Introduction to Comics Librarianship


Dates: June 3 - June 30

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Comics (and, if you like, graphic novels) have a long, complicated history in libraries, filled with book challenges and misguided views about the "value" of comics as reading. Despite the challenges however, comics are among the most circulated titles in libraries today and pop culture programming energizes communities like few things can. This course introduces learners to the medium of comics, the publishing industry that supports it, the history of comics in libraries and the challenges facing them today, and provides practical tips and tricks for making the most of comics in your library collections and programs. Through a combination of course reading, discussion forums, and practical writing tasks, participants will walk away ready to bolster their collections and develop programming to go with them.


Course Information



1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Matthew Noe

Matthew Noe (he/him) is currently Lead Collection & Knowledge Management Librarian at Harvard Medical School's Countway Library. He also teaches as a Part-Time Instructor at the University of Kentucky, School of Information. He is most well-known for work in comics librarianship, health sciences librarianship, and in particular, graphic medicine. Matthew was the 2021-2022 President of the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and has been the Treasurer for the Graphic Medicine International Collective since 2019. He is currently serving a six-year term on the Worcester Public Library Board of Directors. In addition to numerous book chapters on collection management and graphic medicine, Matthew is a comics reviewer for both Booklist and his Diamond Bookshelf column, Noe's Comics Nook. You can often find him overcaffeinated, ranting about all manner of things on Twitter, or curled up with two dogs, a book, and not enough hands.

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Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.


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