Graphic Novels Now

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Graphic Novels Now helps librarians new to the genre with all the key issues related to these unique books. Expert author Francisca Goldsmith shares smart advice, from how to develop a well-rounded collection by finding reviews and reliable publishers and distributors to shelving, cataloging, and preserving these unique books. This guide features tips on marketing and promoting the graphic novel collection, as well as on how to create dynamic programs such as artist visits and how-to cartooning workshops. Going ...
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Overview

Graphic Novels Now helps librarians new to the genre with all the key issues related to these unique books. Expert author Francisca Goldsmith shares smart advice, from how to develop a well-rounded collection by finding reviews and reliable publishers and distributors to shelving, cataloging, and preserving these unique books. This guide features tips on marketing and promoting the graphic novel collection, as well as on how to create dynamic programs such as artist visits and how-to cartooning workshops. Going beyond the comic book, author and YA specialist Goldsmith answers her colleagues' many questions about one of her favorite kinds of literature.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This slim volume covers the basics of the graphic novel collection, including definitions, developing and maintaining a collection, cataloging, marketing one's collection, and intellectual freedom. Goldsmith gives readers a background in the history of comics as well as the lingo of graphic novels. In developing and maintaining a collection, Goldsmith deals with reviews and potential sources for aiding librarians starting a collection as well as detailing the need for a collection development policy that covers graphic novels. Although every major professional development publisher has either offered a book on graphic novels or has a publication in the works, there is still not one that envelops all issues with graphic novels. For example, this book adds one subject that the other published books barely have touched upon-cataloging, which dissects the different approaches for cataloging graphic novels. Unfortunately the book is filled with $5 words, causing the tone to be elitist. Goldsmith admittedly defines graphic novels very narrowly, allowing no serialized books. This means that superheroes and any other books that were originally published as comic books are not mentioned; manga and Japanese comics have only the briefest mention. With this narrow definition, it does a disservice to the many librarians struggling with this popular medium. The very books ignored are the bestselling ones that readers are requesting. Although this title might have wanted to be a foundation guide on graphic novels, the best one available is still Michele Gorman's Getting Graphic! (Linworth, 2003/VOYA June 2004). 2005, ALA Editions, 120p.; Index. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Appendix., $35 pb.Ages adult professional.
—Kristin Fletcher-Spear
School Library Journal
This slim volume packs a lot of information into few pages. Goldsmith begins with a somewhat theoretical discussion of graphic novels: an illustrative definition (literally-Jessica Abel's comic strip provides an introduction to basic concepts, as well as art interspersed throughout some of the text); a brief but informative history of the format; and a number of well-reasoned arguments for bringing the genre into library collections. The latter half of the book provides many concrete suggestions for creating, maintaining, promoting, and defending a graphic-novel collection. Various appendixes list additional resources on the analysis and study of the genre, list some major titles, and provide suggestions for writing collection-development policies. Goldsmith has covered a lot of territory; as a result, this book will be broadly useful to librarians who are starting graphic-novel collections as well as those who are keeping up well-established ones.-Sarah Couri, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909041
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why graphic novels now? 1
2 What is the right word for a book that looks like this? 16
3 What is good? 27
4 How can I deal with pigeons from hell? 40
5 Can readers find your library's graphic novels? 52
6 How does the collection find new readers? 63
7 How can you put legs on your graphic novels? 73
8 The politics of graphic novels 85
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