Here is the description of the presentation:
Mixing Instruction, Advocacy, and Some Bright Colors
Comic books and graphic novels continue to gain academic legitimacy in the classroom and library. Many academic courses utilize comics as required reading and academic libraries actively pursue these works as part of their collection development efforts. Two librarians in Kansas decided to capitalize on the strengths of the medium and create a guide to their academic library in comic form. Using in-house artistic talent and library instruction skills, the librarians developed a unique and functional resource that instructs students in an exciting and engaging manner. The library was presented in a new light (via zombie attack) in the hopes of encouraging reluctant and bored students to take advantage of library resources. Students also played a key role in the creative process, increasing their buy-in and enjoyment of the guide.
The resource has garnered much attention in recent months, with over 1.6 million downloads since April, proving it to be a valuable promotional tool for the college and library. The presenter will recount the creative process and the ensuing effort to promote the guide to a wider audience in the hopes of encouraging similarly creative, customized, and engaging resources.