Are you part of a fandom?
As Robin explains at NF, NT, “As part of my professional research, I am conducting a survey on the connections between fan works (including fan fiction, fan art, and fan videos), literacy, authorship, libraries, and storytelling. And I want your input! I am hoping to hear back from readers of all types, age ranges, and interests, from teens to librarians to beyond both of those groups. This research will be presented at two different panel presentations, one at the American Library Association Annual Conference (June 2012) and one at the Young Adult Literature Symposium (October 2012.)”
I’m pleased to say that Robin has invited me to be on both panels! The ALA one is on Sunday afternoon: (Re)telling Stories: Fanart, authorship, and how stories are shared, reconstructed, and retold. The YA Lit Symposium program is YA Literature and Fan-Created Work.
And now, some quick “me me me” plugs.
For something more recent, you may also want to check out the chapter Fandom as a Form of Social Networking by me, in Teens, Libraries, and Social Networking: What Librarians Need to Know, Edited by Denise E. Agosto and June Abbas, one of the books in the Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series (May 2011).
Back in 2008, Carlie Webber and I presented on the topic of fandom at the first YA Lit Symposium: Explaining and Exploring Fandom, Fan Life, and Participatory Culture.