Hello to all of you out there in Library Land! It’s been a couple weeks since my last post, and we’ve been ridiculously busy here at the ANBL. But that’s an awesome thing! Summer is winding down (I know many of you may be disappointed about this, but not I, because I ❤ FALL), and we are starting to gear up for new programs and offerings – all things we hope our patrons will love!
Some of you know that in addition to the Library’s blog, I also maintain a personal blog in which I discuss reading, writing, and other bookish and creative-type things. I do a weekly “Top 10 Tuesday” post, and recently did one that I had a ton of fun putting together. It’s totally relevant to libraries, so I’m going to share it with you here.
If you’d like to see the original post, or are interested in books, seeing reviews, or reading about all manner of creative things, you can catch that on my blog Inkblot Ideas here.
So, without further ado, here are my picks for
TOP 10 FICTIONAL LIBRARIANS
In my heart, I’ve always been a librarian of one sort or another. When I was a child, I grouped my nonfiction books together by subject (I was BISAC before BISAC was cool). I made spine labels by author’s last names for my fiction books. My books were shelved alphabetically, according to author. Yes it’s true – I’m a total nerd. And I own it.
Also, I grew up to be a librarian. So I’m walking, talking, sometimes-both-at-the-same-time living proof that dreams can come true. (Note the subtle difference between can and do – unfortunately it’s not always the case, but I’m a firm believer in doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals, so here I am.)
Librarians are near and dear to my heart. Being a librarian is a noble calling. And so, in their honor… Here are my choices for my TOP 10 FAVORITE FICTIONAL LIBRARIANS.
Evie Carnahan O’Connell (The Mummy)
I love Evie so much, I can’t even. She is seriously awesome. She’s English, but loves all things Egyptian, so literally packs up and moves to Egypt so she can work in the library at the Cairo museum. She’s a brilliant scholar, and actually reads the books in the library, so she knows things others don’t. She’s brave and clever, and doesn’t let anyone get in her way. She literally saves the world.
Barbara Gordon (Batman)
Commissioner Gordon’s daughter is a force to be reckoned with. Not only is she a smart and savvy librarian, she’s also Batgirl. Shhhh! She is educated and career-oriented, and is an effective crime-fighter. I mean, Batman doesn’t even have to spend most of his time saving her from the bad guys (Daphne, I’m looking at you right now…) She’s very focused on employing the best means to an end, even if that means heads gotta’ roll to get things done.
Flynn Carson (The Librarian)
Oh, my <3. There aren’t even words to describe how I feel about THE Librarian (Flynn Carson is THE Librarian, not those young, whippersnapper upstarts. Though, to be fair, I do like them, too. I’m just being clear about the hierarchy within the Library, as far as I’m concerned.) Flynn is the best superhero ever, because he isn’t a superhero, not even a little bit. He’s a bumbling, adorable, trip-over-his-own-feet-and-fall-into-unicorn-glitter dork who is absolutely brilliant, and when he’s home by himself in his Underoos pretends he’s Indiana Jones.
Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Giles is just… awesome. Sunnydale is literally the high school from (on?) hell, and this guy guards the gates. Officialy Buffy’s “Watcher” (see: babysitter who is tasked with keeping her from doing all manner of idiotic things), Giles is a mentor, protector, and friend. I appreciate his sass (which is master-level to stack up against teenagers), his smarts, which are unparalleled because he actually reads the books in the library, and his insistence on the strict observance of tea time (being British, after all…)
Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony)
LIVES in a library inside a tree, whaaat? Twilight Sparkle is an unabashed, unapologetic book nerd who (at least initially) prefers books to ponies. She curates a collection of rare and magical books, familiarizing herself with their content. And it’s a good thing, too, because she gets everypony out of all sorts of road apples with her smarts ALL THE TIME. Let me just say one more time: lives in a library. Like, gets to sleep there, too. #jealous
Zoe Heriot (Doctor Who)
Two words: space librarian. SPACE LIBRARIAN! I feel like a mic drop is called for, but I’m not done writing this post, so… We’ll just have to go with there’s no way to top that. So, Zoe is the librarian on a space station that the Doctor visits. (Because of course even people traveling to different planets need to get their Patterson fix too.) And as if her job isn’t cool enough to sustain her for the rest of her life she needs more adventure and stows away on the TARDIS. Seriously, Zoe Heriot is my spirit animal.
Jocasta Nu (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away were the Jedi Archives, the galaxy’s greatest repository of knowledge, and Jocasta is the curator of that collection. I can just see her shushing Obi-Wan when he starts waxing eloquent about something or another. Hella wise Jedi Master Librarian. #goals Think about it: this is who Master Yoda comes to when he needs to Google something. Yeah, just let that thought settle.
Lucien (The Sandman)
The chief librarian of The Dreaming, Lucien lives in an abandoned castle in Transylvania guarding its ancient library. And he has a pet werewolf named Rover. Wholly devoted to his task no matter what, Lucien curates a collection of books that contain all the Dreams ever dreamed, including even the ones which have never been written. And even though he looks like a “typical” librarian – nerdy, thin and wispy with glasses – he can hold his own in a fight.
Bunny Watson (Desk Set)
The age-old battle of Librarian vs. Computer. Bunny Watson does what every self-respecting librarian has threatened to do at least a dozen times in their career – sets the computer to self-destruct. And then proves to everyone around her that people are better than machines. And she isn’t sorry at all, not one little bit. This smart and sassy New Yorker isn’t letting technology replace her or make her obsolete. Take note, fellow librarians.
Belle (Once Upon A Time)
Tale as old as time: girl falls for boy because of his library… In the classic (see: Disney) version of the Beauty and the Beast tale, Belle is a bookwork and loses herself in the Beast’s library to help her forget that she’s a captive who is stuck in a mad castle with a horrible creature and talking furniture. That library, though… It almost makes it worth it. Here, though, in Storybrooke, Belle has it a little better – she’s the Lone Ranger in the town’s library which is in an awesome clocktower. And where does she go every time another curse comes to town (the purple one, the green one, the red one…)? The library, of course. Because books are magic, and have the power to neutralize bad juju.
So, there you have it! YAY, librarians! Who is/are your favorite fictional word curators? Chat with me in the comments!