Since I have started this graduate program roughly a year and a half ago, I feel like it has been stressed by many that librarians need to be unbiased in patrons’ selections of materials. If an adult requests a graphic novel that is aimed towards children or teens who are we to say that adults should not read that stuff?! It is our duty as librarians to be impartial.
ALA Code of Ethics Article III: We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted
Article VII:We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.
I think that that these two articles make it clear that the common belief that adults should not be reading young adult or graphic novels absurd and also ignores our own ALA’s Code of Ethics.
One way to ensure that we can serve adults who like YA and Graphic novels is by recommending them to patrons or maybe using some type of creative display.
The storytelling formats of YA and Graphic novels can be compelling and unique in their own ways. The combination of artwork and words can be fascinating and the more simplistic way of writing by YA authors may be a nice change up for an adult too. There are many appeal factors of these two genres that adults may admire.
Overall, no matter what happens during Reader Advisory or a Reference Interview, a librarian should not think twice about what kind of material the patron is requesting. It is not our place to tell library users what they should and should not be reading.