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Golden Age: Comics and Graphic Novel Resources in Libraries

Lisa
March 02, 2013

Golden Age: Comics and Graphic Novel Resources in Libraries

Lisa

March 02, 2013
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  1. Golden Age: Comics and Graphic Novel
    Resources in Libraries
    Presented  by  Lisa  Rabey  /  Kris1n  LaLonde  /  Andrew  McBride  
    h9p://bit.ly/goldenageofcomics  

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  2. Why Comics in Libraries
    •  Collec&ng  comics  is  expensive,  the  library  is  free  
    •  Improves  literacy  
    •  Popularity  -­‐  From  2001-­‐2006,  graphic  novels  grew  
    from  a  $75  million  to  $330  million  industry.  
    –  Graphic  Novels  up  38%  this  year  
    •  Unique  perspec&ve  on  pop  culture  and  life  
    •  Can  be  a  gateway  to  learning  new  or  introducing  
    difficult  topics  
    •  Different  types  of  libraries  have  different  types  of  
    collec&ons  

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  3. Lisa  Rabey  
    Systems  and  Web  Librarian  

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  4. Grand Rapids
    Community College
    •  Located  in  Grand  Rapids,  MI  
    •  Serves  city  of  Grand  Rapids  and  Kent  County  
    •  Established  in  1914  
    •  Total  full  &me  student:  10,000    
    •  Total  student  popula&on:  Over  20,000  
    •  Conveniently  located  next  door  to  Grand  
    Rapids  Public  Library  
    •  Grand  Rapids  has  at  least  6  comic  book  stores  

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  5. Graphic Novel History and Stats
    •  Bookstore  connec&on  
    •  Collec&on  started  (seriously)  in  2012  
    •  Current  number  of  &tles:  220  
    •  More  than  75%  of  the  collec&on  has  been  
    checked  out  at  least  once  
    •  50%  of  the  items  purchased  in  2012  have  
    been  circulated  out  via  ILL/MeL  for  

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  6. What/How I Collect
    •  Titles  that  support  our  curriculum:  History,  
    biography,  literature,  etc  
    •  Mainly  indie  and  stand  alone  
    •  Age:  16+    
    •  Peripheral  materials  such  as  technique,  history,  
    ar&st,  and  other  subject  &tles  to  &e  in  
    •  Requests  /  Word  of  Mouth  /  Recommenda&ons  
    •  Blogs,  Journals,  Websites  

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  7. Blog and Facebook Headers

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  8. Outreach / Programming
    •  Outreach  to  student  groups  such  as  the  Anime  
    Student  Group  and  Gamers  Student  Group  
    •  Social  Media  
    – Blog,  Facebook,  Twiger,  Pinterest,  Tumblr,  etc  
    •  Collabora&on  with  local  library  system  /  LCS  
    for  Free  Comic  Book  Day  and  other  events  
    •  Volunteer  at  up  and  coming  local  conven&ons  
    •  Present  at  non-­‐librarian  confernces  

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  9. Kris&n  LaLonde  
    Access  Services  Librarian  

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  10. About My Library and
    Community
    •  Small  town  &  Rural  Area  ~  30,000  permanent  residents  
    •  Central  Michigan  University  
    •  Rural  Townships:  Winn,  Blanchard,  Shepherd  &  
    Rosebush  
    •  2012  
    –  Total  Ac&ve  Users:    6700  
    –  Total  Number  of  Checkouts:  254,495  
    –  Yearly  Visitors:  272,023  
     

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  11. By The Numbers
    •  Holding:  3,100  graphic  novels  
    •  Circulate:  2,100  a  year  
    •  ~  100  GNs  per  month  via  MeL  
    •  ~  20  GNs  per  month  via  WorldCat  

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  12. •  Non-­‐Profit  Organiza&on  started  by  
    ar&st  Jerzy  Drozd;  Ann  Arbor,  
    Librarian  Edith  Burney;  Chelsea,  
    Writer  Dan  Mishkin;  East  Lansing  
    and  Dan  Merrig,  owner  of  Green  
    Brain  Comics;  Dearborn.  
    •  Ann  Arbor  District  Library  
    •  Chelsea  District  Library  
    •  Hands  on  Workshops  
    •  Annual  Comics  Conven&on  
    •  Ar&sts  Alley  
    •  Demonstra&ons  
    •  Panels  with  renowned  ar&sts  &  writers  

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  13. •  Libraries  work  with  
    vendors  &  comic  book  
    stores  
    •  Distribute  free  comics  that  
    correspond  to  the  
    collec&ons  
    •  Workshops,  
    demonstra&ons,  ar&st’s  
    alley,  displays,  etc  
    •  MSU’s  Randall  Scog,  
    pupng  rare  comics  on  
    display  
    •  May  The  Fourth  Be  With  
    You  
    •  Local  ar&sts,  photos,  etc  

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  14. Andrew  McBride  
    Librarian  

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  15. Arab American
    National Museum
    •  Museum  Mission  and  Facts  
    – Only  museum  of  its  kind  in  the  world  
    – Documents  and  presents  Arab  American  life  
    •  Library  and  Resource  Center  
    – Largest  collec&on  of  its  kind  
    – Arab  American  Book  Award  

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  16. Geoff Johns Arab American
    Graphic Novel Collection

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  17. •  Comic  books  in  a  museum?  Why  
    •  Collabora&ons:  Green  Brain  Comics  
    •  Events:  Geoff  Johns  Extravaganza  
    •  Audience:  Youth,  Staff  Members,  and  
    More!  
    Graphic Novels at AANM

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  18. Thank you!
    hgp://bit.ly/goldenageofcomics  

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