Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2007-04-06

Pop Culture On The Spectrum

Television, the internet, video and blogs are big parts of today’s pop culture. However, when Sophie B. created Pop Goes the Library she put on the masthead the subtitle, “Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.” This got me thinking about the ways pop culture can not only make libraries better, but also life better. Today I got an answer. While I was watching television and aimlessly channel surfing I came upon “The View” on ABC featuring popular singer Toni Braxton describing her experiences as the mother of a 3-1/2 year old son with autism. The show also interviewed medical experts on autism and families and individuals living with autism. The statistics are mind-boggling. Today 1 out of every 166 children in the United States is born with autism. After the show, I logged onto a terrific blog called “On the Spectrum” which is a clearinghouse of information on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) run by Chris, a brilliant librarian who is also the mother of a child “on the spectrum.” Chris’s most recent post, "Learning Social Skills by Watching" discusses how research at Indiana University shows that using video may help children and teens with autism. Therefore, I nominate Chris as today’s Pop Princess. Eat your hearts out Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff and Miley Cyrus!

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5 Comments:

  • At 3:05 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Have you read Steven Johnson's Everything Bad is Good for You?

    Sometimes I think librarians could really benefit from playing some video games...

     
  • At 8:08 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    Emily, I have not read it yet but checked it out based on your recommendation. It sounds fascinating and I will put it on my must read list. Thanks for the tip!

     
  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger Eri said…

    And as a mother of an autistic 16 year old--and a librarian, I applaud Chris's efforts and your putting the spectrum right out there!

    Eri

     
  • At 3:22 PM, Blogger Chris said…

    Aw, shucks!! Susan, thanks for plugging my blog. The MTV show "True Life" recently did an episode that profiled three young men with different types of autism. It was really great and I urge everyone to catch it in ruruns.

     
  • At 10:11 AM, Blogger Chris said…

    Nick News on the Nickelodeon Network is also doing a program on autism on Aprill 22. Should be worthwhile!!

     

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