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The Future of Reading

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To continue on the theme of reading books, the March issue of Incite, the news magazine of ALIA, the professional association for librarians and other information professionals, had the theme “The Future of Reading.”

I wrote an article about what the teenagers I interviewed for my research thought about reading, seeing as they are our future. While I had some difficulty sticking to the word limit of 800, there’s a space at the end of the published article (for an ad they didn’t have a taker for) and I could have filled that space with more words, like quotes from the kids. My proof reader Gaby Haddow suggested I delete one quote to get closer to the word count but I could have put multitudes more in. eg.

That book was hell good.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne Despite my friend reading my article and telling me he’d just discovered teenagers didn’t read, one kid did say the above, I think about The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (David Fickling Books, 2006). I agree with said kid’s opinion on that book. It was an assigned text for their Year 10 English class. There weren’t fun books like that when I was at school, but it wasn’t published back then. A number of the other assigned texts teenagers discussed were studied in my English classes 20 years ago. I understand some of them are classics, but The Cay by Theodore Taylor (Doubleday, 1969) is not a classic. Well, if it is, it’s one of the boring ones.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins My parents like to read what I’ve published, but I think they get a bit bored sometimes. My mum said this one was a lot easier to read because it didn’t have annoying references getting in the way (and I’m sure the length helped, shorter always being better).

All the authors in this issue had to say what they were reading. I was reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and despite my article saying I was reading Catching the Fire, I know what the title is. Katniss started a fire, she didn’t catch one, and I highly recommend the story of her fire, but you should read bk1 first. I’m looking forward to bk3 Mockingjay, released the day before my b.day.

Citation

Snowball, Clare (2010) Teenagers: Our future readers Incite, 31(3), p.13.

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20 March 2010 at 10:10 am

Teenagers talking about reading and libraries

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Last year I presented a paper at RAILS 4: Research Applications in Information and Library Studies in Melbourne. My peer-reviewed paper has been published in the June 2008 issue of Australian Academic and Research Libraries. I discussed some preliminary results of my focus groups with teenagers. “Teenagers talking about reading and libraries” is available from here or espace@Curtin.

Citation

Snowball, Clare (2008) “Teenagers talking about reading and librariesAustralian Academic and Research Libraries vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 106-118.

Abstract

Past research has shown teenagers to be reluctant to read and less likely to visit libraries than younger children. These conclusions are debated and further investigation is needed. Difficulties abound in researching teenagers’ opinions. Teenagers can be reluctant to participate in activities and peer support is often very important in determining their willingness to take part. Large-scale surveys of hundreds of student participants do not allow in-depth discussion of opinions and attitudes. Focus groups were conducted with metropolitan Perth high school students to investigate teenagers’ thoughts on reading and libraries. Although some teenagers were enamoured of reading and libraries, others were more scathing but still found ways to take part in literacy activities and acquire the information they needed to negotiate their world.

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17 June 2008 at 4:05 pm

More on my Library Review article

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When I wrote my last post about my Library Review article Enticing teenagers into the library I thought it would be available online for all to read from espace@Curtin, but it still isn’t. Hopefully it will be sometime in May, but in the meantime, you can download it here.

When I first started working in a public library I saw all the programs there were for babies, pre-school age children, primary school age children, adults, and seniors and wondered why there weren’t any for teenagers. I asked if I could organize some. When given the go ahead I eagerly planned sessions on local music and graffiti. Then I discovered how hard it is to get teenagers to walk into a public library, no matter how relevant and entertaining your event is. If you have any comments on what I wrote in my article, please tell me.

Citation

Snowball, Clare (2008) “Enticing teenagers into the library” Library Review, vol.57, no.1. pp.25-35.

Abstract

Purpose: Children and teenagers are the future adult users of libraries, and how they are treated in our libraries, particularly school and public libraries, can cement lifelong memories and habits in these young people. This paper aims to address this issue.
Design/methodology/approach: The following paper is a review of the literature on young people’s, particularly teenagers’ use (or lack thereof) of libraries, the importance of library use and methods to encourage library use in young people.
Findings: Despite the findings from some of the literature that teenagers are less likely to visit libraries, there were many services and programmes in libraries that aim to reverse this trend.
Research limitations/implications: Some of the literature is peer-reviewed, but selected pieces were written by librarians in the field about their interactions with young people in their libraries. Although the latter cannot be generalised to all young people, they are important in providing examples of what occurs in some cases and what might be replicated in other settings.
Originality/value: Encouraging young people to visit and enjoy libraries can be a rewarding experience and is important in creating the next generation of library users.
Keywords: Adolescents, Youth, Public libraries, School libraries
Paper type: General review

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30 April 2008 at 11:10 am

Library Review article

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Last year I wrote a literature review about teenagers in libraries for Library Review. It was published in the January 2008 issue. I was waiting impatiently to receive a copy so I could put it in the Curtin Institutional Repository. At the moment it’s only available online if your library has a subscription to Library Review. If you don’t have that luxury contact me and I’ll email you a copy. (Don’t go to the Library Review site and pay £13 for it, soon it will be online for all at espace@Curtin)

espace@Curtin

The animal on the espace@Curtin logo is a numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus). They are an endangered species and are Western Australia’s mammal emblem. Numbats are smaller than a cat and eat termites. They are one of only two marsupials in Australia that are active during the day, because that’s when their dinner goes out and about.

Citation

Snowball, Clare (2008) “Enticing teenagers into the libraryLibrary Review, vol.57, no.1. pp.25-35.

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20 March 2008 at 2:13 pm

Publishing

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I’ve finalised my paper from the RAILS 4 seminar, ready for publication. It needs to go through peer-review, but will be published in Australian Academic and Research Libraries in June 2008.

Last year I wrote a literature review about teenagers in libraries for Library Review. It’s been published in the January 2008 issue. I had hoped it would be available by now, but the editor has told me it will be in the next week or so. When I receive a copy I will put it in the Curtin Institutional Repository, so it will be available online.

Citation

Snowball, C. (2008) “Enticing teenagers into the library” Library Review, vol.57, no.1.

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27 February 2008 at 4:39 pm

LIBRES article

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My paper from the RAILS3 seminar has been published in LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal. “Researching Graphic Novels and Their Teenage Readers” is available online.

Citation

Snowball, C. (2007) “Researching Graphic Novels and Their Teenage Readers” LIBRES, vol.17, no.1.

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30 March 2007 at 11:06 am

Synergy article

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My paper from the ACLAR conference has been published in Synergy, the research journal of the School Library Association of Victoria. “Graphic novels: Telling tales visually” is available online.

Citation

Snowball, C. (2006) “Graphic novels: Telling tales visually” Synergy, vol.4, no.2, pp.18-22.

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30 October 2006 at 11:54 am

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