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August 24, 2010

Comics ‘zoo’ or ‘house pets’. Where do I shelve them?

“Where should I shelve them?”

This is used to be the old Genre vs Format question, now I think it’s more a question of how your customers will find the books– and will they leave the shelves in a recognizable state afterwards.   The question is how efficiently can you feed the beast?  Do you have your comics as housepets, in zoos, or in a wildlife sanctuary?

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August 24, 2010

Montgomery County School Library Media Specialists Professional Day

School media specialists are some of my favorite audience, and the Question and Answer segment is always the most interesting aspect.  I always  find I run out of time to discuss all of the topics planned in advance, and try to build in room to discuss our questions and share experiences as we go.  Quite frankly we could simply run a 45 minute round table discussion and learn from each other.  Very enjoyable.

As Graphic Novels and sequential art have become generally accepted as belonging on the shelf next to other forms of literature, I find I spend less and less time defending the artform and more time talking about what’s new, what’s next, how to pick good books, where to shelve them in a collection etc.

(Actually I miss the debate.  I’ll probably spend a few lines in various blog posts in this blog in spirited ‘defense’ of something that may no longer need a champion).

But for now I’ll spend a few posts talking about some of the issues we touched base on and perhaps even a few that we missed.

August 5, 2010

If a picture is worth a thousand words

…consider the narrative possibilities of an artform combining both.

This blog is to preview and review choice graphic novels added to the collection at the Takoma Park MD Library.   Our local Library is a small public library on the outer edge of Washington DC, the last independent public library in all of  Maryland.    Small as it is, we have an active comics readership in the area, and a vibrant and dynamic collection.

This blog is an effort to promo and preview our comics selections, and talk about comics at the macro and micro level.  How they work, why they work, what’s cool.

And I’ll probably find myself off on tangents about things only peripherally related, since that’s how my brain works.   I hope I can entertain as well as inform.  We’ll see.