Collections > Master's Papers > School of Information and Library Science > Manga in Academic Library Collections: Definitions, Strategies, and Bibliography for Collecting Japanese Comics

My research argues that manga, or Japanese comics, is a primary cultural artifact of modern Japan, and as such, must be a part of academic-library collections serving researchers of modern Japan. The primary goal of this research is to create a collection development resource for librarians by: introducing the format and history of manga, focusing on the diversification of manga that occurred in postwar (post World-War-II) Japan; articulating manga collection development strategies of active Japanese studies bibliographers in the United States; and providing a bibliography of secondary materials useful for academic librarians. I identify two important and complementary collection development strategies - a comprehensive approach aimed at creating a repository for current and future research needs, and a focused approach concerned with the needs of the library's immediate research community. Both are committed to creating research-oriented collections, and provide models for other academic librarians collecting manga.