Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


A mashup of pop culture and YA lit

I was lucky enough to attend the YA Lit Symposium, and to see our own Liz and Carlie present Fandom, Fan Life and Participatory Culture. It was a great program, giving newbies the info they need to present fandom programs in their libraries, as well has giving old-school fans some new ideas.

Beginning with a brief introduction to fandom and its terminology, Carlie and Liz focused on how libraries can use book-based fandom as a launchpad for library programs, running the gamut from fanfiction workshops or library conventions to LOLBook covers. For those concerned about the legality of these issues, Liz used her legal background to explain how libraries can present fandom-based programming while living within copyright's restrictions.

Attendees also went away with a great handout, full of definitions and further reading suggestions. Those of you who didn't get a chance to attend this great program, fear not! The PowerPoint slides are available, and there's also my post at Librarian by Day with notes on the presentation. Liz also leads off this video, talking about the presentation. With all these great resources, hopefully it'll be like you were right there in Nashville with all of us!

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Break a Leg, Carlie & Liz!

As I type, fellow Pop Tarts and dear friends Carlie Webber & Liz Burns are attending and preparing to present a fantastic-sounding program at the first-ever YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium in Nashville, TN. The theme of the Symposium is How We Read Now, and Carlie & Liz's program topic is:

Fandom, Fan Life, and Participatory Culture
A teens' experience with a book doesn't just begin on page one and finish with the book's conclusion. From birthday parties and proms to fan fiction and role-playing games, teens find many ways to recreate a book's universe in their lives, forming fandoms.
Sounds great, doesn't it? I am clearly biased, but I also truly believe that this is a topic just waiting to explode in librarianship, and it ties in so beautifully with many of the themes we explore here at Pop all the time -- assessing community needs and providing services, programs, and collections tailored to meet those needs; marketing the library as a place to pursue personal as well as academic interests -- so I'm excited to hear all about their talk when they return, and want to wish them as many broken limbs as it takes to rock the Millenium Maxwell House to its very foundations.

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