But perhaps the easiest way to get a hit viral library movie would be to spoof a tv show or movie. Here I list some interesting library video spoofs I have come across.
1. Lord of the Rings - KU Libraries
While there is another Lord of the Rings library parody here , this is by far superior. Very good prelude! The description states that the student who created this went on to win an Emmy for his work in Heroes, which explains the quality. Good adaption of plot. Characters look spot on. Also "Book of Power" and "Book wraiths"! The last portion introducing the library drags a bit. High quality video that has being viewed a low 5,000 times.
2. The Matrix - KU Libraries
Again, there are probably other library spoofs of the Matrix, but this one is clearly superior. It's by the same person and library noted above. The theme fits very well I think with the idea of information literacy. and is my personal favourite. Surprisingly it has being view only under 1,000 times.
This is an orientation type game by Milne's library. "This message will self-destruct..." Pretty obvious, but fairly effective. My own institution used a similar theme recently.
4. Ghost Busters - New York Public Library
This one is very famous (also listed in Librarians Go Gaga: 9 Of The Funniest Library Videos) and probably meets the definition of going "viral" with over 2 millions views.
This mimics the famous ghostbuster's scene in the movie. Was done to drum up support for NYPL.
5. A Christmas Carol - The University of Bergen Library
Was promoted at along other places, Stephen's lighthouse. Very professional, very clever. Over 100,000 hits.
This is the actual movie (library related scenes in parts of Attack of the clones)! Jennywildcat adds comments about library related stuff and uses this for her class on reference service.
Other non-movie related library orientation videos I like
The Magic of the Library - The University of Bergen Library
This has very professional editing & special effects. 8,000 hits. Was promoted at Stephen's lighthouse as well.
Help Me, Ninja Librarian! - AIW Library
There are quite a few Libraries and Ninjas videos, but this is a straight out orientation video , I think the Ninja librarian is pretty cool! Seems to be shot a while ago. Over 10,000 hits.
Get a Clue @ Your Library - Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Mystery type theme.
NUS Libraries: Orientation 2008 - NUS Libraries
Normally, I don't talk about my own work, and technically I'm not doing so as this was done without any input from me! My institution has done this 3 years already, with roughly the same plot. I personally like this 2008 (and first) version.
Hope this listing inspires you to create your own viral library videos. There are plenty more movies and tv series to spoof. If you know of any more good ones please add in the comments!