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Case Study No. 1763: Staff of Paul Laurence Dunbar Library

Wright State University Lost in the Library - Rescue!
Our typical student finds rescue & redemption in the Wright State University Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. This series is created in the Libraries' Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC). Learn more about the WSU Libraries at http://www.libraries.wri
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["Amateur Library" appears on screen, then cut to a young female student using the computer in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, when the word "Help!" starts flashing on her screen in giant red letters]
[cut to a sign above the information desk reading "Questions??? Ask Here", as "Help is on the way" appears on screen (with dramatic James Bond-like music playing in the background)]
[cut to a male (white hair, goatee, glasses, green shirt) and female (black hair with white streaks, glasses, red sweater) librarian sitting at the desk, as "Vigilant" appears on screen]
[cut to the same "Help!" appearing on their computer screens, as the female librarian gets up from her chair with a shocked look on her face]
[cut to a closeup of the computer screen, then back to the female librarian as she takes off her glasses and turns her head in dramatic fashion (filmed in slow motion)]
["Caffeinated" appears on screen, then cut to the male librarian drinking from a coffee mug]
["Highly trained" appears on screen, then cut to the two walking in front of the information desk and striking a dramatic pose with their hands on their hips]
["Swift" appears on screen, then cut to the two running up the stairs (although the male librarian has some trouble and has to slow down)]
["Dynamic" appears on screen, then cut to the two exiting the stairwell and looking around (again striking a dramatic pose)]
["Bold skills" appears on screen, then cut to the female librarian looking through some books while the male librarian sits at a computer (with the "Help!" still flashing on the screen)]
[cut to the female librarian taking off her glasses and looking around the room]
[cut to the two standing in their dramatic pose, when the male librarian points off camera and the female librarian runs off]
["Stellar librarians" appears on screen, then cut to the female librarian walking down a hallway]
["Will come" appears on screen, then cut to the female librarian talking to the female student and laughing]
["To the rescue" appears on screen, then cut to the female librarian sitting next to the student at her computer, when the flashing "Help!" disappears (revealing WSU's homepage)]
["WSU Dunbar Librarians" appears on screen, as the dramatic music hits a crescendo]
["Shhhh!" appears on screen, then cut to the two librarians putting a finger to their lips and shushing the camera, before twirling them like guns and placing them back in their "holsters"]

iMovie and Amateur Library present

A Amateur Library production in association with iMovie

A Stac Peeps film

WSU Librarians to the Rescue

Starring John Fellows

Edited by
Ron A. Muck

Production Designer
Willie Makit

Director of Photography
Sam Manilla

Casting by
Bass Masters

Music by
Shirley Knot

Costume Designer
Eileen Alott

Executive Producer
Al Nino

Written by
Stac Peeps

Directed by
Stac Peeps



"Lost in the Library" video series invites students to explore
By Lara Donnelly
February 17, 2012

Super-spy librarians, kung fu shelvers and star-crossed lovers locking eyes over their computer work stations. These are the characters of Lost in the Library, a new web series produced in Wright State University's Dunbar Library.

Using the library can be intimidating: floors and floors of books, interlibrary loans, infinite online resources…but the time in the library is inevitable for college students. Two Wright State University Dunbar Library employees, Beth Anderson and Karin Nevius, want to make that time fun and productive.

Nevius is the coordinator of development and public relations, and Anderson is the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) reference specialist.

"This is the first time we've ever gotten to do something truly fun, to get out there to students and show them what we have," said Nevius.

Anderson has had a lot of practice making videos like these. Last year, she received the President's Award for Excellence in Innovation for working on similar video projects with area high schools.

Both Nevius and Anderson were quick to point out that Wright State students can make videos just like the Lost in the Library series, using the Flip Video cameras and editing equipment in the STAC.

"If we can do it, anybody can do it," said Anderson.

Many students have taken advantage of STAC in the past, including a student who got to the semifinals of Survivor; she used the equipment available in the STAC to shoot her audition video.

"STAC has been here for 10 years," said Nevius. "We have 20,000 students a year come in here, but a high percentage of students don't know what's here."

They're hoping that the Lost in the Library videos will draw more visitors to the STAC, as well as the rest of the library. But they're also hoping the videos will make people smile.

When they shoot the videos, Anderson says, "We take a bunch of video that makes us laugh, and if it makes our students laugh, okay!"

The videos are simple but effective. Anderson edits them using Apple's iMovie 11. Each one has a distinct film theme, such as an action flick, a romance or a mystery. They star librarians, students and student workers.

"Everyone in them has been very excited about them," said Nevius. "I hope that gets across to people, because everybody who works here is really, honestly interested in helping students. We want people to realize that this is not a scary place."

To see more Lost in the Library videos, check out the library's YouTube channel:

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