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Lavin, Michael R. "Comic Books and Graphic Novels for Libraries: What to buy." Serials Review 24. (1998): 31–45. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1016/S0098-7913(99)80117-8
BibTeX citation key: Lavin1998
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Categories: General
Keywords: Canon, Comics research, Library
Creators: Lavin
Collection: Serials Review
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Comic books and libraries do not seem to get along, at least not in North American libraries. Aside from a few dozen specialized, noncirculating research collections, retrospective comic book holdings remain virtually unknown as a library resource. Browsing collections of current comic books are equally rare in public, school, and college libraries. In a 1984 article, comic book bibliographer Randall Scott observed, “In most communities, if you want to read or refer to a comic book, you have to buy it.” Librarian Doug Highsmith concurred, writing in 1992 that public libraries carrying the latest issues of popular comics titles are “still the exception rather than the rule.” Both statements remain fundamentally true today.
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