Recommended Reading

Wych Park Branch suggests the following resources for more information:


Brewster, L. (2009). “Books on Prescription: Bibliotherapy in the United Kingdom.” Journal of Hospital Librarianship. Vol. 9

A primer on the bibliotherapy practice, one that explains, in detail, the effects that books can have on individuals coping with various health issues. This article also discusses several bibliotherapy approaches and introduces several different methods for librarians hoping to implement this practice.

Green, M. J., & Myers, K.R. (2010). “Graphic Medicine: Use of Comics in Medical Education and Patient Care.” BMJ. 340 (6). 

Focusing on illness-related narratives in comics, this article explains how the comics medium can be utilized as a source of information by both healthcare providers and patients.

Williams, I. (2012). A Short History of Art Comics. Graphic Medicine.

A brief article that details the history of the comics medium as well as the rise of the culturally relevant graphic novel. This article is of particular interest since it comes from Graphic Medicine: a resource, maintained by medical professionals, that presents detailed information about numerous mental health-related comics works.


American Library Association (2006). Graphic Novels: Suggestions for Librarians.

A short handbook created by representatives from the American Library Association, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The National Coalition Against Censorship, this source provides a great deal of information on acquiring, cataloging and shelving comics. Of particular interest and use are sections detailing how to separate works by age group and how to deal with questions regarding potentially controversial material.

DCMI Usage Board (2012). Dublin Core Metadata Element Set Version 1.1. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.

This article presents a detailed breakdown of the major Dublin Core elements with instructions on proper usage.

U.S. National Library of Medicine (2013). MeSH Browser.

The MeSH subject heading series provides for a number of additional medical terms that can be used to supplement our catalog entries in order to improve retrieval. This interface allows users to browse different terms in order to discover applicable subject headings.


American Library Association. (2011). Book repair basics for libraries. Retrieved from

The American Library Association’s 2011 webinair provides helpful and practical information on book repairs, as well as lists of materials needed and additional sources of information.

Lopushok, M. J. (2003). Book repair as a money-saving strategy. Colorado Libraries, 29(3), 18. Retrieved from

 Michael Lopushok’s article not only lists suggested materials but goes into considerable detail explaining the mechanics of binding repair, an essential skill in any library. The suggestions presented in the article are all inexpensive and have the potential to save libraries considerable money.

Tolbert, S. L. (1997). Preservation in American public libraries: A contradiction in terms? Public Libraries, 26(4).

Susan L. Tolbert’s article, while nearly twenty years old, is filled with practical advice for inexpensive, easily implemented conservation and preservation plans for public libraries. She is aware of budget constraints, making the article invaluable to libraries seeking to affordably protect the investment they have made in their circulating materials.

Subject Access

Gerolimos, M. (2013). Tagging For Libraries: A Review Of The Effectiveness Of Tagging Systems For Library Catalogs. Journal Of Library Metadata 13(1). Retrieved from

Gerolimos outlines the positives and negatives of implementing tagging in library OPACs. We used this study to assess whether tagging would be a productive choice for our library catalog.

U.S. National Library of Medicine (2013). “Medical Subject Headings – Home Page.” Retrieved from

The Medical Subject Headings Introduction provides an overview of the controlled vocabulary from the National Library of Medicine. We referred to the MeSH website to augment our LC subject headings with this specialized vocabulary.

Use and Users

Pyles, C. (2013). “It’s No Joke: Comics Collection Development.” Public Libraries Online. Retrieved from

This article examines comic reader demographics and research. It discusses the lack of statistical data on readership and makes recommendations to improve accessibility of comics in the library.

Tukhareli, N. (2011). Bibliotherapy in a Library Setting: Reaching out to Vulnerable Youth. Partnership: The Canadian Journal Of Library & Information Practice & Research, 6(1), 1-18.

This article discusses how a South African library developed a program to promote reading as a way to cope with mental and physical illness. This bibliotherapy program became an outlet for young people suffering from or having a family member affected by HIV or AIDS.

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