Thursday, May 18, 2006

the DaVinci Code: the movie opens

The DaVinci Code movie just opened to tepid reviews. Take a look at Claudia Puig's review in today's USA Today, in which she writes,
"The script additions are pedestrian and unintentionally comical. In the midst of searching for clues, Langdon announces: "I need a library. Fast!" (My emphasis.)
Yes, it's comical and clunky, but as a librarian, I'll take any recognition our profession can get. Librarianship is kind of the Rodney Dangerfield of professions. While we might get more respect than Rodney, we still feel overlooked and misunderstood a lot of the time. Pet peeve watch: when people need to find information, do they call the Reference Desk of their friendly local library? No they don't usually do that, research tells us. More commonly people ask a family member, friend or random person who is not in any way an expert or information professional (meaning trained to find accurate answers through research.) Expedience often trumps actual research for most people when looking for answers.
In a recent post, we listed some DaVinci Code read-a-likes. We came up with this list by using actual research methods. Although you could ask your friends what to read, or "google" it, you could also ask a librarian. We would love to help.

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