From 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
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Graphic novels, defined in this informative handbook as "fully extended literary works published in a medium that combines text and image to present a narrative," are an important component of library collections that serve young adults and, increasingly, adult fans. In an engaging and lively style, author Goldsmith, a collection management and promotion librarian at Berkeley Public Library, not only makes the case for inclusion of graphic novels but outlines the elements necessary to build and maintain a sound collection. Eight chapters cover the definition and brief history of graphic novels; technical terms; finding reviews and developing a collection; collection maintenance issues, including binding, shelving, and theft; classifying and cataloging, including translation issues; marketing and promotion, with advice on topics from the best way to display graphic novels to readers'advisory; promotional programs; and contending with challenges. The excellent appendixes cover print and online resources as well as providing a list of publishers; a select annotated bibliography in rough subject classification; and a section on collection development policies, giving both samples and the Web sites of libraries with exemplary policies. The index is comprehensive and correct. This is a readable, usable guide to creating and maintaining a high-circulation, carefully chosen collection in a genre that is growing in both popularity and critical regard. Ann WeltonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved