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Graphic Novels Now: Building, Managing, and Marketing a Dynamic Collection

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ISBN-13: 978-0838909041
ISBN-10: 0838909043
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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 Welton
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Library Assn Editions (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838909043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838909041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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One of the truly flourishing facets of the publishing industry, graphic novels have truly come into their own and are gaining wide-spread popularity you both juvenile and adult readerships. Graphic Novels Now: Building, Managing, And Marketing A Dynamic Collection by Francisca Goldsmith (Collection Management and Promotion Librarian for the Berkeley Public Library) is a complete and "user friendly" guide for librarians seeking to develop well-rounded and popular graphic novel collections through knowledgeable reviewers, as well as reliable graphic novel publishers and distributors. Very highly recommended as a resource guide, Graphic Novels Now directly addresses basic questions and issues such as what constitutes a graphic novel; how to create a graphic novel collection development policy; shelving, cataloging, and preserving the graphic novel, even how to create dynamic programs such as artist visits and cartooning workshops.
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