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Spring Fling 2012: Who's Afraid of Comic Books?
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Who's Afraid of Comic Books? Building and Maintaining Graphic Novel Collections @ Your Library

Graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developers, Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Marin County Free Library), brought their popular workshop from the Bay Area to southern California on May 17, 2012, in a program presented by CLA's Youth Services Interest Group. The workshop began with tips on purchasing, organizing, and maintaining graphic novels in the library, and provided attendees with information on the future of digital comics. A high-profile panel of comic book professionals, Ed Brubaker, Hope Larson, Stan Sakai, and Steven Seagle, then discussed the importance and educational value of graphic novels.

Attendees also had the opportunity to take part in a “Comic Book Petting Zoo,” featuring both traditional print formats as well as digital comics for iPads.

Attendees said:

  • "Great presenters -- knowledgeable, charismatic -- and what a treat to meet some superstars of the comics world!"
  • "The presenters were awesome. They were knowledgeable and personable and exactly what a presenter should be."
  • "I appreciate the wealth of resources provided."


Workshop leaders and presenters


Jack Baur is a Teen Services Librarian at the Berkeley Public Library, and the President of BAYA: The Bay Area Young Adult Librarians. Jack also writes reviews for No Flying No Tights, and co-authored the first ever chapter on Graphic Novels for the 8th Edition of Genreflecting.

Amanda Jacobs Foust works for the Marin County Free Library where she is the former system selector of graphic novels for children, teens and adults. While working as a Teen Services Librarian, she worked closely with local teens to establish and develop the collection and host related events. She recently moved away from Teen Services to Electronic Services, where she continues to work as a selector, as well as purchase and promote digital comics, and she continues to work with BAYA as the webmaster.

Questions? Please email Julie Zeoli, chair of CLA's Youth Services Interest Group

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