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Who's Afraid of Comic Books? Building and Maintaining Graphic Novel Collections @ Your Library

Graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developers, Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Marin County Free Library), brought their popular workshop from the Bay Area to southern California on May 17, 2012, in a program presented by CLA's Youth Services Interest Group. The workshop began with tips on purchasing, organizing, and maintaining graphic novels in the library, and provided attendees with information on the future of digital comics. A high-profile panel of comic book professionals, Ed Brubaker, Hope Larson, Stan Sakai, and Steven Seagle, then discussed the importance and educational value of graphic novels.

Attendees also had the opportunity to take part in a “Comic Book Petting Zoo,” featuring both traditional print formats as well as digital comics for iPads.

Attendees said:

"Great presenters -- knowledgeable, charismatic -- and what a treat to meet some superstars of the comics world!"
"The presenters were awesome. They were knowledgeable and personable and exactly what a presenter should be."
"I appreciate the wealth of resources provided."

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  • JB:
  • AJF: Jack is a Teen Services Librarian with the Berkeley Public Library system and BAYA President. He is a native reader of comic books and was personally asked by Nancy Pearl to write the chapter on comic books in the upcoming new edition of Genreflecting,speaks regulalry on graphic novels and school collaboration and is a reviewer for No Flying, No Tights. Please welcome Jack Baur.
  • JB: One more thing… you may think we’ve forgotten about manga, but stay tuned for a BAYA-produced video of real-life teens describing why they read and enjoy manga.
  • JB: Art form, not genreThough a certain type of story (superheroes) is what we are used to seeing presented through comics in the US, there is no limit to the types of stories that can be told!That means that there is a comic book for EVERY reader that is willing to read it.
  • JB:
  • JB: Bring Samples
  • JB:
  • JB: Tell people how to join ALA IG
  • AJF: Comics ARE reading and therefore should be a cornerstone of all library collections.One of the best things about comics is that you can enjoy a complex narrative in a shortened amount of time because of the visual additions made to the story and this is often a great benefit to new readers, reluctant readers and ESL readers. Visual literacy helps make reading seem manageable when you can read a dozen manga titles in an afternoon, or a comic every night. Your collection will CIRC. And then it will circ some more. It’s the print version of DVDs.
  • AJF: Everyone! Teens like them, and so do adults!Good bridge to the teen collection from the Childrens’ section.Adult interest = super high circs! In Christian Zabriskie of Queens Public Library “Superbooks:  How Graphics Can Save Your Library” ALA presentation graphics had better value for their dollar investment than even high-interest titles such as the Twilight and Harry Potter series (about 38 cents per circ). I know in my own experience, I have never had a comic book show up on a dusty list that was on the shelf. And, a lot of comics, particularly manga, are also read in the stacks, more so than most other collections.
  • AJF: A study released earlier this year by the Canadian Council on Learning: More than just funny books: Comics and prose literacy for boys found the format can be especially effective in boosting the reading achievement of boys, who typically lag behind their female peers in the subject, in fact the study shows that comic books are often gateway books to additional literary resources, especially second language learners and teens who suffer from dyslexia and similar learning disorders. This study is chock full of information to support the value and need for comic book collections in a library.
  • AJF: Who isn’t? Comics aren’t limited to traditional, longstanding comic publishers. These days, it’s unusual for a publisher who doesn’t print comics too.
  • JB:
  • AJF: It’s standard among the majority of libraries to not interfile titles and have graphic novels collected for the big three audiences: Children’s, Teens and Adults. MCFL is in the process of transitioning from standard call numbers from fiction and non-fiction to GN collection codes. It is recommended that libraries organize series by title rather than author. Don’t reinvent the wheel: the Williamsburg Regional Library has an exhaustive how-to for organizing graphic novels and is included in our resources sheet.
  • JB:
  • AJF: The number one obstacle: library staff. I’ve had one patron challengeto a comic book (Wolverine: Old Man Logan), have had several staff challenges, as well as the typical “this could be a problem” challenge. Make it policy that staff follow reconsideration procedures-no shortcuts. Don’t worry about the naysayers, concentrate on winning over the majority of staff. Promote the collection with booklists and reader’s advisory tools and be gracious about having the best stats in the collection. For the record, I received one challenge to a work of fiction: Jodi Piccoult’sMy Sister’s Keeper. Both titles remained in teen (both challenges were to location in teen rather than adult).
  • AJF: Your comics will get stolen. Hopefully you’ll get a dozen circs out of them first, but it is a high-theft collection (just like DVDs). Before you start collecting in earnest, your system should decide what to do about theft – will you replace stolen items or not? This can be particularly frustrating with manga, which are very popular and are frequently very long series – anyone collecting Naruto will tell you that. It’s frustrating for librarians to have to keep replacing volumes, but it’s also frustrating for patrons to not be able to find them!
  • AJF: Challenges! As I mentioned earlier-I’ve only had one challenge to a comic book that I purchased and that was Wolverine: Old Man Logan. Historically, both Maus by Art Speigelman and Persepolis by MarjaneSatrapi have been challenged in the system, particularly as teen titles. Be sure to have a solid collection development and reconsideration policy in place and that all staff are trained on these procedures. Remember, patron’s have a right to provide feedback and request that titles be reviewed and reconsidered. And if a patron wants to spend the time to challenge Maus or Persepolis, both award winning titles taught in schools, that’s their right. And it’s your right and duty to defend them. The bottom line is that if your library carries and defends the Harry Potter series (the most challenged books of the last decade), your library should carry and defend comic books.
  • AJF: Ratings! The Comics Code Authority was established in 1954 by the Comics Magazine Association of America in response to public concern regarding sex and violence in comics and loosely modeled on the Hayes Code. However, the CCA was much more restrictive and severely enforced. When we talk about ‘underground’ comics and artists, such as R. Crumb, we are referring to comics published without the CCA approval code. The CCA began to really lose it’s authority when Stan Lee published The Amazing Spider-Man #96-98 (May-June) in 1971 without code approval, a three-part series about the dangers of drug use that was requested by the US Government. That chink in the code’s armor opened the door to more creative freedom on behalf of the publishers. By the early 2000s, most major publishers no longer submittedto the code.Last year, both DC and Archie Comics announced they would no longer print with the CCA seal and it was revealed that the organization had been largely defunct since 2009. Dues were paid, but content was not reviewed. Today’s ratings are descendants of the CCA and vary by publisher. For example, Marvel has changed their ratings three times since introducing them in 2001 (PG+, PSR+ and T+ and up;all for teen and up). The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund acquired the intellectual property rights to the Comics Code Seal. So use them to your advantage, but be aware of their weaknesses.Fascinating side note: MPAA won’t allow comics to use their trademarked ratings system.
  • AJF: Adult interest = super high circs! This is a sample of our monthly circs last Spetember.When I ran my report last October, our all time most popular title was PokemonAdventures,Vol. 1 by HidenoriKusaka with 10190 ciculationswith a circulation rate of 1.31, beating out Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, David Baldacci and Michael Connelly.
  • AJF: Jack and I work in systems with similar populations (over 100,000+). However MCFL and BPL are vastly different. Marin has 10 branches and is a combination of rural and suburban populations, while Berkeley has four branches in an urban, college town. Marin has five bookstores, including the famous Book Passage and a Friends of the Library Used Bookstore and comic shop (many patrons purchase their books at Target, Costco or online), while Berkeley has suffered the loss of significant bookstores, such as Cody’s and Comic Relief, bookstores and comics are abundant. As a result, I tend to collect full-series runs, Jack tends to collect the newest titles. Also, Jack is more immersed in comics overall, so he adds titles to his collection as he comes across them, while I tend to use additional collection resources. Baker & Taylor offers custom carts, which allows you to select cart frequency, pub windows, formats, price limits, audience, BISAC subjects, reviews, publishers and more. Also, Technical Services would generate an annual cart based on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novel List for Teens, and quarterly carts of lost, stolen and billed titles.
  • AJF: Like most libraries, MCFL uses B&T, however, both B&T and BWI offer standing order plans. These are worth their weight in gold. Add your must have series titles and authors to the list and you don’t have to think about them again. If you use B&T, customize your cart and keep an excel spreadsheet of series titles. Don’t forget to use non-traditional selection resources such as twitter. Many writers, artists and publishers have twitter feeds.
  • AJF: Here’s a view of the spreadsheet I use to track which series I order in each audience. This way, if I have extra money at the end of the ordering calendar, I can go through and fill in any missed titles.
  • JB: Previews: Available through Diamond distributors or from your comic book store. Info about EVERYTHING that’s coming out 4 months from now. Can be overwhelming, but if you’re Wizard: the long-running “Guide to Comics” that has recently broadened to cover all corners of geek media – comics, movies, and video games. A good subscription purchase for your patrons. Not a lot of them will know about it, but if promoted many will enjoy it.CRB = Comic Book Resources: Lots of reviews, blogs, lists, etc. Tends to be critical… in a good way.NYT: Now runs a list of bestselling “graphic books.” Divided by hardcover, softcover, and manga.Amazon: User reviews! A lot of the time the user reviews will be written by fans, so you can get their perspective on what is good in a series and which volumes are essential!
  • AJF: Take every opportunity to attend San Diego Comic-Con, Alternative Press Expo and/or WonderCon. You’ll be able to talk first hand with artists, writers, publishers and primary users. Plus, you’ll score the best and most impressive swag. Your teen patrons will be beyond impressed to know you went. If nothing else, go for the swag.
  • AJF: Lots of great print resources are available. McCloud’s Understanding Comics is a must, The Ten-Cent Plague is a fascinating look at the largest example of print censorship in the US and the new Parent’s Guide to Kids Comics is a new release and written by librarians with a ton of expertise in comics and Reader’s Advisory.
  • JB: Just get to know them! Stop in and introduce yourself. Tell them you work at the library. Remember: you’re both in the business of serving readers! Comic book stores are very aware of the library’s position to create readers in the community. AND they KNOW what comics people in the community are buying. Ask them for recommendations! If you have a little collection money to spare, see if you can go and spend it there. Frequently local stores will offer you a discount if you’re buying for the library.
  • AJF: Comic Book readers, especially manga readers, are accustomed to reading scanlations, or rather, scanned copies of their favorite titles and digital comics come from a variety of sources, including direct from the publisher, online stores such as Amazon and even BitTorrent. Fractured at best, just as all digital books are, but being increasingly acknowledged and addressed. Diamond: the comics distributor, is beta testing selling digital comics via local comic book shops and is a hopeful solution to concerns raised by local comic book owners and their clientale.
  • JB:
  • Please email us with questions! Presentation already on the CLA website
  • AJF:Join CLA! Already in CLA? Join an interest group! And everyone, go to the annual conference at San Jose in November. And if you relocate to Northern CA, cjeck out and join BAYA, or like us on Facebook or check out our site, with weekly updates.
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    1. 1. Buena Vista Library May 17, 2012 Jack Baur, Berkeley Public Library Amanda Jacobs Foust, Marin County Free Library Developed for BAYAMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    2. 2. Amanda Jacobs FoustMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    3. 3. Jack Baur • Teen Librarian, Berkeley Pubic Library • Reviewer, No Flying No Tights • President, BAYA • Long-time NerdMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    4. 4. What About Manga?!Fruits Basket by Natsukio Takaya DeathNote by Takeshi Obata May 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    5. 5. Comics Are... …created by an alchemy of Text and Image Understanding Comics by Scott McCloudMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    6. 6. Superheroes and Genre Ghettos It’s a Bird…, Teddy KristiansenMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    7. 7. Pick the Graphic Novel! Sandman #19 Dream Country Absolute Sandman v.1 24 pages Collects Sandman #17-20 Collects Sandman #1- Winner of the World 160 pages 20, plus extras Fantasy Award 612 pagesMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    8. 8. What’s in a Name? Graphic novels… comic books… graphica… “sequential art”… comix… manga… Astonishing X-Men, John CassadayMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    9. 9. Comics in Libraries Today • Brand New ALA IG! • Acceptance of GN Collections in Teen, Children’s, and Adult • Lots of comics being published, but there is a danger of becoming a trend. Sandman, Kevin NowlanMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    10. 10. Why Comics? • Comics ARE reading! • Visual Literacy • Circulation A Wrinkle in Time, Hope LarsonMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    11. 11. Who Reads Comics? Smile, Raina TelgemeierMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    12. 12. Comics and Reluctant Readers The Incredible Hulk, Marie SeverinMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    13. 13. Who is Publishing Comics? http://www.optimumwound.com/the-submission-guidelines-for-every-comic-and-manga-publisher-in-the-universe.htmMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    14. 14. Problems: Cataloging 741.5May 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    15. 15. Problems: OrganizationMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    16. 16. Problems: DamageMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    17. 17. Problems: Uncooperative Staff Bookhunter, Jason ShigaMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    18. 18. Problems: Theft Catwoman, Darwyn CookeMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    19. 19. Problems: Challenges Usagi Yojimbo, Stan SakaiMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    20. 20. Problems: RatingsCrime Suspenstories, Johnny Craig The Spirit, Will EisnerMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    21. 21. Top Ten Teen Graphic Novels* Marin County Berkeley 1 Naruto 35 Circs Walking Dead 17 Circs 2 Black Jack. 26 Circs One Piece 17 Circs 3 Fruits basket 20 Circs The Punisher: Born 16 Circs 4 Bleach 18 Circs Naruto 15 Circs 5 Bone 18 Circs Scott Pilgrim 15 Circs 6 Fullmetal alchemist 18 Circs 1985 15 Circs 7 Gakuen Alice 17 Circs Kick-Ass 14 Circs 8 Ranma 1/2. 17 Circs Batman R.I.P. 14 Circs 9 Psycho busters 17 Circs Final Crisis 13 Circs 10 X/1999 14 Circs Siege: Dark Avengers13 Circs *September 2011May 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    22. 22. Selection: Using Custom CartsMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    23. 23. Selection: Using Standing OrdersMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    24. 24. Selection: Collection ManagementMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    25. 25. Selection: Online SourcesMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    26. 26. Selection: Get your hands dirty!May 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    27. 27. Selection: Print SourcesMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    28. 28. Your Greatest AllyMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    29. 29. Digital ComicsMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    30. 30. Must Have AppsMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    31. 31. iVerseMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    32. 32. Programming and Outreach• Free Comic Book Day• Comics Book Group• Comics Creation/Remix ProjectsMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    33. 33. Yay, we did it! Jack Baur Amanda Jacobs Foust kcorstel@gmail.com afoust@co.marin.causMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    34. 34. Check out CLA & BAYA! Save the Date! CLA Annual Conference San Jose, CA November 2-4, 2012 The California Library Association, provides networking, professional development, legislative advocacy, timely communications and leadership opportunities for all library employees, supporters and advocates and offers memberships levels on a sliding scale based on annual salary. http://www.cla-net.org/ Bay Area Young Adult Librarians is an organization for teen services librarians from public and school libraries. BAYA: http://baya.org/May 17th, 2012 www.company.com
    35. 35. Resources Book Clubs in a Box http://www.calbook.org/bcb/comix.html Cooperative Children’s Book Center http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/graphicnovels.asp Comic Book Project http://www.comicbookproject.org/ Comic Shop Locator http://www.comicshoplocator.com/ Early Word Newsletter (Robin Brenner’s Go Graphic! Column) http://www.earlyword.com/ GN4LIB-L Graphic Novels in Libraries Listserv (Yahoo Groups) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gn4lib/ Graphic Novel Cataloging http://wrltechserv.pbworks.com/w/page/14495767/Graphic-Novel-Cataloging Graphic Novel Reporter http://www.graphicnovelreporter.com/ More than just funny books: Comics and prose literacy for boys http://www.cclcca.ca/CCL/Reports/LessonsInLearning/LinL20100721Comics.html No Flying, No Tights http://http://noflyingnotights.com/ YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/greatgraphicnovelsforteens/ggnt10.cfmMay 17th, 2012 www.company.com