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Core Collection Lists and Guides

Comics and Graphic Novel News Sources


Graphic Novels: Readers Advisory 2011 (presented at Rutgers SCILS colloquium) 

The Year's Best Graphic Novels 2010 (presented at NJLA Annual Conference 2011)

The Year's Best Graphic Novels 2009 (presented NJLA Annual Conference 2010)

Presenter Materials 2009

Handouts - updated 2011


Photos of Graphic Novel Sections in NJ Libraries


Graphic Novel Book Discussion Groups 2009 NJLA National Reading Group Month event

Graphic Novels in Adult Services 2009 Adult Services Forum, NJ


Updated with graphic novel presentations and content through 2011.


Comic Shop Locator Service


In 2009, the New Jersey State Library gave a series of workshops designed to help librarians around the state with graphic novel collection development.
This wiki contains the materials from those workshops.


Presenters and Contributors

Workshop Agendas

Workshop Photos

Articles on the Workshops and Grant Libraries





Graphic Novel Collection Development for Adults, Young Adults & Children


Graphic novels have become one of the hottest collection types in libraries. If you are looking for a convenient way to become more informed about how your library can have the graphic novels that your customers are looking for, please plan to attend one of these workshops!

Just some of the topics to be covered include:


  • What are the best graphic novel collection development resources for librarians?
  • How can comic book publishers help you with promoting your graphic novel collection?
  • Should you create separate graphic novel sections for adults, young adults and children in your library?
  • What is manga and which of your library’s customers would it appeal to?
  • What titles would be contained in basic graphic novel collections for schools and public libraries?


Guest Speakers:


We will have four guest speakers who are nationally recognized in the comics community. They will cover subjects that are critical to graphic novel collection development:


“What Comics Publishers Can Do For the Graphic Novel Needs of Librarians.”

John Cunnigham, Vice President, Marketing, DC Comics, New York, NY


“Manga Collection Development for Complete Newbies.”

David Inabnitt, Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY


“Graphic Novel Collection Development for Schools and Children’s Sections in Public Libraries.”

Sophie Brookover, Librarian, Eastern Regional Senior High School, Audubon, NJ


“Creating Your Adult and YA Graphic Novel Collection.”

Laverne Mann, Librarian, Mercer County Library, Ewing, NJ


A core collection bibliography will be supplied to all attendees. This can be used to build or augment your library’s graphic novel collection.

Morning coffee and lunch will be included on each of the workshop days.


Dates, Locations and Registration:

(Choose one – These are identical workshops in two different locations):


Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Registration: 9:30 am)

Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054


Friday, August 28, 2009,10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Registration: 9:30 am)

Somerset County Library System Headquarters, 1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807


Cost: $20 (each location)


For more information or questions, please contact David Lisa at 609-278-2640, Ext. 191 or dlisa@njstatelib.org.




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