Research: Public Libraries and the Mainstreaming of Nerd/Geek Culture
Dear ALA and PLA members,
I am posting to ask for your help. I am currently writing a paper, independently, about how public libraries can (and have) embraced the rise of nerd/geek culture.
The paper will focus defining nerd/geek culture and connecting its many elements and subcultures with the many services public libraries offer. For example, public libraries provide space for people to come and discuss their interests. Has you library ever provided space to comics enthusiast, local filmmakers, or a Magic the Gathering Tournament?
I would love to include real-life examples of public libraries services that focus on or incorporate nerd/geek culture. That's where you come in. I would love for you to post any programs, collections, and other services that you've created or participated in.
To help you better understand what I'm asking for, here's a list of nerd/geek culture topics:
- comics and graphic novels
- science fiction books, television (example: Doctor Who), or movies
- fantasy books, television (example: Game of Thrones), movies (example: Lord of the Rings)
- anime and mange
- cosplay aka costume play (dressing as you favorite characters)
- gaming including table top (D&D), RPG, online, card, and console games (example: Xbox)
- film and filmmaking
- technology and the internet (blogs, Youtube, and other Web 2.0)
- crafting such as knitting
- history (think Renaissance Faire)
Of course, all individuals and/or organizations will be given credits for their contributions and will be informed if/when the paper is published.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for your help.