Reel Librarians

I write about libraries and librarians on this site a lot. Which shouldn’t come as any surprise to people who’ve been reading for a while, because I’m openly proud to be married to a damn fine librarian.

Now that damn fine librarian has launched her own website and blog, all about librarians in cinema. Called Reel Librarians (, Jennifer Snoek-Brown’s website offers a brilliant analysis and categorization of librarian roles in film, the roles they serve, and the stereotypes they succumb to, and Jennifer wraps it all into a package that is more than just professional curiosity or movie fandom: she actually explores what these cinematic portrayals mean for us, the viewers (and, if we’re smart, patrons of libraries!), as well as what these roles mean for the profession of librarianship.

In addition to the richly explored categories and types of roles and films, Jennifer will also be writing regular blog posts analyzing specific films, librarians, or aspects of librarianship. Those will start this week, so visit the site today and subscribe immediately! Then, while you’re there, check out all the impressive work she’s done already on the website!

Seriously, folks: I realize I’m writing about my wife here. But setting that aside, Jennifer is one of the best librarians I’ve ever seen or worked with (and, as an academic, I’ve worked with a lot!), and her scholarship on librarians in film is absolutely first-rate by anyone’s standards. So go check out this excellent new website.

And tell Jennifer I said hi. 🙂

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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