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Cornog, Martha, and Timothy
Perper, eds. 2009. Graphic Novels Beyond the
Basics: Insights and Issues for Librarians.
Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimites - ABC-Clio.
Promoting Graphic Novel Collections.
the library series. NY: Neal-Schuman P, 2005. 130pp. ISBN 1555704611
O'Kelly, Joss, compiler. 2001. Son
of Invisible Art: Graphic Novels for Libraries.
Aylesbury [UK]: Library and Information Service for Schools,
Buckinghamshire County Council, 2001.
Randall W. Comic Books and Strips: An
Sourcebook. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx P,
1988. 152pp. ISBN
089774389X (paper). Buy
Randall W. Comics Librarianship: A Handbook.
Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1990. ISBN 0899505279.
Serchay, David S. 2008. The Librarian's Guide to Graphic
Novels for Children and Tweens. New
York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
Serchay, David S. 2009. The Librarian's Guide to Graphic
Novels for Adults. New York: Neal-Schuman
Weblink: Comic Adventures in Academia
by Karen Green, Columbia University librarian
Weblink: Dealing with Challenges to Graphic Novels
from the American Library AssociationWeblink:
Flying, No Tights - Comics reviews for teens. Also Sidekicks (for kids) and The Lair (for teens and adults)
Library Journal's Graphic Novel
Weblink: School Library Journal's Graphic
Novel rss feed.
See also Comics
Research Libraries by MSU's Randy Scott
Belge de la Bande Dessinée / Belgisch
Centrum voor het Beeldverhaal
Tegneseriemuseet i Danmark
- primarily a museum; see also information in English
Suomen Sarjakuvaseuran kokoelma - also in English
National de la Bande
et de l'Image
Wonderfully Vulgar - British Comics 1973-1939 - The exhibition is based on a collection of around 5000 historical British comics housed in the Library (BIS) of the University of Oldenburg in Germany.
- also in English
Bowling Green State University - Browne
Popular Culture Library
Center for Cartoon Studies, Schultz Library - online catalog for this comics-specific collection. See also the Schulz Library blog.
Columbia University Libraries - including the Chris Claremeont papers, Al Jaffee papers and Jerry Robinson papers, 1942-1964. See the complete listing for comics in the archives.
Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and
Special Collections Library - Comics - including
the Murray (Edwin and Terry) Comic Book
Collection, the Sarah Dyer Zine Collection,
ca. 1985-1999, and the M. Thomas Inge Papers, 1978-1982, 1988-1989.
See also past
exhibits including "Comic Book Cultures" and "Early Comic Strips 1898-1916"
Henderson State University's Huie
Library Special Collections - including the Stephen
R. Bissette Collection, "The Graphic Novel as
Literature and History of Comics," and the "Jean-Marc L'
Officier Collection: French Comics and French Popular Culture."
Indiana University-Bloomington Lilly Library - The Michael E. Uslan Collection Database of Comic Books & Graphic Novels
Iowa State University Library's Underground Comix Collection, 1947-2007 - donated by Clay Geerdes.
State University Library's Department
of Special Collections and Archives - including the P.
Craig Russell Collection
of Congress - Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and
Cartoon - Several
resources; see, for example, Cartoon-related Research at the Library of
Congress and Swann Foundation Fellowships. See also the Comic Book Collection.
University- Comic Art Collection - including Indexes by Mike Rhode
Illinois University Libraries - Rare Books & Special Collections
- includes the Comic Book Collection, with a searchable
University Library's Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections hosts a collection of mainstream and underground comic books, as detailed in this exhibit announcement.
State University - Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum - see also
detailed information at Cartoonist Group
State Library's Comics Collection featuring the Dark Horse Collection - includes one copy of each title
in Special Collections and in a
browsing, circulating collection.
Syracuse University Libraries have a special subject strength in Cartoons and Cartoonists - including papers and /or cartoons from over 200 cartoonists.
of California Riverside Libraries - Special Collections
- including The
J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science
Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Utopian Literature - with two fanzine collections
of Connecticut - Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
- including an underground comix collection. See
also "Voices from the Underground: Radical
Protest and the Underground Press in the 'Sixties': An Exhibition."
of Florida - George A. Smathers Libraries - see Special and Area Studies Collections exhibit
information including "Help is on the Way! Comic Books and
Superheroes in Special Collections" and "75 Years of Blondie: 1930-2005"
University of Iowa Libraries - Comic Books in Special Collections at the University of Iowa, including many zine resources
University of Minnesota Libraries - The John Philip Borger Comic Book Collection
of Pennsylvania - Steven Rothman Collection of Comics, Cartoons, and Graphic Novels - see also the archival page Comics, Animation, & Graphic Novels at Penn
of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Library Special Collections
(4th floor) includes a Comic Book Collection (see catalog search tips)
University of Wyoming - American
Heritage Center's Rural Images Virtual Exhibit -
including J.R. Williams, Ace Reid, and Jerry Palen. Also
Stan Lee: Papers, 1947-1991;
see related news release
Commonwealth University - Special Collections and Archives - Manuscript
and Book Collections - featuring the Comic
Arts Collection: several different collections,
M. Thomas Inge Collection of Comic Arts Reference Journals
and the M.
Thomas Inge Papers, as well as over 30,000 comic books. From VCU
News, June 12, 2006: Article on the collection.
Library Research / Resource Guides
Comix-acadlibs - "The COMIX-ACADLIBS listserv is a network uniting academic librarians with comics/graphic novels in their general and/or special collections. Issues for discussion will include selecting, cataloging, shelving, and promoting comics/graphic novels collections; events of interest; promotion at professional events such as ALA, etc. Individuals who are not academic librarians, but who share our concerns, are welcome."
gn4lib · Graphic Novels for Libraries - "Includes discussion of comics, graphic novels, Japanese manga, Japanese anime, other types of animation, and all resources related to the sequential art format in libraries of all types. Discussion will be primarily of interest to public and school librarians. Membership is open to librarians, industry professionals, and authors/illustrators to share reviews and resources for graphic novel collections. A continuation of the original GNLIB-L discussion group started in 1999 by Steve Miller."
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