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Sample responses 1

"In general, I note the obvious 'tension of intent' with graphic novels, i.e., their intent is both literary and artistic, so they could have a valid place in both the 700s and the 800s. However, the artistic side of graphic novels is also a statement of form and given the emphasis Dewey places on form, then I agree that 741.5 is the best place to start for this material. The number building that goes beyond this starting point is where the literary emphasis can, and should, be brought out."

"Some reference librarians favored placing some graphic novels in Fiction or Juvenile Fiction, but most wanted the material all in Dewey so it is together for browsing. Our 741.5 areas (adult and juvenile) are a jumble of floppy, dog-eared paperbacks that circulate like crazy; it's a challenge to keep them in order and to find specific ones. Our rapidly growing graphic novel collection has been hard to keep on the shelves, but when they're not checked out, they need to be in good order because they are mostly numbered series. . . . The ones that went to Fiction have not circulated well because browsers couldn't find them, and regular Fiction browsers were looking for novels and passed them by."

"I classified graphic novels as a cataloger. At the time we consulted with several ‘experts' collectors who came to the library and they preferred to find them with the comic books. . . . Customers of this type of material don't seem to make a distinction between comic books and graphic novels. They also didn't seem to make a distinction between fiction and non-fiction. To them the graphic art was the most important feature. They definitely did not want to find them in the fiction section."

"I think this is at heart a content vs. carrier issue—determining the discipline based on what an item IS rather than what it is ABOUT. Extending the logic used in this discussion paper, all audiobook versions of prose novels should be classified in 384, and a similar argument could then be used for moving musical sound recordings from the 780s to 384 as well! Treating audiobooks and music in that way would do users a disservice, and by the same token, lumping all graphical treatments in 741.5 (for the "carrier") would arguably do users a disservice. (In many libraries, where selection duties are broken down by DDC century, it also puts the selection of graphic novels on a selector who is interested in art (700s) rather than literature (800s), even though the patrons who are most interested in these works are looking for them because of their literature (that is, good stories) rather than primarily because they are Art. Do patron usage habits enter into these discussions, or should rationales be based solely in organization theory?)"

"Those who would search out narrative fiction are not well-served by having it placed near drawing technique."