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

Debbie Bogard, Pauline Rafferty

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-121
Number of pages23
JournalNew Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Picture books
  • representations of librarians
  • children's fiction
  • hermeneutic analysis

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