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What do we call typos on the iPhone?

 You know, the ones the phone does when it turns your letters into the wrong word and you send it without noticing? On Twitter, fellow librarian and book geek Mif suggested iPose, while I said TiPhos – vote, or suggest another!



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Books, writing and writers in film and tv

I was watching the 2008 version of Journey to the Center of the Earth today (ahem, for the third time – I like Brendan Fraser, alright?!), and it occurred to me that a lot of the film and television I’ve enjoyed in recent times has been related to books in some way. I don’t mean book to film/TV adaptations (although I’ve recently enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and How to Train Your Dragon, and I’m looking forward to Tomorrow When the War Began, all based on great books), but movies or programs that have books, writing or writers solidly at their core. Sunday nights, for example, I have a steady date with Castle (and sure, Nathan Fillion plays a big part in my enjoyment of this, but that’s not the point!), which is a show about a crime writer who has attached himself to a police detective as research for his new books. I love that Castle is paired with Bones (very loosely based on the Kathy Reichs Brennan books), and one of the things that tickles my fancy is that in the show, the character of Brennan writes fiction about the character Kathy Reichs. These are the things that amuse me!

But when I really start to think about it, a great many of my favourite movies have had this in common. I guess it really isn’t a surprise. I’m a teacher librarian, I read constantly and always have, and now review, edit and publish as well. Books are a massive part of my life, so it’s not a shock that I’m going to like a lot of media that depicts books and writing! Interestingly, most of them ARE based on novels or short stories, but it’s the subject matter that is important. Here’s a list of those I’ve come up with today that I’ve enjoyed:

The Princess Bride
Inkheart
The NeverEnding Story
Nim’s Island
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
The Librarian movies (with Noah Wyle)
City of Ember
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Labyrinth
Stand By Me
Marley and Me
Finding Forrester

If I want to push the boundaries and include storytelling in my list, I could add Big Fish (which I loved), and if you go to diary movies, there’s a whole bunch more, like the Bridget Jones movies, and maybe even Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!

And that’s just those I’ve seen and could think of off the top of my head! A quick Twitter brainstorm (thanks Tweeps!) also netted a heap more:

The Ninth Gate
The Name of the Rose
Mr Murder – I’ve read the Dean Koontz novel, but not seen the movie. I think there are more Koontz and also Steven King books (and probably films based on them) with authors at the centre.
Black Books
The Reader
The Diary of Anne Frank (there are multiple adaptations of this)
The Notebook
Freedom Writers
Capote
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the Guide is a BOOK! It counts!)
The Librarians (I refuse to watch this, but I know others are amused by it)
Ella Enchanted

Another stretch could be Julie and Julia (Do cookbooks count? Blogs?), but I haven’t seen it yet.

And one to look forward to could be Endymion Spring! (Warner Bros has it optioned). Books books, glorious books! Even when they are in the movies and on TV they are glorious! 🙂

What’s YOUR favourite movie, tv show or even just straight book that has books, writing or writers as a strong plot/character focus? 

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Library Conference

So I gave up my Saturday today, and paid $100 for babysitting, to attend the State Library Conference. I’ve not been to a library conference before, and didn’t really know what to expect given the patchy PD I’ve been to this year. Fears allayed – it was great. From the permanent tea and coffee through the awesome keynote speakers and the freebies at the trade show, I had a lovely day. The keynotes were enthusiastic, knowledgable and downright fascinating in their topical and useful speeches, and the other sessions were relevant too. The food was, hmmm, interesting, but I’m never really fond of gourmet stuff 🙂  The venue was lovely, despite the slight construction zone, and the day itself turned on the charm with clear skies and warm sunshine. 

The company was collegial, and I had some interesting conversations, but hmmm. I used to be accustomed to being one of the youngest members of a group. It happened to me a lot from my early teens right through to my mid 20s when my interests and work commitments began to align more with my peer group. But today, whoo boy. I’d say 99% female audience, with an average age of about 10 years older than me.

That’s not to say that teacher librarians of this age range aren’t innovative, interesting, passionate and enthusiastic, not at all! But where are the younger TLs? How is the profession going to overcome stereotypical perceptions unless younger people step into these roles? Where are the MALE TLs? There were TWO male TLs at my last school, and a (very elderly) male library assistant, and only the female library assistant and me to balance them (and I was temporary). Most males in libraries are known as Head of Library, Head of Information Services or some such, not TL, and it’s a career move to bigger things. This saddens me. I’d like nothing more than to have – at the very least – a youngish male library officer on our staff. A youngish male TL would be even better. Given the right attitude and enthusiasm of course! 

And while the majority of the attendees at the conference today were friendly, keen and knowledgable, I can see why certain negative stereotypes are perpetuated. And it makes me a bit sad. Great conference though, even if Grant Stone didn’t turn up to his scheduled afternoon session about graphic novels! I got to go see keynote Dr Jim Mullaney instead – worth it.

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