The Sixth Annual Savvies

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Roll out the red carpet and set out the snacks!   Once more the InfoSavvy Movie Awards honor information literacy in film.  Credits come from the IMDB.   This year’s Savvies go to:

For overall film

A Mighty Wind (2003): Dir. Christopher Guest; Written by Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy; Starring Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Catherine O’Hara, & Harry Shearer.

This movie spoofs two genres: documentary films and folk music.  If you know a genre’s conventions, you can satirize it.  Likewise the better you know a discipline’s lingo, the better you can participate in its conversations (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Scholarship as Conversation section, Dispositions subsection).

For noteworthy scene

Digital Nation (2010): Dir. Rachel Dretzin; Written by Rachel Dretzin & Douglas Rushkoff; Correspondents Rachel Dretzin & Douglas Rushkoff.

One part of this documentary looks at the research on multitasking.  An interviewee notes one challenge in conducting such studies: The technology outpaces the scholarly writing and publishing process.  The scholarly communication environment is part of our information environment.

I’ll Take Manhattan (1987): Dirs. Douglas Hickox & Richard Michaels; Written by Diana Gould, Sherman Yellen, & Judith Krantz (Novel & Screenplay); Starring Valerie Bertinelli, Barry Bostwick, Francesca Annis, Jack Scalia, & Perry King.

To save her struggling magazine the heroine looks at the competition.  When she notices what the others are not doing, she finds her niche.  Information literacy includes spotting gaps in the research (ACRL, 2016, Research as Inquiry section, Knowledge Practices subsection).

Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery (2013): Dir. Peter Moss; Written by Wayne Grigsby (Screenplay) & Louise Penny (Novel); Starring Nathaniel Parker, Anthony Lemke, & Kate Hewlett.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache shares with one of his detectives four phrases that have served him well: “I  don’t know,” “I’m sorry,” “I was wrong,” and “I need help.”  These phrases show the intellectual humility mentioned in the Research as Inquiry Frame (ACRL, 2016)–as well as moral humility.

Movies, either through their content or through their creative process, can highlight information concepts. What are some of your favorite films that do so?


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website :

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