Teenagers Reading

research for my PhD thesis

RAILS 3 seminar

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I presented a paper at RAILS 3: Research Applications in Information and Library Studies held in Perth, Australia, 23 September 2006. I discussed my research methods and some preliminary results of my survey of Australian public libraries.


Graphic novels are trade paperback or hardcover books consisting of work in comic-book form. They include book-length stories, collections of stories and works of non-fiction. This does not include collections of comic strips such as Garfield or Peanuts. They are a format and as such include many different genres.

Graphic novels are becoming more prevalent and popular among teenagers and are thus being collected by public and school libraries. There are numerous reasons for the current popularity of graphic novels. Young people today are much more attuned to visual means of communication, as they have grown up with television and computers. Teachers are using graphic novels to develop visual literacy, an important skill for success in today’s visual world. Both librarians and teachers are advocating graphic novels to encourage recreational reading, levels of which decrease as children become teenagers. Graphic novels are increasingly reviewed in library and general review sources, and in some sources are treated as just another aspect of contemporary writing.

The above reasons contributed to my desire to investigate graphic novel collections in public libraries, what teenagers think of graphic novels and whether they read them. In my paper I will discuss the three methods I am using to collect data on public library collections of graphic novels and teenagers’ views on graphic novels.

A postal survey of public libraries in Australia was conducted to determine whether public libraries have graphic novel collections and how these collections are selected, acquired, catalogued, housed and promoted. Focus groups with teenagers will be conducted to uncover what they think of graphic novels and whether they read them. Public librarians who have graphic novel collections in their library will be interviewed to determine their thoughts on their collections and the format in general. I will also discuss the preliminary results from the survey of public libraries.


Written by ClareSnow

26 September 2006 at 10:45 am

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  1. […] « Focus groups with teenagers LIBRES article 30 March 2007 My paper from the RAILS3 seminar has been published in LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal. […]

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