You're Not a Real Fan: What Libraries Can Offer Fandom
Fandom, enthusiasts surrounding a particular work or interest, is becoming increasingly popular. Members of fandom, as well as those researching this phenomenon, agree that it has a positive impact on individuals including improved social and technical skills, a place to safely share creative works, and a welcoming environment of like-minded individuals. Unfortunately, there are some negative aspects of fandom including judgment of outsiders, exclusion, and groupthink. Maureen Langley, Library Consultant at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, believes that libraries have an opportunity to apply one of their core values, intellectual freedom, to fandom in order to battle these negative aspects.