Detail from Self Made Man Episode Still Photo
I've been watching Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and in the second season (disc 3 via Netflix) is an episode entitled Self Made Man (2008) in which an upscale academic library's research archives are a key element.
Cameron, a reprogrammed Terminator cyborg protects John Connor (Sarah's son) and those around him. By the second season she's developing her own network of resources that includes a wheelchair bound grad student who lets her into the library at night when it's closed.
Cameron embarks on a research mission to decipher an image from the 1920's and her search in the library's archives becomes a key storyline for this episode.
Her search entails visiting a number of different collections each of which is stored in a different format. It's a pretty believable romp through the archives with only a couple of unlikely moments that don't mar the pleasant surprise of a library playing a key role in a great television series.
Definitely some potential here to use excerpts from the episode in an introduction to library archives for high school and undergraduate students.
The juxtaposition above of the time travelling cyborg on the right, the human in a wheelchair (in a looser sense, also a cyborg) on the left and a traditional card catalog in the background is an interesting one to consider.
Once everything's digitized this story line would have been squashed into a single digital download scene with images from different time periods flickering past. Who knew old school methods held so much opportunity for drama?