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Pop Culture in Libraries

  1. 1. Pop Culture in Libraries: How to have what they want before they ask Sarah Sogigian Trainer/Consultant for Youth Services MMRLS
  2. 2. POP QUIZ!!!
  3. 3. <ul><li>What is the cultural significance of Reese’s Pieces? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who is this?
  5. 5. What is this from? <ul><li>The last time I freaked out, I just kept looking down, I stu-stu-stuttered when you asked me what I'm thinking about. Felt like I couldn't breathe, You asked what's wrong with me. My best friend Leslie said &quot;She's just being ____.&quot; And next time we hang out, I will redeem myself. </li></ul><ul><li>My heart can rest till then. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>On what show did the first romantic kiss happen between two male characters on network television? The date: May 24, 2000 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pop Culture: What is it? <ul><li>Culture based on popular taste rather than that of an educated elite, usually commercialized and made widely available by the mass media- OED </li></ul>
  8. 8. P.C.: past icons <ul><li>Scooby Doo </li></ul><ul><li>Speed Racer </li></ul><ul><li>Bevis and Butthead </li></ul><ul><li>Cartman </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Madonna </li></ul><ul><li>Seinfeld </li></ul><ul><li>Mickey Mouse </li></ul>
  9. 9. P.C.: present icons <ul><li>Hannah Montana </li></ul><ul><li>Glee </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Colbert </li></ul><ul><li>David Ortiz </li></ul><ul><li>Tina Fey </li></ul><ul><li>Buffy </li></ul><ul><li>Reality stars </li></ul><ul><li>Lost </li></ul>
  10. 10. P.C.: trends? <ul><li>Most every P.C Icons can be found on tv </li></ul><ul><li>Many are animated characters </li></ul><ul><li>Limited age group per icon </li></ul><ul><li>Icons can be found in a variety of medias: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>T.V. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Why do they belong in libraries? <ul><li>“ popular taste rather than that of an educated elite” </li></ul><ul><li>Fun “brain candy”, like Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich, and Brad Meltzer </li></ul><ul><li>With so many kids having to read required titles, it’s nice to offer them some materials that they relate to on an recreational level. </li></ul><ul><li>In order to enjoy reading, one must have a broad selection to choose from </li></ul>
  12. 12. So how do we find P.C. materials? <ul><li>Check out tv stations and their websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disney Channel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nickelodeon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MTV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comedy Central </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ABC, NBC, CBS </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Disney Channel <ul><li>Hannah Montana </li></ul><ul><li>High School Musical 1 and 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7.7 million viewers for the premier of #1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17.2 million viewers making it the most-watched event ever broadcast on basic cable for #2. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Suite Life of Zach and Cody </li></ul><ul><li>That’s So Raven </li></ul>Let’s not forget, that this is the network that gave us Britney, Justin, Christina, Keri, and Ryan.
  14. 14. Nickelodeon Channel <ul><li>SpongeBob Squarepants </li></ul><ul><li>Drake and Josh </li></ul><ul><li>Zoey 101 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starring Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney’s sister </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avatar: The Last Airbender </li></ul>
  15. 15. MTV <ul><li>The Real World </li></ul><ul><li>Jersey Shore </li></ul><ul><li>The Hills </li></ul><ul><li>True Life </li></ul>Use MTV and their website to learn about new acts as well as updates on established performers.
  16. 16. Comedy Central <ul><li>The Daily Show </li></ul><ul><li>The Colbert Report </li></ul><ul><li>South Park </li></ul><ul><li>Futurama </li></ul>
  17. 17. The BIG 3 and 1 more <ul><li>NBC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heroes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ER </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law and Order </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ABC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grey’s Anatomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greek </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CBS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CSI franchise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Mentalist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCIS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FOX </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Idol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glee </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. So, how to tell what will hit? <ul><li>Ask people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teens, other librarians, and don’t forget the 20 year olds! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Watch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get dressed for work with MTV on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flip over to Disney and Nick around 5 pm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Channel surf the networks in primetime </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check out the websites to see what’s new, especially in May and November. This is when networks announce new shows. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. What if I’m wrong? <ul><li>Don’t buy too much too fast </li></ul><ul><li>Check out what other libraries have, and use that as a guide </li></ul><ul><li>Have some faith…remember how popular the Arthur books were after his cartoon debuted? </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>DVDs </li></ul><ul><li>CDs </li></ul><ul><li>Comics </li></ul><ul><li>Sheet music </li></ul>You don’t have to get them all, but mix it up a bit. Different Formats
  21. 21. <ul><li>Unlike many other genres, p.c. usually has a short shelf life. </li></ul><ul><li>Out with the old, in with the new </li></ul><ul><li>Remember boy bands? The Spice Girls? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both are victims of our short attention span </li></ul></ul>When the fad is over, weed the items. The plus side-- many of them will be in terrible shape anyway The fad is over. Now what?
  22. 22. Suggestions to start your collection Books Adaptations of popular tv shows: Hannah Montana, HSM, Laguna Beach, Lost, Smallville, Doctor Who, etc. Behind the scenes: making of movies, shows, writings about shows.
  23. 23. Suggestions to start your collection DVDs tv shows: multiple seasons can be expensive, But they will never sit on the shelves So called “teen comedies”: often they are enjoyed by adult and teen patrons
  24. 24. Suggestions to start your collection Music CDs: purchase for established artists New artists, wait for more than one song to be released
  25. 25. Did you know? That there is a Pop Culture Association AND That it has a Libraries, Archives, and Museums Area? The 2007 annual conference was in Boston!
  26. 26. Did you know? That every year, VH1 and Entertainment Weekly host the “ the ultimate pop culture tournament designed for teams to show off their astounding range of knowledge about everything music, television and film.“
  27. 27. What others think…. “ Pop culture is not about depth. It's about marketing, supply and demand, consumerism.” --Trevor Dunn, musician,Mr. Bungle “ Everything popular is wrong.” --Oscar Wilde “ The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.” --Mark Twain “ It's generally my belief and those of others in this field of cultural studies that popular culture has a big effect on the people who consume it.” --Michael Asimov, author
  28. 28. Resources <ul><li>Gig’s Daily Dose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.gigsdailydose.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pop Culture Madness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www. popculturemadness .com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pop Goes the Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www. popgoesthelibrary .com/ </li></ul></ul>