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.

2008-10-27

Watching TV without the TV

I was on vacation for part of last week, and once I got home and started to get back in the swing of things, I thought to myself, "I missed seeing Countdown a few days . . . thank God for the Internet." Because MSNBC has the last few aired shows available to watch--in easy-to-watch clips rather than the whole show--on their website. Thus, I was easily able to get my Keith Olbermann fix.

And that made me start thinking: are we at a point now where you don't even really need a physical TV anymore? Sure, there's still events that you're not willing to wait for the show to be available online, and Internet watching removes some of the community feel of TV watching. Yet for the most part, I think we're getting close to a tipping point. Between sites like Hulu and individual network websites, I think a large portion of the mainstream TV audience could let their TV sets gather dust while their broadband Internet connection gets a real workout.

However, there's a few caveats to this, and if you read that last sentence, you should be able to see the big two: "mainstream TV audience" and "broadband Internet". If you live in part of the US that doesn't have broadband access, and there's still a lot of places like that, you'll probably going to be using your TV still. And for those people who don't just watch CSI and Lost and 24, the restricted access to more unusual shows would probably be a deal-breaker.

Since I fall into the latter group, while I don't think I'm ready to give up my TV set quite yet, I have to say that I'm using the Internet more and more to watch TV. And in tough economic times, if I can find a way to live with waiting to see shows once they're online, I'd definitely dump my cable TV and use my TV to watch DVDs.

How about you? Do you think TV on the Internet is only going to keep growing, or will this be a flash in the pan? And what does this mean for our library services?

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2008-10-02

Fun Friday: Morning Television

My daughter probably watches too much television. And it's a poor excuse, but she is so busy, that sometimes it's nice to have her be distracted for twenty minutes by Dora the Explorer, or Handy Manny, or Little Einsteins or My Friends, Tigger and Pooh. In fact, my daughter is a big fan of all the Playhouse Disney shows (and I have to say we all love Charlie and Lola!), which makes me feel less bad about the fact that she's watching television.

You see, these shows have educational content. They teach shapes, colors, foreign languages, music, sharing, helping others, and so on. And there's something to be said for that. I view these shows for what they can impart to my daughter, not whether I find them palatable as a viewer. And she and I, and her mom, talk about the shows a lot. I can see her taking what she's learned on the show and applying it to the world around her.

I remember little about what I watched for television when I was 2 1/2 years old. I know there was Sesame Street, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Readalong (you would not BELIEVE how hard it was to find this show!), Schoolhouse Rock (not really a show per se, but analogous to Emily Yeung or Captain Carlos), and The Electric Company (which is such a 1970s show it's not even funny). And I know that I watched some of those shows more attentively when I was older.

I also know that there was a lot of stuff that I watched on tv that had no redeemable educational content. Stuff like Speed Racer, Battle of the Planets, Sid & Marty Kroft shows, Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show (with some dreadful animations), Hong Kong Phooey, Shazam!/Isis Hour, Wonder Woman, and lots of things lost to time. Really, lots of Hanna-Barbara cartoons in the 1970s were pretty bad.

A lot of this stuff is available now on DVD, and this could be a great thing to promote in your library to draw in people my age (35+). I would love to watch some of those shows again, and see if they stood the test of time. I'm not about to buy a DVD set of Thundarr the Barbarian just to be disappointed (even if it did mean I would get to see the episode that got pre-empted by the return of the Iran Hostages in 1981). But seriously, Thundarr's not available that I can tell, so I'm not trying to make some sort of announcement.

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2008-09-03

Wednesday Night Lights: Fall Television

If it's September, it must be time to look forward to a new schedule of Fall television. My wife and I have been big NBC fans for a long time, so we're looking forward to new episodes of My Name is Earl and The Office. I was pleasantly surprised by Chuck and am looking forward to that, too. We feel like we should be watching 30 Rock, but for whatever reason, we're not. The rest of NBC's lineup? We're thinking: not so good.

There's the truly dreadful-looking Kath & Kim, which I think is not as over-the-top as it needs to be, or likely was in Australia. I envision craziness at an Ab Fab level to make this show work. Right now, the characters just look mean or stupid, not funny.

I wince every time I see an ad for Crusoe. I mean, it's not an interesting book to begin with, and it just looks...bad. I'm sick of Deal Or No Deal, I never wanted a new Knight Rider, I've lost my interest in ER, and I was never able to get into the Law & Order shows. Life looks kind of interesting (and I think Sarah Shahi is hawt), but I feel like I've missed too much at this point to step into a new season. That's not really an excuse, since NBC makes a TON of episodes available online.

So, we've been forced to look outside NBC. We were extremely surprised with:

We feel like we should be watching House, but haven't started that yet.

As I said above, most of the networks make shows available to watch online. It's becoming easier and easier to catch up with shows if you miss something. This year, Hulu (founded by NBC Universal and News Corp to provide free online access to television shows and movies) is going to show the premieres for Bones, Prison Break, Kitchen Nightmares, and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

I'm curious, how does online access for television and movies affect your collection development?

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2008-06-26

I Love the Millennium

I am a big VH1 fan; primarily due to their fascinating documentaries like "Sex: The Revolution," "The Drug Years," and "The Seven Ages of Rock." But I'm also a fan of Best Week Ever and their I Love [insert decade here]* shows. I love that the shows tiptoe the line between being informative and snarky.

And really, why treat these subjects with reverence? The concept of Best Week Ever is that the preceding week was the best week EVER, and they spend the show taking potshots at what was considered news throughout the week. And the I Love [insert decade here] shows are amazing in that they show an enormous amount of pop culture history (one year per hour, ten episodes by decade) and are actually very informative from a pop culture standpoint.

So imagine how thrilled I was that this week they are airing I Love the Millennium?

Of course the conundrum is that they can only do eight years of the millennium, and they only have half of the eighth year to work with; so VH1 is only taping shows for 2000 - 2007. All the same, the show is just as enjoyable and informative as its always been. If you're not watching it, you're missing out. Since tonight is the last night, perhaps you feel like you're coming in too late.

Never fear! VH1 is going to run a marathon of the show on Sunday starting at 3PM EST. You'll be able to catch up in one day!

Another thing I love about these series is all the things you forgot about from their respective decades. They are full of things you could make programs about, pull books on, find websites for, etc. They are rich with information for you to create library content. Now, hopefully this new series doesn't have too many things that you've forgotten about since it only goes back to 2000, but if your memory is like mine these days...
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*They have done two series of the 1970s, three of the 1980s, and two of the 1990s leading up to the new show. There was also a I Love the Holidays and I Love Toys.

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2008-03-28

Friday Fun: Guess The Show

What television show is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running science-fiction television show in the world?

What show has villains who cry "Delete!" or "Exterminate!"?

Who travels through time and space in a blue box?

If you said Star Trek or Babylon 5 or Battlestar Galactica, guess again. It's Doctor Who.

A British institution, the original version of the show, featuring a 900-year-old alien named the Doctor, ran from 1963-1989. Except for a TV movie in 1996, the show was off the air until 2005, when it returned bigger and better than ever before.

During the writer's strike, I could take comfort in the fact that since Doctor Who was a British show, it meant it wasn't affected by the strike. Series (or season) 4 will be starting on April 5 in the UK; thanks to the Sci-Fi Channel, you'll be able to watch the newest series of Doctor Who only a few weeks after episodes premiere in Britain.

So, in honor of the upcoming return of my favorite show, interesting facts and trivia!

--To allow the show to keep running, the Doctor is able to be recast with a new actor whenever necessary. On the show, the process is called "regeneration". Currently, we're on the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant.

--The Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker, is probably most familiar to American audiences, thanks to Baker's long tenure: seven years as the Doctor.

--Although the show is called Doctor Who, the character is called the Doctor.

Want to check it out for yourself? Doctor Who, both the classic and new versions, is readily available through Netflix; there's also Amazon or your library (my library system carries both Classic and New Who, as fans have nicknamed them).

I would recommend starting with series 1 and series 2 of New Who; the stories are better designed for modern audiences, and with those two series, you get a full introduction to what makes this show so fantastic. And although for a British show they have a long season, compared to American shows they're on the short side; series 1 is 13 forty-five minute episodes, while series 2 has the same number of episodes plus an hour-long special. Easy for a weekend marathon!

The most interesting thing about Doctor Who? It's a family show; in Britain, it airs at 7pm on Saturday nights, and it's very much designed to appeal to people of all ages. From farting aliens to omnisexual conmen to an unstated love story, Doctor Who is a show that brings everyone together. So perhaps the next time someone asks you at the reference desk for something to do with their kids, you could recommend watching Doctor Who.

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2008-03-12

You Don't Know Jack

I bet you think I am going to talk about Jack Bauer of "24" which is one of my favorite TV shows and has me sitting on the edge of my couch week after week? Nope. Since "24" has been on a long hiatus due to the recent WGA strike I am referring to another Jack. This Jack writes some of my favorite commentary on TV shows and the state of the television and media business. It is one of those websites where I say to myself, "MUST stop reading...oooh new and shiny thing...MUST stop reading...oooh [repeat cycle]." If you have not discovered it yet may I recommend JackMyers.com for your reading pleasure on all things television. Enjoy!

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2007-11-09

Strike!

The Writers Guild of America is on strike; their contract expired October 31, 2007.

Why are they striking? It's a brave new world; how we get our television has changed since the days of rabbit ears and a handful of stations. And, in a nutshell, the TV writers are saying, they want their fair share of the profits from their work product.

And all I have to say is ... four cents for each DVD sold? I'm shocked.

Jeff Gottesfeld kindly agreed to answer some questions for Pop (and agreed for this to be cross posted at Tea Cozy.) Those of you who read YA literature or watch daytime TV may be nodding your heads, recognizing his name. With his wife Cherie Bennett, is the associate head writer of The Young and the Restless on CBS. They are members of the Writers Guild of America (East) and are currently on strike. Working in TV, film (Broken Bridges), young adult fiction (Anne Frank and Me, Life in the Fat Lane, and A Heart Divided), adult fiction (Turn Me On, wring as Cherie Jeffrey ), as well as various other rumored pseudonymous projects, and stage (Reviving Ophelia, Searching for David's Heart), they live in Los Angeles with their son.

Liz B: I have to confess, one of my first reactions to the strike was selfish, oh, no, but my shows! Followed by, ah well, time to catch upon DVD watching. But then I wondered, hey, do the people who contributed to making the DVD get a fair share? (Seriously, even before the strike, I've wondered if the only people making money are the production company.)

I am also one of those people who think being a TV writer must be made of awesome. So, as I write these question, I'm both curious, and also a bit of a fangirl.

For the layperson, can you explain what exactly why the WGA (Writers Guild of America) decided to strike?

Jeff: Let me start with a caveat: I am not a member of my union's negotiating committee, and my understanding of these issues are a layman's understanding. The WGA offices in Los Angeles or New York, and particularly their websites www.wgaw.org and www.wgaeast.org, have more and better details than I could possibly provide here.

The WGA decided to strike because the only thing that would be worse than striking would be not to strike. We came to this decision with the greatest of reluctance, when it became apparent to our negotiating team that the AMPTP (Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers), the major-producers consortium with whom we negotiate our writers' deal every three years, was not willing to tackle in good faith our major issue: what to do about payments to writers for materials streamed or downloaded on the Internet. We took important contract proposal after contract proposal off the table in an effort to create negotiating movement, as late as six hours before the strike deadline. We got nowhere.

Liz B: Which networks are affected? Not to be silly, but being as I have BBC America (yay Torchwood!) and watch DeGrassi (Canadian) on Nick at Night, I just wondered if all TV shows are covered or not.) What writing is affected?

Jeff: Our strike runs against WGA signatory companies, of which there are a few hundred. Not only does it cover the major TV networks and movie studios, but also a plethora of production companies. We had to put our pencils, pens, and computer keyboards down.

Scripts in development that had been acquired or optioned have to be shelved until the end of the strike. For us, Cherie and I wrote The Young and the Restless script #8796, which airs on the day before Christmas, and submitted it just before the strike deadline. A few more hours would have sunk that script. Not only that, writers can't negotiate with a struck company. We've had to tell our agents to stop. Here are the full strike rules: http://www.wga.org/subpage_member.aspx?id=2493 They are extensive.

Here's what is largely affected on the TV side: scripted material that has yet to be written. Sitcoms, late-night TV, Saturday Night Live, Heroes, daytime dramas like our own The Young and the Restless, etc. Animation depends on whether the contact is with a Guild signatory. The WGA press office can give you more particulars on all these details. Canadian writers have been told to put down their pens on all the USA work. British shows are not affected. Nor are shows that have already been filmed, nor shows for which scripts were finished before the strike deadline. DeGrassi is safe; at least those episodes have already been filmed.

Liz B: What is the current contract (if any) for streaming media and DVD sales?

Jeff: DVDs. Currently, writers get four cents US for each DVD that is sold. That's split amongst the writers of the episodes on that DVD, remember, if it's a television compilation like Lost. This is a small fraction of the cost of the DVD. We'd like to see that increased, but the DVD proposal was reportedly one of those that we would have been willing to shelve had the producers been forthcoming on the new media side.

On streaming videos? We get zip. Zero. Nada. Our dear friends at Heroes (we know a couple of the writers from our Smallville days) get to see their shows streamed at abc.com, complete with commercials. There have reportedly been 90 million (no, that is not a misprint!) downloads. Know what the writers get? Zero. If they got a a tenth of a penny per download -- a tenth of a penny! -- that would be $90,000.

What we're looking for, as the distinction between broadcast and broadband whittles down to zero, is this: if the producers make money, then the writers ought to participate.

Liz B: Do the writers get anything for shows made before DVD or Internet technology was available?

Jeff: Answer: yes. That's the basis of our whole residuals structure. Every time that an episode of, say, Smallville is rebroadcast on television, the writer gets a certain payment as residuals. Those episodes of I Love Lucy that are shown on Nick at Night? Residuals. These residuals are the difference for many writers between financial disaster and a middle-class lifestyle. As the move to content delivery shifts to broadband, this classic residual structure will melt away.

Liz B: I watch reality TV, from Amazing Race to Kid Nation to Survivor. Are those writers covered by the WGA?

Jeff: For the most part, no. And we'd like to have them. Big time. Don't let anyone tell you differently: these producers are writers.

Liz B: What's a fan to do? What's a fan to do? Speaking for myself, as someone who loves stories: Hell ya, the writers are important. And as a capitalist, Hell ya, they should be paid fairly for what they do. So, is there anything we can do?

Jeff: First and foremost, understand the stakes of this negotiation, and that the only thing worse for us than striking would be for us to do nothing. For three generations, our union's willingness to sacrifice in the short term for the long term benefit has meant that generations of writers get things basic to so many industries -- health care. A pension fund. A decent wage.

Second, keep half an eye on who the writers are for your fave shows. If you hear that the show has taken on scab writers, stop watching. The good news is, this probably won't happen.

Lastly, it can't hurt to write to the prez of your favorite network and say: "Make a fair deal with the writers. They want to get back to work, and I want quality TV."

For our part, we love writing Y&R. The show has an astonishing history, amazing actors, fine writers, and one of the best production teams I've ever seen. We want to get back to writing it, and to telling the compelling romantic and human stories that have made so many people around the world soap opera watchers for so long. (Take the Jeff and Cherie dare: Watch Y&R for three days, and you'll be hooked for life). We hope that our union and the AMPTP can reach a satisfactory settlement as quickly as possible.

Liz B: Jeff, thank you very much!

And thanks for the ideas of what a fan can do. As I said over at the blog of Gotta Book (by kidlitosphere blogger, poet, and screenwriter Gregory K), I would love a button or banner or some such Internet thingee that said, "this blog supports the WGA strike." Alas, I am not techy enough to do this. Anyone?

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2007-09-25

Post this next to your television

I don't know about the rest of you, but if I didn't watch TV I'd never know what day of the week it was. I watched House last night? Then today must be Wednesday. Of course, with so many shows it's sometimes hard to remember what's on at what time on which night. Thankfully one of my favorite entertainment sites, BuzzSugar, has a handy grid with the Fall 2007 TV schedule. It's available in PDF, so think about printing it and keeping it in your quick reference folder. You never know when a patron will ask you when Numb3rs will be on.

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2007-09-14

Those Days and Friday Nights at the Presidential Libraries

I am a people person and enjoy my work as a librarian at a public library. But working with the public has its frustrations and challenges too. It could be one of those days. One of those days when someone has spilled sticky soda on the carpet and ground popcorn into it for special effect. One of those days when the printer keeps jamming and someone has messed-up the restroom. One of those days when I have had a plethora of reference questions that consist of looking up phone numbers in the yellow pages to the point where I feel like a Bell Telephone operator in the old monopoly days. On those days, I daydream about working in an archive. Ah, the quietude and acid-free cardboard boxes and papers custom-made to fit! Oh, the clean white gloves to handle the very important papers, films and memorabilia of very important people! The pure intellectual stimulation of historical artifacts and events.

Now I get my archival fix on Friday nights with C-Span's Presidential Libraries Uncovered from 8P -- 10P (LIVE) done in cooperation with the National Archives. Last week I watched the episode on Herbert Hoover's Library. Tonight it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Library in New Hyde Park. I saw Albert Einstein's letter to FDR warning him about the dangers of Germany's experiments with uranium which led to the Manhattan Project, and Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation letter to the DAR when they barred the renowned singer Marian Anderson from using Constitution Hall because she was African-American, and listened to the radio broadcasts of FDR's fireside chats and secret oval office recordings, and much more. I thoroughly enjoyed my presidential library evening all snuggled on my big, yellow comfy couch with a bowl of chocolate ice cream and hot fudge sauce while briefly chatting on the phone with a friend...

... Hmmmm.

Chocolate ice cream is probably not allowed in an archive. Nor is it likely that chatting on the phone is allowed either. On the other hand, I have seen chocolate ice cream at my public library's programs and chatting on the phone, quietly and politely, is generally allowed.

I guess watching C-Span's Presidential Libraries Uncovered on television is a little bit like having the best of both worlds.

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2007-09-06

Fall Listings

Wondering when the new shows will start? When old favorites return? Whether it's to make sure you are on the sofa watching in real time or to program your DVR, here are some resources for yourselves and your customers:

TV Guide's Premiere Calendar, also available in an easily printed PDF

The Futon Critic's listings for September

TV Squad's 2007/2008 Premiere Dates

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2007-08-29

We all use Numb3rs every day

This morning on YALSA-BK, a member asked the collective brain for help in finding YA fiction involving math. Since I've been planning a Numb3rs post for a while anyway, I thought this would be the perfect time to write it.

When forced to balance my checkbook or calculate how much that purse is when it's marked "33% off," you can find me quoting Melissa: "I became a librarian because I was told there was no math." And day to day, most of that's true, at least as far as my job is concerned. The Dewey Decimal Classification system is about labels, not sums. Most of the math I use goes into figuring which books have the best chance at the Printz based on their number of starred reviews and the number of starred reviews past winners and honor books have received. I may not be good with numbers but I do love police procedural television dramas (much of the father-daughter bonding at my parents' home involved episodes of Law & Order) and the promise of a smart, interesting police procedural led by a talented cast hooked me. On Friday nights at 10, you can now find me watching
Numb3rs on CBS.

The show's main characters are Don Eppes
(Rob Morrow), an FBI agent, and his younger brother Charlie (David Krumholtz), a mathematician. They often work together to solve crimes. The best thing about the show, plot and writing wise, is the writers' ability to distill incredibly complex math into terms people like me who can barely add and subtract can understand. And to keep those of us that can't add or subtract watching the show, there's a wonderful ongoing storyline about the brothers' relationship and how their incredibly dissimilar and often estranged past affects their work in the present. Other regular cast members include Diane Farr as Megan Reeves, an FBI profiler and behavioral specialist, Alimi Ballard as David Sinclair, an FBI agent, Navi Rawat as math professor Amita Ramanujan, Judd Hirsch as retired architect and city planner Alan Eppes and Peter MacNicol as physics professor Larry Fleinhardt, who is Charlie's mentor. Every week the team solves crimes, often with the assistance of Charlie's math but while they usually catch the bad guy, math can't always account for human nature. Three seasons in, viewers have seen the team solve crimes using combinatorics, sabremetrics, probability, game theory, and many other higher math disciplines.

We All Use Math Every Day is a Numb3rs spinoff project of Texas Instruments and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. For every episode of Numb3rs, they devise a math lesson plan. As an example, the episode "Money for Nothing" involves the hijacking of a truck carrying 50 million dollars in medical supplies and relief. Don's team is able to apprehend two of the hijackers, but they don't know anything about the people who were transporting the supplies or the location of the truck. Don also doesn't know if the robbers will tell him the truth about what happened. Charlie advises Don to employ strategies that people use to solve logic puzzles. Teachers can download the Money for Nothing activities (available in English and Spanish) and apply the techniques Charlie talks about to different logic puzzles.

Some of the books people are recommending on YALSA-BK that fit with the math theme include:


Currently, seasons one and two of Numb3rs are available on DVD and season 3 is due for DVD release on September 25th. The fourth season begins September 28th. If you have patrons who love shows like NCIS, CSI, or Without A Trace, recommend this series. The evidence shows a 95% probability they'll enjoy it.

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2007-08-23

Other Networks to HBO: Nyah, Nyah!

Although there are parts of this article about HBO's "shocking fall" from supremacy atop the heap of cable networks programming excellent, offbeat shows that make me roll my eyes so hard I fear I may injure them (the parts of the article do that, not the shows -- the shows rock my socks), overall, it's an interesting primer on how much the landscape of cable tv has changed since The Sopranos first bowed in 1999. Every major network -- and even some small ones -- have plunged headfirst into the bracing waters of creating original programming, and TV overall is better for it. Thanks to shows whose seasons start anytime, we no longer suffer through the doldroms of endless summer repeats. And thanks to networks willing to take a chance on offbeat or off-color program ideas, we have successes like Entourage and Rescue Me, neither of which would work as shows on the major non-cable networks (meaning, without the naughty words & the sex), and even interesting-sounding failures like John From Cincinnati. Of course, I am deprived of all of this cable-riffic goodness, because I don't have cable anymore. We got rid of cable nearly 2 years ago, when Nell was born, and it has definitely changed my pop culture consumption. But that's a whole other post!

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2007-05-15

TV Upfronts

It's Spring, and a girl's fancy turns to the next season of delights on television. The NY Times' Virginia Huffernan is covering the networks' Upfronts at the artsbeat blog, and last week, EW.com published a preview of what's to come for the 2007-2008. Sadly, it looks like longtime Pop favorite Veronica Mars is on the chopping block. However, The Bionic Woman on NBC (check the preview here) looks like a worthy successor to Alias, Terminator 2, and Battlestar Galactica all rolled into one. In other words, my TiVo is set!

Update: more on the Upfronts from TVWeek.com. Just in case you need more.

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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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2007-02-07

Haven't I Seen That Song Before?

One of my favorite events is when a song I like is used in a TV commercial or on a TV show. It's especially great when it's not a common song, or when I discover a new musician thanks to the exposure. In my opinion, one of the best things The O.C., and the shows that has followed in its wake, has done is drawn attention to the importance of music. Now, any indie artist knows there's a shot at getting lots of exposure for their music via television.

There's a lot of sites that help you figure out the songs used in commercials, like
What's That Called and Songtitle.Info. There's even a site for UK commercials, Commercial Breaks and Beats. But in my admittedly-not-exhaustive search, I only came across one website that talked about music on TV shows: Tunefind.

Do you know of sites that help identify music on TV? I'd love to know about them! I hope these sites help with patrons who are curious about the music on their TV.

And in case you were wondering: five of my favorite 'featured on TV' songs.

1. "Such Great Heights" performed by Iron & Wine, featured in M&Ms commercial Kaleidoscope.
2. "Ashes" performed by Embrace, featured in Veronica Mars episode 2x01, Normal is the Watchword. (YouTube link)
3. "Stay" performed by Michelle Featherstone, featured in Alias episode 2x04, Dead Drop. (YouTube link) [Michelle, on her website, talks about how TV was so critical to her music career]
4. "Catch My Disease" performed by Ben Lee, featured in a Dell commercial.
5. "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story, featured in Nike Woman commercial I Feel Pretty.

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2007-01-14

24

Tomorrow morning, when someone comes into the library asking about 24, you can show them that you have the previous seasons on DVD.

And as you start chatting about the Jack, you can show them Jack Bauer's Kill Count. With video.

I'll leave my favorite kill in the comments, because it happened tonight.

Thanks to TV Squad for the link.

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