Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Friday Fun: It's Everywhere!

Do you ever feel like discussions of pop culture are everywhere? Sometimes in the least expected places? When I realized that even my local newspaper has a pop culture blog, I started thinking about how pop culture isn't so frowned upon anymore. I think it's because people have realized that pop culture is culture, first and foremost. Thousands of years ago, we had shared stories that were told around fires and in town squares. Now, our stories are from TV, movies, and books, as well as the lives of the people who appear on our screens.

Rachel Maddow has a pop culture segment every night on her show called "Just Enough"--just enough pop culture to allow her out in public, in Rachel's own words. We have academic resources on pop culture, such as Greenwood's Pop Culture Universe (as consulted on by PGTL's own Sophie). And every day, it seems like there's a new blog that talks about all the different ways culture is intersecting and becoming more based on popular works.

I think this is all about how pop culture isn't sneered at in the way it used to be. Yeah, sure, if you're reading Perez Hilton or Gawker to stay on top of the exploits of starlets, there might be a little derision. But with how complex and engrossing television series have become, with how transporting movies are, with how fanatical fans are over their favorite books . . . is it any wonder that pop culture is now just culture? And I'm happy that this is happening.

What do you think? Am I all wrong about this?



  • At 5:09 PM, Blogger Leigh Anne said…

    You're spot on - on top of that, pop culture and traditional culture are mashing up in all sorts of delightful ways, blurring conventional boundaries. One good example: The ballet Radio and Juliet. Yep - it's what you think it is. :)

    YouTube videos abound, if you like it.

  • At 5:16 PM, Blogger Sophie Brookover said…

    I think you're absolutely right (no surprise there!) -- pop culture really *is* everywhere, and I agree that it is in the process of crossing over from the "frivolous crap for teens & twenty-somethings" side to the "oh, hey, that really is important, after all" side of the Ledger Of Things We Should Pay Attention To. We live in an age of pop abundance, no two ways about it.

  • At 10:28 AM, Blogger Reference Services said…

    Your blog is outstanding! Here is the url of the blog from the Archives of the Sandusky Library, if you would like to take a look:



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