Public Library Services to the Romance Reader: An Online Survey of Romance Readers

Masters in Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Here's the abstract:

This study describes the results of an online questionnaire survey of romance
genre fiction readers. The survey was conducted to determine the behaviors and
needs of romance genre fiction readers and how well public libraries are meeting
those needs.

Research shows that popular public library services to romance genre readers,
has not kept pace with trends in the fiction reading patron base. Services to
romance readers are, or should be, essentially the same that exist for any fiction
genre: pertinent readers’ advisory, conscious collection development, and access
to collections through cataloging records. North American public libraries are
failing to support the reading interests of 51.1 million readers (Romance Writers
of America, Inc 2003, 3-6).