Teenagers Reading

research for my PhD thesis

Archive for the ‘survey’ Category

LIBRES article

leave a comment »

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.

Written by ClareSnow

30 March 2007 at 11:06 am

RAILS 3 seminar

with one comment

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.

Abstract

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

Survey completed

leave a comment »

I’ve completed my survey of Australian public libraries. I sent a questionnaire to 165 of the approximately 1700 public libraries in Australia.

The questionnaire asked if public libraries have graphic novel collections and how graphic novels are selected, acquired, catalogued, housed and promoted. I’m hoping my results will show the differences between public libraries in the eight states and territories of Australia. Some states and territories have centralized acquisitions for all public libraries (Western Australia and Tasmania being the best examples) and I want to know if this affects the prevalence of graphic novel collections.

I’m now collating and analysing the results.

Thank you to all the librarians and library officers who answered my questionnaire. Your help is greatly appreciated. And a special thank you to the Perth librarians who completed the pilot questionnaire and made suggestions as to how I could improve it.

Written by ClareSnow

22 May 2006 at 10:19 am

Survey of Australian public libraries

leave a comment »

I’m conducting a postal survey of public libraries in Australia. I’m sending a questionnaire to 165 of the approximately 1700 public libraries in Australia. The questions are online.

I’m investigating whether public libraries have graphic novel collections and how graphic novels are selected, acquired, catalogued, housed and promoted. I’m hoping my results will show the differences between public libraries in the eight states and territories of Australia. Some states and territories have centralized acquisitions for all public libraries (Western Australia and Tasmania being the best examples) and I want to know if this affects the prevalence of graphic novel collections.

Written by ClareSnow

12 January 2006 at 9:11 am

%d bloggers like this: