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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT AND SIZE OF A LIBRARY'S COLLECTION OF GLBTQ FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS

by Cahill, Rebecca E.

Abstract (Summary)
This study examines the Young Adult Fiction holdings of the main branch libraries of six capital cities in the United States. The study was conducted to determine if there was a relationship between the political leanings of the area the libraries were situated in and the size of their Young Adult fiction collection with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (GLBTQ) characters. The holdings of each library were compared to a checklist of YA titles with GLBTQ characters published between 1994 and 2004. The expected outcome that libraries in liberal areas would contain higher GLBTQ collections was not supported by the data; indeed, the reverse was true. Libraries in conservative areas had the largest collections of GLBTQ literature for young adults, though the study does not attempt to establish a causal relationship between politics and collection.
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Advisor:Brian Sturm

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:gay literature bibliography lesbian libraries and gays public collection development evaluation young adults

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Date of Publication:11/23/2004

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