With Great Comics Comes Great Responsibility
With Great Comics Comes Great Responsibility: Academic Libraries and Comics Collection Development

We are asking you to complete this short survey of no more than 15 minutes, telling us about how patrons and librarians develop comics collections in university libraries. The benefit to you is to identify collection development strategies and struggles in comics. When we use the term comics, we are referring to comics, graphic novels, manga, and other forms of illustration. This survey takes no more than 15 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation.
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1. Your Name
2. Name of your Institution
3. Position/Role
4. Address
5. Phone Number
6. E-mail
7. Job Title
8. May we identify you in any presentations we deliver or papers we author?
9. Would you prefer that we use a pseudonym to identify you? If yes, then we will not identify your institution and instead use the Alberta government’s classification system for higher education institutions at https://www.alberta.ca/types-publicly-funded-post-secondary-institutions.aspx
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Survey Questions: 1. Who requests new comics titles?
Survey Questions: 2. Who do you think drives the acquisition of new titles?
Survey Questions: 3. Are comics mentioned in your collection development policy?
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Survey Questions: 4. When you consider acquiring comics, rank the following considerations in order of “most important” (#1) to “least important” (#9) in the column across from the item.
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Curricular connections
Cost
Availability of electronic format
Educator request
Patron request
User general interest
Circulation statistics of similar material
Connects to a specialized collection
Space and storage
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Survey Questions: 4a. When you consider acquiring comics, if you have a different reason than the ones in question four, please explain.
Survey Question: 5. How often do you recommend a book in the comics format in response to a patron query?
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Survey Question: 6. What aspects have an impact on the likelihood of you recommending comics to a patron (i.e., perceived age, genre interests, faculty or student status, etc.)?
Survey Question: 7. What challenges do you face when looking to collect comics?
Survey Question: 8. Do you have any other information to recommend, or suggestions to make?
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