Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging (Google eBook)
Robert G. Weiner
McFarland, Apr 1, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
To say that graphic novels, comics, and other forms of sequential art have become a major part of popular culture and academia would be a vast understatement. Now an established component of library and archive collections across the globe, graphic novels are proving to be one of the last kinds of print publications actually gaining in popularity. Full of practical advice and innovative ideas for librarians, educators, and archivists, this book provides a wide-reaching look at how graphic novels and comics can be used to their full advantage in educational settings. Topics include the historically tenuous relationship between comics and librarians; the aesthetic value of sequential art; the use of graphic novels in library outreach services; collection evaluations for both American and Canadian libraries; cataloging tips and tricks; and the swiftly growing realm of webcomics.
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Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History, and CatalogingUser Review - Book Verdict
In the 1970s, future KISS bassist Gene Simmons was handing out Spider-Man comics to the sixth graders he was teaching in Spanish Harlem. The kids loved it even if the school administration didn't. This rich anthology edited by Weiner (humanities librarian, Texas Tech Univ.)—as well as recent conferences of the National Council of Teachers of English—testifies to the about-face regarding comics among educators and librarians since then. While the 29 contributions vary in quality, the breadth of topics offer much that is new and intriguing. Highlights include David Hopkins's history of manga in Japanese libraries, Erica Seagraves's and Christian Zabriskie's surveys of teen readers, Gwen Evans's account of a student-produced library guide in comics format, Randall Scott's retrospective about his longstanding Michigan State University collection, and Amy Thorne's introduction to webcomics. More data, coverage of academic libraries, and Canadian perspectives are collected here than in previous books on graphic novels in libraries. VERDICT While some contributions seem incomplete and there are occasional errors in tables and missing references, the work as a whole opens a wide vista of case studies, opinions, and hard data about comics in libraries. Recommended for all librarians concerned with graphic novel collections.—M.C.
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I'm a bit biased as I've got an article in here, but probably the most comprehensive monograph available for librarians interested in building a graphic novel collection and going in understanding all ...