January 24, 2022

Journal Article: “Cartooning the Cambridge University Libraries”

The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of Information Literacy.


Cartooning the Cambridge University Libraries


Clare Louise Trowell
University of Cambridge


Journal of Information Literacy
Vol. 15, No. 3
DOI: 10.11645/15.3.2926


Comics and cartoons are valued in twenty-first century popular culture and are increasingly used as ‘Applied Comics’ to help communicate key messages and information in society. However, there is less evidence of cartoons and comics being used to communicate with and engage library users in learning, information literacy (IL) and research support.

Source: 10.11645/15.3.2926

This paper explores case studies of how several different projects have utilised comics as a medium to deliver key messages about library services to support teaching and research at Cambridge University Libraries. The paper examines the use of comics and cartoons in a library context framed in a theory of comics and visual learning. The reception and output of the comics and cartoons with different audiences at Cambridge University Libraries is explored and the paper proposes that further research could be done to examine the potential of comics in communication and IL.

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20 pages; PDF.

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