Like the blogs on my personal WordPress entitled YA Awesomesauce, I’m going to keep this short and sweet.
From the name of my blog, I’m pretty sure my interests are quite evident. YOUNG ADULT! In fact, I’m rather “YA crazy.” Teens tend to be overlooked as their own separate group within the library, meaning there are plenty of research opportunities and questions. This research will help the field become more widely acknowledged on the professional level and will of course help public librarians and school library media specialists better serve their teens.
Specifically, my research interests broadly involve YA programming and YA outreach. I’ve actually already decided that I’m going to try a cultural ethnography of YA fan fiction culture. While it is not directly related to library functions, knowing about this culture and those attached to it will certainly assist in bringing fan fiction into the library. After all, fan fiction itself is rather perfect. It combines social media, fiction, and many library patrons (especially teens). A great deal of programming and outreach can be built on this research foundation as well, including fan fiction workshops, writing workshops, fan fiction contests, and help maneuvering through the online fan fiction community. Secondary school English teachers especially could become involved with such projects, which will create a better bond between these teachers and the library who will hopefully come back for future projects and more library help.