In the Picture: Representations of Librarianship in Children’s Picture Books Published in the UK between 1994-2014

Bogard, D. A. and Rafferty, P. (2022) In the Picture: Representations of Librarianship in Children’s Picture Books Published in the UK between 1994-2014. New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, 27 (2). pp. 99-121. ISSN 1361-4541

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Abstract

This study examines representations of librarianship in children’s picture books published recently in the UK. Representations of libraries and librarians have been gathered from both the narratives and illustrations in a set of eight children’s picture books published in the UK between 1994 and 2014 using a novel data-gathering framework. It was found that depictions of libraries and librarians have been more favorable in the present century than they were in the last. Even when stereotypical aspects were detected, they did not produce a negative view of the profession, and no correlation was found between stereotyping and the overall view of librarians. The textual analysis corroborated literature review findings of a lack in differentiation between professional and para-professional staff, which may be causing misunderstanding of the level of skills and knowledge that librarians possess.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Uncontrolled Keywords: children's fiction, hermeneutic analysis, stereotypes
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Professional Services > Library Services
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Depositing User: Debbie Bogard
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2022 11:13
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 08:20
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6130

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