Comics Cataloging in Libraries Capstone Video 2018

Comics Cataloging in Libraries   Capstone Video 2018


Welcome to: “Where Does This Go?: Cataloging
Protocols for Comics” presented by Allison Bailund, Hallie Clawson and Staci Crouch.
The problem we addressed is cataloging of comics in libraries. Comics and
graphic novels are a unique medium and cataloging them consistently is
challenging. This is especially true for librarians who are not familiar with
comics and comics publishing. We created two online surveys, one for librarians
and one for users. The number of responses far exceeded our goal! We also
conducted 25 individual interviews with librarians. After cleaning and analyzing
the data we created an easy-to-understand “how-to” document. In
short, users want libraries to have comics for many reasons, including cost,
but they are frustrated by inconsistent cataloging and shelving practices. The
number of responses our surveys received demonstrates the salience and timeliness
of our research. We hope our recommendations will increase
discoverability of comics in libraries. Our sponsor, the Comic Book Legal Defense
Fund, will be publishing our document on their website as a resource for
librarians. We will also be presenting our research at ALA Annual and San Diego
Comic-con. Maybe we’ll see you there!

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