The Librarians – an Australian comedy – in review


Tonight was the premiere of a new Australian comedy “The Librarians”. For those unaware of the show,
The Librarians, is a new six-part comedy series from the ABC, based around the highly-strung head librarian of an outer suburban Melbourne library.

Before the show had even begun, there had been a lot of publicity, especially in libraries. My public library received promotional literature and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has even started “The Librarians Blog“, to keep everyone in touch with launch parties, reviews etc. There is even a Second Life chat happening on Thursday night (1st November at 7.30pm) on ABC Island – the Second Life home of the television network which is screening the show.

To make the show even more accessible, you will be able to get it (as well as a lot more about the show) from The Librarians official website, after 10pm on the night of viewing – which is Wednesday nights at 9.30pm starting tonight the 31st October 2007. (wow, jokes about a librarian comedy and Halloween…. let’s not go there). All times given here are Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time for our overseas visitors.

To get librarians even more interested in tuning in, the show’s creators sent out a short video, reassuring librarians of their respect for the profession. Check out the ALIA thank you at You Tube.

So, as for the show itself? I thought it was highly amusing, even to the point that I laughed out loud a number of times in its half hour length. It was interesting how Frances, the branch librarian, reminded me of someone I have worked with, in mannerisms etc, although not too closely. The situations were amusing in their embarassment. My husband on the other hand thought it was stupid. I won’t spoil the story, instead I will leave it to you to watch if you are interested, but I will be watching again next week.

I would love to hear what you thought of it, if you saw it. Did you see a character portrayed that reminds you of a workmate? Or a situation that you have experienced in your library? Let me know through the comments!

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    • ADHD Librarian on October 31, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    My wife (a non-librarian) commented on a couple of things.
    Firstly, too many men working in that library, what is going on there?

    Secondly the wonderful list of rules on the front door (which no one would read) finishing with the name Midleton Interactive Learning Centre, which obviously the council PR people loved, but no one understood that it meant library (hence the A4 paper note with the word library stuck underneath)

    Good points I thought,
    I however was too busy realising that they got the stereotypes perfectly balanced. No one staff member was everything, but every library preconception (apart from tattooed librarians) got a run in at least one character.

    And I recognised people I work with or have worked with in all of the staff of Middleton.

    • The.Effing.Librarian on October 31, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    I thought it was funny enough that I’ll look for it online again next week.

    • The Blograrian on November 1, 2007 at 1:31 am

    We’ve take it to heart at the Frankston Library Service.

    It’s our new branch!

    harps

    • vixhere on November 1, 2007 at 3:06 am

    I thought it was very funny and yes there were similarities to people I work with, my husband had a good laugh as well, can’t wait for next weeks show….loved it!!!

    • peta on November 2, 2007 at 1:41 am

    My husband fell asleep. I thought it was pretty ordinary, but I’ll give it a second chance.

    BTW – the transcript from the SL discussion is available at Virtual LibrariesInteract. Here

    • Anonymous on November 4, 2007 at 3:50 am

    I thought it was absolutely awful, poorly conceived and badly executed!

  1. I wasn’t crazy about it, to be honest. There are a few good jokes, but they are overmilked. And I’m a bit depressed at the attitude from some librarians that any publicity is good publicity, you know? Do we really want people to think a racist can get a job as a library manager?
    That aside, Frances and the husband are quite hilarious on their own.

    • Former Library Officer on May 4, 2008 at 12:53 am

    I have worked as a Bookmobile driver/Library assistant at a metropolitan Melbourne Library for 10 years and I have not met one person who fits the profile of any of the characters in this show. Ofcourse I was an ‘outsider’ and I might have been missing something. If I worked for someone like Frances; I would have handed in my resignation as soon as I found another job.

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