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.


My Infinite Playlist

Welcome to new media: I'm posting a music widget that's in support of a movie based on a book, but using music that's inspired by a TV show.

In case you hadn't heard, a movie based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist will be in theaters in October. Checking out the official site, I saw that you can design a playlist widget, which I thought was a great idea to promote your movie. (Even though I picked music that's from Supernatural.)

Considering how much music matters in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, the book, this widget would also be a great way to advertise the book, not just the movie. Have you tried this yet in your library? If you're curious, head to the official Nick & Norah site to check it out. You'll need to sign up with imeem to participate.

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New uses for your cell phone

I have to say, it seems more and more that using your cell phone just to make phone calls is so 2001. Because clearly, you should be reading comic books on your cell phone.

Admittedly, I don't think this is going to catch on in a big way, at least not any time soon. But it is intriguing to see how there's this push to make you have one device that you can't leave the house with, so that device has to be able to do anything and everything you want it to do.

After all, wouldn't it be interesting to get a text message that's not full of IM-speak, because it's a book excerpt? Perhaps that's an opportunity for libraries in the future. And the future is closer than you think.

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Mmmm, iPhone

By now, I'm sure most of you have at least heard the news that Apple has unveiled its long-awaited iPhone yesterday at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco. This article from THE Journal does a nice job of explaining the phone's many features and the ways it's unique from other smartphones. In addition to a larger screen, iTunes, the ability to run Mac OS X, and Google features like Google Maps, the phone has a built-in sensor "for dimming the display and disabling input when the phone is placed to the user's ear", which saves battery power. All very cool, and of course, it looks scrumptious. I think the iPhone, which will be available only through Cingular starting in June, won't cause current Blackberry, Treo, and Sidekick users to defect immediately, though if it is as good a product as the iPod, it'll could well tempt those of us who've never had a smartphone to test the waters.

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