Monday, May 11, 2015

Case Study No. 1949: David Meincke, the Nighttime Librarian

The Nighttime Librarian
A (roughly) super-snappy 60-second short film, wherein library virtual reference services are promoted through a series of vignettes that roughly reconstruct the experience of a single night of reference inquiries.

Created in conjunction with a workshop led at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA).

Added: 8 months ago
From: JWULibrary
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A Sarah Naomi Campbell film

The humble adventures of ...
The Nighttime Librarian

Tanisa Reynolds-Francis ... "Patron 1"
Brandon T. Strout ... "Patron 2"
Megan Cullinan-Newton ... "Patron 3"

and introducing
David Meincke as "The Night Librarian"

[scene opens with a male librarian sleeping in bed, as "The Night Librarian | On call | Available via text, phone, chat, e-mail | Somnolentus bibliothecarius" appears on screen]
[cut to a female student sitting in her dorm room, typing on her laptop]
PATRON 1: Almost done ...
["Patron 1 | Multimedia Major | Research Paper Due | Befuddlus Bibliographus" appears on screen, as she closes her laptop]
PATRON 1: Cool.
[she pauses, then suddenly opens her laptop again]
PATRON 1: Whoa, just kidding! I need my citations!
[cut to the librarian (still asleep in bed), then back to the student]
PATRON 1: Okay, wifi's down ... and I'm not going out in this.
[she looks out the window behind her, showing raindrops falling as thunder can be heard]
PATRON 1: So, I'm gonna text the library]
[she picks up her phone, then cut back to the librarian, as the sound of his phone notification wakes him up]
["Patron 1 texts: halp?!" appears on screen, then the librarian pulls a keyboard out from underneath his pillow and sits up to begin typing]
[cut back to the student looking at her phone, as "Librarian: Ok! Let me see what I can do to help ... " appears on screen]
[cut back to the librarian typing, as "Patron 1 texts: I need help with citations!" appears on screen]
[cut to a male student sitting in his dorm room, typing on his laptop]
PATRON 2: Ugh, I can't find anything on green design!
["Patron 2 | Design Major | Research Paper Due | Investigatus Stressus" appears on screen, as he shakes his head]
[cut back to the librarian, as "Patron 1 texts: Thanks!" appears on screen]
[cut back to the male student]
PATRON 2: I should probably chat with a librarian.
[cut back to the librarian, as "Patron 2 chats: Do you have anything on Green Design?" appears on screen]
[cut back to the male student, as "Librarian says: I believe we do!" appears on screen]
["Librarian says: I found some promising articles using the key phrase Eco-friendly design" appears on screen]
PATRON 2: Oh, eco-friendly design ... I never would've thought of that. And an article! Maybe I'll get some sleep tonight.
[cut back to the librarian, as "Patron 2 writes: Thank you very much! Have a nice night" appears on screen]
[the librarian gets up, then cut to a closeup of an electric kettle, as "Boiling Water | From Tap | For the purpose of making tea | Bubblus Steamicus Electricus" appears on screen]
[cut to the librarian (in a bathrobe and fuzzy slippers) sitting on his couch, sipping a cup of tea and reading a book]
[cut to another female student dialing a telephone, as "Patron 3 | Undediced Major | Major research project due tomorrow | Telephonus Panickus" appears on screen]
[cut back to the librarian, as his phone rings]
[cut back to the student speaking into her phone]
PATRON 3: I need ... so much help!
[the screen cuts to black]
LIBRARIAN: [in voice over] Oh, hello? Uh, hi there! First, everything's gonna be fine. Second, the library is here to help you. Just tell us what we can do, and we'll get started.

The Nighttime Librarian

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