Graphic Novels in Libraries
Instructor: Christian Zabriskie
Dates: June 1st through 28th, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
This course will be an exploration of graphic literature in libraries. It will look at the history, aesthetics and narrative techniques of graphic literature as well as pragmatic issues of collection development, programming, and dealing with material challenges. We will explore superhero comics, art comics, manga, graphic nonfiction, and European/Belgian comics as well as the history of the form from EC, golden age, silver age, underground, and modern age graphic literature. Whether you are an experienced library comics geek or are new to the form or field this course will offer you some new ideas and perspective.
Objectives - at the conclusion of the course students will:
- Be comfortable developing a diverse graphics collection for various ages and interests and which allows for both beloved classics and reader discovery
- Be able to discuss the aesthetics, history, and metaphysics of graphic literature and be able to argue to its literary merit
- Be able to create library programming around graphic literature up to, and inclusive of, library comicons
- Have explored new titles and ideas in graphic literature in libraries even if experienced in the topic at the start of the course
Christian Zabriskie is the Executive Director of the Onondaga County Public Libraries and the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite. He has worked in urban public libraries for nearly twenty years and has been a circ supervisor, children’s librarian, YA librarian, reference librarian, cataloger, and administrator. He speaks, writes, and teaches in a variety of areas of librarianship including graphic novels in libraries, library advocacy, grant writing, library service to at risk communities, and library service to unaccompanied minors.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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