Study finds genrefication increases browsing satisfaction

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/10/2020


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), explores the impact of genrefying the fiction section in an elementary school library. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school libraries. Articles can be accessed for free at

For her article, Alyssa Sultanik, director of library services for West Coast Baptist College, explores the effects of genrefying the fiction collection on children’s success in finding books within a school library. Sultanik postulates that if collections are not organized in an intuitive way, patrons (and librarians) may find themselves struggling to find books within a satisfactory time frame. For example, interested learners could lose time visiting multiple locations when looking for one genre of animal fiction, time that could be spent browsing books.

Sultanik found that elementary students could locate fiction books faster and to greater satisfaction with a genrefied collection than in a collection in which fiction was arranged in a FIC label format, typically seen in standard Dewey Decimal classification. She details her review of literature, research design, and findings in the article “Genrefying the Children’s Fiction Collection.”

School Library Research (ISSN: 2165-1019) is the successor to School Library Media Research (ISSN: 1523-4320) and School Library Media Quarterly Online. The journal is peer-reviewed, indexed by H. W. Wilson's Library Literature and by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology and continues to welcome manuscripts that focus on high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school libraries.

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