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Community’s College Library

   October 7th, 2010

Now that the new television season has started, I've been watching Community again - a show about a group of adult students at a community college.

The way they worked Twitter into the new season was brilliant, and while I was checking out @oldwhitemansays and the other characters' accounts, I stumbled across the website created for the campus library - complete with rotating banner:

Greendale Community College banner

NBC has the official website, but they also created one for the fictitious Greendale Community College, complete with a page for the campus library - they even have a (fairly realistic) food and drink policy:

Please remember that the library is a communal place for all GCC students, faculty and staff. Please discard all trash when leaving a study area. And, due to frequent misuse, all window blinds must be left open or raised. Prepare accordingly.

While conversing with your fellow colleagues is natural, we ask you to please keep the noise level to a minimum in respect to others that are studying silently.

Food and drinks, with the exception of closed water bottles, are strictly forbidden in the library. However, they are allowed, within reason, within the study room walls only. Librarians will be walking around and monitoring the floors during working hours. If you are asked to discard of food or drink, please do so quickly and regretfully, as it is for the protection of our books and materials. No exceptions will be granted.

It's impressive they put the extra effort into creating this, but it also makes the show more fun. And yay for a relatively positive portrayal of a library in prime time.

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6 Responses to “Community’s College Library”

  1. Mary Ellen Says:

    Doesn’t seem like they have an OPAC. I was hoping to evaluate their collection.

  2. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Mary Ellen: good question – I bet they have quite the extensive collection of NBC DVDs…

  3. Liz Says:

    NBC seems to excel at this – my Contract Law professor used Dwight and Angela’s contract as an example a few times in class as a good use of different aspects often left out of contracts. Kudos NBC.

  4. Liz Says:

    (Sorry, should have mentioned that the above is from the American version of The Office.)

  5. Stephanie Willen Brown Says:

    you find the best library-related stuff!

  6. Cari Says:

    I love Community! I did not realize that Twitter account was real. Thanks, Brian!