My colleague Mike Hall is at it again - take a look at his blog where he offers comic book reviews that feature tips for librarians and reader's advisory notes.
For those librarians interested in developing their graphic novel collections, my good buddy Mike Hall will have a fantastic presentation (and amazingly useful and detailed booklet for you) at the Kansas Library Association conference on Friday, October 11 at 11am in Topeka. If you can't make it, I believe he will make his booklet available online soon, but you should really go listen to him speak. He's a smarty pants.
I keep finding out about more library comics guides, done IN-HOUSE! Lehman College (Leonard Lief Library) has done one alongside their art department and they've included some assessment on their site, as well.
Sierra College recently released their own guide that was written and illustrated by one of their students, working alongside librarians.
Great work! I love to see
Sundown at the Library was the March 2013 ACRL PRIMO Site of the Month. Read our interview here.
Just returned from the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians conference in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. I had a great time sharing our work on comics in libraries, along with some info on how narrative and humor can add to library instruction. Here's my presentation, broken into 3 parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3(Thanks to Mike Hall for some of the content, and for the artwork, of course.)
I also had the opportunity to present on innovative outreach, alongside Lizz Zitron for the 2nd time. Lizz does a fantastic job of creating a wide variety of activities and programming for her students and the community. Take a look at The Outreach Librarian to get an idea of what she's doing at Carthage College I had a blast and I hope our audience got some ideas on how to connect with their students and community.
Fresno City College librarian Laurel Doud notified me that her library now features a new comic guide to their resources and services! Collaborating with students, colleagues, and The Friends of the Fresno City College Library, they created Dr. Strangefrog and the Doomsday Device or, How to Use the Library to Save the World. You can find a preview copy here.
I love to see other libraries trying this idea out and doing so with primarily in-house talent and funding. It's a great way to promote your library, get some buy-in from your community, and allow students, staff, and faculty to get involved in the process. Note that the Fresno City College guide was drawn by a student, as were Legends of the Library Ninjas and Library of the Living Dead - this is a great way to get students involved in telling the story of their library!
I've had my Information Literacy students write reflections of their experience of the research process as comic scripts. They were meant to make photo comics using an iPad app (ComicLife), but the weather in Kansas has screwed that part up. I'm teaching an 8 week class and the last few meetings have been canceled due to our nasty snowstorms.
Nevertheless, the scripts they've turned in are great, honest, funny, and creative work. Waaay more fun to grade, as well!
My colleague, Alex Mudd, and I will be presenting more on this topic at this spring's LOEX conference in Nashville. We should also have a short description of the exercise published in the upcoming Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook from ACRL press. I'm happy to share details with anyone who is interested. Please use the contact form on my homepage.
Mike Hall and I have just had an article published in the 2013 CULS Conference Proceedings. Here's the link: http://newprairiepress.org/journals/index.php/CULS/article/view/1834/1370
And here's the abstract if you're too lazy to click the link:
Whereas comics and graphic novels were once derided as “debased” texts unworthy of consideration in the academic classroom, they have recently gained more acceptance as valid educational resources. In fact, graphic narratives have a long history of success in terms of instruction and engagement, stretching back millennia. Comics can be very effective in academic settings, especially in library instruction, due to their engaging and participatory nature, as well as their ability to model behaviors and imbed lessons within a greater narrative. Many college and university instructors already utilize comics in their classrooms in a variety of manners, from examining existing comics as historical artifacts to intentionally creating comics for instructional purposes and even allowing students to produce their own comics.