Archive for November, 2015

internet killed the video star

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2015 by phanteana

the home video rental store, much like the VHS tapes they would carry, has basically died and gone to Obsolete Media Heaven. for many of us, the notion of going to rent a movie on a weekend- whether it was with our parents or our friends- holds a strong sense of nostalgia. the first home rental i can recall from my youth was this. viewing it online as opposed to using old school technology feels odd. the color is washed out, and hearing the voice of Rocky’s trainer coming out of an animated dragon is slightly unnerving in adulthood. but like many other treasured gems of the past, this is one that was found on the shelves of video stores across the country for many years. that all changed, however, when the internet took over.

these days, anything (including the aforementioned childhood staple) can be viewed online. Netflix, Hulu, and countless other streaming channels have replaced the need to drive to the nearest Blockbuster (of, if you were lucky, a more independent store such as Vulcan Video in Austin, TX or Vidiots in Santa Monica, CA) or movie theater chain. is it more cost-effective to purchase one of these services? probably. is it wonderful to have so many movies and television shows at the touch of a button? possibly. does it replace the not-so-fond memories of the film snobs working behind the counter? most likely. we can take comfort in knowing that remnants of video stores are donated to public and private libraries, thus receiving a second chance. as for those snooty video store clerks, let’s hope they’ve moved on from berating us about which is the best Kevin Smith movie.


oh, the places you’ll go…when you read!

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , on November 24, 2015 by phanteana

respect our authoritah

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , on November 15, 2015 by phanteana

bye bye Beta

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , on November 11, 2015 by phanteana

i’ve posted previously about how Beta is still marketed, despite it being an obsolete technology. unfortunately, the end of an era has arrived as Sony announced it will end its videotape production in 2016. in addition, MV micro-cassettes will also be retired. so hold onto those VHS tapes (or, if you’re in the vicinity of Yale University, donate them), because they could be worth something!

(that is not my hand in the photo)

the stereotype stereotype

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , on November 10, 2015 by phanteana

in professional and personal settings, whenever i mention that i am a librarian, i’m usually met with comments such as “i can totally see you in that role” or “i thought librarians were old ladies who shush people”. other quips include “librarians are sexy” and “do you watch The Librarians“? (yes, i do). in other words, the image of the librarian runs the gamut thanks to popular culture.

what makes librarian stereotypes so fascinating? American Libraries Magazine examines the obsession with librarian stereotypes, beginning in the late 19th Century. the article delves into how librarianship initially began as a male-dominated profession, until around 1900 when women began to enter the workforce in larger numbers. from there, the role of the librarian became well-respected and a career which many found so rewarding that they stayed in their jobs well past retirement age (which could be the reason why new LIS grads, depending on their location, are having trouble landing their first post-grad positions). these days, the shushing-old-lady librarian figure is still around but it’s been joined with the sexy librarian, the superhero librarian, the tattooed librarian, the goth librarian (which is the category i tend to fall under), and countless others. but aside from their outward appearances, they hold a common bond by acting as gatekeepers to a world of information and knowledge.

the Nancy Pearl Librarian action figure, with amazing push-button shushing action!