The proliferation of online storytelling and FanFiction communities, particularly among teens, has grown a readership of hundreds of millions. This book teaches librarians to leverage that popularity to curate meaningful collections and programs for their teens.
Introducing tools and applications to support the transformation of FanFiction into these library services, this guide covers everything from digital platforms and social media sites for online storytelling to archives and various other publishing venues. It provides step-by-step instructions for developing programs and readers' advisory services, along with guidelines for incorporating FanFiction into your library's collection. Legal issues, cataloging challenges, privacy, and online safety are just a few of the other topics covered. The book closes with a spotlight on future trends and lists of resources, making it a complete handbook for any librarian interested in using FanFiction to enhance his or her library services to teens.
About the Author
Samantha C. Helmick is public services librarian at Burlington Public Library in Iowa and Iowa's current American Library Association councilor. She is author of Mobile Social Marketing in Libraries and a contributor to YALSAblog, EdReach, LiTTech. Jen Koch is a writer, marketing professional, and graphic designer with roots in Southeast Iowa. She has moderated online fan communities for more than sixteen years and frequents writing panels at national fandom conventions.