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Cats, comics and Knausgård : promoting student reading at a UK academic library with a leisure reading collection

Hurst, S; Marsh, D; Brown, DA; Forbes, SA

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S Hurst

D Marsh

SA Forbes



Abstract

This case study describes the creation of a leisure reading collection in the Clifford Whitworth library at the University of Salford. It briefly surveys existing literature on leisure reading collections and looks at the growing interest among UK academic libraries in recreational reading. It considers the reasons for promoting reading as a leisure activity to students and describes the processes of selecting, purchasing and marketing the collection at Salford. It also considers possible future developments for the collection and the evaluation of the library’s attempts to encourage a culture of reading amongst Salford students. The positive response to the collection suggests the development of leisure reading is a worthwhile activity for academic libraries to focus on and the study contains useful information for others who are interested in creating a similar collection.

Citation

Hurst, S., Marsh, D., Brown, D., & Forbes, S. (2017). Cats, comics and Knausgård : promoting student reading at a UK academic library with a leisure reading collection. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 23(4), 442-452. https://doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2017.1371612

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 22, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 25, 2017
Publication Date Aug 25, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 11, 2017
Journal New Review of Academic Librarianship
Print ISSN 1361-4533
Publisher Routledge
Volume 23
Issue 4
Pages 442-452
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2017.1371612
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2017.1371612
Related Public URLs http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/racl20/current

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