The Third Annual Savvies

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Break out the beverages and snacks! It’s time for the third annual InfoSavvy Movie Awards, my quirky answer to the Oscars.  As usual the credits come from the Internet Movie Database.  This year’s Savvies go to:

For Overall Film

The Hoax (2006): Dir. Lasse Hallström; Written by William Wheeler (screenplay) & Clifford Irving (book); Starring Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden, Stanley Tucci.

Information literacy involves the ethical use of information (ACRL, 2014, p. 1): this film serves as a case study of information used unethically.  Clifford Irving stole and forged documents to pen a fake biography of Howard Hughes.  Then he conned a major publisher into accepting the book.

The Monuments Men (2014):Dir. George Clooney; Written by George Clooney & Grant Heslov (screenplay), Robert M. Edsel & Bret Witter (book); Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban.

Yes, I watched this movie because of the men in it.  All the same the “monuments” speak to the value of our cultural treasures.  Also, each member brought particular expertise (art history, architecture, sculpture, graphic design, etc.) to the team.  Information literacy has such a social component (ACRL, 2014, p. 1) .

For Noteworthy Scene

Good Will Hunting (1997): Dir. Gus  van Sant; Written by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck; Starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams,  Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgård.

Working-class genius Will gets into a shouting match with an ivy leaguer.  He (Will) boasts that libraries gave him  an ivy league education for free.  Booth (2014) writes of information privilege and of the library’s role in combatting it.

High Fidelity (2000): Dir. Stephen Frears; Written by Nick Hornby (book), D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, & Scott Rosenberg (screenplay); Starring John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black.

I found out about this movie from Peterson (2010).  In one brief scene Rob, a record store owner, is organizing his personal record collection.  He organizes it neither alphabetically nor chronologically.  Instead he organizes it autobiographically–by the significance the album had in his life.  Organizing information is part of information literacy, as is realizing that the organizational systems are based on shared conventions (ACRL, 2014, p. 9).


Association of College & Research Libraries (2014). Framework for information literacy for higher education: Draft 3.  Retrieved from

Booth, C. (2014, December 1). On information privilege [Blog post].  Retrieved from

Peterson, N. (2010). It came from Hollywood: Using popular media to enhance information literacy instruction.  College & Research Libraries News, 71(2), 66-74.