For those of you planning on attending the ALAO conference next month, I wanted to let you know what our sponsored session is going to be. Our featured speaker will be Michael Pawuk, nationally known authority on graphic novels. Michael is the teen services librarian at the Brooklyn Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system, and is recognized as one of the leading experts in the country on the subject of graphic novels. In 2002, he chaired the YALSA pre-conference session “Get Graphic @ your library,” and he regularly speaks on building graphic novel collections in libraries. In his session at the fall conference, he will discuss the differences between graphic novels, comic books, and standard trade books. He will also discuss how to decide if a book belongs in a collection, the major publishers and what kinds of books they publish, and Japanese Manga. He will also bring along a large number of graphic novels for us to see.
Please plan on joining us at our session, which is scheduled for 1:30.