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The Silver Age of Comics in Libraries: Programming, Best Practices, And More

Lisa
July 01, 2014

The Silver Age of Comics in Libraries: Programming, Best Practices, And More

Lisa

July 01, 2014
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  1. The Silver Age of Comics in Libraries:
    Programming, Best Practices, And More
    Presented  by  Lisa  Rabey  /  Kris1n  LaLonde  /  Andrew  McBride  
    h9p://bit.ly/silverageofcomics  

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  2. Why  comics  in  libraries?  
    •  Collec2ng  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  perspec2ve  on  pop  culture  and  life  
    •  Can  be  a  gateway  to  learning  new  or  introducing  
    difficult  topics  
    •  Different  types  of  libraries  have  different  types  of  
    collec2ons  

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  3. Lisa  M.  Rabey  
    Systems  and  Web  Librarian  

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  4. Outreach  and  Programming  
    •  Outreach  to  student  groups  such  as  the  Anime  
    Student  Group  and  Gamers  Student  Group  
    •  Social  Media  
    – Blog,  Facebook,  Twi\er,  Pinterest,  Tumblr,  etc  
    •  Collabora2on  with  local  library  system  /  LCS  
    for  Free  Comic  Book  Day  and  other  events  
    •  Volunteer  at  up  and  coming  local  conven2ons  
    •  Present  at  non-­‐librarian  conferences  

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  5. Blog  and  Facebook  headers.  

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  6. Chippewa  River  
    District  Library  
    Mt  Pleasant,  MI  
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Kris2n  LaLonde  
    Access  Services  Librarian  

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  7. 2012  
    ABOUT  MY  LIBRARY  &  COMMUNITY  
    •  Small  town  &  Rural  Area  ~  30,000  permanent  residents  
    •  Central  Michigan  University  
    •  Rural  Townships:  Winn,  Blanchard,  Shepherd  &  Rosebush  
    Total  Ac2ve  
    Users:    6700  
     
    Total  Number  of  
    Checkouts:  
    254,495  
     
    Yearly  Visitors:  
    272,023  
     
    Total  Ac2ve  Users:    6700  
     
    Total  Number  of  Checkouts:  254,495  
     
    Yearly  Visitors:  272,023  
     

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  8. 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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  9. Free  Comic  Book  Day  
     
    •  Libraries  work  with  vendors  &  comic  book  
    stores  
     
    •  Distribute  free  comics  that  correspond  to  the  
    collec2ons  
     
    •  Workshops,  demonstra2ons,  ar2st’s  alley,  
    displays,  etc  
    Some  Libraries  are  concerned  about  working  with  Comics  Shops  &  vice  versa…  
    BUT  DON’T  BE!  

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  10. SUPERHEROES  R’  SUPERSTARS  
    PROGRAM  

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  11. Non-­‐Profit  Organiza2on  started  by  ar2st  
    Jerzy  Drozd;  Ann  Arbor,  Librarian  Edith  
    Burney;  Chelsea,  Writer  Dan  Mishkin;  
    East  Lansing  and  Dan  Merri\,  owner  of  
    Green  Brain  Comics;  Dearborn.  
     
    •  Ann  Arbor  District  Library  
     
    •  Chelsea  District  Library  
    Kids  Read  Comics  Con  
     
    •  Takes  place  at  Ann  Arbor  District  Library  
    •  2000  par2cipants  
    •  Ar2sts  Alley  with  63  ar2sts  from  across  North  America    
    •  50  Different  workshops,  panels  &  interac2ve  events  
    •  Focused  on  crea2on  of  comic  books,  anima2on  &  development  

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  12. Jerzy  Drozd,  Graphic  Novel  Academy  
    In  addi2on  to  
    Superhero  programs,  
    bring  in  ar2sts  &  writers  
    to  teach  kids  how  to  
    develop  their  own  
    narra2ves.  
     
    Shin  from  consuming  to  
    crea2ng.  
     
    It  will  show  that  comics  
    can  be  about  anything  
    and  can  be  created  by  
    anyone  
     
    Opens  their  eyes  to  
    different  genres.  

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  13. With  Andrew  McBride,  Librarian  

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  14. Arab  American  Na2onal  Museum  
    •  Museum  Mission  and  Facts  
    – Only  museum  of  its  kind  in  the  world  
    – Documents  and  presents  Arab  American  life  
    •  Library  and  Resource  Center  
    – Largest  collec2on  of  its  kind  
    – Arab  American  Book  Award  

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  15. Geoff  Johns  Arab  American  Graphic  
    Novel  Collec2on  

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  16. Graphic  Novels  at  the  AANM  
    •  Comic  books  in  a  museum?  Why?  
    •  Audience:  Youth,  Staff  Members,  and  More!  
     
    •  Collabora2ons:  Green  Brain  Comics  
    •  Events:  Geoff  Johns  Extravaganza  
     

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  17. Best  Prac2ces  
    •  You  can  do  a  lot  with  a  li\le  
    •  Network  and  cul2vate  professional  
    rela2onships  
    •  Collaborate  with  local  business  and  
    ins2tu2ons  
    •  Outreach  to  local  interest  groups  
    •  A\end  non-­‐librarian  conferences  

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  18. Best  Prac2ces  
    •  Volunteer  at  comic  and  pop  culture  
    conven2ons  
    •  Plan  and  execute  workshops  
    •  Create  your  own  comic  con  
    •  Graphic  novel  book  clubs  
    •  Be  crea2ve  in  collec2on  development  
    strategies  
     

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  19. Thank you!
    h\p://bit.ly/silverageofcomics  

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