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The Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Adults
     

The Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Adults

by David S. Serchay
 

Graphic novels are not just for kids - in fact the average age of the comic reader is estimated to be between 25 and 35! This hip new resource- from the acclaimed author of The Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and Tweens David Serchay- is an in-depth guide to understanding, building, and managing an optimal collection of graphic novels that is

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Graphic novels are not just for kids - in fact the average age of the comic reader is estimated to be between 25 and 35! This hip new resource- from the acclaimed author of The Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and Tweens David Serchay- is an in-depth guide to understanding, building, and managing an optimal collection of graphic novels that is targeted to please the format's many dedicated adult fans. The book provides a helpful overview of the increasingly important role that graphic novels play in collection development. Serchay covers both American and foreign works, and provides invaluable insight into their growing use in university and higher education settings, as well as their historical content, use in targeted library programs, and of course, their ties to popular media and entertainment. There is also instruction for deciding exactly which novels to purchase, how best to manage your collection, and tips for displaying and promoting books to your patrons. Plus, you'll find guidance for dealing with common issues that may arise, like knowing which graphic novels might be inappropriate for younger readers, as well as an invaluable list of recommended purchases, further reading and electronic resources.

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Although graphic novels for adults are a rather contemporary phenomenon in this country, they have been around for decades especially in Asian countries. This comprehensive, well-researched guide for librarians is written by a librarian and comic book devotee and includes everything one would need to know about graphic novels including their origins and the various types, as well as how to create a graphic novel collection for adults in your library. The ten chapters include the reasons for offering graphic novels for adults in your library, explanations of the different kinds of comic books and graphic novels, the various genres, Manga and the origins of graphic novels, how to purchase graphic novels, how to decide what to purchase, how to manage a collection, how to promote and display a collection, comics, graphic novels in academia, and the future of graphic novels. It is really quite interesting reading for anyone with a curiosity about what libraries are offering these days and entertaining, in general. Finally, the appendices contain an alphabetized, annotated bibliography of graphic novels, a list of guides recommended, online sources for information and purchasing, a bibliography, and an index of the book. For the uninformed, this is the book to establish a graphic novel section in your library created. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Library Journal
This valuable follow-up to Serchay's Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and Tweens (Graphic Novels, LJ 9/15/08) provides a wealth of information aimed at librarians buying graphic novels for adults. After presenting a convincing rationale for including graphic novels in libraries' adult collections and a brief orientation in the history and the world of comics (including manga and other non-U.S. works), Serchay covers sources for reviews and recommendations; options for acquisition, cataloging, and shelving; GN-related library programming; GN theft and challenges in libraries; and the place of comics in academia. An extensive appendix contains annotated listings for hundreds of selected GNs and series for adults, with Serchay's top recommendations noted; another appendix lists comics-related fiction and nonfiction works. Serchay notes that many adult comics fans read material also appropriate for younger readers, but most such books are omitted here; most superhero books listed reprint pre-1990 comics. VERDICT Serchay, a librarian and lifelong comics fan, clearly knows his stuff, and the information here is extensively and solidly researched. Very useful for librarians still trying to convince skeptical higher-ups that GNs are worthy material for adult readers.—S.R.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555706623
Publisher:
ALA Editions
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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