currently isn't been shown or made available more widely to mainstream audiences either on TV channels such as BBC4 in the UK or PBS in the United States.
To find out more about the film watch the trailer below:
or view the website: http://www.hollywoodlibrarian.com/