Ellis, Allen and Doug Highsmith. "About Face: Comic books in library literature." Serials Review 26.(2000): 21–43.
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Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Ellis2000
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Keywords: Comics research, Historical account, Library
Creators: Ellis, Highsmith
Collection: Serials Review
The professional literature of librarianship during the 1940s and 1950s is fraught with “anti-comic books” writings—articles, books, and essays that categorized comic books as nothing more than ephemeral trash. Dismissed as being of little or no value in strengthening reading habits or improving reading skills, comic books were for many years considered to be unworthy of inclusion in library collections, be they public, school, or academic.
Over time, though, the library profession’s general anti-comics stance has weakened considerably. As perhaps best represented by the publication of Randall W. Scott’s Comics Librarianship: A Handbook (McFarland, 1990), comic books have attained a level of respectability in the library profession that simply did not exist during the 1940s and 1950s. But if attitudes have indeed changed, when did these changes occur and what were the causes?
To address such questions, the authors conducted a survey of the professional literature of librarianship over the past sixty-five plus years. We reviewed comic books-related publications appearing in the literature and analyzed them in an effort to trace the changes in attitude of librarians toward comic books.
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