Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Murder in the Stacks - where to find online

A number of years ago, I saw a short movie as a part of a new staff orientation. It was called "Murder in the Stacks" and featured "Sherlock Holmes" as he and "Watson" went through the library pointing out shelving mistakes and how they led to shortening the life of a book for circulation.

Yes, it was very corny, but strangely, unlike most orientation videos, it had some good ideas, and the acting wasn't bad, either.

Does anyone know if this video is available online somewhere? I'd like to have my staff watch it over. I'm getting ready to go over shelf-reading; weeding; shifting; etc procedures, which quite obviously have not been done for some time here.

Thanks, in advance!

It's produced by Columbia University Libraries Preservation Committee!
No word yet on an online version.

"The Director"


libraryace said...

Hey, whatever happened to citing your source? I need to know which arc the pic is from! (Yes, a couple minutes on OG would find it. I'm feeling lazy tonight. It's a holiday weekend!)

bettylouspence said...

OMGoodness!!! I saw that one last year in class! It was so hard to keep a straight face. I don't know if you can still buy it, but perhaps your local library has a copy?

Title Murder in the stacks [videorecording] / Columbia University Libraries Preservation Committee.

Publication Info. [New York, NY : Columbia University, Libraries, Preservation Dept.], 1987.

DirectorWho said...

LibraryAce (hey, wasn't "Ace" one of the companions?):

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry!

It's not from a Doctor Who story arc.

Pic from:
The Hound of the Baskervilles (BBC-TV,1982) Tom Baker as Sherlock Holmes, Terrence Rigby as Dr. Watson.

Often praised as one of the most faithful adaptations of the book.

--"The Director"

CCNMTL said...

Try either of these links to get the film:



CCNMTL said...

We found a good original and placed the video on the Columbia YouTube channel.


The video has been captioned so that it can be auto-translated into a number of languages.